Dennehy, Bernadette M.


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







Bernadette M. Dennehy


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

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

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