John K. Wilson


John K. Wilson is a corporate lawyer whose practice focuses on mergers and acquisitions, corporate financings, and securities law matters. He currently represents Fortune 500, middle-market and emerging public and private companies in a variety of industries on their transactional and corporate matters. He is a co-leader of the firm’s Capital Markets and Public Company Advisory practice and a partner in the Transactional & Securities Practice, as well as the Energy and Manufacturing Industry Teams.

John advises buyers and sellers, both domestically and internationally, in public and private mergers, acquisitions, dispositions, spin-offs, tender offers, leveraged buyouts, recapitalizations, and joint ventures. He also represents issuers and investment banks in public and private equity and debt securities offerings. 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, executive compensation, fiduciary duty, shareholder activism, takeover defense, and liability management matters.

Awards and Recognition

  • Named to the BTI Client Service All Star list (2022)
  • Recognized, BV® Distinguished™
  • Recognized, Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business in the fields of Corporate and Mergers & Acquisitions (2010-2023)
  • Recommended, The Legal 500 in the field of Mergers & Acquisitions (2012-2015)
  • Selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© in the fields of:
    • Corporate Governance Law (2014-2024)
    • Corporate Law (2013-2024)
    • Mergers and Acquisitions Law (2013-2021)
  • Named the Best Lawyers® “Lawyer of the Year” in Milwaukee in the fields of:
    • Corporate Governance Law (2018, 2021, and 2023)
    • Mergers and Acquisitions Law (2020 and 2023)
  • Selected to the Super Lawyers Rising Star list (2006, 2007, 2010)


  • Member, Milwaukee Bar Association
  • Member, State Bar of Wisconsin
  • Member, American Bar Association

Presentations and Publications

John is a frequent speaker on corporate governance, securities law disclosure as well as mergers and acquisitions matters.


17 August 2023 Honors and Awards

Foley Attorneys Recognized in 2024 Best Lawyers in America

Foley & Lardner LLP proudly announced today that 236 of the firm’s attorneys across 20 U.S. offices have received recognition in the 2024 edition of The Best Lawyers in America©.
03 August 2023 Innovative Technology Insights

SEC Adopts New Cybersecurity Disclosure Rules

On July 26, 2023, the U.S. Securities Exchange Commission (“SEC”) adopted final rules regarding cybersecurity risk management, strategy, governance, and incident reporting by public companies.
11 July 2023 Manufacturing Industry Advisor

Top Legal Issues Facing the Manufacturing Sector in 2023

As we embark on the second half of 2023, this second annual Manufacturing White Paper examines the business and legal considerations that continue to impact the industry and offers the perspectives and insights of attorneys with deep experience serving as trusted advisors to manufacturing companies.
01 June 2023 Press Releases

Foley Earns Top Rankings in Chambers USA 2023

Foley & Lardner LLP is pleased to announce that it has again been recognized by Chambers & Partners as one of the top law firms in the country in the 2023 edition of Chambers USA, America’s Leading Lawyers for Business.
12 May 2023 Article

SEC Adopts Final Rules Regarding Share Repurchase Disclosure

06 April 2023 Deals and Wins

Foley Represents nVent in Agreement to Acquire ECM Industries

Foley & Lardner LLP represented nVent Electric plc, a global leader in electrical connection and protection solutions, in its agreement to acquire ECM Investors, LLC, the parent of ECM Industries, LLC, for a purchase price of $1.1 billion, subject to customary adjustments.