Joseph T. Kinning

Shareholder; Business Law

Joseph is a shareholder based in the firm’s Minneapolis office. He is a member of the Business Law Section and practices principally in the areas of:

  • Securities regulation
  • Private equity
  • Mergers and acquisitions
  • General corporate law
  • Energy law

With more than 15 years of experience, Joseph represents publicly and privately held companies and private equity firms across the U.S. in complex mergers and acquisitions, securities offerings, financings, restructurings and other business transactions.

Recent representative experience includes:

  • sale of publically traded retailer in a $340 million public company merger by tender offer;
  • representing private equity firms in connection with investments, portfolio company operations and exit transactions;
  • serving as lead attorney on a variety of complex public and private transactions including going private tender offers, proxy contests, exchange offers and restructurings;
  • representing buyers and sellers in middle market mergers and acquisitions;
  • representing buyers and sellers in the transfer of over 10,000 MW of power generation assets;
  • representing public companies in ongoing compliance with securities regulations;
  • representing public and private companies on best practices for corporate governance;
  • advising on general corporate matters for a variety of regional and national business;
  • representing securities issuers, underwriters and dealers in public offerings and private placements.

Prior to locating to Minneapolis, Joseph began his legal career working on Wall Street with one of the world’s largest law firms. He is regularly listed in Minnesota Super Lawyers.

Admitted to practice in Minnesota and New York, Joseph is a member of the Minnesota and New York state bar associations. He received his B.A. summa cum laude from the University of Minnesota in 1983 and a J.D. from the University of Minnesota Law School in 1986. Joseph joined Briggs in 2010.