Dennis L. Knoer

Shareholder; Business Law

Dennis is a shareholder in the firm of Briggs and Morgan, Professional Association. He is based in our Minneapolis office and is a member of the Business Law Section.

Dennis practices principally in the areas of:

  • Mergers and acquisitions
  • Corporate finance
  • Securities
  • Real estate investment fund formation and private offerings
  • Corporate governance
  • Business law

In his practice, Dennis serves as outside general counsel to a number of privately held companies, providing counsel and guidance on matters relating to mergers and acquisitions, corporate governance, risk management, business contracts, general corporate law, and shareholder conflict resolution.
He has extensive experience negotiating various transactions on behalf of clients. Dennis has handled domestic and international mergers and acquisitions, stock and asset acquisitions, and joint ventures.

Dennis is fund counsel to a number of real estate investment funds, guiding clients through the entire fund life cycle, including:

  • formation and fund structure, including:
    - structure of management and other fees, 
    - distribution and allocation waterfalls,
  • fund offerings, including:
    - preparing offering memoranda and fund partnership documentation,
    - compliance with securities laws related to fund offering and operation,
  • investor relations;
  • fund wind up.

Dennis represents private equity funds in connection with the acquisition and divestiture of portfolio companies in numerous industries. He also represents clients in a wide range of investment and finance-related activities. Dennis has represented investment banks and numerous public and private issuers in connection with the offer and sale of securities. He also has experience working with private foundations and individual investors in connection with the review of, and investment in, private equity funds throughout the world. 

Dennis is admitted to practice in Minnesota and Missouri. He has been listed as a “Minnesota Rising Star” in mergers and acquisitions in Minnesota Super Lawyers. He previously served as president of the Business Law Section of the Minnesota State Bar Association (MSBA), and as the section’s legislative coordinator. In addition, Dennis was active for several years on the board of directors of Connect U.S.-Russia, a nonprofit organization (recently dissolved) that promoted relationship building between American entities and Russian counterparts.

Dennis received a B.A. in political science from Creighton University. He received his J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center, where he was a staff member of the American Criminal Law Review. Dennis is a certified Russian linguist and attended the Defense Language Institute School of Russian in Monterey, California. He joined Briggs in 2007.