About John

John Laney is a partner in the Corporate practice group and represents clients in corporate governance matters; mergers and acquisitions; and corporate, securities and financing transactions, with an emphasis on the development, structuring, financing and acquisition of renewable energy projects. John has recently advised clients in the business consulting, energy, food & beverage, healthcare, manufacturing industries and other industries.

Prior to law school John was a senior account executive with HSBC, Consumer Lending.  John was an extern for the Honorable John C. Coughenour, U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington (2007); a law clerk at Forsberg & Umlauf, P.S. (2007); and a legal extern at the King County Prosecuting Attorney's Office (Summer 2006).

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Mergers & Acquisitions

  • Represented Power Brands Consulting, a leading beverage industry development and management firm, and its shareholder, with the sale of equity interests to Martin Bauer Group, a leading manufacturer and supplier of teas, extracts and botanicals for the food, beverage, dietary supplement and phytopharmaceutical industries.
  • Represented U.S. subsidiary of a large Japanese corporation in its acquisition of majority ownership of multiple home building businesses in Texas and Washington.
  • Represented Ecover Coordination Center NV in its acquisition of Method Products, Inc, a cleaning products manufacturer whose products are sold in major retailers within the United States and in various international markets.
  • Represented Aero Precision, Inc. in the sale of substantially all of its assets to a venture capital firm.
  • Represented Schnitzer Steel Industries, Inc. (NASDAQ: SCHN), a global leader in the metals recycling industry, in multiple acquisitions of metals recycling businesses in Alaska, California, Hawaii, Montana, Nevada and Washington.


  • Represented sponsor of solar tax equity fund with respect to tax equity and debt financing necessary to invest in residential solar projects with an expected aggregate value of approximately $40 million.
  • Represented Atlantic Tele-Network in connection with the acquisition of Green Lake Capital, LLC and their 28 commercial solar projects with an aggregate 45.7 MW and a total transaction value of $103 million.
  • Represented SunPower Corporation in connection with purchase of companies owning green field solar projects in California and Arizona.
  • Represented SunPower in connection with financing EPC and OEM Agreements for 19.2 mw project in Colorado.
  • Represented international wind developers in connection with sale of 45 MW project in Idaho.
  • Represented buyer of micro-hydro projects located in irrigation canals.

Health Care

  • Represented International Columbia US, LLC, the parent of Columbia Asia, with respect to the sale of equity interests to a institutional investor based in Asia, and the related tender offer by such investor to existing members of International Columbia US, LLC.
  • Represented a radiology practice in its acquisition of imaging assets.
  • Represented a multi-location dental practice in its sale to a private equity investor.


  • Advising clients on the CARES Act, Main Street Lending Program, and other COVID-19 debt relief options.
  • Represented Integrated Asset Management, a Canadian fund, through its subsidiary IAM Infrastructure Private Debt Fund LP, in its term loan to a Canadian borrower that was used to refinance the debt of its US-based project company and secured by a hydroelectric facility located in Oregon.
  • Represented Interfor U.S. Inc. as US counsel in the negotiation of an amended and restated credit facility of its parent company, Interfor Corporation, a Canadian lumber products manufacturer.
  • Represented Versacold (a Canadian company with significant U.S. operations) as U.S. counsel in a corporate restructuring, refinancing and sale of assets to Americold Realty Trust with a total transaction value of $975 million.
  • Represented one of the nation's 20 largest lenders in making a $175 million secured loan and a $75 million secured loan to fishing companies.
  • Represented a food manufacturing company in connection with secured term and revolving credit facilities.
  • Represented a borrower in connection with the financing of marine container terminal operations.
  • Represented a wood products company in connection with a $50 million synthetic equipment lease.
  • Represented a food manufacturing company in connection with a $60 million equipment lease. 
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Honors & Activities

Professional Honors & Activities

  • Selected by the Puget Sound Business Journal as a 40 Under 40 honoree, 2017
  • Selected by the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association for its Best Lawyers Under 40 Award, 2017
  • Included on the Inaugural Hot List (Western Region) (recognizing 100 early- to mid-career minority attorneys under the age of 40) by Lawyers of Color, 2013
  • Listed among Rising Stars (Business/Corporate, Mergers & Acquisitions, Securities & Corporate Finance), Washington Super Lawyers®, 2013-2019
  • Board of Directors, Filipino Lawyers of Washington
  • Representative, Minority Report Card Task Force
  • Director, Asian Bar Association of Washington
  • Northwest Governor, National Filipino American Lawyers Association
  • Past President, Asian Bar Association of Washington Student Scholarship Foundation 

Civic Activities

  • Member, Knights of Columbus
  • Volunteer, St. Thomas More Parish School 
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Insights & Presentations

Insights & Presentations

  • Moderator, “Capitalizing on the Disruption in the Distributed Solar Marketplace.,” Distributed Solar Summit, Los Angeles, California, November 2016
  • "Overview of the Biomass Crop Assistance Program ("BCAP")," 2010 Green Business Law: Risks, Regulations and Realities, CLE for the Oregon Law Institute, Northwestern School of Law of Lewis & Clark College, June 11, 2010
  • Presenter, "Introduction to Stimulus Funding: How to Make Your Project 'Shovel Ready'," Finding and Applying for Grants and Guaranteed Loans for Renewable Energies Projects and Businesses, Renewable Energies LLC Seminar, Cle Elum, Washington, Jun. 17, 2009 
  • Coauthor, Show Me the Money: Law of the Stimulus, Stoel Rives, 2009
  • Coauthor, "Energy Law Alert: Energy Financing Opportunities in the 2008 Farm Bill," Stoel Rives, 2009
  • Frequent blogger on www.lawofrenewableenergy.com

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