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Michael Monson

Partner

401 North 31st Street, Suite 1500, Billings, MT 59101

Mike Monson assists clients to identify, understand, and solve their corporate, real estate, and tax and estate planning issues.

He represents large landowners, ultra-high wealth individuals, renewable energy and mining companies, utilities, financial institutions, and trucking and transportation companies.

Industry Experience: Drawing on his experience as a Certified Public Accountant, Michael provides high net worth individuals and small, family-owned businesses with the sophisticated advice they need to achieve their tax, estate planning, and trust administration goals. His CPA license also gives him a keen eye on corporate and real estate transactions to ensure that you have the best solution for you or your business.

Experience

Estate and Trust Administration

  • Tax
  • Estate planning
  • Trust administration goals

Corporate Transactions and Finance
Mike handles many types of business transactions, including:

  • Entity formations
  • Sales
  • Mergers and acquisitions
  • Negotiating and drafting Operating Agreements
  • Debt and equity financing

Real Estate Transactions
Mike also handles real estate transactions including:

  • Easements
  • Water rights
  • Mineral interests
  • Debt and equity financing
  • Sales and purchases of agricultural and commercial property

Client Results

Estate and Trust Administration
  • Represented the estate of ultra high net worth individuals which required the negotiation, documentation, and closing of numerous complex transactions including acquisition of operating businesses, large real estate transactions, and aircraft sales.

  • Represented the estate of an ultra high net worth individual in complex case requiring creative solutions to unique legal issues because more than thirty years had passed since the individual's death.
Corporate Transactions and Finance
  • Assisted a shareholder to acquire a controlling interest in a transportation company through a multi-million dollar stock purchase transaction.

  • Working with a team of business and legal advisors, negotiated and successfully closed the $30 million sale of a transportation company on a tight deadline.
  • Lead counsel representing large institutional lenders in credit transactions including a $90 million revolving line of credit collateralized with multiple business assets in various states.
  • Represented a national bank in a significant construction-financing project to finance the remodel of a first class hotel property.

Real Estate Transactions
  • Represented purchasers in acquisition of multi-million dollar ranch and agricultural properties.
  • Represented project developers with lease drafting and negotiation, easement acquisition, and other matters to successfully complete construction of a large wind energy project.

  • Represented mineral developers in the acquisition of coal leases from numerous property owners and successfully closed the transaction on time.

Education

Bar Admissions

Recognition

  • Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business, Real Estate, 2018
  • The Best Lawyers in America©, Commercial Transactions/UCC Law, 2015-2019; Commercial Finance Law, Mergers and Acquisitions Law, 2016-2019; Corporate Law, 2018-2019; Real Estate Law, 2019

Professional and Civic Affiliations

  • American Bar Association, Member
  • Montana Bar Association, Member
  • Yellowstone County Bar Association, Member
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