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Michael Horten is a US and European educated lawyer with 36 years experience as a practicing attorney. Mr. Horten began his legal career with Sullivan & Cromwell in New York and Paris. He then spent 25 years with King & Spalding in Atlanta. At the end of 1999, he retired from the King & Spalding partnership to launch HortenCC.
Mr. Horten’s experience covers a wide variety of corporate, commercial, technology and financial transactions, including domestic and international mergers, acquisitions, securities offerings, joint ventures and strategic alliances. At King & Spalding, most of his clients were large public companies like Coca-Cola, GE Capital, UPS, Georgia-Pacific, BellSouth, and Scientific-Atlanta. Most of his present clients are private companies, primarily emerging growth companies.
Mr. Horten has written numerous professional papers and articles and is a frequent speaker on business law issues at professional seminars around the world. His publications include the following books: Joint Ventures in den USA: Wirtschaftliche, Rechtliche and Steuerliche Aspekte (1996, Verlag C.H. Beck, Munich) (co-author with Karl-Erbo Graf von Kageneck); Les Joint Ventures Franco-Americaines (1994, Larcier, Brussels, and Forum Europeen de la Communication, Paris) (co-author with Philippe Sarrailhe); and Japanese-US Joint Ventures (1992, Shogakusha, Tokyo).
Mr. Horten is actively involved in a number of business and civic organizations in Atlanta, including the Association for Corporate Growth, the Atlanta Technology Angels, the Atlanta Venture Forum, the MIT Forum, the Society of International Business Fellows, the Southern Center for International Studies, the Technology Association of Georgia, TiE, and several bilateral chambers of commerce.
Mr. Horten did his undergraduate studies at Washington State University. He received his law degree from the University of Copenhagen in 1970 and his graduate law degree from Columbia University in 1971. In 1974, he completed the course work for a doctorate in EU law at the University of Paris.
Mr. Horten is a native of Copenhagen, Denmark. He speaks (at varying levels of fluency) Danish, French, German, Norwegian and Swedish.