Kirsten is part of Boardman Clark’s full-service banking group serving primarily community banks located in Wisconsin, along with their holding companies and their insurance, securities, and investment subsidiaries. She also provides legal advice to regional and out-of-state banks. Kirsten works closely with the Wisconsin Department of Financial Institutions, FDIC, Federal Reserve, OCC, and various state securities regulators on behalf of her banking clients.

Kirsten has established de novo banks in Wisconsin and has helped form many holding companies for Wisconsin community banks. She regularly works with banks and their holding companies to acquire other banks and branches. Kirsten has helped banks, holding companies, and other corporations issue common stock, preferred stock, debt securities and trust preferred securities, to raise hundreds of millions of dollars capital. Kirsten successfully worked with the WBA to revise the new Wisconsin securities statutes to remove a provision that would have adversely impacted the traditional business of community banks in this state.

Kirsten is also part of Boardman Clark’s Business Law Services and Start-up and Emerging Companies Groups. On behalf of banks, bank holding companies, non-profit organizations, and a variety of early-stage, small and mid-size businesses, Kirsten regularly assists with structuring securities offerings, preparing offering materials, and making required filings with Federal and state securities regulators. She has assisted her clients with creating various series of preferred stock and securing institutional investment. She also drafts proxy and other shareholder communications, prepares incentive plans and executive compensation agreements, reviews business contracts, assists with the formation of new companies, and advises boards of directors on both day-to-day matters and extraordinary corporate transactions. Kirsten regularly speaks to different audiences regarding securities matters.

On behalf of her non-profit clients, Kirsten assists with setting up microfinance loan funds, and also with the ongoing securities activities and compliance of such funds.

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Admitted to Practice

  • Wisconsin State Courts

Representative Work

  • Kirsten successfully worked with the WBA to revise the new Wisconsin securities statutes to remove a provision that would have adversely impacted the traditional business of community banks in this state, and to assist in the drafting of Wisconsin’s recent crowdfunding statute.  
  • Kirsten assists real estate development groups in connection with many aspects of their developments, including the formation documents, commercial loan negotiation and documentation, and raising investment capital.
  • Kirsten regularly assists banks with negotiating commercial loans, including tax-exempt municipal loans.  She also has assisted banks and their directors and officers in enforcement actions.
  • With the WBA, she has drafted many amicus briefs to the Wisconsin Supreme Court and Court of Appeals on issues of significance to banking.  

Presentations, Publications, & Contributions

  • Co-Author with Patrick Berry, "Making a difference while making a profit", InBusiness.com, 2017
  • Lecturer, taught the "WBA's Municipal Lending Form Workshop," with Attorney Richard Heinemann for several years
  • Author, "Bank Broker Dealer Rules," WBA Compliance Journal

Community Involvement & Board Memberships

  • Norcap Growth Fund (mutual fund), Former Board of Directors

Professional Memberships

  • American Bar Association, Business Law Section
  • State Bar of Wisconsin, Business Law Section
  • Dane County Bar Association

Education

  • J.D., cum laude, University of Wisconsin Law School, 1998
    • Order of the Coif
    • Managing Editor of Wisconsin Law Review
  • M.A., Spanish Literature, University of Wisconsin – Madison
  • B.A., Political Science and Spanish, with distinction, University of Wisconsin – Madison

Kirsten’s Select Writing & Presentations