John Brower

John Brower is a business lawyer who concentrates his practice on mergers and acquisitions in the middle market. John also advises and counsels closely held businesses and their owners.

Focuses of John’s M&A practice include:

  • Buying and selling manufacturers and service businesses
  • Counseling and representation of sellers of closely held businesses
  • Purchases and sales of franchisors and franchise systems. Transactions have included franchisors of hotels, restaurants, fast food, travel services and retail concepts
  • Purchases and sales of ESOPs
  • Representation of executives and management teams whose company is being acquired, including employment agreements and terms of equity grants and rollovers
  • Representation of strategic acquirors and PE platform companies in ongoing acquisition programs

John speaks and writes frequently on mergers and acquisitions and business law topics.

Representative Experience

  • Represented Northcott Hospitality in the sale of the AmericInn hotel franchise system and 10 hotels to Wyndham International for $170 million.
  • Represented Border States Electric, a 100% ESOP company, in a major transaction, its acquisition of Kriz-Davis Co., also a 100% ESOP company.
  • Represented the senior management team of Smarte Carte International in connection with the $350 million acquisition of Smarte Carte by 3i Group, a London-based private equity group.
  • Represented a large private equity controlled company in a series of add-on acquisitions. Over 25 acquisitions over the course of four years.

Court Memberships

  • Minnesota


  • Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business, Corporate and Mergers & Acquisitions, 2005 to present
  • “Minnesota Super Lawyer®,” Thomson/Reuters, 2006 to present
  • BTI Client Service All-Star, 2014. Nominated by corporate counsel. One of only 26 M&A attorneys nationwide selected for the award.
  • The Best Lawyers in America©, 2016 to present


Professional Affiliations

  • Association for Corporate Growth Minnesota
  • American Bar Association
  • Minnesota State Bar Association
  • Hennepin County Bar Association

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  • Minneapolis

    80 South Eighth Street
    500 IDS Center
    Minneapolis, MN 55402
F: 612.632.4377


Linda Robertson


University of Chicago Law School, J.D., cum laude

  • Order of the Coif

Princeton University, B.A.

  • Woodrow Wilson Scholar