John K. Wilson



John K. Wilson is a partner and corporate lawyer with Foley & Lardner LLP and is a member of the firm's Transactional & Securities Practice and Energy and Manufacturing Industry Teams. His practice focuses on mergers and acquisitions, corporate financings, and securities law matters. He represents Fortune 500, middle-market and emerging public and private companies in a variety of industries, as well as investment banks and venture capital and private equity funds, on their transactional and corporate matters.

Mr. Wilson advises buyers and sellers, both domestically and internationally, in public and private mergers, acquisitions, dispositions, spin-offs, leveraged buyouts, recapitalizations and joint ventures. Mr. Wilson also represents issuers and investment banks in public and private equity and debt securities offerings and has completed over 70 public offerings raising over $30 billion for corporate clients. He regularly counsels management, boards of directors and board committees of a number of public companies regarding federal securities law compliance, disclosure and reporting, corporate governance, activist shareholder and takeover defense matters. Mr. Wilson also has experience with venture capital and private equity fund formation and portfolio company investments, as well as hedge fund matters.


Mr. Wilson is a frequent speaker on corporate governance, securities law disclosure and mergers and acquisitions matters.

Professional Memberships

He is a member of the Milwaukee Bar Association, the State Bar of Wisconsin and the American Bar Association.


Mr. Wilson has been Peer Review Rated as BV® Distinguished™, a mark of excellence in Martindale-Hubbell's peer review rating system. He was recognized by Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business in the area of corporate/M&A (2010-2017) and was recommended by The Legal 500 for his work in the area of mergers and acquisitions (2012 and 2015). He was also selected for inclusion in the Wisconsin Super Lawyers – Rising Stars® lists (2006, 2007 and 2010) and in The Best Lawyers in America© since 2013 for his work in corporate governance law, corporate law and mergers & acquisitions law.


Mr. Wilson received his J.D., magna cum laude, from Georgetown University Law Center, where he was elected to the Order of the Coif. He received his B.A., magna cum laude, from Marquette University, where he was elected to membership in Phi Beta Kappa.


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2019 NDI Executive Exchange
14-15 November 2019
Chicago, IL
2018 NDI Executive Exchange
25 October 2018
Chicago, IL
2017 NDI Executive Exchange
07 November 2017
Chicago, IL
2016 NDI Executive Exchange
10 November 2016
Chicago, IL