Timothy R. Damschroder is the co-chair of the Business Practice Group. He specializes in middle market M&A transactions (typically ranging from $30 million to $1 billion) and corporate finance.
He has substantial experience serving as outside general counsel to automotive, industrial and technology companies. He manages many major client accounts with responsibility for quality control, staffing, workflow, and overall client satisfaction. His middle market activities involve companies in a broad range of industries including software, IoT, big data, pharma and other technology based industries, manufacturing, publishing, automotive, aerospace, transportation, retail, food and beverage, construction, and healthcare. His active involvement with client transactions starts with pre-letter of intent negotiations and continues through to final closing. His primary value to clients is working to efficiently and effectively close transactions while helping clients understand and evaluate the important legal issues involved in transactions without hindering the client's business goals.
Mr. Damschroder also specializes in dealing with technology companies from start up to transactions involving intellectual property, to venture capital financing, to eventual sale. Mr. Damschroder has significant experience working with the University of Michigan’s Technology Transfer Office. He is part of a Bodman team that has represented a significant number of the start-up and spin-off companies that have licensed technology from U of M.
His corporate finance work includes fund formation, private placements, debt and equity financing (private equity, venture capital, and angel investments), and derivative transactions including ISDA documentation, master agreements, interest rate swaps, currency swaps and other foreign exchange transactions (FX transactions), and options.
Mr. Damschroder was the 2016 recipient of the State Bar of Michigan Business Law Section’s Stephen H. Schulman Outstanding Business Lawyer Award, presented to one business lawyer in the State of Michigan each year in recognition of contributions to Michigan business law over the course of a career.
He is listed in IFLR1000 2019 under Mergers and Acquisitions and in Michigan Super Lawyers 2019 under Mergers and Acquisions and under the Top 100 Attorneys. He is also listed in The Best Lawyers in America® 2021 and has been named the Best Lawyers® 2021 Corporate Law "Lawyer of the Year" in Ann Arbor. He is listed as one of four top-tier ranked lawyers in Chambers USA 2020 under Corporate/M&A – Michigan, being called “a widely acclaimed practitioner who advises on high-profile acquisitions . . . He is also well regarded for acting on private equity, venture capital and joint venture transactions.”
In 2013, Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder appointed Mr. Damschroder to the newly created Michigan Health Endowment Fund Board. The Fund, which was created under Public Act 4 of 2013, will benefit the health and wellness of Michigan residents through programs focusing on children and seniors. Mr. Damschroder serves as Chairperson of the Fund, which is expected to receive up to $1.56 billion in contributions over 18 years.