John Brower

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John Brower is a business lawyer who specializes in mergers and acquisitions in the middle market. John also advises and counsels closely held businesses and their owners.

Focuses of John’s M&A practice include:

  • Buying and selling manufacturers and service businesses;
  • Counseling and representation of sellers of closely held businesses;
  • Purchases and sales of franchisors and franchise systems. Transactions have included franchisors of hotels, restaurants, fast food, travel services and retail concepts;
  • Purchases and sales of ESOPs;
  • Representation of executives and management teams whose company is being acquired, including employment agreements and terms of equity grants and rollovers; and
  • Representation of strategic acquirors and PE platform companies in ongoing acquisition programs.

John speaks and writes frequently on mergers and acquisitions and business law topics. John co-chairs GPM’s M&A Team.


  • Represented Northcott Hospitality in the sale of the AmericInn hotel franchise system and 10 hotels to Wyndham International for $170 million.
  • Represented Border States Electric, a 100% ESOP company, in a major transaction, its acquisition of Kriz-Davis Co., also a 100% ESOP company.
  • Represented the senior management team of Smarte Carte International in connection with the $350 million acquisition of Smarte Carte by 3i Group, a London-based private equity group.
  • Represented a large private equity controlled company in a series of add-on acquisitions. Over 25 acquisitions over the course of four years.
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