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Zachary J. Robins

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Education
William Mitchell College of Law, J.D., 2008
The University of Arizona, B.S., Business Administration, 2003
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Experience

Zach Robins is an associate in the Corporate & Transactions practice group at Winthrop & Weinstine. Zach’s extensive experience in the areas of business and finance, mergers and acquisitions, strategic partnerships, equity raises and debt financings provides clients with comprehensive counsel and representation when strategic growth is a focus of your business plans.  

Zach works closely with entrepreneurs and small businesses, and is co-founder of MNvest, a group proposing equity crowdfunding legislation that will empower growing Minnesota businesses to raise capital online from any Minnesota resident.

Prior to joining the firm, Zach worked in M&A for a Fortune 500 managed health care company, and served as corporate counsel for an investment bank. These unique experiences have given him a deep understanding of the priorities and challenges clients face in their businesses, and allows him to advise on issues from both a business and a legal perspective.  

While in law school, Zach gained experience as a student law clerk for The Honorable Paul A. Magnuson, United States District Court, St. Paul, MN.  He earned his J.D. from William Mitchell College of Law, and his B.S. in Business Administration from the University of Arizona, where he participated in the McGuire Entrepreneurship Program.


Bar Admissions

Minnesota, 2008

Representative Matters

  • Represented a distiller in connection with a private placement.
  • Represented an online marketplace in connection with a private placement.
  • Represented an online payment processor in connection with a seed capital raise.
  • Represented a snack food manufacturer in connection with a Series A capital raise.
  • Represented an investment group in connection with a recapitalization.
  • Represented a real estate crowdfunding portal in connection with a seed capital raise.
  • Represented a craft brewery in connection with a generally solicited capital raise.
  • Represented a medical device manufacturer in connection with a capital raise and recapitalization.
  • Represented a software company in connection with a stock option plan.
  • Represented a bank in an issuance of new stock.
  • Represented a non-traded public REIT with a private placement.
  • Represented a publicly-traded software distributor in connection with a capital raise.
  • Represented a natural resource recycler in connection with a generally-solicited offering.
  • Represented an employee with the sale of his stock.
  • Represented a bank holding company in a private placement used to acquire a bank.
  • Represented a natural resource manufacturer in connection with a growth stage capital raise.
  • Represented an online retailer in connection with a venture capital raise.
  • Represented a food manufacturer in connection with a majority sale to a financial sponsor.
  • Represented a craft brewery in connection with a private placement.
  • Represented a nonprofit affordable housing builder in connection with a registered offering.
  • Represented a food packaging manufacturer with a recapitalization and growth capital raise.
  • Represented a non-traded public REIT with a private placement.
  • Represented an online software distributor in the sale of its legacy business.
  • Represented a state-chartered bank in connection with an acquisition of its nearest competitor.
  • Represented a registered representative in connection with joining a broker/dealer as a member.
  • Represented a medical device manufacturer in connection with an angel investment round.
  • Represented a real estate developer in connection with a registered offering.
  • Represented a non-traded public REIT in connection with an SEC-registered offering.
  • Represented a medical device manufacturer in connection with a growth capital raise.
  • Represented a craft brewery in connection with a growth capital raise.
  • Represented a software company in connection with a venture capital investment.
  • Represented an oil & gas service company in connection with a merger.
  • Majority sale of a food manufacturing company.
  • Creation and successful funding of a debt-based residential housing fund.
  • Creation of a senior housing fund.
  • Secondary stock offering for a REIT.
  • Private stock purchase into subsidiary of a public life sciences company.
  • Capital raise for a rural brewery.
  • Capital raise for a multifamily housing fund.
  • Formation and launch of a real estate crowdfunding portal.
  • Convertible note offering for an Internet of Things company.
  • Convertible note offering for a beverage manufacturer.
  • Capital raise for a sports apparel manufacturer.
  • Stock offering for a commercial REIT.
  • Convertible note offering for a multi-use real estate development.
  • Formation of a SaaS-based sports app.
  • Restructuring of a materials, sports products, and technologies company.

