Overview

About Kirsten

Kirsten Koester has extensive experience advising growth-stage and established companies on mergers and acquisitions, financings, and complex restructurings in transactions often involving private equity sponsors and international parties. She also provides counsel to clients in general business matters including entity formation and structure, joint ventures (real estate and corporate), commercial agreements, corporate finance and corporate governance.

Kirsten’s approach to her practice is based on the fundamental principles that an attorney should understand her client’s business and be a practical problem solver. She counsels companies across a variety of industries, including software, life sciences, and agribusiness, helping management to achieve their objectives and respond strategically to challenges and opportunities along the way. As a trusted advisor, in addition to handling her clients’ transactional matters, Kirsten also fills the role as outside general counsel for several of her clients.

Before joining Stoel Rives, Kirsten was an attorney at Polsinelli PC (2018-2019) and at Foster Pepper PLLC (2006-2018). Earlier in her career, she worked as assistant vice president, asset management, in the Customized Fund Investment Group at Credit Suisse First Boston.

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Experience

Experience

  • Advised Seattle-based legal services company in connection with private equity investment and reorganization and subsequent strategic add-on acquisitions.
  • Advised private equity buyer in connection with acquisition of Seattle-based life sciences immunochemistry business.
  • Advised seller in sale of U.S.- and Canada-based senior housing developer and manager to Columbia Pacific Advisors.
  • Advised several Multiple Listing Service businesses in regional consolidation transactions.
  • Advised seller in sale of specialty light manufacturing company for the service station and car dealership construction business.
  • Advised private equity fund in connection with inbound investments into U.K. private healthcare services provider.
  • Advised seller in sale of high-end window and door manufacturer to private equity firm.
  • Advised leading Washington-based mushroom farm company in equity and debt refinancing by state pension fund with agricultural investment focus.
  • Counsel to Seattle-based West Coast construction company with over $1 billion in annual revenue.
  • Advised international alternative energy company in its acquisition of solar farm assets.
  • Advised private equity buyer in acquisition of HomecareCRM, a client relationship management software company operating in long-term care facilities.
  • Advised seller in sale of Touchstone Corporation to Urban Renaissance Group.
  • Advised seller in sale of Pinnacle Property Management Services to the Hunt Corporation.
  • Advised seller in sale of Bennu Glass to Owens-Illinois
  • Advised private equity buyer in acquisition of medical software firm with a subsidiary in India.
  • Advised private equity buyer in acquisition of medical software firm with a U.K. subsidiary and operations in France and Germany.
  • Advised private equity buyer in acquisition of online, interactive educational programming company.
  • Advised private equity buyer in acquisition of provider of stored value solutions and products.
  • Advised seller in sale of Seattle-based real estate brokerage/advisory firm to Jones Lang LaSalle.
  • Advised private equity buyer in acquisition of Canadian cloud-based point of sale and software solutions provider, included a bolt-on acquisition to another portfolio company.
  • Advised publicly traded, U.K.-based firm in its acquisition of semiconductor manufacturing assets, including Taiwanese operations, from Kopin Corporation.
  • Advised buyer in acquisition of manufacturer of commercial cabinets and casework.
  • Advised seller in sale of research and healthcare software solutions division of Click Commerce to publicly traded Huron Consulting Group.
  • Advised private equity seller in sale of I/0 Concepts Software to BMC Software.
  • Advised private equity buyer in acquisition of provider of enterprise management software for the building materials supply chain in North America and the U.K.
  • Advised private equity buyer in acquisition of provider of ATM equipment and services.
  • Advised buyer in acquisition of managed services provider, specializing in managed hosting, disaster recovery, and remote monitoring.
  • Advised private equity buyer in acquisition of software provider to the long-term and post-acute care industry.
  • Advised private equity buyer in acquisition of SaaS work order, vendor, and maintenance management software company.
  • Advised private equity buyer in acquisition of SaaS-based energy and sustainability management software company.
  • Advised buyer in acquisition of New York-based provider of radiation medical physics.
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Honors
Insights & Presentations

Insights & Presentations

  • Author, Washington State Bar Association Partnership and Limited Liability Company Deskbook, Chapter 21, “Transfers of Partnership Interests, Mergers, and Conversions of Limited Partnerships” (publication 2020)



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