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Evan C. Sheets

I work with clients to turn ideas into reality.

My Approach

I have been fortunate in my career to work with sharp clients who have great ideas, but need guidance to turn those ideas into successful businesses. I work with clients to access our capital markets primarily through public and private securities offerings, and navigation of ancillary or additional securities and corporate finance matters. I appreciate that my clients see us as a partner to reach the finish line, rather than a hurdle to jump over.

A significant portion of my practice involves the formation of investment funds and other investment vehicles and structures, with a primary focus on private equity investments in the real estate space. Due to the complexity inherent in this area, there are many potential legal and regulatory pitfalls that developers and their investors must navigate as they pursue successful transactions. One of the aspects of my work I most enjoy is helping clients through these obstacles to set them up for long-term success.

I also represent clients in a wide range of corporate transactions, with an emphasis on venture capital and growth equity financings, mergers and acquisitions, and general corporate representation of both established and emerging growth companies.

Before joining Winthrop, I worked in the Division of Corporation Finance of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and in the Department of Enforcement of the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority. I have seen the securities world through both a business and a regulatory lens, which allows me the perspective to approach the issues my clients face pragmatically and practically.

When I’m not at work, I play basketball and golf, try new restaurants around town, and hang out with my French bulldogs.

Practice Areas

Honors & Awards

Rising Stars

Minnesota Super Lawyers®, 2019-2021

MSBA North Star Lawyer

Pro Bono Service, 2021