Articles & Presentations
 
Moderator. "Investment Crowdfunding: The MNvest Story." ACG Minnesota. 18 April 2017.
 
Speaker. "The Lawyer as Crowdfunder: Optimizing Crowdfunding Portals." Mitchell Hamline Law Review Symposium. 22 March 2017.

Qtd. Best, Eric. "Northeast Business Brews Community." The Journal. 20 March 2017.
 
Speaker. "Debt & Equity Crowdfunding Workshop." 7th Minnesota Entrepreneur Kick Off. 14 March 2017.
 
Author. "MNvest: What it means for capital seekers." Minnesota Society of Certified Public Accountants. February/March 2017.
 
Panelist. "Crowdfunding and New Laws Impacting Real Estate Capital Raising." Raising Real Estate Capital Summit. Real Estate Summits. 16 February 2017.
 
Speaker. "Real Estate Crowdfunding Due Diligence." Lorman Education Services. Webinar. 2 March 2017.

Speaker. "New Legislation for Funding Start-Ups.” MN Grape Growers Association: Cold Climate Conference. 17 February 2017.

Qtd. Eggert, Andre. "Second Equity Crowdfunding Portal Goes Live In Minnesota." Twin Cities Business. 19 December 2016.

Panelist. "Investor Crowdfunding - Learn "How To" Details & Meet Portal Operators." Minnesota Innovates. 6 December 2016.

Qtd. Belz, Adam. "SEC releases new, relaxed rules on investment crowdfunding." Star Tribune. 27 October 2016.

Qtd. Eggert, Andre. "SEC Updates Rules For Equity Crowdfunding." Twin Cities Business. 27 October 2016.

Panelist. Beta.MN/Plus: Sound Legal Advice for Startups. Beta.MN. 27 October 2016.

Qtd. St. Anthony, Neal and Kennedy, Patrick. "IPO market remains a shadow of its former self." StarTribune. 26 September 2016.

Speaker. "Crowdfunding in the Real Estate World." 2016 Real Estate Institute. Minnesota State Bar Association. 3 November 2016.

Speaker. "The New World of Investment Crowdfunding in Minnesota." Minnesota CPA. 26 October 2016.

Speaker. "Investment & Accessing Capital in Minnesota." 2016 CDFA Minnesota Financing Roundtable Conference. 25 August 2016.

Profiled. Kuehn, Nancy. "Face Time: MNvest co-founder Zachary Robins on the 'democratization of investment'." Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal. 5 July 2016.

Qtd. Nelson, Todd. "State Agency finalizes MNvest Rules."  Politics in Minnesota Capitol Report. 29 June 2016
 
Qtd. Nelson, Todd. "MNvest opens small businesses to small investors." Finance & Commerce. 28 June 2016.

Qtd. Eggert, Andre. "Minnesota's Equity Crowdfunding Law Now in Effect." Twin Cities Business Magazine. 20 June 2016.

Speaker. "Investment Crowdfunding." Webinar. National Joint Powers Alliance. 29 June 2016.

Qtd. Eggert, Andre. "State Nears Adoption of Equity Crowdfunding Rules." Twin Cities Business Magazine. 31 May 2016.

Speaker. "Luncheon Workshop: Raising Capital - Crowdfunding."  Co-Hosted by Upsize Minnesota Magazine & Club E. 19 May 2016.

Qtd. Allen, Brad. "Investors are about to get a new way to back start-ups." StarTribune. 14 May 2016.
 
Speaker. "Alternative Financing Solutions for Real Estate Deals."  2016 Real Estate Capital Markets Conference. 22 April 2016.

Qtd. Weinmann, Karlee. "As MNvest wait continues, efforts underway to bolster program." Finance & Commerce. 30 March 2016.

