The practice of environmental law in the United States has evolved to better define who is liable for contamination cleanups. That’s according to veteran environmental lawyer Alan Schwartz, a member of Grand Rapids-based Miller, Johnson, Snell & Cummiskey PLC.
Federal rules issued this summer widen an avenue for small businesses to offer employee health benefits by making it easier for them to unite to form an association health plan.
GRAND RAPIDS — Manufacturer Midway Rotary Die Solutions has sold to a West Michigan-based private equity firm.
Before Landscape Forms Inc. acquired Kornegay Design last year, the Kalamazoo-based designer and manufacturer of site furniture, accessories and lighting mulled several acquisition targets that shared its design culture and core beliefs.
GRAND RAPIDS — SpendMend LLC, a company that provides spending visibility and audit and recovery services to the health care industry, sold a majority stake to Chicago-based private equity firm Sheridan Capital Partners.
Craig Lubben and Robert Wolford become co-managing members on Jan. 1 at the Grand Rapids-based law firm Miller, Johnson, Snell & Cummiskey PLC, succeeding retiring managing member Craig Mutch. Wolford and Lubben will oversee management and strategy at the firm, serve on the five-member management committee and continue with their respective law practices. Wolford, based out of the firm’s Grand Rapids office, will lead client service strategies and marketplace development. From the Kalamazoo office, Lubben manages business functions that include chairing the management committee and overseeing long-term professional and operational interests.
GRAND RAPIDS — Closing on its first acquisitions should provide private equity firm Auxo Investment Partners momentum as it pursues additional deals in an active M&A market.
Here is the MiBiz Growth Report for July 24, 2017.
• M&A: Ludington-based West Shore Bank acquired Ellis Capital Management in Muskegon. The deal, which closed July 17, extends West Shore Bank’s wealth management services into Muskegon, Ottawa and Kent counties. The bank, with assets of $426 million, previously provided wealth management at its seven branches in Ludington, Manistee and Hart. Ellis Capital Management founder David Ellis, who started the firm in 1997, and his staff joined West Shore Bank’s Wealth Management group. He became a senior vice president primarily responsible for growing the Grand Rapids and Muskegon regions. Ellis Capital Management offices in downtown Grand Rapids and Muskegon will operate under the name of West Shore Bank-Wealth Management. Warner Norcross & Judd LLP advised West Shore Bank in the transaction. Ellis Capital Management was advised by the law firm of Parmenter O’Toole PC.