Overview

About Cody

Cody Gregg, a business lawyer in the firm’s Portland office, advises emerging, growing, and established companies on a variety of legal matters. Cody’s practice focuses on debt finance and mergers and acquisitions, with an emphasis in the timber and wine industries. In addition to M&A and representing borrowers and lenders in debt financing transactions, Cody regularly assists winery, vineyard, timber, and forest products clients of all sizes through the process of selecting and forming different kinds of business entities and drafting and negotiating various types of commercial contracts, including grape purchase agreements, vineyard management agreements, purchase and sale agreements, and leases. Cody’s clients trust him to leverage his experience and expertise to provide efficient, effective counsel.

Before joining Stoel Rives, Cody was a law clerk to the Honorable Adrienne C. Nelson of the Oregon Supreme Court, a judicial extern to the Honorable Michael H. Simon of the U.S. District Court for the District of Oregon, a visiting student at Bucerius Law School in Hamburg, Germany, and a summer associate at Perkins Coie LLP.

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Experience

Experience

Debt Finance Experience

  • Counsel to multiple private forest products companies in various aspects of ongoing financing arrangements and secured loan transactions.
  • Counsel to commercial fishing company in amending and restating its $220 million credit facility.
  • Counsel to lender on $45 million credit facility to Northwest timber company.
  • Counsel to timberlands management and investment group in obtaining multiple real-estate backed revolving credit facilities from an insurance company, with aggregate commitments of over $300 million.
  • Representation of small business investment company in multiple senior, second-lien and subordinated loans and preferred equity investments in small businesses.
  • Counsel to investment management company in negotiating, structuring, and documenting senior secured credit facilities for lower middle-market companies in a variety of industries.
  • Member of team that represented an automotive retailer in the amendment and restatement of its $2.8 billion syndicated credit agreement.

Mergers & Acquisitions

  • Counsel to timberland investment management organization in the finance and purchase of over 556,000 acres of timberlands and other assets in the upper peninsula of Michigan.
  • Representation of client in negotiation and documentation of acquisition of distressed winery and vineyard assets in southern Oregon.
  • Counsel to family-owned forest products company in the buyout of timberland investment management organization’s interest in timberlands related property in northern California.
  • Counsel to national investment firm in its acquisition of a controlling interest in a California-based almond processing facility.
  • Counsel to developer in sale of two development-stage closed-loop hydro-pumped storage assets in the Pacific Northwest.
  • Counsel to Allegheny Technologies Incorporated (NYSE: ATI) in its sale of its division specializing in flowforming precision-engineered components for defense and aerospace markets to a private equity firm.
  • Representation of private equity fund in the sale of its indirect 50% equity interest in two operating California solar projects to a reinsurance company.
  • Representation of holding company for investments in renewable energy assets in the United States in its acquisition of a portfolio of operating photovoltaic solar projects. The portfolio included more than 85 projects located in seven states.
  • Representation of software integration company specializing in HR software integration solutions in its merger with an HR application integration platform provider.
  • Representation of a natural gas distributor in the acquisition of water and wastewater utility assets serving a resort development in Washington.
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Honors

Honors & Activities

Professional Honors & Activities

  • Included in Best Lawyers®: Ones to Watch in America (Corporate Law, Mergers & Acquisitions Law), 2023
  • Member, New Business Lawyers Subcommittee of Business Law Section of OSB, 2018–present
  • Member, Panner Inn of Court, 2019–present

Civic Activities

  • Board member & co-founder, Two Hands LGBT Mentoring, 2018–2020
  • Member, Willamette University Alumni Association Board of Directors, 2016–present
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