Kathleen E. Wegrzyn

Senior Counsel

Overview

Kathleen (Kate) Wegrzyn (pronounced "Way Grin") (formerly Noble) is a senior counsel and business lawyer with Foley & Lardner LLP and is a member of the firm’s Commercial Transactions & Business Counseling and Distribution & Franchise Practices and the Food & Beverage Industry Team.

Kate's areas of focus include counseling businesses on general corporate and commercial matters, including commercial contracts, dealer arrangements, licensing issues, supply chain contracts, marketing and promotion agreements, and logistics and transportation contracts.

Kate is a member of the board of directors of the Wisconsin Humane Society. She was a member of the firm’s Associate Committee.

Recognition

In 2015, The Legal 500 recognized Kate for her work in the area of renewable/alternative energy.

Education

Kate earned her law degree from the University of Wisconsin Law School (J.D., cum laude, 2009), where she was elected to the Order of the Coif. While in law school, she was managing editor of the Wisconsin Law Review and a member of the Women’s Law Student Association. She earned her bachelor’s degree in marketing and international business from the University of Wisconsin-Madison (B.B.A., 2005) where she was a member of Mu Kappa Tau, a professional, honorary marketing society.

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Admissions

Kate is admitted to practice in Wisconsin.

Representative Matters

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Foley represented Lignotech (U.S.) Inc. in their $5 million acquisition of Flambeau River Papers lignin business.
Represented the Administrative Agent in a $100 million syndicated, unsecured revolving credit facility (with an accordion feature creating potential to expand the facility to a size of $250 million) for a large Wisconsin-based food industry company.
Assisted Wing Capital Group, LLC, a Milwaukee-based private equity firm, in structuring the acquisition by Sani-Matic Holdings, LLC of all of the outstanding stock of Sani-Matic Systems Holdings, Inc., a Wisconsin-based corporation that owns all of the outstanding stock of Sani-Matic, Inc. Sani-Matic, Inc. specifies, designs, and manufactures sanitary process cleaning equipment including Clean-in-Place (CIP) Systems, Clean-Out of-Place (COP) Immersion Parts Washers, Automated Product Carrier Washers (Vat, Tunnel, Rack, Stick), Cabinet Washers, and related components. Consideration for the transaction involved a combination of cash and rollover equity. Foley also assisted the sellers (with buyer as guarantor) in securing traditional senior debt financing to facilitate the stock purchase, successfully negotiating all financing documents. In addition to negotiating and drafting the purchase agreement, Foley attorneys negotiated and drafted employment agreements and incentive unit agreements with key seller employees to ensure the acquired business assets would continue to be effectively managed following closing. The deal marks Foley's first representation of Wing Capital Group in an acquisition. Foley successfully completed the acquisition and financing documents within a 21-day timeframe in order to meet the parties' year-end closing goal.

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