Dennis L. Monroe

Co-founder and chairman of Monroe Moxness Berg PA, Dennis is a pioneer in corporate financing with a broad network of finance contacts and clients. He assists businesses, from emerging companies to multi-national firms, by providing creative ideas, identifying unique financing sources, and developing the financial tools necessary for their growth and development. His focus is on multi-unit acquisitions.

Extensive experience enables Dennis to evaluate and manage the most complex and sophisticated transactions. Representing lenders, investors, and developers, Dennis has overseen in excess of $4 billion dollars in commercial transactions, ranging from $5,000,000 to $300,000,000.

Over the last thirty years, Dennis has been recognized as a national expert in corporate and institutional finance and mergers and acquisitions, and he is often consulted regarding the latest acquisition financing techniques. He is a frequent speaker at business conferences, professional organizations, and special finance industry events including the YPO Restaurant Roundtable and SS&G Financial Services Restaurant CFO Bootcamps. He is a regular speaker at the Restaurant Finance and Development Conference and was one of three people to receive a first-ever Hall of Fame award at the 10th annual conference. He also frequently speaks at franchisor conferences, law school, and college seminars.

Recognized by Franchise Times as a leader in the franchise community, Dennis was featured in a cover story as “Franchising’s Go-To Guy.” In 2014, he received the Franchise Times Dealmakers Special Achievement award, honoring his 30-year career in franchise finance. In addition, the magazine has honored him as one of franchising’s top 125 “Legal Eagles” and one of the “Top 20 to Watch.” He has been selected as one of the top 10 mergers and acquisitions lawyers for Minnesota and is consistently honored as a “Minnesota Super Lawyer.” He has been selected to the International Who’s Who of Business Lawyers in Franchise and listed in The Best Lawyers in America for franchise law. In 2010, Dennis received the Carthage College Distinguished Alumni Award and currently serves on the Carthage College Board of Trustees. Dennis serves on many for profit boards and is a member of the National Association of Corporate Directors. He received the 2015 Outstanding Director Award from Twin Cities Business for his service on the board of Nystrom, Inc. He also serves on various committees and is an adjunct professor and Halloran Fellow at St. Thomas School of Law. Further, he is a council member at Mt. Olivet Lutheran Church in Minneapolis.

Dennis wrote monthly articles for Franchise Times from 1999 through 2013 and currently writes monthly columns for Restaurant Finance Monitor and Foodservice News. He is also a contributing writer to Nation’s Restaurant News and has been quoted in the Wall Street Journal, Forbes, USA Today and numerous other trade publications. He also authored a children’s book Make It Right Kids.

Furthering his knowledge of business enterprise, Dennis served as CEO of Parasole Restaurant Holdings, one of the largest restaurant companies in Minnesota, from 2009 to 2011.

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Areas of Practice

Business Concept Growth & Protection
Business Law
Corporate Finance – Mergers and Acquisitions
Franchise, Distribution and Intellectual Property
Tax Planning

Admissions

Minnesota State Bar
U.S. District Court- District of Minnesota
U.S. Tax Court

Education

Carthage College – B.A., 1974, cum laude
St. Louis University – M.B.A., 1978, Juris Doctor, 1978

Memberships

Hennepin County Bar Association
Minnesota State Bar Association
American Bar Association Member: Business Section and Franchising Forum
International Franchising Association

News & Events

Dennis Monroe Sees Sound Business Prospects for 4 Bells Restaurant

Dennis Monroe Praises Nighthawks Diner in His Review Column

Dennis Monroe and Jim Wahl Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America 2016

Recent Publications

Evolving Industry: What the closure of white tablecloth restaurants in the Twin Cities really means

A Fresh View of Equipment Leasing Today

How Mezzanine Lenders/Investors Approach the Restaurant Industry

Why Are More Banks Getting Into Restaurant and Franchise Lending?

Why Sophisticated Investors Invest in the Restaurant Space

 

 

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