About Kevin

Kevin Burnett is a partner in the firm’s Portland office focusing his practice on corporate transactional matters, including the representation of private equity and strategic buyers in mergers and acquisitions, assisting growth companies with bridge and venture capital financings, and serving as general outside counsel to growth and middle market companies in a variety of industries. Additionally, Kevin’s practice involves the representation of sponsors, borrowers, and lenders on a variety of complex debt financing transactions, including leveraged acquisition financings, ABL facilities and venture debt transactions. He has also represented financial institutions and borrowers in complex energy and infrastructure project financing transactions.

In the project financing area, Kevin has structured and negotiated financing arrangements, including loan, note purchase and credit agreements, security documents, guarantees, and intercreditor and subordination agreements; prepared and negotiated construction contracts, operations and maintenance agreements, supply and off-take agreements, and other project contracts. In this role, he coordinated the work of other transaction specialists, including investment and commercial bankers, real estate specialists, insurance consultants, independent engineers, environmental consultants and technical consultants.

Before joining Stoel Rives, Kevin was an associate and partner at K&L Gates LLP and an associate at Latham & Watkins, LLP. Prior to his legal career, he worked for the French National Railway Company and served in the United States Army.

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Representative Acquisition Experience

  • Counsel to Columbia Ventures Corporation in connection with a $36 million control equity investment that was split between Columbia Pulp I, LLC and its parent company, NW Straw Pulp LLC. The CVC equity investment, when combined with a $130 million State of Washington bond issuance, will fund the construction of a waste straw-to-pulp mill under development near Walla Walla, Washington.
  • Counsel to USNR, LLC, a global leader in the forest products equipment industry, in connection with its acquisition of Mid-South Engineering Services Co.
  • Counsel to Crimson Trace Corporation, a leading manufacturer of laser sighting systems for firearms and portfolio investment of VergePointe Capital and Peninsula Capital, in connection with its sale to Smith & Wesson.
  • Counsel to Triton Pacific Capital Partners in connection with the sale of its controlling interest in each of AssetPoint, LLC, a capital asset management software platform, and Custom Credit Systems, L.P., a lending workflow software platform.
  • Counsel to Wedbush Capital Partners, L.P. in connection with the acquisition of Passport Food Group and its Asian and Italian food manufacturing subsidiaries, Wing Hing Foods, LLC and Royal Angelus Macaroni Company, LLC. Additionally, represented Passport Food Group in connection with the follow-on acquisition of Golden Pheasant Foods, LLC. Represented Passport Food Group in connection with its sale to an entity controlled by Swander Pace Capital.
  • Counsel to Riverlake Partners, LLC in connection with its acquisition of SemiTorr Group, Inc. and affiliated entities, a distributor of high-purity components and process equipment to the semiconductor and life sciences industries, and its separate acquisition of Omega Morgan, Inc. and affiliated entities, an industrial rigging and heavy haul service provider, and in connection with the restructuring of Omega Morgan, Inc.’s credit facilities.
  • Counsel to Endeavour Capital and other members in connection with the sale of a controlling equity interest in Network Global Logistics, LLC, a next flight out, warehouse and service parts logistics provider.

Representative Debt Finance Experience

  • Counsel to True West Capital Partners in connection with term loans and a related equity investment in OneCor Services, LLC, a provider of bio-remediation and other environmental services to oil and gas exploration and production companies in the Bakken Formation/Williston Basin in North Dakota.
  • Counsel to the The Willamette Valley Company in connection with the financing of the acquisition of a controlling interest in The Willamette Valley Company by Endeavour Capital.
  • Counsel to Pt Capital in connection with the mezzanine debt financing of its acquisition of each of NOVA, an Icelandic mobile telecommunications company, and I.C.E Services, Inc., an infrastructure services provider to projects in the North Slope of Alaska.
  • Counsel to Endeavour Structured Equity and Mezzanine Fund in connection with term loans and related equity investments in each of Criterium, LLC, an engineering consulting firm, and Capco, a designer and manufacturer of military hardware for the US Department of Defense.
  • Counsel to RF Surgical Systems, Inc., a provider of RFID-enhanced surgical equipment, in connection with the refinancing of its credit facilities by Silicon Valley Bank, N.A.
  • Counsel to Vigor Industrial LLC in connection with $162 million of senior, mezzanine and affiliate debt facilities used to finance Vigor’s acquisition of Todd Shipyards Corporation via tender offer and merger, in a transaction co-led by KeyBank, N.A. and General Electric Capital Corporation.

Experience Representing the Energy Industry

  • Counsel to East West Bank in connection with the construction and term financings of solar power production facilities in Sacramento, California, and San Diego, California.
  • Counsel to Solar Power Partners, Inc. in connection with the debt and letter of credit financing of its equity requirement for its Fund III solar power projects construction financing.
  • Counsel to Ranger Offshore, Inc., an oil and gas services company, in connection with credit facilities provided by First Capital and subsequently refinanced with White Oak Capital.
  • Counsel to Pacific Ethanol California, Inc. in connection with the financing of its Madera, California, ethanol production facility.
  • Counsel to DZ Bank AG, as administrative agent, and the lenders in connection with the approximately US$180 million restructuring of the Aries Project, a Calpine Corporation-sponsored combined-cycle power generation facility located near Kansas City, MO.
  • Counsel to BNP Paribas, as lead arranger, and the lenders in connection with the approximately US$500 million financing of the Baymina natural gas-fired power generating facility located near Ankara, Turkey.
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Honors & Activities

  • Selected as one of “America’s Leading Lawyers for Business” (Oregon) by Chambers USA (currently: Corporate Law/Mergers & Acquisitions), 2016-2019
  • Member, Association for Corporate Growth, Portland Chapter
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