Overview

Don Kunz concentrates his practice on corporate finance and governance matters, with a particular emphasis on representing publicly traded companies. He draws from vast knowledge and decades of experience in all aspects of corporate counseling, capital raising, compliance and governance to provide seasoned counsel to his clients.

Don advises clients on capital raising, including acquisitions and dispositions, IPOs, and follow-on offerings; corporate governance issues, including counseling boards of directors, board committees, and officers on executive compensation planning and wide-ranging day-to-day issues; and public‑company reporting and disclosure matters. He advises both public and private clients in myriad industries, working especially as counsel to a number of real estate investment trusts (REITs).

Don is sought out as an “outstanding” and “fabulous” lawyer—who “gives very sound and considered advice” and is “very good” at “looking at the bigger picture” (Chambers USA). His reputation is built on a tenure of more than 38 years representing clients.

Select representative clients include General Motors Company, Taubman Centers, RPT Realty, Agree Realty Corporation, Neogen Corporation, and Kenwal Steel Corporation.

In addition to his client work, Don is the chair of its Corporate Department and the chair of its Operating Committee.

Services

Experience

Representative Matters

  • Represented a supplier of automotive data and business intelligence services in its divestiture to a Colorado-based publicly traded company for $1.4 billion in 2013
  • Represented an automotive supplier of electronics manufacturing services, solenoids, and wiring with respect to its divestiture to a California-based company for more than $190 million in 2012
  • Has served as lead counsel for both issuers and underwriters in initial public offerings and follow-on offerings

Credentials

Education

Admissions

Recognition

Awards

  • Listed in Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business since 2003
    • Recognized as a Senior Statesperson in the Corporate/M&A field in the state of Michigan; Chambers USA adds: 
      • 2021 - "Donald Kunz is a highly distinguished practitioner in Michigan. Among other transactions, he acts on equity offerings for leading real estate corporations, and also excels in matters of corporate governance." Clients add, "He is a great lawyer in M&A transactions and he does this work really well" and "He is very well respected and has a great reputation."
      • 2019 - "Donald Kunz is a 'very high-caliber lawyer' who is acknowledged for the strength of his corporate practice, which includes handling transactional issues as well as corporate governance."
      • 2018 – "Donald Kunz acts on transactions, corporate finance and planning matters, and is particularly well equipped to handle matters on behalf of publicly traded corporations. One interviewee praises Kunz's in-depth knowledge of regulations and further states: 'He understands what the law is and can take a position to give good unqualified advice.'"
      • 2017 – "Donald Kunz leads the firm's corporate team and has considerable experience regarding transactional, operational and planning issues. He regularly advises on securities issuances, acquisitions and matters of corporate governance. Sources describe him as 'a fabulous lawyer' who is 'very experienced' in this field."
      • 2016 – "Head of the firm's corporate department Donald Kunz has a strong track record representing publicly held companies in complex transactional matters, and related securities and governance work. Clients find he is 'very good at helping us manage the process by directing what needs to be done, and looking at the bigger picture.'"
      • 2015 – "Donald Kunz is described as an 'outstanding lawyer' who 'gives very sound and considered advice.' He recently advised Ramco-Gershenson Properties on two equity offerings of common shares, totaling $196 million."
      • 2014 – “Donald Kunz is widely respected for his abilities in the field of corporate law, representing publicly traded companies in areas such as corporate governance, corporate finance and securities law. He is lauded by sources as 'the kind of lawyer who focuses on what’s important and fights for it in a congenial and effective manner.'"
      • 2013 – "Donald Kunz is held in high esteem. He is known for his public company expertise and has notable experience of handling corporate finance-related matters."
      • 2012 – "'Great lawyer' Donald Kunz specializes in corporate matters relating to publicly traded companies, including securities law."
  • The Best Lawyers in America, 2005-2022
    • Recognized in practice areas of:
      • Corporate Governance Law
      • Corporate Law
      • Leveraged Buyouts and Private Equity Law
      • Mergers and Acquisitions Law
      • Securities / Capital Markets Law
      • Securities Regulation
      • Venture Capital Law
    • Detroit Mergers and Acquisitions Law "Lawyer of the Year," 2018
    • Detroit Securities / Capital Markets Law "Lawyer of the Year," 2017 and 2015
    • Detroit Securities Regulation "Lawyer of the Year," 2016 
    • Detroit Corporate Governance Law "Lawyer of the Year," 2014, 2020, 2022
    • Detroit Corporate Law "Lawyer of the Year," 2012 and 2021
    • Detroit Securities Law "Lawyer of the Year," 2011 
  • DBusiness, Top Lawyers, 2010-2019, 2022
  • Michigan Super Lawyers, 2006-2021
    • Recognized as one of the:
      • Top 100 Super Lawyers, 2007, 2009-2012, and 2014-2017
      • Top 50 Business Super Lawyers, 2014-2016
  • Leading Lawyers Magazine Michigan, 2017
    • Recognized in practice areas of Corporate Finance Law, Publicly Held Corporations Law, and Securities & Venture Finance Law
    • Listed as one of the:
      • Top 100 Leading Lawyers
      • Top 100 Leading Business Lawyers
  • Listed as a highly recommended M&A attorney in Legal 500 United States 2008
  • Lawdragon 500 New Stars, New Worlds, 2006
  • Martindale-Hubbell AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated 

