Daily News: September 12, 2017

Michael Best Expands Corporate/Transactional Group


Michael Best expanded its Salt Lake City office with the addition of a group of attorneys from the law firm Kruse Landa Maycock & Ricks. James Kruse, Kevin Timken and Lyndon Ricks will join as partners in the Corporate & Transactional Practice Group, alongside Betsy Voter who joined as senior counsel.

“Our Utah team is thrilled to welcome this group of exceptional attorneys to Michael Best who will continue to strengthen our corporate and broker dealer practice,” said Richard Ensor, managing partner of the Salt Lake City and Midvale offices. “The quality of the KLMR attorneys is well known throughout the Salt Lake Valley and Utah as a whole. The addition of this group is a notable assertion that our firm is committed to providing superior and impactful client service across a range of industries in our marketplace.”

Kruse has more than 40 years of experience with corporate, securities law and broker-dealer regulation. He concentrates his practice on advising clients through new equity financings, corporate acquisitions and reorganizations, representation of broker-dealers and investment advisers, and defense against disciplinary matters and enforcement actions from the Securities and Exchange Commission, Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, Commodity Futures Trading Commission and various state regulatory agencies.

For more than 30 years, Ricks has advised clients on general corporate and commercial transactions, securities matters, domestic and international acquisitions and divestitures. His practice covers a wide span of industries as well, including automotive, electrical products, foreign exchange trading, equipment manufacturing, investment banking, software development and sales, health care and real estate, among many others.

Timken focuses his practice on advising public and private companies on various securities matters, equity financings, commercial transactions and regulatory compliance. He also has experience managing broker-dealer compliance, particularly regarding resales of restricted securities and regulatory enforcement defense with the SEC and CFTC.

Voter focuses her practice on financial regulatory compliance and corporate securities law. Her experience includes advising clients on issues related to broker-dealer and investment compliance, enforcement actions and examinations in front of the SEC and FINRA. She served as in-house counsel to a broker-dealer prior to joining KLMR, thereby giving her a unique perspective on the issues related to that heavy regulation industry and insight into how to effectively advise and assist her broker-dealer clients.

Michael Best provides a full range of legal services to clients on a local, regional, national and global basis.