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Corinne N. Sprague

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Biography

Corinne Sprague practices corporate and securities law. She partners with clients to learn their business, enabling her to deliver practical legal advice tailored to the client’s goals and business strategy. Corinne advises privately held and publicly traded companies with respect to mergers and acquisitions, commercial contracts, corporate planning and governance, and compliance with federal and state securities laws.

Education

  • University of Michigan Law School J.D. 2010 magna cum laude
  • University of Notre Dame B.A. 2007 American Studies summa cum laude

Admitted

  • 2010, Michigan

Bar Associations

  • State Bar of Michigan
  • American Bar Association
  • Grand Rapids Bar Association

Experience

  • Advises privately held businesses with business organization, succession planning, governance and other corporate matters, including multigenerational succession planning for family-owned businesses
  • Advises public companies with respect to corporate governance, securities compliance, commercial contracts, mergers, acquisitions and divestitures
  • Drafts and reviews a variety of commercial contracts, including supply agreements, distribution agreements and consulting agreements, for clients in the retail, manufacturing, information technology and medical device industries

General Corporate Advising
  • Assists several multigenerational family businesses, including Louis Padnos Iron and Metal Company, a leading recycler of paper, plastics and metals throughout the United States and EJ Group, Inc., a world leader in infrastructure access solutions and a multigenerational family business, with corporate planning and governance, commercial contracts, general business matters and business acquisitions
  • Assists SpartanNash Company (Nasdaq) with business acquisitions and divestitures, commercial contracts and services agreements
  • Represents Spectrum Health Hospitals and certain affiliates in ongoing procurement contracts for medical equipment, supplies and services
  • Drafts and negotiates procurement and services agreements for Whirlpool Corporation (NYSE)
  • Drafts and negotiates professional services agreements for Wolverine World Wide, Inc. (NYSE)
  • Prepares and reviews procurement and services agreements for Gordon Food Service, the largest privately held food service distributor in North America
  • Assists Stryker Corporation (NYSE) with respect to corporate structure management, organization and maintenance in connection with domestic and international tax matters

Representative Mergers and Acquisitions
  • TCSB Bancorp, Inc., the holding company of Traverse City State Bank, in its merger with Independent Bank Corporation (Nasdaq)
  • CCL Industries, Inc. (TSX) in its $532 million acquisition of Checkpoint Systems, Inc. (NYSE)
  • West Shore Bank, in its acquisitions of West Michigan Bank and Trust and Ellis Capital Management
  • American Grease Stick Company, a multigenerational family business, in its sale of substantially all of its assets to an affiliate of 3 Rivers Capital
  • Birmingham Bloomfield Bancshares, Inc. (parent of the Bank of Birmingham) in its merger with Arbor Bancorp, Inc. (parent of the Bank of Ann Arbor)
  • Chemical Financial Corporation (Nasdaq) in its acquisitions of Lake Michigan Financial Corporation, Monarch Community Bancorp, Inc., and Talmer Bancorp, Inc.
  • Action Fabricators, Inc. and Laminin Medical Products, Inc. in their sale to a private equity affiliate of River Associates Investments, LLC
  • Mercantile Bank Corporation (Nasdaq) in its acquisition of Firstbank Corporation in an all-stock merger of equals transaction
  • Spartan Stores, Inc. (Nasdaq) in its merger with Nash-Finch Company in an all-stock transaction valued at approximately $1.3 billion
  • Consumers Energy Company (NYSE) in a $155 million acquisition of a gas-fired power plant from AlphaGen Power LLC
  • Dri-Design, LLC, in its 2014 sale of stock to Kingspan Group, a global leader in high performance insulation, building fabric and solar integrated building envelopes
  • Howmedica Osteonics Corp., an affiliate of Stryker Corporation (NYSE), in its acquisition of assets from Marshall Steele & Associates, LLC
  • Perrigo Company (NYSE) in its acquisition of assets from CanAm Care, LLC
  • East Jordan Iron Works, Inc., d/b/a EJ USA, Inc., in its acquisition of Syracuse Castings Sales Corporation and Syracuse Castings West Corp.
  • Reid Supply Company in its sale of assets to Filtrona Newton, Inc.

Public Company Corporate Governance and Securities Compliance
  • Advises publicly traded companies, including BorgWarner Inc. (NYSE), Flagstar Bancorp, Inc. (NYSE), SpartanNash Company (Nasdaq), Macatawa Bank Corporation (Nasdaq) and ChoiceOne Financial Services (OTC) with respect to corporate governance, public filings and compliance with the Securities Exchange Act of 1934

Corporate Finance
  • First National Bancshares, Inc. in a private placement of subordinated debt
  • CCL Industries, Inc. (TSX) in a US $500 million offering of 3.25% Senior Notes due 2026

Public Private Partnerships (P3)
  • Part of the Warner Norcross team serving as P3 procurement, governance and commercial counsel to the Canadian government and Windsor-Detroit Bridge Authority in connection with the multi-billion dollar Gordie Howe International Bridge

Honors & Awards

  • Named "Up and Coming Lawyer for 2018" by Michigan Lawyers Weekly
  • Named as a Michigan Super Lawyer Rising Star, 2016-Present
  • Order of the Coif
  • Awarded Dean's Scholarship, 2007-2010
  • Phi Beta Kappa

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Community Affiliations

  • Grand Rapids Art Museum
    Corporate Development Committee Member (2018-Present)
  • Grand Rapids Symphony
  • Community Engagement Committee, Chair
    Music Director Search Committee, Member
  • Grand Rapids Early Discovery Center
    Board Member (2017-Present)
  • Inforum - A Professional Women's Alliance
    2013 Class

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