Speaker. "Security Crowdfunding for Social Ventures." Nonprofit Finance & Sustainability Conference. 3 March 2016.

Speaker. "6th Annual Entrepreneur Kick-Off." Minnesota Entrepreneur Network. 23 February 2016.

Speaker. "Raising Capital in the Real Estate Market: Crowdfunding and other Law Changes." Minnesota Real Estate Journal. 12 February 2016.

Speaker. "Business Law Series: The Emerging World of Crowdfunding." Minnesota CLE. 11 February 2016.

Speaker. "Crowdfunding." 61st Annual MNCPA Tax Conference. Minnesota Society of Certified Public Accountants. Minneapolis. 7 December 2015.

Qtd. Weinmann, Karlee. "Federal crowdfunding action bolsters MNvest." Finance & Commerce. 06 November 2015.

Speaker. "Crowdfunding." MHTA Lunch & Learn.  Minnesota High Tech Association. Minneapolis. 14 October 2015.

Profiled. Jacobson, Josh. "Up & Coming: Zachary Robins." Minnesota Lawyer. 16 September 2015.

Panelist. "Raising Capital & the Media." Twin Cities Startup Week. 8 September 2015.

Moderator. "Crowd Funding." Crittenden Real Estate Finance Conference. Miami, FL. 16-18 September 2015.

Qtd. Buchta, Jim. "Saunders jumps quickly into equity crowdfunding." StarTribune. 19 July 2015.

Qtd. Weinmann, Karlee. "MNvest lag puts spotlight on little-used fundraising alternatives." Finance & Commerce. 15 July 2015.

Profiled. Fondler, David. "State enacts MNvest, to connect small business with small investors." St. Paul Pioneer Press. 20 June 2015.

Profiled. Grayson, Katharine. "MNvest Gives Startups New Path to Funding." Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal. 19 June 2015.

Qtd. Weinmann, Karlee. "Rulemaking duration clouds future of MNvest." Finance & Commerce. 17 June 2015.

Qtd. Belz, Adam. "Dayton signs bill to allow equity crowdfunding." StarTribune. 16 June 2015.

Presenter. "Crowdfunding Your Film." 2015 EDU Film Fest. St. Louis Park, MN. 15 May 2015.

Presenter. 2015 Business Law Institute - Minnesota CLE. "Securities Crowdfunding 101". 4 May 2015

Panelist. "Private REIT's and the 2012 Jobs Act." Minnesota Real Estate Journal - Real Estate Capital Markets Conference. Minneapolis. 30 April 2015.

Qtd. Weinmann, Karlee. "Supports worry lengthy rulemaking could hurt MNvest." Finance & Commerce. 28 April 2015.

Presenter. MinneBar Conference. "MNvest Equity Crowdfunding." 11 April 2015.

Qtd. Belz, Adam. "New way to raise capital takes a step forward in Minnesota." StarTribune. 24 March. 2015.

Moderator. "Access to Capital for Emerging Businesses Panel and Roundtable Discussion." ACG Minnesota - 2015 Upper Midwest Capital Connection. 9 June 2015.

Panelist. "Crowdfunding: A Panel Disccusion w/Successful Campaign Managers." Impact Hub. Minneapolis, MN. 24 April 2015.

Panelist. "Crowd Source Funding." MSP Film Society. Minneapolis, MN. 19 April 2015.

Qtd. Weinmann, Karlee. "Would MNvest crowdfunding draw investors?" Finance & Commerce. 9 April 2015.

Qtd. Poole, Nora. "State legislature examines equity crowdfunding." Minnesota Business Magazine. 25 March 2015.

Moderator. "Midwest Capital Call 2015: For Midwest Tech Entrepreneurs and the Investors Who Back Them." TECHdotMN. Minneapolis, MN. 5 March 2015.

Qtd. Martucci, Brian. "MNvest and MN-SBIR to Reduce Funding Barriers for Startups." The Line. 3 February 2015.

