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W Morgan Burns

Faegre Baker Daniels LLP

Minneapolis, MN, USA

Morgan Burns counsels clients in many areas of corporate law, including capital markets transactions, securities regulation and corporate governance, and mergers and acquisitions.

Capital Markets Transactions
Morgan represents issuers, underwriters, agents and investors in all types of capital markets transactions, including public and private offerings of equity, debt, units, convertibles, and hybrid securities. He has advised on:

  • Traditional IPOs and underwritten follow-on offerings
  • "Bought" deals
  • Registered directs
  • Confidentially-marketed public offerings (CMPOs)
  • Rule 144A transactions
  • Private investments in public equity (PIPEs)
  • Issuer tender offers
  • "Go private" transactions
  • Venture capital financings

 Morgan has most recently represented the issuer or underwriters in the IPOs of Gordmans Stores, Electromed, Titan Machinery and Gander Mountain Company, and follow-on offerings by Northern Oil and Gas, LodgeNet, Enteromedics, and RC2.  He has been counsel in multiple investment-grade debt, convertible and hybrid offerings by Archer-Daniels-Midland and a recent investment-grade debt offering by California Water Service Company. Among the lead underwriters he has represented are Piper Jaffray & Co., Robert W. Baird & Co., Craig-Hallum Capital Group, RBC Capital Markets, Needham & Company, and Feltl and Company.

Securities Regulation and Corporate Governance
Morgan represents numerous public companies in their ongoing compliance with applicable legal and regulatory requirements. In this capacity, he advises companies in the areas of SEC periodic reporting, trading and disclosure practices, proxy regulation, Sarbanes-Oxley compliance, stock exchange listing requirements, investor relations, and corporate governance matters.  His clients in these areas include Archer-Daniels-Midland, FICO, Piper Jaffray, Northern Oil and Gas, Vital Images, The Dolan Company, Polaris Industries, and IKONICS.

Mergers and Acquisitions
Morgan represents buyers, sellers, and financial advisors in a wide variety of domestic and international M&A transactions, from purchases and sales of both private and public companies to carve-out transactions and joint ventures. These transactions have spanned a wide range of industries, including software and hardware technology, business services, health care services, medical technology, retail, consumer products, publishing, manufacturing, telecom, and financial services.

His client roster in significant M&A transactions includes UnitedHealth Group, 3M, H.B. Fuller, FICO, Gander Mountain, PLATO Learning, CarVal Investors, Piper Jaffray, U.S. Bank, The Dolan Company, GovDelivery, Retek, and Smithway Motor Xpress.

Additional Experience
Morgan co-founded and served as a director of GovDelivery, a software as a service (SaaS) company that is the leading provider of government-to-citizen communication solutions, from 1999 until 2009, when 90% of GovDelivery was bought by holding company, ICG (NASDAQ: ICGE).

During 2000 and 2001, Morgan served as vice president of corporate development and senior counsel of Dantis, Inc., a Web-hosting and managed services company that raised over $100 million in debt and equity capital. At Dantis, Morgan was responsible for negotiating financings and strategic partnerships, as well as managing certain aspects of real estate and construction, intellectual property, and employment matters.


  • University of Virginia School of Law,
    • J.D., Order of the Coif (1996)
  • Dartmouth College
    • A.B., cum laude (1993)

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