Michael Abbott, a partner in the Des Moines office of Faegre Baker Daniels LLP, has been recognized as Iowa merger and acquisition attorney of the year by Corporate INTL magazine. Abbott represents buyers, sellers and institutional investors in many different types of M&A transactions and also counsels on financial transactions, corporate debt restructurings, emerging companies, private equity and venture capital. Abbott was the lead deal counsel for NASCAR in its purchase of the Iowa Speedway from U.S. Motorsport Corp. in November 2013, according to a release.