Nyemaster Goode, P.C.

G.R. (Rick) Neumann

Rick Neumann has a general business practice, emphasizing mergers and acquisitions.


 Martindale-Hubbell, AV® Preeminent

The Best Lawyers in America®, Lawyer of the Year, Mergers & Acquisitions Law - Des Moines, Iowa, 2017

The Best Lawyers in America®: Corporate Law, 2006-2020; Mergers & Acquisitions Law, 2014-2020; Securities Regulation, 2014-2020

Chambers USA, America’s Leading Business Lawyers, Corporate/M&A, 2003-2019


Great Plains Super Lawyers, Business/Corporate, 2009-2019

Professional and Community Affiliations

American Bar Association

Iowa State Bar Association

Polk County Bar Association

Member of the Iowa Innovation Council (statewide economic development effort of the Iowa Economic Development Authority), and organizer of the Iowa Innovation Corporation, 2010-present

Member, Greater Des Moines Committee, 2009-present

Chair, Charter Commission on City/County Consolidation, 2002-2004 (“Chairman Rick Neumann, in particular, should take a bow for Job-like patience and unflappable demeanor as he methodically moved the process forward. That he was criticized for moving too fast and then too slow says something about his wisdom and skill.” Des Moines Register Editorial, July 10, 2003, page 14A)

Iowa Capital Investment Board, Board Member, 2002-2018; Chair, 2005-2018

Downtown Community Alliance, Inc., Chair and Co-Chair 2000-2004; Board of Directors, 1999-2007

Member, Gray’s Lake and Meredith Trail Advisory Committee 2000-present

Des Moines Pioneer Club, President 1998; Vice President 1996-1997

Greater Des Moines Partnership (Chamber of Commerce): Chair and Co-Chair of Government Policy Committee, 1995-1999; 1997 Chamber Volunteer of the Year Award; Member of Board of Directors, 2015-2016; 2002-2007, 1995-1999 and 1992-1993; Executive Committee, 1996-1999; Chamber Metropolitan Major Project Impact Committee, 1990-1993, Chairman, 1992; Leadership Institute (Community Vision Award 2018) and other committee work over the years

Representative Transactions

General representation of family investment partnership and private foundation, including sale of holding companies for seed businesses in Egypt (2019) and India (1999).

Sale of two retirement communities (2018).

Acquisition of stock of mechanical and electrical contractor (2017).

General representation of integrated publicly held biodiesel business, including private equity financing ($100 million) (2006); two facility acquisitions for stock (2008); roll-up transaction to acquire two publicly held biodiesel companies for stock (2009-2010); facility purchase and cash for stock (2010); facility purchase out of bankruptcy and related debt and equity financing (2009-2010); facility purchase for stock (2011); one facility purchase for stock and one for cash (2012); facility purchase (2013); facility expansions (2014); purchase of 100 million gallon nameplate capacity biodiesel refining and deepwater port terminal for a combination of stock, cash, earn-out, and debt assumption (2015); purchase of biodiesel facility for cash and stock with joint operating arrangements with adjacent facility (2016); and purchase of 82 acres industrial land and related servitudes from adjacent landowner for plant expansion (2017).

Life insurance company control and related regulatory filings (2013).

State and local government economic development incentives, property acquisition, and general representation for $1.8 billion industrial project (2012-present).

Sale of physician owned specialty hospital, physician practice and related buildings and assets (2011).

Representation of client in real estate acquisition and construction development of 3 blocks in downtown Des Moines and 60 acres in suburban West Des Moines for corporate headquarters project (2007-2008).

General representation of hotel developer and operator, including roll-up transaction involving ten hotel properties and related mortgage refinancing (2007-2008) and development and financing of new hotels.

Merger of publicly held insurance holding company ($2.9 billion cash) (2006).

Sale of assets of rendering company for stock and cash ($141 million) (2005-2006).

General representation of multi-specialty physician clinic, including organization as a professional corporation (1995-present), medical clinic office development and financing (2002) and expansion (2007-2008), additional medical office building development and financing (2012-13), and organization of ambulatory surgery center (2000).

General representation of publicly held insurance holding company, including merger for cash and stock ($2.2 billion) (1997).

Speeches and Publications

The Iowa Uniform Securities Act Exemptions Part I: The Securities Exemptions, 2 J. Corp. L. 437 (1977) (Co-Author).

The Iowa Uniform Securities Act Exemptions Part II: The Transaction Exemptions, 3 J. Corp. L. 437 (1978) (Co-Author).

Case Note—Antitrust—United States v. General Dynamics Corp. (U.S. Sup. Ct. 1974), 24 Drake L. Rev. 223 (1974).

“What is Market in M & A Transactions”, University of Iowa College of Law/Iowa State Bar Association, Iowa City, Iowa (2011) and Association of Corporate Counsel, Des Moines, Iowa (2013) and Cedar Rapids, Iowa (2013).

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