Michael M. Donahey

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  • Partner at Snell & Wilmer L.L.P. (433 Attorneys)
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Biography

Mike Donahey's practice is concentrated in mergers and acquisitions, securities offerings, SEC reporting and compliance, corporate governance and venture capital. His experience includes representation of clients in a variety of industries including water and wastewater utilities, homebuilding and construction, transportation, defense, high technology products and services, medical and dental products, consumer products, life insurance, professional liability insurance, education services, software and food products.

Representative Presentations and Publications

• Congressional Plenary - 2012 Election, Moderator, Arizona Housing Forum, Tucson, Arizona (October 2012)
• Corporate Counsel Best Practices, Moderator, 2012 Corporate Counsel Forum, Pelican Hill, California (March 2012)
• Corporate Counsel Best Practices, Moderator, 2010 Corporate Counsel Forum, Pelican Hill, California (October 2010)
• Corporate Counsel Best Practices, Moderator, 2008 Corporate Counsel Forum, Half Moon Bay, California (August 2008)
• Mergers and Acquisitions II - Let's Make a Deal: The Current State of Mergers and Acquisitions Practice, Speaker, 2008 State Bar of Arizona Convention (June 2008)
• Executive Compensation Panel, Speaker, Nasdaq Stock Market (December 2006)
• The SEC's New E-Proxy Rules: Background and Practical Suggestions, Speaker, American Society of Corporate Secretaries, Arizona Chapter (October 2007)
• Proxy Season and Executive Compensation Disclosure Developments, Speaker, 2007 Corporate Counsel Forum, Half Moon Bay, California (August 2007)
• The New Executive Compensation Disclosure Rules, Speaker, 2006 Corporate Counsel Forum, Colorado Springs, Colorado (August 2006)
• SEC Reporting Requirements, Speaker, 2005 Corporate Counsel Forum, Colorado Springs, Colorado (August 2005)
• Annual Meetings of Stockholders and Proxy Rules, Expert Witness, United States Federal Bankruptcy Court
• Small Business Law: A Practical Guide to Starting & Operating, Speaker, People's Law School

Professional Recognition and Awards

•Southwest Super Lawyers, Mergers & Acquisitions (2012-2018)
•The Best Lawyers in America, Corporate Governance and Compliance Law (2008-2012, 2014-2019); Corporate Law, Mergers & Acquisitions Law, Securities/Capital Markets Law (2008-2019); Securities Regulation (2014-2019)
•Phoenix Lawyer of the Year, Securities Regulation (2016)
•Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business, Corporate/Mergers & Acquisitions (2011-2018)
•Arizona's Finest Lawyers
•Ranking Arizona: The Best of Arizona Attorneys, Corporate Law (2008)
•Forty Under 40, Phoenix Business Journal (March 2002)

Community Involvement

•Xavier College Preparatory, Board of Trustees (2013-present)
•Westmarc, Board of Directors (2011-2014)
•Partnership for a Drug-Free Arizona, Board of Directors (2003-2006)
•International Science & Engineering Fair 2005 - Arizona, Advisory Board Member (2001-2005)
•Valley Leadership Class XIX (1997-1998)
•Pioneer Arizona Museum Board of Directors (1993-1998); President (1997-1998)
•COMPAS, Pro Bono Legal Counsel (an organization devoted to enhancing the cultural, artistic, and scientific environment of metropolitan Phoenix) (1996-2003)
•St. Matthew School Advisory Board (1993-1995)

Other Professional Experience

•Arizona Chamber of Commerce and Industry, General Counsel

Related News & Events

Aug 15
139 Snell & Wilmer Lawyers Listed as Leaders in Their Fields by The Best Lawyers in America 2019 Eleven Snell & Wilmer attorneys recognized as a 2019 Lawyer of the Year

May 03
Chambers USA 2018 Recognizes Snell & Wilmer in Multiple Categories and Names 46 Attorneys as Leaders in Their Field

Apr 24
Southwest Super Lawyers Recognizes 69 Snell & Wilmer Attorneys in its 2018 Rankings

