We believe that companies are bigger than the product or service they sell. They stand for something, they have meaning, a purpose. Great companies positively impact their employees, customers, and communities.
We believe that the entrepreneurs leading these companies deserve the opportunity to sell their business for the highest price with the best terms to the right buyer -- a buyer committed to the ideals the company stands for.
Leveraging the diversity of our people and their thinking, we apply a multidisciplinary approach to our M&A process, tailored to the specific objectives of the entrepreneurs we represent. We take time to understand our client's culture and position in the marketplace so that we can authentically communicate what makes our client's company unique.
With our client’s goals and objectives in mind, we orchestrate an aggressive process to find buyers who value the unique attributes of our client’s business. Ultimately, through competitive tension and leverage, we negotiate with multiple buyers simultaneously, ensuring we achieve the highest price with the best terms with the right buyer.
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 J.D. from the University of Minnesota Law School, where he served as President of the Business Law Association. Ryan also holds a B.B.A 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.
Ryan was named “Rising Star” by Minnesota Super Lawyers in 2014 and 2015. 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.
John has over 40 years of professional experience including 25 years of food industry investment experience. Prior to joining Freeland Briese in 2015, John founded and led Acorn Financial Corp, a food industry focused investment bank, and co-founded The Food Fund, a Minnesota-based venture fund focused on the food industry. John was the Managing and General Partner of The Food Fund for 12 years and was involved in 22 financings in the food industry. Prior to The Food Fund, John was an executive at Community Investment Enterprises and Cherry Tree Ventures.
John holds a Masters in Finance from the University of Minnesota and a BA in Economics from Carleton College.
John has been a volunteer for BestPrep since 1986. BestPrep is a Minneapolis-based non-profit which helps students and teachers in Minnesota gain business and career skills through experiences.
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 J.D. from the University of Minnesota Law School. He also holds a B.S.B. in Entrepreneurial Management and his B.A. 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 Carson 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 B.A. 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 family businesses across the United States. We have significant experience representing manufacturing, distribution, food, beverage, business services, and technology companies. See below for representative examples of our clients and transactions.
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