John C. Muhs

Associate | jmuhs@wnj.com | V-Card | Profile PDF SouthfieldT +1.248.784.5165F +1.248.603.9765 John Muhs practices corporate and securities law as a member of the firm’s Business Practice Group and Automotive Industry Group. He advises privately held and publicly traded companies on matters of business formation, corporate governance, capital raising, mergers and acquisitions, securities regulation, and commercial contracts. John also has expertise in legal issues surrounding automated and connected vehicle technology, including product liability, state legislation and regulation, NHTSA compliance, antitrust, and data security.  

John Muhs practices corporate and securities law as a member of the firm’s Business Practice Group and Automotive Industry Group. He advises privately held and publicly traded companies on matters of business formation, corporate governance, capital raising, mergers and acquisitions, securities regulation, and commercial contracts. John also has expertise in legal issues surrounding automated and connected vehicle technology, including product liability, state legislation and regulation, NHTSA compliance, antitrust, and data security.
 
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Experience

Corporate
  • Advises businesses and non-profit organizations on choice of entity; 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
  • Produces various agreements in connection with mergers and acquisitions, venture capital and angel investment financings, joint ventures, corporate reorganizations, debt restructuring and other transactional matters
  • Provides ongoing corporate legal counsel, including drafting of minutes, resolutions, completes necessary regulatory filings to comply with state corporate law and best governance practices
  • Prepares, reviews and negotiates various commercial contracts, including supply, service, distribution, manufacturing, confidentiality and consulting agreements
Securities
  • Researches and produces memoranda addressing various securities-related regulatory issues faced by publicly traded companies, venture capital funds, broker-dealer firms, and registered investment advisers
  • Prepares and reviews various securities filings, including initial and shelf registration statements, prospectuses, proxy statements, and 10-K, 10-Q, and 8-K reports
  • Assisted in representation of manufacturing and engineering company in its private equity capital raise of $110 million
  • Advised a brokerage and advisory firm regarding MSRB regulatory compliance and FINRA enforcement response
Autonomous and Connected Mobility
  • Drafts and reviews agreements for the development and licensing of emerging automotive technology
  • Advises automotive suppliers on issues of supply chain risk management, product liability, warranty disputes, state and federal regulatory compliance and recalls
  • Speaks and writes on the potential implications of impending changes in the regulatory environment and business models of the automotive industry

Industries

Practices

Education

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

Admitted

  • 2016, Michigan

Honors and Awards

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

Bar Associations

  • State Bar of Michigan
  • American Bar Association
  • Oakland County Bar Association

Publications

  • Muhs, J. "Hometown hero? The Detroit Reaction to Joe Lous," Traces: The UNC-Chapel Hill Journal of History, Vol. 2 (Spring 2013): 86-111

One Court of Justice Blog


Ahead of the Curve Auto Supplier Blog


Speaking Engagements

  • "Regulation and Supply Chain Imperatives," 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 Congress, November 16, 2016, Ann Arbor, Michigan

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