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  • Education
    • J.D., University of Kansas School of Law, Order of the Coif
    • M.B.A., University of Kansas Graduate School of Business, Graduate Business Scholar
    • B.A., magna cum laude, Graceland College, Missouri Western State College
Darren Hensley has practiced law in the Colorado legal market since 1990, with his practice emphasizing a wide variety of corporate, securities, mergers and acquisitions, financings, and general business law matters and transactions. He leads the Corporate and Transactional practice group in the Denver office.

Darren has significant experience with both buy-side and sell-side mergers, acquisitions and sales, leveraged buyouts, debt and equity offerings (including venture capital), joint ventures, entity formation, Securities Exchange Act filings, SEC regulatory matters, and general corporate and business matters. He has also published articles and lectured on mergers and acquisitions and transactional legal topics.

Chambers USA, the world's leading guide to the legal profession, has included Darren in their rankings for corporate and mergers and acquisitions, most recently in 2021. In interviews with clients and M&A professionals during research for the rankings, remarks made about him include: "Darren is incredibly knowledgeable and is the hardest working attorney I have worked with." 
  • Represent management of an automotive products company in connection with the company’s stock sale to a portfolio company of a private equity group.
  • Minority recapitalization with a family office consisting of divestitures, F reorganization, recapitalization and senior credit facility.
  • Sale of membership interests in holding companies of a provider of foundry services and support of ion implantation for the microelectronics industry to a global leader in engineered materials and optoelectronic components.
  • Sale of 51% of physician endoscopy practice to an owner and operator of hospitals and related health care entities, structured as a contribution of the assets to a newly formed LLC subsidiary and a subsequent sale of 51% of such LLC.
  • Distressed asset acquisition of a division of an oil and gas services company.
  • Sale of substantially all of the assets of a technology company in exchange for the cancellation of debt.
  • Sale of assets of an investment banking firm to an accounting firm with an investment banking division.
  • Asset sale of a construction crane company. Membership interest sale of an ecommerce site search and merchandising company to a fund buyer.
  • Public company merger sale of an identity theft protection company to an information solutions company.
  • Represent management of an owner and franchisor of automotive service centers in connection with the company’s stock sale to a private equity firm.
  • Leveraged sale of a carpet installation company to a private equity firm.
  • Merger acquisition, including senior and subordinated debt and equity financing, of a provider of foundry services and support of ion implantation for the microelectronics industry.
  • Corporate and securities aspects of sale of equity interests in a limited partnership owning a commercial office building and the general partner thereof to a real estate holding company.
  • Offering of convertible notes followed by an offering of Series A Preferred Stock in a virtual sports training company.
  • Secondary market sale of Series E Preferred Stock.
  • Membership interest sale of a subsidiary providing warranty and spare parts services for central solar inverters to a private equity fund, including a post-closing line of credit provided to buyer by seller.
  • Reorganization from a limited liability company with S corporation election to a C corporation, followed by a convertible bridge note financing, of an online rental home occupancy tax solution company.
  • Sale of assets of an employee benefits consultant company to an employee benefits brokerage firm.
  • Asset sale of a manufacturer of specialty agricultural harvesting equipment to a custom engineering, design and manufacturing company.
  • Acquisition of the membership interests of a warehousing and logistics company.
  • Dissolution of a joint venture involving a gravel pit mining operation.
  • Asset sale of a railroad technology company to an international company.
  • Asset sale of software development and consulting division to a telecommunication numbering administration company.
  • Asset sale of a brain health and performance company.
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Top 5 Trends in Private Company M&A Transactions
Business Law Institute, CLE Seminar (Polsinelli PC); Denver, Colorado
Panel Member
June 2, 2015
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Colorado Biz Magazine
May 18, 2015
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Selling an Investment Bank: Sitting in a Different Seat at the Table
CLE Seminar (CLE in Colorado); Denver, Colorado
Panel Member
November 4, 2014
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Key Issues for Startup Companies
Law Week Colorado
August 4, 2014
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Special Issues in Buy-Side M&A Representations
Business Law Institute, CLE Seminar (Polsinelli PC); Denver, Colorado
Panel Member
June 13, 2014
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Legal Red Flags Angel Investors Look for and How to Avoid Them: Legal Issues Startups Should Address Sooner Rather than Later
Polsinelli PC and Impact Angel Group; Denver, Colorado
Panel Member
June 3, 2014
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Legal Red Flags Angel Investors Look for and How to Avoid Them: Founder, Employee and Customer Issues and Agreements
Polsinelli PC and Impact Angel Group; Denver, Colorado
Panel Member
March 21, 2014
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Five Laws Startups Love to Break
Denver Start-Up Week; Denver, Colorado
Panel Member
September 19, 2013
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Update on Key Deal Terms in Private Equity Investing in Select Industries – Healthcare
Business Law Institute, CLE Seminar (Polsinelli PC); Denver, Colorado
Moderator of CLE Event and Panel Member
June 20, 2013
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Piercing the Corporate Veil: Keys for Avoiding Personal Liability
Starting a Colorado Business, CLE Seminar
Presentation given in Denver, Colorado
April 11, 2013