Benjamin W. Spiess

Benjamin W. Spiess
Of Counsel
Anchorage, AK
P: 907.263.8416
Overview

About Ben

Ben Spiess is Of Counsel in the Corporate and Real Estate practice groups. He represents clients in all aspects of corporate and real estate transactions, including mergers, equity and asset transactions, joint ventures, corporate reorganizations, financing and governance. Ben’s commercial real estate practice includes leasing, purchase and sale, land use and zoning, ANCSA and public lands. Ben is a member of the Stoel Rives Arctic Law practice area and is active in Arctic policy and development. 

Prior Experience

  • Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz, New York, NY, Summer Associate
  • Bingham McCutchen LLP, Boston, MA, Associate, 2006-2010
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Experience

Experience

  • Represented Independent Oil & Gas Company borrower in $170 million project finance for offshore oil development in Cook Inlet, Alaska (November 2015).
  • Represented Millrock Exploration in two mining joint ventures (September-October 2015).
  • Represented Sitnasuak Native Corporation in sale Rock Creek mine property in Nome, Alaska (September 2015).
  • Represented Goldbelt, Inc. in sale of hotel in Juneau, Alaska (July 2015).
  • Represented Sitanasuak Native Corporation in 1031 sale and acquisition of Anchorage commercial real property (April 2015).
  • Represented Sitnasuak Native Corporation in real estate development joint venture with Pfeffer Development (January 2015).
  • Represented C12 Energy, LLC in merger and $200 million financing (February 2014).
  • Represented GCI, Inc. in the acquisition of a series of television broadcast companies across Alaska (2013-2015).
  • Represented minority owners in sale of interest in Endicott oil field (March 2014).
  • Represented Cook Inlet Region, Inc. (CIRI) in acquisition of majority equity interest in Cruz Energy Services LLC, a North Dakota oil field service company (2014).
  • Represented oil company borrower in $170 million project finance for offshore oil development in Cook Inlet, Alaska (July 2014).
  • Represented C12 Energy, LLC in merger and $200 million financing (February 2014).
  • Represented Goldbelt, Inc. in the purchase and sale of commercial real estate in the Bakken region of North Dakota (July 2014).
  • Represented GCI, Inc. in the acquisition of a series of television broadcast companies across Alaska (2013-2014).
  • Represented minority owners in sale of interest in Endicott oil field (March 2014).
  • Represented Cook Inlet Region, Inc. (CIRI) in acquisition of majority equity interest in Cruz Energy Services LLC, a North Dakota oil field service company.
  • Represented Tatitlek, Inc. in acquisition of Anchorage office building.
  • Represented Calista, Inc. in formation of an 8(a)-qualified limited liability company to bid NASA engineering project. 
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Honors

Honors & Activities

Professional Honors and Activities

  • Member, Alaska Bar Association
  • Member, Massachusetts Bar Association
  • Member, American Bar Association 

Civic Activities

  • Member, Board of Advisors, The Chewonki Foundation, Wiscasset, Maine, 2007-present
  • Member, Board of Advisors, Design That Matters, Cambridge, Massachusetts, 2007-present 
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