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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 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. He represents registered investment advisers in compliance matters, and private equity and venture capital funds in matters of fund formation and strategic investment. John also has expertise in legal issues surrounding automated and connected vehicle technology, including product liability, state legislation and regulation, NHTSA compliance, 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, Mathematics and Medieval History

Admitted

  • 2016, Michigan

Bar Associations

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

Honors & Awards

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

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
  • Produces 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 minutes, resolutions, and written consents; completes necessary regulatory filings to comply with state corporate law and best practices
  • Prepares, reviews and negotiates various commercial contracts, including supply, service, distribution, manufacturing, confidentiality and consulting agreements
Securities
  • 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 services agreements and representative agreements for investment advisory and broker-dealer firms
  • Prepares and reviews various securities filings, including initial and shelf registration statements, prospectuses, proxy statements, and 10-K, 10-Q, and 8-K reports
  • 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
  • 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

Publications

Leadership

Professional Affiliations

  • Detroit Economic Club
    Young Leader

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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