John Welge is the Leader of the firm's M&A and Corporate Finance Practice Group. He leads the legal negotiation and execution of cross-border transactions and middle-market mergers and acquisitions for individuals and corporate clients buying and selling businesses in the U.S. and across the world. Mr. Welge also advises his clients on a broad range of business law issues including corporation and limited liability company structure and formation, venture capital and private equity investments, leveraged buy-outs, private stock offerings, joint ventures, employment agreements, supply agreements, license agreements, and statutory matters under Missouri and Delaware corporate law. To obtain the best business, financial, and legal outcome for his clients, Mr. Welge also leverages his prior experience as a CPA with Big 4 and national accounting firms.
Mr. Welge has led deal teams on significant, multimillion-dollar transactions for several global clients, including Emerson Electric, Monsanto, Energizer, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Anheuser-Busch InBev, Schnitzer Steel, and Watlow Electric. His extensive cross-border experience includes transactions in England, Germany, France, Italy, Denmark, Norway, Romania, China, Israel, Canada, Mexico, Brazil, Chile, and India. His clients span a broad range of industries including process controls, network power, food manufacturing, auto recycling, telecommunications, high fashion retail, community banking, and healthcare. A trusted business advisor, Mr. Welge develops long-term relationships with his clients by gaining a deep understanding of their businesses and their concerns, and taking a client service-oriented approach to solving their legal issues. Many of his clients have turned to Mr. Welge as their go-to counsel for decades.
Outside of his legal practice, Mr. Welge serves as the board treasurer and an active board member of Operation Food Search, a 501(c)(3) charitable organization in St. Louis that operates a food bank to nourish and educate those in need.
Prior to joining the firm in 1994, Mr. Welge was an associate with an international law firm in Houston, Texas.