Aug 15
The Best Lawyers in America 2018 Lists 133 Snell & Wilmer Lawyers as Leaders in Their Field

May 31
Chambers USA 2017 Recognizes Snell & Wilmer in Multiple Categories and Names 43 Attorneys

Apr 12
Southwest Super Lawyers 2017 Recognizes 69 Snell & Wilmer Attorneys

Aug 15
The Best Lawyers in America 2017 Lists 125 Snell & Wilmer Lawyers As Leaders In Their Field In addition, 15 Snell & Wilmer attorneys recognized as a 2017 “Lawyer of the Year”

Apr 11
Southwest Super Lawyers 2016 Recognizes 73 Snell & Wilmer Attorneys

Aug 17
The Best Lawyers in America 2016 Lists 128 Snell & Wilmer Lawyers as Leaders in their Field In addition, 19 Snell & Wilmer attorneys recognized as a 2016 “Lawyer of the Year”

May 19
Chambers USA Recognizes Snell & Wilmer in Multiple Categories and Names 42 Attorneys as Leaders in Their Field

Apr 10
Southwest Super Lawyers 2015 Recognizes 73 Snell & Wilmer Attorneys

Aug 18
The Best Lawyers in America 2015 Lists 123 Snell & Wilmer Lawyers as Leaders in Their Field

May 23
Chambers USA Recognizes Snell & Wilmer in Multiple Categories and Names 38 Attorneys as 'Leaders in Their Field'

Aug 19
The Best Lawyers in America 2014 Recognizes 119 Snell & Wilmer Attorneys as Leaders in Their Field

Aug 12
Super Lawyers 2013 Recognizes 96 Snell & Wilmer Attorneys Also Names 45 Firm Attorneys to the 2013 Rising Stars List

May 31
Chambers USA Recognizes Snell & Wilmer in Multiple Categories and Names 37 Attorneys as 'Leaders in Their Field'

Sep 04
The Best Lawyers in America 2013 Recognizes 114 Snell & Wilmer Attorneys as Leaders in Their Field

Jun 27
Super Lawyers 2012 Recognizes 80 Snell & Wilmer Attorneys

Jun 07
Chambers USA Recognizes Snell & Wilmer in Multiple Categories and Names 34 Attorneys as 'Leaders in Their Field'

Sep 06
The Best Lawyers in America Recognizes 99 Snell & Wilmer Attorneys as Leaders in Their Field

Jul 29
Snell & Wilmer Congratulates its 99 Attorneys Selected for Inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2011

Jun 10
Chambers USA Recognizes Snell & Wilmer in Multiple Categories and Names 39 Attorneys as 'Leaders in Their Field'

Oct 21
Ninety-Nine Snell & Wilmer Attorneys Named to Best Lawyers in America 2011

Aug 01
Ninety-Eight Snell & Wilmer Attorneys Listed in Best Lawyers in America 2010

Related Publications

Jan 04
Corporate Communicator - January 2010 Preparation Guide for the Upcoming Annual Report and Proxy Season Preparation Guide for the Upcoming Annual Report and Proxy Season

Oct 03
Forbes: Snell & Wilmer L.L.P. - Trusted Advisors Build Enduring Relationships

Sep 05
Corporate Communicator - September 2007

Areas of Practice (8)

  • Capital Markets
  • Corporate and Securities
  • Data Centers
  • Emerging Business
  • International
  • Mergers and Acquisitions
  • Non-Profit/Tax-Exempt Organizations
  • SEC Reporting and Corporate Governance

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
602.382.6381  Phone
www.swlaw.com
University Attended:
University of Iowa, B.B.A., Accounting, 1989
Law School Attended:
University of Iowa College of Law, J.D., with high distinction, Order of The Coif, Member, Iowa Law Review, 1992
Year of First Admission:
1992
Admission:
United States District Court, District of Arizona; Arizona; Supreme Court of Arizona
Memberships:

