John Emanuel, B.B.A., J.D.

Adjunct Professor of Law


John has more than 35 years of experience advising businesses and their owners on business acquisitions and reorganizations, capital raising, tax planning, succession planning, and general corporate and business counseling.

His work includes:

  • Regularly advising clients on matters of corporate governance, including rights of shareholders and obligations and responsibilities of directors in various contexts; assists clients in formulating corporate governance strategies, agreements and procedures.
  • Representing publicly and privately held companies and their owners in negotiating, structuring and documenting mergers, acquisitions and reorganizations ranging in size from several million to several hundred million dollars.
  • Advising buyers and sellers of businesses on tax-advantageous structuring of transactions, providing tax opinions and obtaining private IRS rulings where required.
  • Advising clients on structuring and implementing corporate recapitalizations, including arranging debt and equity financing.
  • Counseling business clients in all areas of income tax planning and structuring, including tax planning involving S corporations and other pass-through entities. 
  • Representing financially distressed businesses in sales of assets pursuant to Section 363 of the Bankruptcy Code and other insolvency proceedings. 
  • Advising early-stage businesses and their founders and investors on capital raising, financing and related matters.

John lectures frequently to students, attorneys, accountants and business owners in the fields of corporate transactions, mergers and acquisitions, and taxation. He is an adjunct faculty member at Marquette University Law School, teaching the course in Mergers and Acquisitions, and a former adjunct faculty member for the Master’s in Taxation Program at University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee School of Business.