We believe a company is bigger than the product or service it sells; it stands for something. Something with meaning and purpose. A company impacts its employees, customers, and community. Because of this, when it comes time to sell your business, we believe a successful sale is more than just a financial transaction.
At Freeland Briese, we are an investment bank that does one thing: help clients realize the full value of all they've built. To do this, we apply a fresh perspective and dig deeper to maximize what is most important for each client.
We are a team of rock stars with unique, diverse, and complimentary backgrounds. In addition to being investment bankers, we are experts in finance and accounting, business operations, and law. Our different perspectives lead to fresh thinking and fresh ideas. We dig deep into our client's business to understand its unique value, prepare the company for sale, and position it most effectively to potential buyers.
Never losing sight of our client's goals and objectives, we aggressively market to a targeted group of buyers in search of an outlier who places a premium value on the company. Until the very end, we control the sale process to create competitive tension among buyers. With leverage, we maximize transaction value and negotiate what's most important for each client.
Jon has over 25 years of professional experience including 18 years of mergers and acquisitions transaction experience. Prior to co-founding Freeland Briese, Jon co-founded and led M&A Group, a lower middle market focused investment bank, co-founded and led a corporate restructuring and turnaround consulting firm, and owned and led a Minnesota-based manufacturing company.
Jon holds an MBA from the University of North Dakota and a BS in Engineering Management from the University of North Dakota.
Jon is a member of the Minnesota Business Magazine’s The (Real) Power 50 of 2015.
Robert has over 15 years of professional experience including eight years of mergers and acquisitions transaction experience. Prior to co-founding Freeland Briese, Robert worked in mergers and acquisitions with M&A Group, Piper Jaffray & Co and RSM Capital Markets, and in strategy consulting with KPMG Consulting.
Robert holds an MBA with distinction from the University of Michigan, Ross School of Business. He also holds an MSc in Financial Management from Nyenrode Business Universiteit, Netherlands, and a BS in Management from the University of West Florida.
Robert is a Board Member and Executive Committee Member of the University of Michigan, Ross School of Business Alumni Board of Governors. Robert is President of the University of Michigan, Ross School of Business Twin Cities Alumni Association. Robert is a Board Member of the Association for Corporate Growth (ACG) Minnesota and is the Chairman of the 2016 ACG Upper Midwest Capital Connection. Robert is also a participant in the Minnesota Chamber of Commerce’s Leadership Minnesota program.
Ryan has over 10 years of professional experience including 9 years of mergers and acquisitions transaction experience. A licensed attorney, Ryan was previously a shareholder at Winthrop & Weinstine, P.A., where he specialized in merger and acquisition transactions in the food and beverage industry.
Ryan holds a JD from the University of Minnesota Law School, where he served as President of the Business Law Association. Ryan also holds a BBA from the University of Notre Dame, where he graduated summa cum laude and first in his class in the top-ranked IT management program in the United States.
While practicing law at Winthrop & Weinstine, Ryan was involved in over $1.5 billion worth of mergers and acquisitions in the restaurant industry. Ryan also established a national craft brewery practice with over 40 clients. Ryan was named one of Minnesota Business Magazine’s “100 People to Know” for 2017 and named “Rising Star” by Minnesota Super Lawyers in 2014 and 2015.
Mo has over a decade of professional experience including investment banking and public accounting experience. Prior to joining Freeland Briese, Mo was an investment banker at Lazard and he also worked in public accounting at PwC.
Mo has worked on various types of transactions, including sell-side, buy-side, corporate divestiture, and strategic advisory assignments involving both public and private companies. Over the course of his career, Mo has advised on a number of transactions with an aggregate value in excess of $2.5 billion. Representative transactions include Unliever’s sale of the Skippy Peanut Butter brand to Hormel, Land O’Lakes’ Divestiture of Moark, the sale of Friendly’s Ice Cream to Dean Foods, the acquisition of The Wornick Company by Baxters, and the sale of Golden Boy Foods to Post Holdings.
Mo received an MBA with honors from the University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business and received a BS in Accounting from Case Western Reserve University.
Dominick has over four years of professional experience including three years of mergers and acquisitions transaction experience. A licensed attorney, Dominick was previously an attorney in the corporate group at Winthrop & Weinstine, P.A., where he specialized in middle-market merger and acquisition transactions. Before law school, Dominick worked in Munich, Germany for a software development company.
Dominick holds a JD from the University of Minnesota Law School. He also holds a BSB. in Entrepreneurial Management and his BA in Political Science and German from the University of Minnesota, where he graduated summa cum laude and served as President of the Entrepreneurship Club and consulted for startups and innovative growing businesses through the MBA school’s Carlson Ventures Enterprise.
Arch has over two years of professional experience. Prior to joining Freeland Briese, Arch worked as a financial analyst for UnitedHealth Group and played professional hockey for the Bietigheim Steelers in Germany.
Arch holds a BA in Economics from Colorado College, where he played hockey and was a four-time member of the WCHA and NCHC all-academic teams.
We proudly serve entrepreneurs, and middle market businesses across the United States. We have significant experience representing clients across an array of industries including manufacturing, distribution, food and beverage, healthcare, e-commerce, technology, and business services. See below for representative examples of our clients and transactions.
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