Bernadette M. Dennehy


Education & Credentials


University of Michigan

B.B.A, 1981
  • With Distinction

Wayne State University Law School

J.D., 1984
  • magna cum laude
  • Order of the Coif
  • Associate Editor, Wayne Law Review

Bar Admission

  • Michigan1984
  • Illinois1990
  • Colorado1994


Representative Clients

  • Magna International Inc. and related companies
  • Peninsula Capital Partners and related funds
  • The Anderson Group and related companies
  • The Huron Fund II, L.P. and its portfolio company Michigan Orthopedic Services, LLC
  • The Superior Fund, LLC
  • Active Interest Media, Inc. and subsidiaries
  • The Athena Group LLC
  • Seligman Western Enterprises and related companies
  • Wind Point Partners, LLC and certain portfolio companies

Prominent Assignments

Equity investment, senior and subordinated debt financing and seller financing in connection with the acquisition of stock of tier 2 automotive supplier for private equity fund client

Acquisition of an automotive parts manufacturing business from a Japanese Tier 2 supplier on behalf of a division of a publicly traded Tier 1 automotive supplier

Mezzanine investment (including subordinated notes and equity warrants) to facilitate the acquisition of an engineering services company supporting the aerospace and defense industries for a mezzanine fund client

Senior and subordinated debt financing in connection with the acquisition through a going private transaction of a manufacturer/distributor of storage-related components and ergonomic products for private equity fund client

Multistate financing package of 28 securitized senior loans to refinance 28 separate office, retail, multifamily and single tenant properties for a national real estate developer client

Representation of start-up research and development company in connection with the issuance of preferred stock (two tranches) to venture fund investors

Equity investment, senior and subordinated financing in connection with the acquisition by a private equity fund client of a manufacturing business via a Section 363 bankruptcy sale

Acquisition of the US assets and capital stock of the Chinese subsidiaries of a manufacturer and distributor of home furnishings, together with an add-on acquisition and recapitalization, on behalf of a private equity client

Professional Involvement

  • Dickinson Wright PLLC Management Group
  • Michigan Venture Capital Association
  • Commercial Real Estate Women

Community Involvement

  • St. Paul on the Lake Parish, Finance and Administration Commission
  • St. Paul on the Lake Capital Campaign, Member, Leadership Gifts Committee
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