Fredrick G. Lautz - Quarles & Brady LLP

Fredrick G. Lautz

Listed in Best Lawyers since 2006
Phone: 414-277-5309

Fred Lautz is the Firm Managing Partner of Quarles & Brady LLP. He practices in the areas of mergers and acquisitions and corporate finance/securities. His practice heavily emphasizes mergers, acquisitions and reorganizations of all types and sizes, including numerous types of financial institutions and mutual funds, in addition to traditional manufacturing, retail, distribution and services companies. Mr. Lautz’s corporate finance/securities experience includes advising clients on corporate governance matters, buy/sell agreements, executive and equity compensation programs, general business matters and securities offerings (including public and private offerings of equity and debt securities). A significant portion of his practice is dedicated to representing mutual funds and investment advisors, including organization and initial registration, board composition and corporate governance matters, regulatory compliance, share distribution structures and relationships, and acquisitions and reorganizations. Mr. Lautz also has experience in structuring and organizing private investment companies and leveraged buyout funds. His recent experiences include:

  • Representation of a publicly-held manufacturing company in its $300+ million acquisition of a privately held manufacturing company in an auction process, including the client’s issuance of registered stock to the shareholders of the target company and the concurrent private placement of $175 million aggregate principal amount of senior subordinated notes followed by a registered exchange offer of those notes. 

  • Representation of a series investment company in connection with its consolidation of three separate managed equity funds into a newly created S&P 500 Index fund. 

  • Representation of an investment company and its investment adviser in connection with the investment company’s acquisition of the assets of an unaffiliated mutual fund. 

  • Representation of a privately held lifestyle magazine publishing company in connection with its $650 million sale through an auction process to a financial buyer.

Additional Information

Court Admissions
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Wisconsin, 1985 
University of Wisconsin–MadisonJ.D. 1985University of Wisconsin–La CrosseUniversity of Wisconsin–La CrosseBS 1975
School Board - Wisconsin Lutheran High SchoolGreater Milwaukee Committee

Client Comments

"As an attorney myself I can truly appreciate the level of knowledge and professionalism shown by Mr. Lautz for almost 20 years. He combines a high level of competency in legal matters relating to financial services with an in-depth understanding of what actually drives the business."

"Fred provides securities law advice with a focus on periodic SEC filings and executive compensation matters. He is knowledgeable, responsive and practical. He adds value by helping the company efficiently maintain compliance with applicable SEC rules."

"Fred is an effective communicator who is well versed in business law and has always done a great job for our firm. I have worked with Fred for over 25 years and would recommend him highly to anyone."

"Frederick Lautz is very practical and responsive. "

-Maurice Jones
Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary
The Manitowoc Company, Inc.

"I have worked with Fred on 24 transactions over the last 20 years. Each of these "deals" closed on time and without any significant difficulties. This unusual success is attributable to Fred's intelligence, attention to detail, and superb understanding of business issues. He is a businessman's lawyer. "

-Robert Buchanan
Retired CEO
Fox Valley Corporation

"Attorney Fred Lautz provided terrific advice over the eight years our organization has been involved in mutual fund and securities brokerage operations. He assisted us through several organizational changes, two mergers, and the many regulatory changes that the industry went through - always with timely, thoughtful, and professional service delivered with a very positive can-do attitude. Fred's depth of experience in the mutual fund and business organization/combination area was very helpful to us. Fred has a way of making the complex simple and easy to understand. Fred understands our business and is always looking for the best way to solve the issue at hand. Best of all, Fred's one of those people you come across who you really enjoy working with and is someone you trust will do a great job."

-Allan (Al) Lorge
Secretary/Treasurer, Senior VP and CFO
Catholic Knights

"Fred has served as our Corporate Attorney for over 16 years. He has always been professional and precise in his work for TSR. While we are not a large client of his Firm, we get the attention, responsiveness, thoughtfulness, and quality that make us feel as if we were a much larger client. With Fred's superior listening skills and professionalism, he delivers creative ideas and insights to our conversations that provoke excellent discourse and ultimately result in solid strategies with consistently winning outcomes for our organization. Every business like TSR should have Fred as their Attorney. "

-Tim Radtke
TSR Solutions, Inc

"Fred is a very capable attorney who goes out of his way to be responsive to our needs. He is not afraid to challenge your thought process in order to help you come to a better conclusion. Client satisfaction is on the top of his list. Not only does he provide excellent service, but he sees to it that all our legal needs are staffed efficiently with very capable counsel."

-Maurice Jones
Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary
The Manitowoc Company, Inc.

"Fred Lautz is a highly skilled attorney whose approach is that of a valued business partner. I admire Fred for the way he takes the necessary time to fully understand the situation and his client's desired outcome, and then works closely with them to shape and implement the appropriate strategy."

-Jeffrey Miller
Hoffmaster Group, Inc.

Office Location

411 East Wisconsin Avenue, Suite 2400
Milwaukee, WI 53202-4426
United States

Lawyer of the Year Awards

2012 Lawyer of the Year in Mergers and Acquisitions Law of the Milwaukee Metro Area
Fredrick G. Lautz has earned a Lawyer of the Year award for 2012!

Practice Areas

Corporate Law (Corporate Compliance, Corporate Finance, Corporate Governance, General Corporate, Investment, Mergers & Acquisitions, Mutual Funds, Private Funds, Publicly-Held Companies, Securities, Transactions)
Mergers and Acquisitions Law (Investment Management, Securities, Transactions)
Securities / Capital Markets Law

Other Information

Gender: Male