Rick Neumann has a general business practice, emphasizing mergers and acquisitions.
The Best Lawyers in America®
Lawyer of the Year, Mergers & Acquisitions Law, Des Moines, 2017, 2021
Lawyer of the Year, Corporate Law, Des Moines, 2019
The Best Lawyers in America®
- Corporate Law, 2006–2021
- Mergers & Acquisitions Law, 2014–2021
- Securities Regulation, 2014–2021
Chambers USA, America’s Leading Business Lawyers
Great Plains Super Lawyers
PROFESSIONAL & COMMUNITY AFFILIATIONS
American Bar Association
Iowa State Bar Association
Polk County Bar Association
Iowa Innovation Council (statewide economic development effort of the Iowa Economic Development Authority)
- Iowa Innovation Corporation, Organizer, 2010–present
Greater Des Moines Committee
Iowa Department of Economic Development Advisory Committees
- Biosciences Alliance of Iowa (2005–2010)
- Innovation and Commercialization Committee (2007–2010)
Charter Commission on City/County Consolidation
- “Chairman Rick Neumann, in particular, should take a bow for Job-like patience and unflappable demeanor as he methodically moved the process forward. That he was criticized for moving too fast and then too slow says something about his wisdom and skill.” —Des Moines Register Editorial, July 10, 2003, page 14A
Iowa Capital Investment Board
- Board Member, 2002–2018
- Chair, 2005–2018
Downtown Community Alliance, Inc.
- Chair and Co-Chair 2000–2004
- Board of Directors, 1999–2007
Gray’s Lake and Meredith Trail Advisory Committee
Governor's 21st Century Workforce Council
Des Moines University Osteopathic Medical Center
Strategic Plan Study Committee, Co-Chair, 1999–2000
Des Moines Pioneer Club
- President 1998
- Vice President 1996–1997
Greater Des Moines Partnership (Chamber of Commerce)
- Government Policy Committee, Chair and Co-Chair, 1995–1999
- 1997 Chamber Volunteer of the Year Award
- Board of Directors, 2015–2016; 2002–2007, 1995–1999, and 1992–1993
- Executive Committee, 1996–1999
- Chamber Metropolitan Major Project Impact Committee, 1990–1993, Chairman, 1992
- Leadership Institute (Community Vision Award 2018) and other committee work over the years
Sale of two retirement communities (2017–18)
Acquisition of stock of mechanical and electrical contractor (2017).
General representation of integrated publicly held biodiesel business, including private equity financing ($100 million, 2006); two facility acquisitions for stock (2008); roll-up transaction to acquire two publicly held biodiesel companies for stock (2009–2010); facility purchase and cash for stock (2010); facility purchase out of bankruptcy and related debt and equity financing (2009–2010); facility purchase for stock (2011); one facility purchase for stock and one for cash (2012); facility purchase (2013); facility expansions (2014); purchase of 100-million-gallon nameplate capacity biodiesel refining and deepwater port terminal for a combination of stock, cash, earn-out, and debt assumption (2015); purchase of biodiesel facility for cash and stock with joint operating arrangements with adjacent facility (2016); and purchase of 82 acres industrial land and related servitudes from adjacent landowner for plant expansion (2017).
Life insurance company change of control and related regulatory filings (2013).
State and local government economic development incentives, property acquisition, and general representation for $1.8 billion industrial project (2012–present).
Sale of physician-owned specialty hospital, physician practice, and related buildings and assets (2011).
Representation of client in real estate acquisition and construction development of three blocks in downtown Des Moines and 60 acres in suburban West Des Moines for corporate headquarters project (2007–2008).
General representation of hotel developer and operator, including roll-up transaction involving ten hotel properties and related mortgage refinancing (2007–2008) and development and financing of new hotels.
Merger of publicly held insurance holding company ($2.9 billion cash, 2006).
Sale of assets of rendering company for stock and cash ($141 million, 2005–2006).
General representation of multispecialty physician clinic (1994–present), including organization as a professional corporation (1995), medical clinic office development and financing (2002) and expansion (2007–2008), additional medical office building development and financing (2012–2013), and organization of ambulatory surgery center (2000).
General representation of family investment partnership and private foundation (1988–present), including sale of holding companies for seed businesses in Egypt and India (1999 and 2019).
General representation of publicly held insurance holding company, including merger for cash and stock ($2.2 billion, 1997).
SPEECHES & PUBLICATIONS
“What Is Market in M & A Transactions”
University of Iowa College of Law/Iowa State Bar Association, Iowa City, 2011; Association of Corporate Counsel, Des Moines, 2013; and Cedar Rapids, 2013
“The Iowa Uniform Securities Act Exemptions Part II: The Transaction Exemptions”
3 J. Corp. L. 437, 1978 (co-author)
“The Iowa Uniform Securities Act Exemptions Part I: The Securities Exemptions”
2 J. Corp. L. 437, 1977 (co-author)
“Case Note—Antitrust—United States v. General Dynamics Corp. (U.S. Sup. Ct. 1974)”
24 Drake L. Rev. 223, 1974