Michael W. Whittaker's practice focuses on advising companies in business and corporate transactions, including M&A, private equity, venture capital and joint ventures. His clients range from large, multinational enterprises to entrepreneurs looking to form their first company. Mike has helped form hundreds of Delaware companies and can advise clients on all stages of a company’s life cycle, from inception, through fund raising and operations, to winding up and dissolution.
Mike advises clients in an array of different business sectors on commercial, business, general corporate and other contractual and legal matters, including the drafting and negotiation of contracts and agreements in a wide variety of business transactions, including supply and distribution agreements, sale and purchase agreements, equipment leasing agreements, joint venture and joint development agreements, mergers, acquisitions and divestitures, licensing agreements, secured and unsecured loans, venture capital and private equity transactions, as well as other general corporate, business and commercial transactions.
In addition, Mike routinely provides advice regarding the formation, operation, and dissolution of Delaware entities, including corporations, limited liability companies, statutory trusts, partnerships, and special purpose entities, and their use in complex business and commercial transactions. Mike also regularly acts as Delaware counsel to banks, trustees and other financial institutions involved in structured finance transactions, securitizations and other lending and finance transactions.
Mike's practice often involves authoring opinion letters on matters of Delaware law, the Uniform Commercial Code, and federal banking law.
Mike is a member of the Delaware State Bar Association committee responsible for drafting revisions to the Delaware Limited Liability Company Act, the Delaware Revised Uniform Limited Partnership Act, and the Delaware Revised Partnership Act, and is a past president of the Commercial Law Section of the Delaware State Bar Association.
Events & Speaking Engagements
- April 2, 2020
- February 23, 2020
- February 24, 2019
- June 4, 2018
- May 23-24, 2017
- Whittaker and Maxwell Discuss Exit Strategies in LLC Agreements: Member Withdrawal, Resignation or DisassociationMarch 16, 2017
- February 26 - March 1, 2017
- The ARIA Resort & Casino, Las Vegas, February 28 - March 2, 2016
- February 23, 2016
Seton Hall University School of Law, J.D., magna cum laude, 2000
University of Cincinnati, B.S., 1997
Bar & Court Admissions
- Delaware, 2000
- Florida, 2003
Professional Activities and Honors
Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America for Business Organizations (including LLCs and Partnerships) and Corporate Law, most recently in the 2022 edition
Delaware State Bar Association; Commercial Law Section; Corporation Law Section
American Bar Association; Business Law Section
Florida Bar Association