Benjamin W. Spiess

Benjamin W. Spiess

Of Counsel
Anchorage, AK
Overview

About Ben

A member of the Washington and Alaska bars, Ben Spiess represents clients across the Pacific Northwest. Ben is a member of the real estate practice group. With a background in corporate law, he represents clients in all aspects of real estate transactions, including business formation, deal structuring, real estate purchase and sales, leasing, financing, business formation and structuring, mergers, equity and asset transactions, corporate reorganizations, and corporate governance. Ben is experienced in structuring real estate investment partnerships, development joint ventures, syndications and all aspects of related securities law matters, including Regulation D private placements.

Ben also practices in the areas of 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 tenant in industrial harbor lease of a 34-acre industrial site in Astoria, Oregon (March 2018).
  • Represented doctors investor group in acquisition and refinance of medical complex in Fairbanks, Alaska (January 2018).
  • Represented landlord in lease of mixed use commercial building in South Seattle (2017).
  • Represented NANA corporation in the sale of Anchorage office building (December 2016).
  • Represented Sitnasuak Native Corporation in sale Rock Creek mine 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 (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, Washington State 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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