John W. Finger

Partner
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Overview

John never settles for less when it comes to his clients. For example, after a year of negotiations for the sale of a privately held company to one of the world’s largest investment banks for several hundred million dollars, the buyer came back with last minute demands after both parties had agreed to all terms. John halted negotiations and stood his ground. He closed the deal a few days later without acceding to the buyer’s demands.

In John’s 35 years of legal practice he has handled private equity and venture capital investments, international licensing agreements and joint ventures, and has negotiated complex financings valued up to several hundred million dollars. As a member of the firm’s Corporate & Securities Practice Group, John assists clients in mergers and acquisitions, equity financing and lending, and commercial transactions.

For John, the best part of practicing law is working with innovative and creative clients. He often assists clients in the manufacturing, private equity, technology, agriculture, and distribution industries.

As a young associate John worked tirelessly around the clock on a demanding deal that put a lot of responsibility on his shoulders. He never forgot the satisfaction he felt when he closed it. He carries that experience with him today as a reminder that rewards do not come without challenge and sacrifice. 

Membership & Involvement

  • Member: The Missouri Bar; The Illinois State Bar Association; Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis, Business Law Section 
  • Board of Directors: Midwestern Braille Volunteers  

Honors

  • Selected to The Best Lawyers in America© in Corporate: 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022
  • Selected to The Best Lawyers in America© in Mergers & Acquisitions: 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022
  • Selected to The Best Lawyers in America© in Business Organizations (including LLC's and Partnerships): 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022
  • Selected to The Best Lawyers in America© Lawyer of the Year in Business Organizations (including LLC's and Partnerships) in St. Louis: 2020
  • Selected to Missouri & Kansas Super Lawyers list: 2006, 2007, 2008

Resources & Insights

Speaking Engagements

  • Business Succession Planning: Leaving Your Legacy Intact
  • Association of Corporate Counsel, St. Louis Chapter,

Published Works

Education

University of Michigan Law School, J.D., 1981

Stanford University, B.A., 1977 

Admissions

  • Illinois 
  • Missouri
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