Rob Lystad is a corporate and M&A lawyer who regularly advises public and private companies, private equity sponsors, ESOP participants, and others in connection with domestic and international mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, debt and equity financings and other corporate and commercial matters. He has represented clients in a variety of industries, with an emphasis on FinTech, technology, creative advertising, and food/agribusiness.
Mr. Lystad represents companies in all phases of the corporate life cycle, including initial formation and capitalization, restructurings and recapitalizations, corporate governance, and significant commercial transactional matters. As a result of his broad corporate and commercial practice, Mr. Lystad regularly serves as “outside general counsel” to growing privately-held companies.
With respect to employee stock ownership plans (or “ESOPs”), Mr. Lystad regularly advises clients in the utilization ESOPs for shareholder liquidity, including the sale of stock to ESOPs (both partial sales and complete change of control transactions) and mergers and acquisitions of ESOP companies.
Mr. Lystad’s practice also includes strategic advice and counsel regarding the commercialization of products and services and the negotiation of various domestic and international agreements for financial technology companies, merchants, brand owners, food and beverage manufacturers, and professional services companies.
Mr. Lystad has been a registered lobbyist for over 12 years. There, he provides local governments, public and private companies, and business associations with regulatory and legislative representation in the State of Georgia.