Alan M. Gilbert
Co-Chair of Business & Securities Group

Alan Gilbert is a partner and co-chair of Maslon's Business & Securities Group, practicing primarily in the areas of securities, corporate finance, mergers and acquisitions, and general corporate and commercial matters. Alan represents issuers (both seasoned and emerging companies), underwriters, and placement agents in connection with private placements and public securities offerings, including IPO's and other underwritten public offerings, registered direct offerings, PIPE (private investment in public equity) financings, and reverse merger transactions, as well as venture capital, private equity, and retail private placements. 

Alan also represents public and private companies in merger and acquisition transactions and advises public companies on matters related to SEC regulatory compliance, corporate governance, and executive compensation. He joined Maslon in 1998 and became a partner of the firm in 2006.

Selected Experience

  • Served as purchaser's counsel in the acquisition of JAZME, LLC dba Alliance Steel Service, a Minneapolis-based scrap metal recycling company, and subsequently as principal outside counsel, including in connection with several acquisitions, joint ventures and other strategic transactions.
  • Represents Famous Dave's of America, Inc. (NASDAQ: DAVE) in connection with securities reporting and compliance, and corporate and executive compensation matters.
  • Represented the purchaser of Cash-N-Pawn International, Ltd., a multi-location regional chain of pawn shops; represented Cash-N-Pawn and its affiliates in connection with subsequent acquisitions of additional pawn shop locations and the subsequent sale of the entire company.
  • Assisted Williston Holding Company, Inc. in connection with its reverse merger transaction with a public shell.
  • Represented Kona Grill, Inc., a publicly traded restaurant company (NASDAQ: KONA), in connection with its 2014 underwritten public
    follow-on offering.
  • Represented ZIOPHARM Oncology, Inc., a publicly traded biotechnology company (NASDAQ: ZIOP), in connection with several underwritten public offerings, PIPE offerings, and a private placement of convertible preferred stock. Offering proceeds from these transactions totaled approximately $175 million. Also served as counsel to ZIOPHARM in connection with the reverse merger transaction pursuant to which it became a public company.
  • Represented Global Traffic Network, Inc., a publicly traded provider of custom traffic and news reports to radio and television stations outside the U.S. (NASDAQ: GNET), in connection with its public offerings, including its initial public offering.
  • Represented WPT Enterprises, Inc., the branded entertainment and consumer products company that produced the World Poker Tour® (NASDAQ: WPTE), in connection with its initial public offering.
  • Served as underwriter and placement agent counsel in connection with several public and private securities transactions, including initial public offerings and/or follow-on offerings of PokerTek, Inc. (NASDAQ: PTEK), Wireless Ronin Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ: RNIN), Urologix, Inc., (OTCQB: ULGX), BIO-key, International, Inc. (OTCBB: BKYI), and Sajan, Inc. (NASDAQ: SAJA).
  • Represented J & D Acquisitions, LLC in connection with its acquisition of certain boating brand assets from Genmar Holdings, Inc. and its affiliates in an auction sale process conducted under Section 363 of Chapter 11 of the U.S. Bankruptcy Code.
  • Represented Advanced Circulatory Systems, Inc., a manufacturer of medical devices and related software solutions, in connection with its acquisition by Zoll Medical Corporation.
  • Represented Travanti Pharma, Inc., a developer of drug delivery systems, in connection with its acquisition by Teikoku Pharma USA, Inc.
  • Represented a publicly held provider of branded identity apparel programs and facility services in connection with more than 15 business acquisitions.

Professional Activities

Jewish Family and Children's Service of Minneapolis: Board Member 2012-2016


"Insight and Practical Advice to Drafting Your MD&A," panel member, Small Public Company Forum, 2010
January 1, 2010
"Financing Your Business in This Economy," moderator, Small Public Company Forum – the Inaugural Event, 2009
January 1, 2009


Leading Individual Attorney in Minnesota for Corporate/M&A, Chambers USA, 2010-2013

Noted Practitioner in Minnesota for Corporate/M&A, Chambers USA, 2016

Recognized on Minnesota Rising Stars list as part of the Super Lawyers® selection process, 2006–2008, 2012 (Minnesota Rising Stars is a designation given to only 2.5 percent of Minnesota attorneys each year, based on a selection process that includes the recommendation of peers in the legal profession.)

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Bar Admissions
Minnesota, 1998
Northwestern University School of Law
J.D., summa cum laude, 1998
University of Michigan
B.A., with distinction, 1995
Major: Economics
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