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  • Education
    • LL.M., with honors, University of Missouri, 1975, Urban Lawyer, American Bar Association publication
    • J.D., University of Missouri, 1974, Urban Lawyer, American Bar Association publication; UMKC Business and Public Administration Review
    • B.A., University of Notre Dame, 1970, Economics, focus in Finance and Accounting
  • Court Admissions
    • State of Missouri, 1974
    • U.S. District Court, Western District of Missouri, 1974
Michael Van Dyke's 40 years of experience in the legal industry allows him to provide clients with a vast knowledge of the corporate and transactional realm. His practice focuses on mergers and acquisitions; private equity; venture capital and small business investment companies (SBICs); corporate formation and finance; consumer and secured lending; strategic partnerships and joint ventures; real estate finance, incentives, and development; product distribution; transportation and outsourcing; business and bank regulation, corporate governance, compliance, risk management, and succession planning; business reorganizations, recapitalizations, and financial workouts; and educational and health-related nonprofit entities.

He has experience serving as a legal adviser to the following industries and client types:
  • Federal, state, and foreign chartered banks, bank holding companies, insurance and commercial finance companies, and other public and private lenders
  • SBICs, private equity and angel investors, investment banking, venture capital, mezzanine and various other types of private financial investors including representing investors who made original equity investments in various start-ups that evolved into or became part of large, private or publicly traded companies
  • Sellers, buyers, borrowers, lenders, public and private debt and equity issuers and founders, directors, officers and other investors in various start-ups, spin offs, roll ups, leveraged buyouts, management buyouts, joint ventures, restructures, recapitalizations, and reorganizations for various types and sizes of businesses
  • Universities, college preparatory, primary schools, museum and cultural centers, foundations, trusts, and other non-profit clients
Prior to joining Polsinelli, Michael served as outside general counsel to one of the largest educational seminar companies in the world, as well as to the largest U.S. Military Personnel lender.
Venture Capital and Private Equity Transactions:
  • Subordinated convertible debt transaction involving national clothing manufacturer. 
  • Subordinated debt and warrant transaction involving national medical device manufacturer and distributor. 
  • Senior and subordinated debt and preferred units involving national propane distributor. 
  • Start-up venture capital investment, equity and debt in national restaurant franchisor and operator. 
  • Start-up equity investment in holding company for multi-state business journal publisher. 
  • Start-up debt and equity investment in a regional ground transportation provider. 
  • Debt and equity venture capital investments by Small Business Investment Companies ("SBICs") and private investors in numerous private companies with various structures and strategic goals. 

Sale & Acquisition Transactions (Stock, Assets, and Mergers):
  • Sale of radio stations and related media assets. 
  • Sale of national financial services provider. 
  • Sale of state chartered banks. 
  • Sale of regional ground transportation companies to public company purchasers. 
  • Sale of a regional medical service provider to public company purchaser. 
  • Sales of construction companies and material suppliers.
  • Sales of medical, dental, accounting, and architectural practices. 
  • Sales of not for profit public seminar providers. 
  • Sale of national consumer lender to bank holding company. 
  • Sale of national medical device manufacturer. 
  • Sale of advertising and media company. 
  • Sale of non-consumer account collection agency. 
  • Sales and acquisitions of beverage bottles and beer distributors.
  • Acquisition of multiple subsidiaries in the sportswear manufacturing and distribution business from public company parent. 
  • Acquisition of multi-state ground transportation businesses from public company parents. 
  • Acquisition of large electric motor manufacturer in connection with roll-up strategy. 
  • Acquisition of telecom and cable TV related companies and assets as part of a client roll-up strategy. 
  •  Acquisition of targeted entities engaged in international sales and Internet marketing. 
  • Acquisition of medical device manufacturers and distributors. 
  • Acquisitions of multiple new automobile dealerships and franchises. 
  • Acquisition of casino gaming operations. 

Start-Ups and Formation Transactions:
  • Formation and chartering of investment companies (i.e., SBICs and private funds). 
  • Formation and chartering of state banks and bank holding companies. 
  • Formation of multi-state real estate investment groups to purchase distressed property. 
  • Formation of start-up multi-state business magazine publications. 
  • Formation of regional technology consulting operation. 
  • Formation of multi-location regional restaurant franchisors. 

Financing Transactions:

  • Numerous construction and secured loan financings. 
  • Financing of multistate road and bridge construction contractors and quarry owners. 
  • Financings of National Propane Distributors. 
  • Financing of national restaurant chains and food processing and distribution companies. 
  • Financings of numerous office building complexes and shopping center developments. 
  • Financings of national media and educational program providers. 
  • MOHEFA Bond financings of school campuses and educational facilities. 
  • PIEA Bond financings of construction materials supplier and fabricator. 

Restructures and Financial Workouts:
  • Restructure and recapitalization of not-for-profit golf course and country club. 
  • Restructure of large multistate cab, bus and limousine transportation companies. 
  • Restructure and wind down of large professional service provider. 
  • Negotiated multiple acquisitions of foreclosed business assets and business loans from Resolution Trust Corporation ("RTC") and Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation ("FDIC"). 
  • Engaged by FDIC to orderly liquidate small business investment companies. 
  • Restructure and recapitalization of multiple investment partnerships and funds.
Unusual Engagements: 
  • Formation and financing of not-for-profit educational provider.
  • Mediate dissolution of a law firm.
  • Roll-up of multiple independently-owned medical research businesses.
  • Design and document four-level investment, governance, management, and operations business model.
  • Expert witness on validity of quaranties, subordinations, subrogations rights, and lender liability for bank lender.
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Understanding Repurchase Agreements and Sweep Accounts
Presenter, Annual CLE Seminar for In-House Counsel
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Patterns of Sale
Author, The Missouri Bar Lawyer’s CLE Deskbook on Corporate Law
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Use of Separate Business Entities
Presenter, National Seminars Group - Fundamental Considerations for New Businesses
2008, 2009, 2010
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Real Estate Construction and Development Finance
Presenter, 35th Annual KCMBA Bench-Bar & Boardroom Conference
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Anatomy of a Transaction: Stock Purchases and Mergers
Presenter, 34th Annual KCMBA Bench-Bar & Boardroom Conference
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Anatomy of a Transaction: Patterns of Sale
Presenter, 33th Annual KCMBA Bench-Bar & Boardroom Conference
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Best Practices Corporate Governance: Advice to Non-SEC Reporting Small to Medium-Sized Businesses
Presenter, 32nd Annual KCMBA Bench-Bar & Boardroom Conference
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Patterns of Sale
Author, The Missouri Bar Lawyer’s CLE Deskbook on Corporate Law CLE, Chapter Revision
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Patterns of Sale
Author, The Missouri Bar Lawyer’s CLE Deskbook on Corporate Law CLE, Chapter Supplement
text icon Publications & Presentations
Patterns of Sale
Author, The Missouri Bar Lawyer’s CLE Deskbook on Corporate Law CLE, Chapter Revision