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John C. Muhs

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  • Southfield

    t. +1.248.784.5165

    f. +1.248.603.9765

Biography

John Muhs focuses his practice on corporate transactional and securities matters. He advises privately-held and publicly-traded companies on matters of business formation, corporate governance, joint ventures, capital raising, and commercial contracting. In mergers and acquisitions, John has experience on the buy- and sell-side of financial and strategic transactions involving middle-market companies.
 
In securities, funds and investment services matters, John counsels entrepreneurial and middle-market companies on structuring private placements, crowdfunding, and disclosures under the Securities Act of 1933 and the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. In addition, he assists investment advisers, broker-dealers, financial planners and M&A brokers in practice management, compliance matters, and purchase and sales of brokerage and advisory practices. John also represents private equity and venture capital funds in matters of fund formation, portfolio management, and compliance related matters.
 
Finally, John also has expertise in emerging legal issues surrounding automated and connected vehicle technology, including liability, state legislation and regulation, NHTSA compliance, joint ventures and strategic investments, commercial contracting and licensing, and antitrust matters.

Education

  • University of Michigan J.D. 2016 cum laude
  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill B.S. 2013 with highest distinction

Admitted

  • 2016, Michigan

Bar Associations

  • State Bar of Michigan
    Business Law Section
  • American Bar Association
  • Oakland County Bar Association

Experience

Corporate
  • Advises businesses and nonprofit organizations on choice of entity and prepares formational governance documents, including articles of organization/incorporation, operating agreements, corporate bylaws, subscription agreements, buy-sell agreements, voting agreements and director/officer indemnification agreements
  • Drafts and negotiates various agreements in connection with mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, corporate reorganizations, debt restructuring and other transactional matters
  • Provides ongoing corporate governance counsel, including drafting of articles of incorporation, bylaws, board minutes, resolutions, written consents, and stock certificates; completes necessary regulatory filings to comply with state corporate law and best practices
  • Prepares, reviews and negotiates various commercial contracts, including procurement, supply, service, distribution, manufacturing, development, confidentiality and consulting agreements

Securities, Funds and Investments Services
  • Assists start-ups and emerging growth companies through the entire business lifecycle, from seed and development, investor management, venture financings, commercial contracts, software licensing, equity incentive planning, joint ventures, and exit transactions
  • Represents private equity, angel and venture capital funds in matters of fund formation, capital raising and investing in portfolio companies
  • Produces compliance and procedure manuals, client service agreements and representative agreements for investment advisory and broker-dealer firms
  • Advises non-reporting companies on when and how to prepare and complete required filings with federal and state securities regulators and self-regulatory organizations
  • Prepares and reviews public company securities filings, including initial and shelf registration statements, prospectuses, proxy statements, and 10-K, 10-Q, and 8-K reports
  • Counsels broker-dealer firms, registered investment advisers, and licensed insurance agents in responding to regulatory inquiries and administrative proceedings of SEC and state securities enforcement officials

Autonomous and Connected Mobility
  • Drafts and reviews agreements for the development and licensing of emerging automotive technology
  • Advises start-up companies as well as established automotive suppliers on issues of state and federal regulatory compliance for the design and testing of automated vehicles and strategies for supply chain risk management and minimizing product liability exposure
  • Speaks and writes on the legal and liability implications of developments unfolding in the regulatory environment and business models of the mobility industry

Representative Transactions
  • Assisted in representation of manufacturing and engineering company in its private equity capital raise of $110 million
  • Conducted legal due diligence in connection with Michigan’s largest electric and gas utility’s purchase of 24-megawatt solar power plant
  • Drafted seller’s disclosure schedules in connection with $48 million sale of stock in automotive and industrial paint and finishing business
  • Reviews and negotiates, on an ongoing basis, various procurement, supply and service contracts of a global Tier 1 automotive supplier
  • Negotiated and drafted definitive agreements for SEC-registered investment advisory firm’s acquisition of competing firm’s book of business
  • Advised brokerage and advisory firm regarding MSRB regulatory compliance and FINRA enforcement response

Honors & Awards

  • Associate Editor, Michigan Law Review (vols. 113 and 114)
  • Certificate of Merit, Securities Regulation
  • Dean's Scholar, 2013-16
  • Phi Beta Kappa

Leadership

Professional Affiliations

  • Michigan Venture Capital Association
    Member
  • Detroit Economic Club
    Young Member
  • MICHauto Mobility Committee
    Member
  • Original Equipment Supplier Association
    Affiliate Member

Speaking Engagements

  • “Regulatory Environment Update for Autonomous/Connected Vehicles,” The Automotive Supplier’s Legal Guide to 2018: Buckle Up and Get Ready for Rapid Change, OESA Seminar, February 7, 2018, Troy, Michigan
  • “Liability Environment of Shared-Control Connected and Automated Vehicles,” Mcity Annual Congress, November 14, 2017, Ann Arbor, Michigan
  • “Liability Environment of Shared-Control Connected and Automated Vehicles,” Mcity Research Review, May 2, 2017, Ann Arbor, Michigan
  • “Regulation and Supply Chain Imperatives for Autonomous and Connected Vehicles,” The Automotive Supplier’s Guide to 2017: Legal Trends and Insight for the New Year, OESA Seminar, February 2, 2017, Troy, Michigan
  • “Commercial Truck Platooning,” Mobility Transformation Center Annual Congress, November 16, 2016, Ann Arbor, Michigan

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