Lee Schafer

Columnist | Business
Phone: 612-673-4302
Lee Schafer came to the Star Tribune after 15 years as a corporate officer, consultant and investment banker in the Twin Cities. He has been a columnist for Twin Cities Business magazine and was senior editor for Corporate Report Minnesota.

Recent content from Lee Schafer

Schafer: Glen Taylor sees money to be made at the Star Tribune

To understand why Glen Taylor is buying the Star Tribune, one suggestion is to pick up a classic Harvard Business...

Updated: July 03, 2014, - 11:41 AM

Schafer: Minnesota offers economic lessons for struggling Michigan

Sometimes it’s helpful to be reminded of how good we have it here in Minnesota — and maybe why.A think...

Updated: June 28, 2014, - 02:00 PM

Schafer: New grads wanted, but where to look?

Seeing headlines about unemployed college graduates might make it hard to believe that there’s intense competition underway among employers for...

Updated: June 24, 2014, - 08:19 PM

Schafer: Here's an idea to keep homeowners above water

What if all we know about the cause of the Great Recession is plain wrong?What if it wasn’t the financial...

Updated: June 21, 2014, - 04:02 PM

June 19: Schafer: Medtronic deal gives investors big tax hit

The tax bite coming for longtime Medtronic shareholders is just one more curious aspect of the Fridley-based company’s combination with Covidien and establishment of its formal headquarters in Dublin.

Updated: June 19, 2014, - 11:39 AM

Lee Schafer: A move to Ireland lets Medtronic move its "trapped cash”

Buying Covidien PLC for $42.9 billion turned out to be Medtronic’s solution to one of its most vexing problems.

Updated: June 17, 2014, - 05:38 AM

June 16: Medtronic pays $42.9 billion for Covidien

The deal will move Medtronic’s executive headquarters to Dublin, where it will enjoy substantial tax advantages.

Updated: June 16, 2014, - 01:11 PM

Schafer: Local firms add to debate on tax flights to Europe

It’s disheartening to see companies that grew up here reach middle age and decide to renounce their U.S. citizenship to...

Updated: June 14, 2014, - 09:45 PM

Schafer: At Target, board vote should be 6 yes, 1 no

If not for James A. Johnson on the slate, the shareholders of Target should have an easy call to make...

Updated: June 09, 2014, - 09:22 PM

Schafer: Thrivent finds a link between giving and financial security

Thrivent Financial CEO Brad Hewitt has long suspected that helping clients be financially secure isn’t enough.Secure means just having enough...

Updated: June 08, 2014, - 10:00 AM

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