BWK Transaction Advisory Services Leadership Team
The BWK Transaction Advisory Services team has significant M&A experience both domestically and internationally. Our team is suited to meet your financial, accounting, tax, human resources, and operational needs for your M&A transaction.
Our BWK Transaction Advisory Services leadership team is listed below. Depending on the needs of the transaction and engagement, the BWK Transaction Advisory Services leadership team is joined by additional leaders and specialists from the broader Barton, Walter & Krier, P.C. firm.
BWK Transaction Advisory Services leadership team (provide links) :
- Blaine Andersen, BWK Transaction Advisory Services Leader and M&A Financial / Accounting Leader
- Steve Hagstrom, M&A Tax Leader
- Michelle Bunde, M&A HR Leader
Managing Director – BWK Transaction Advisory Services Leader and M&A Financial / Accounting Leader
Blaine is a Managing Director and leader of the overall BWK Transaction Advisory Services practice. Some of his key services and specialties include supporting clients with Financial Due Diligence, negotiations, purchase / ancillary deal agreements, post-Closing services, forensic accounting, M&A dispute resolution, and project management. Blaine has 20+ years of experience, primarily with PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP (PwC), including 15+ years of fully-dedicated M&A experience.
With advising on 250+ transactions (domestic and global), he specializes in advising strategic and financial clients on M&A transactions including acquisitions, divestitures, recapitalizations, mergers, joint ventures, carve-outs, restructuring, post-Closing services, and dispute resolution.
His clients have included private companies, public companies, private equity companies, and individual investors across various industries, including manufacturing, consumer & industrial products, services, healthcare, technology, automotive, construction, distribution, retail, energy, agriculture, food & beverage, and financial services.
Blaine received his BSB in Accounting and Minor in Finance from the University of Minnesota’s Carlson School of Management. He is licensed as a CPA in the State of Minnesota.
Director – M&A Tax Leader
Steve is a Director in the BWK Transaction Advisory Services M&A tax practice. Some of his key services and specialties include tax due diligence services, negotiation assistance, tax structuring strategies and post-closing business and individual tax planning. Steve’s public accounting experience includes positions at Grant Thornton and CBIZ Mayer Hoffman McCann before coming to Barton, Walter & Krier.
Steve has specialized in the M&A transactional analysis area for the last 15 years, working with both corporate and partnership structures. Steve also acts as a trusted advisor for many of the firm’s larger closely held business clients in the areas of tax compliance, planning and exit strategy.
His clients have primarily included privately held companies, private equity companies, and individual investors. Steve has a wide variety of industry experience, with deep expertise, in particular, with manufacturing, distribution, technology, and professional services companies.
Steve received his BS in Accounting and Minor in Economics from Augsburg University. He is licensed as a CPA in the State of Minnesota.
Consultant – M&A HR Leader
Michelle is a Consultant and the leader of the BWK Transaction Advisory Services’ M&A Human Resources (HR) practice. Some of her key services and specialties include supporting clients with M&A, Strategic Planning, Succession Planning, Change Management, Budgeting, Performance Management, Employee Referral Programs, Processes, Employee Relations, Benefits, HRIS, Policy analysis & design, Diversity, Retention Strategies, EOS, Team Building, and Event Planning.
She has 20+ years of experience working as both a consultant and in HR operations with private companies, public companies, and financial-buyer (e.g., private equity) companies across various industries, including manufacturing, sales, healthcare, retail, financial services, and professional services.
Michelle received her BA in Communications with Minors in Human Resource Management, Business Management, and Marketing from the University of Minnesota.