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Jon Siebers

"If you don't know where you are going, you'll end up someplace else."

Yogi Berra

Key Service Areas

  • Mergers and Acquisitions
  • Real Estate Law
  • Services for Business and Industry

616.233.5226

legal assistant - Patty Doren

About Jon

How do you help businesses and individuals?

As a business and real estate attorney, I take a practical approach to solving problems in the following practice areas:

Mergers and Acquisitions (M&A) - I work with buyers, sellers, investors, and lenders in asset sales, stock sales, membership interest and unit sales, mergers, conversions, and spin-offs. I have significant experience working with deals involving private equity and strategic buyers.

Succession Planning/Exit Planning - Counseling owners, key employees and management teams, and next generation family members, I guide the internal and family transitions of business ownership and management.

Commercial Real Estate Development - Serving developers, investors, and lenders through all phases of commercial real estate development, including purchase, finance, construction, leasing, and sale.

Corporate Finance - I advise companies, lenders, and investors in loan transactions and private placements (i.e. non-public sales of securities).

General Corporate - I help start-ups and existing companies with entity formation, creation and modification of governance documents (bylaws, operating agreements, shareholder agreements, buy/sell agreements, etc.), joint ventures and other strategic relationships, and contracts.

What sets you apart from other lawyers in your practice field?

I view my clients' legal challenges through a business perspective. Typically, legal issues are just one component of a transaction. By keeping legal issues in perspective, I seek legal solutions that make sense from a business perspective and best help my clients achieve their business goals.

What did you learn in your first year of practice that you still utilize today?

I learned to keep scholarly legal analysis out of my practice. Business clients rarely want their attorney to spend the time identifying fifteen different ways to solve a legal problem. Typically, clients want me to find one or two solutions that work so they can focus on their business. Scholarly debates belong in the lunch-room, not the board room.

Education

Indiana University School of Law, J.D., magna cum laude, 1997

Hope College, B.A., 1993

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Q: What do you enjoy most about being a lawyer?

A:

I like logic and puzzles and I like helping others. My job combines both. I develop close relationships with clients by identifying, explaining and solving the legal puzzles with which they come to me.

Jon was the first attorney in Michigan to become a Certified Merger and Acquisition Advisor through Alliance of Merger & Acquisition Advisors.  He has extensive M&A experience with companies in the lower middle-market and below.

Associations

Grand Rapids Bar Association, Member

State Bar of Michigan, Member

ACG of Western Michigan, Board Member

Michigan Business Brokers Association, Board Member

Alliance of Merger and Acquisition Advisors

Commercial Alliance of Realtors, Member

Sunny Crest Youth Ranch, Board Member

Kids' Food Basket, Board Member

Bar Admission

Michigan

North Carolina

Awards and Recognition

LEED Green Associate, U.S. Green Building Certification Institute

Michigan Super Lawyers®, Real Estate

Best Lawyers of America®, Corporate Law and Real Estate Law