Mr. Counts focuses his practice on the representation of privately and publicly held... more
Mr. Counts focuses his practice on the representation of privately and publicly held companies in corporate, finance, and securities matters. He has represented clients in several mergers, acquisitions and dispositions of businesses and assets, debt financing transactions, and public and private securities offerings, as well as in corporate governance and compliance and securities law complianc... view profile
Prior to joining Hinkle Elkouri, Mr. de Jong served as Director of Transaction... more
Prior to joining Hinkle Elkouri, Mr. de Jong served as Director of Transaction Services for Koch Industries, Inc., the nations largest privately held corporation, and played an integral role in Kochs $4+ billion asset acquisition of DuPonts international chemicals and fibers business (INVISTA) and its successful $21 billion all-cash tender offer for the stock of Georgia-Pacific Corporation. His... view profile
Mr. Herd is a lifelong Kansas resident and fourth-generation attorney originating... more
Mr. Herd is a lifelong Kansas resident and fourth-generation attorney originating from Coldwater. He is the great-grandson of Dick H. Rich (admitted 1903); grandson of Horace H. Rich (admitted 1921); and son of former Kansas Supreme Court Justice and former Kansas State Senator Harold S. Herd (admitted 1946). Mike has embraced their legacy in devoting his career toward the advancement of his pr... view profile
Mergers / acquisitions lawyers help businesses buy other companies, or merge with them to become a single company. For example, America Online and Time Warner merged in 2000 to form AOL Time Warner. There are many reasons companies merge–for example, corporate strategy and finance, economies of scale, increased revenue or market share, and cross-selling opportunities. Mergers and acquisitions attorneys understand business law, are often trained negotiators, and will be able to draft detailed agreements describing the new relationship.