Richard M. Bolton - Dickinson Wright PLLC

Richard M. Bolton

Listed in Best Lawyers since 2006
Phone: 313-223-3648

Managing Director of the Private Equity Practice at Dickinson Wright PLLC. Mr. Bolton has extensive experience in all areas of corporate finance, private equity, mergers & acquisitions and securities. He has represented companies in a wide variety of transactions, including IPO and "going private" transactions, mergers, asset acquisitions or divestitures, recapitalizations, MBOs and LBOs. Mr. Bolton has also represented the sponsors of private equity and mezzanine funds in the organization of numerous private investment funds and hundreds of their portfolio investment transactions. He also routinely represents portfolio companies of PE funds as their outside general counsel.

Michigan State UniversityBA 1974Northwestern University School of LawJ.D. 1977
ACG DetroitACG DetroitState Bar of MichiganDetroit Bar AssociationLittle Traverse Bay Humane SocietyThe Detroit Institute for Children

Case History

Private Equity Transaction — Counsel to private equity fund to organize and capitalize portfolio acquisition entity, followed by simultaneous acquisition and financing of five (5) operating entities.
Private Equity Fund Transaction — Counsel to private equity fund to organize and capitalize acquisition entity, followed by acquisition and financing of numerous media and special event businesses (including publications such as Southwestern Art, Yoga Journal, Backpacker and Log Home Living, and the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show).
Flortists' Transworld Delivery Association — Counsel to Florists' Transworld Delivery Association in the spin-off and divestiture of its business operations and return to its core function, a trade association.

Client Comments

"I have worked with Rick Bolton for over a decade on many differing projects requiring substantially different skills and found in every case wise counsel, conservative but creative solutions, and tremendous focus on protecting the client."

"Richard Bolton has routinely displayed over the 12 years of our working relationship a strong command of corporate finance legal issues, which has served our firm well. He is a diligent pursuer of the best interests of his clients, while maintaining a cordial working relationship with opposing counsel. He has been most helpful to us in building our firm."

-Scott Reilly
Peninsula Capital Partners LLC

"We came to Rick and the Dickinson Wright folks on the recommendation of a media executive whose opinion carries a premium in my world. As a recently-minted CEO, I had many questions when I first met Rick regarding, not only the applicable skill sets and credentials of his firm, but the immediate and longterm needs of my newly formed company. We were starting from scratch, and he played an integral role in establishing the model for our full legal function at InterMedia Outdoors. Did I mention that he and his firm are managing this for us from Detroit? "

-Jeff Paro
InterMedia Outdoors Inc.

"I have had the privilege of working with Rick for over 20 years in a variety of corporate finance activities ranging from public offerings to M&A transactions. His keen insight and strong work ethic have been significant reasons for the success of many transactions. It's also fair to say that unlike many attorneys, Rick helps solve problems and craft solutions rather than create problems. He fundamentally understands that good deals need to get done."

-William McKinley
Managing Director
W. Y. Campbell & Company

Office Location

500 Woodward Avenue, Suite 4000
Detroit, MI 48226-3425
United States

Practice Areas

Corporate Governance Law
Corporate Law
Leveraged Buyouts and Private Equity Law
Mergers and Acquisitions Law