Professional Memberships & Activities

•American Bar Association
•Maricopa County Bar Association
•Lex Mundi (2001-2005)
•Corporate & Securities Committee
•Regional Vice Chair, North America
•Snell & Wilmer Hiring Committee Co-Chair (2002-2005)
•Snell & Wilmer Client Review Committee
•Snell & Wilmer Loss Prevention Partner
•Snell & Wilmer Sarbanes-Oxley Compliance Committee

Birth Information:
Bellflower, California, February 7, 1967
ISLN:
900917088
Transactions:
Representative Transactions: Mergers & Acquisitions: Represented a private equity fund and a pension fund in the nine-figure acquisition of an aerospace company; Represented Global Water Resources, Inc. in sale of a majority interest in its FATHOM subsidiary to a private equity firm; Represented environmental professional services business in sale to private equity firm; Represented large, privately held processed meats company in nine-figure sale to strategic buyer; Represented publicly traded biotech company in sale to a private pharmaceutical company; Represented buyer in purchase of two well-known resorts from a REIT for $325 million; Represented broadband service provider in merger with competitor; Represented an injection molding company in dispositions of three divisions/subsidiaries totaling over $80 million; Represented a Special Purpose Acquisition Company (SPAC) in an acquisition of a Chinese media company; Represented seller in sale of construction services business for $80 million; Represented utility holding company in $40 million acquisition of a water and wastewater treatment company; Represented publicly traded biotech company in $37.5 million sale of nutraceuticals division to another public company; Represented life insurance company in $35 million acquisition of another life insurance company; Represented publicly traded biotech company in $34 million acquisition of a dental products company; Represented founders of pediatric dental clinics in formation, financing, and ultimate sale to private equity firm for $27 million; Represented publicly traded utility holding company in six acquisitions of water and wastewater treatment companies; Represented Phoenix-based life insurance company in acquisition of three life insurance companies; Represented buyer in acquisition of a major USAID contractor out of bankruptcy; Represented flooring company in $18 million sale to private equity fund; Represented publicly traded biotech company in four separate sales of divisions/subsidiaries; Represented copier company in $15 million sale to private equity firm; Represented owners of bathtub company in $15 million management-led buyout; Represented owner of water company in $12 million sale to municipalities; Represented owner of pharmacy company in $12 million sale to private equity fund; Represented for-profit university in the acquisition of another for-profit educational institution; Represented publicly traded computer reseller in numerous acquisitions; Represented publicly traded technology solutions provider in acquisitions in Germany and the United Kingdom; Venture Capital and Private Equity Services/Emerging Business Services: Represented ultrasound technology company and affiliates in multiple venture capital rounds totaling over $30 million; Represented local internet company in $15 million investment by MP3.com; Represented Arizona-based real estate opportunity fund in its formation and capital raising; Capital Markets: Represented water and waste water utility company in 2016 IPO; Represented transportation company in its $152 million IPO and several subsequent public offerings of debt and equity securities aggregating over $1.5 billion; Represented biotech company in $40 million sale of stock, debt, and warrants in PIPE transaction; Represented auto dealer in $94 million PIPE transaction; Other Selected Transactions/Engagements: Represented public companies in the adoption and termination poison pills and related anti-takeover measures, stock repurchase programs, and stock splits; Represented software company in a joint venture with Match.com; Represented publicly traded biotech company in termination of CEO; Represented Valley of the Sun Bowl Foundation (the Fiesta Bowl) in acquisition of the Insight Bowl (fka the Copper Bowl); Represented publicly traded electronics company in termination of CEO; Represented publicly traded biotech company in $40 million credit facility with Black Diamond; Represented Valley of the Sun United Way in merger with another non-profit entity; Represented seller in the sale of a radio station; Represented The Dial Corporation in sale of a bar soap manufacturing plant and negotiation of related contract manufacturing agreements; Represented multiple public companies in connection with defense of hostile takeover attempts

Peer Reviews

4.9/5.0 (1 review)
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    4.9/5.0
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    4.9/5.0

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Affiliations

Lex Mundi

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