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  • Education
    • J.D., University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law, 1982, UMKC Law Review
    • B.B.A., University of Michigan, 1976

Richard Yawitz’s blend of transactional experience and his previous background as a certified public accountant is particularly valuable to clients requiring a combination of technical knowledge and strategic advice.

His comprehensive counsel approach focuses on creating increased financial value for his clients in the final exit strategy, as well as the operational phase of the business. Richard understands the intricacies of business transactions from the perspective of all parties involved. In addition to mergers and acquisitions, he represents clients in business formation, reorganizations, recapitalizations, restructurings, and divestitures. He negotiates transactions and advises both purchasers and sellers regarding business and tax aspects in a variety of deal pricings and structures, ranging from closely held family businesses to publicly traded companies.

Richard represents parties in:

  • Business transactional agreements
  • Buy-sell agreements
  • Confidentiality agreements
  • Executive compensation
  • Business succession
  • Asset protection
  • Represented a privately held company in the financial industry in connection with the sale of its assets to a publicly traded company for approximately $50 million in cash and stock.
  • Represented a privately held company in the printing industry in connection with the sale of its assets to a publicly traded company for a purchase price in excess of $30 million in cash.
  • Represented a privately held manufacturing business in connection with the sale of its manufacturing, parts, and service businesses with a purchase price in excess of $15 million in cash.
  • Represented a privately held company in the financial industry in connection with the redemption of certain of its owners’ interests in a transaction valued in excess of $15 million.
  • Represented related privately held Midwest insurance agencies in an asset acquisition by a publicly traded company with an aggregate purchase price in excess of $6 million in cash and stock.
  • Represented a publicly traded company in the energy industry in connection with the sale of one of its subsidiaries located in Texas in an asset acquisition.
  • Represented a Midwest privately held company in the promotional products business in connection with a series of strategic purchases of related businesses throughout the United States.
  • Represented a group of minority shareholders in a series of transactions exceeding $30 million resulting in the buyout of their stock and membership interests in the family owned businesses and related real estate.
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