Professional & Community Involvement

  • State Bar of Michigan
    • Business Law Section, Council Member, 1988-1996
  • American Bar Foundation
    • Fellow, 2014-present
  • National Association of Real Estate Investment Trusts (NAREIT)
  • Law360
    • Capital Markets Editorial Advisory Board
  • National Association of Stock Plan Professionals
  • Birmingham Community House
    • Director, 2004-present
    • Chairman, 2010-2012 
  • Bloomfield Village Association
    • President, 2005-2006
  • Cranbrook Schools
    • Board of Governors, 1998-2009
      • Chairman, 2004-2007
  • Red Run Golf Club
    • Board of Directors, 2001-2007
    • President, 2005-2007

News & Insights

News

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  • Donald J. Kunz is quoted in the Law360 article “7 Firms to Guide IPOs Topping $2.1B as October Heats Up”
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  • Donald J. Kunz is quoted in the Law360 article “5 Forms To Guide IPOs Surpassing $1B As Deals Pick Up”
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  • Donald J. Kunz is quoted in the Law360 article “What To Do When There Are No Deals”
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  • Jeffrey S. Horowitz’s move to Honigman is featured in the DBusiness article “Honigman Adds Partner to Bloomfield Hills Office”
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  • Donald J. Kunz is quoted in the Law360 article “4 Firms Set To Guide Billion-Dollar Slate Of IPOs”
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  • Donald J. Kunz is quoted in the Law360 article “3 Life Sciences Cos. Set To Price IPOs After Long Market Lull”
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  • Donald J. Kunz is quoted in the Law360 article “Market Volatility Seals Quiet End To August IPO Market”
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  • Donald J. Kunz is quoted in the Law360 article “6 IPOs Eye $1.04B In Coming Week”
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  • Donald J. Kunz is quoted in the Law360 article “5 Factors That Could Derail Global M&A, IPO Activity”
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  • Donald J. Kunz is quoted in the Law360 article “5 IPOs Look to Raise $667M Before Long Holiday Weekend”
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  • Donald J. Kunz is quoted in the Law360 article “Evolent Prices $196M IPO Above Expectations”
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  • Donald J. Kunz is quoted in the Law360 article “4 IPOs Eye $552M To Start June After Brief Slowdown”
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  • Donald J. Kunz is quoted in the Law360 article “5 IPOs Set To Draw $973M After Disappointing Week Of Debuts”
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  • Donald J. Kunz and Phillip D. Torrence are featured in the DBusiness article “Honigman Partners Named to Editorial Advisory Board”
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  • Donald J. Kunz is quoted in the Law360 article “6 IPOs Draw $833M As Cos. See Mixed Reviews From Investors”
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  • Donald J. Kunz is quoted in the Law360 article “US IPO Market Gearing Up For Busy 2015 Despite Slow Start”
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  • Michael S. Ben, Donald J. Kunz, John P. Kanan and Melanie Van Antwerp are mentioned as counsel for DELiA*s in the Deal Pipeline article “DELiA*s to file Ch. 11 and liquidate before Xmas”
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  • Donald J. Kunz is quoted in the Law360 article “4 Surefire Ways To Botch Your IPO Roadshow”
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  • Michael S. Ben, Jeffrey H. Kuras, Donald J. Kunz and Jessica M. Herron are mentioned as the legal team for Diplomat Pharmacy in the Crain’s Detroit Business article “Flint-based Diplomat Pharmacy ‘steps up and rings the bell’ on opening NYSE day”
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  • Michael S. Ben, Donald J. Kunz, John P. Kanan and Melanie Van Antwerp are mentioned as counsel for DELiA*s in the Deal Pipeline article “DELiA*s up for sale”
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  • Donald J. Kunz quoted in the Crain’s Detroit Business article “Downhill pay grade: CEO salaries are up, but with stock awards sidetracked, total compensation is down 22%”
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  • Donald J. Kunz quoted in Honigman/Crain's Detroit Business survey article "Business optimism builds"
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  • Honigman mentioned and Donald J. Kunz quoted in a series of Crain’s Detroit Business articles in its special section “Focus: Law.” Honigman ranked as the second-largest law firm in Southeast Michigan by number of attorneys
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  • Donald J. Kunz quoted regarding the Community House of Birmingham in The Oakland Press Business briefing
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  • Honigman mentioned and Donald J. Kunz quoted in Crain’s Detroit Business article “International M&A helps law firms reach record year”
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  • Honigman attorneys Donald J. Kunz, Lawrence D. McLaughlin and Richard J. Burstein featured in DBusiness' "Top Lawyers 2011"
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  • Honigman and Donald J. Kunz mentioned in Crain’s Detroit Business article “Inforum to launch effort to get more women on boards”
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  • Honigman, Donald J. Kunz and Phillip D. Torrence featured in the MiBiz article "M&A practice heats up for Honigman"
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  • Detroit Legal News announces Honigman's No. 1 ranking in Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business 2009
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Press Releases

Seminars & Events

  • Due Diligence in Mergers and Acquisitions
    Event | Bloomfield Hills, MI |
  • Accounting, Financial Statements and Auditors
    Event | Bloomfield Hills, MI |
  • Representing the Venture Capitalist
  • Corporate Stock Buy-Back Programs and Associated Issues
  • Buying and Selling A Business
  • Liabilities of Directors and Officers Under Federal and State Securities Laws
  • "Friends and Family" Issuer Directed Stock Programs
  • Rule 10b5-1 Trading Programs
  • Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002
  • WKSI Offerings
  • The New Shelf Registration Rules
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