Guest. "News and Views with Roshini Rajkumar: MNvest and Crowdfunding." NewsRadio 830 WCCO. 1 February 2015.

Qtd. Grayson, Katharine. "MNvest - Legislative Preview." Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal. 9 January 2015.

Qtd. Pesek, Jeff. "MNvest Equity Crowdfunding Heads to the Capitol." TECHdotMN. 30 December 2014.

Qtd. McClure, Jane. "Crowdfunding Campaign: Law Change Could Widen Investor Pool for Restaurant Owners." Food Service News. December 2014.

Qtd. Schafer, Lee. "State Can't Afford to Wait for Feds on Crowdfunding." Star Tribune. 11 November 2014.

Qtd. Pesek, Jeff. "MNvest Wants to Bring Equity Crowdfunding to Minnesota Startups." TECHdotMN. 14 October 2014.

Participant. "Equity Crowdfunding Panel." MinneBar Conference. 2012.

Presenter. "A Primer for Raising Capital." William Mitchell College of Law Alumni CLE Series. 2010.

Author. "Series Seed Financing Documents." TECHdotMN. 2010.

Events

April 18, 2017
Investment Crowdfunding: The MNvest Story

March 22, 2017
Mitchell Hamline Law Review Symposium

March 14, 2017
7th MN Entrepreneur Kick Off

February 16, 2017
Raising Real Estate Capital Summit

March 2, 2017
Real Estate Crowdfunding Due Diligence

February 17, 2017
2017 CCC: New Legislation for Funding Start-Ups

December 6, 2016
Investor Crowdfunding - Learn "How To" Details & Meet Portal Operators

October 27, 2016
Beta.MN/Plus: Sound Legal Advice for Startups

June 29, 2016
Investment Crowdfunding Webinar

April 22, 2016
2016 Real Estate Capital Markets Summit

April 20, 2016
Startup Community: Taking Advantage of State Programs and Credits: April 20, 2016

March 3, 2016
Nonprofit Finance & Sustainability Conference: March 3, 2016

February 23, 2016
6th MN Entrepreneur Kick Off - February 23, 2016

February 11, 2016
Business Law Series: The Emerging World of Crowdfunding - February 11, 2016

February 12, 2016
Raising Capital in the Real Estate Market: Crowdfunding and other Law Changes

October 14, 2015
MHTA Lunch & Learn | Crowdfunding

December 7, 2015
61st Annual MNCPA Tax Conference

September 18, 2015
Crittenden Real Estate Finance Conference

September 8, 2015
Twin Cities Startup Week: Raising Capital & the Media

June 9, 2015
ACG Minnesota: Access to Capital for Emerging Businesses Panel and Roundtable Discussion

April 24, 2015
Crowdfunding: A Panel Discussion w/Successful Campaign Managers

April 22, 2015
The Business of Craft Spirits: April 22, 2015

May 4, 2015
2015 Business Law Insitute

January 13, 2015
January 13: Equity Crowdfunding - What is Now & What's Next

January 13, 2015
January 13: Equity Crowdfunding Panel Discussion Hosted by ACG Minnesota

November 19, 2014
November 19: Club E Crowdfunding Event

October 14, 2014
October 14: MNvest - Equity Crowdfunding Launch

September 22, 2014
October 2: Start-up Formation, Agreements, and Negotiation Strategies Webinar

Awards
  • The TCB 100: People to Know in 2017, Pioneer. Twin Cities Business Magazine. 2016
  • Minnesota Rising Stars, Super Lawyers®, 2016
  • “Up & Coming Attorney,” Minnesota Lawyer, 2015
Community Involvement
  • Board of Directors, MNvest
  • Co-Chair, PACER Center Young Professional Advisory Board
  • Member, Association for Corporate Growth Young Member Subcommittee
  • Member, Crowdfunding Expert Community Online (ECO)
 
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