Margaret Hill Noto

Margaret Hill Noto

Senior Counsel
Portland, OR

About Peggy

Peggy Noto is Senior Counsel to the firm practicing in the Corporate group. Peggy’s practice has a strong emphasis on representing publicly held and private companies in connection with mergers and acquisitions, financing transactions and corporate, securities, executive compensation and corporate governance matters. She has been responsible for corporate and executive compensation matters and M&A and securities transactions for a number of Stoel Rives’ large publicly held clients. She regularly advises general counsels, chief financial officers, chief executive officers and boards of directors on a wide range of corporate matters and obligations under corporate and securities laws. She also represents corporations, executives and private equity firms in negotiating and drafting employment, incentive, change in control and severance agreements. During her career, Peggy has led the Stoel Rives team in handling some of the largest mergers and acquisitions involving Oregon companies.

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Representative M&A and Financing Transactions

  • Represented Radar, Inc. in its $6.4 million equity financing
  • Represented ID Experts in its spinoff of Radar, Inc.
  • Represented ID Experts in its transactions with Peloton Equity
  • Represented Pendleton Grain Growers, Inc. in the sale of grain elevators and other grain assets to United Grain Corporation of Oregon
  • Represented ID Experts in its 2016 private equity financing
  • Represented the owners of Anthro Corporation in its sale to Nortek, Inc.
  • Represented the CEO of a company in the sale to a private equity firm
  • Represented Jeld-Wen Holding, inc. in private equity financings
  • Represented Tektronix, Inc. in its $2.8 billion sale to Danaher Corporation
  • Represented Tektronix, Inc. in the $925 million sale of its printer division to Xerox
  • Represented Fred Meyer, Inc. in its $13.5 billion sale to The Kroger Co.
  • Represented Fred Meyer, Inc. it its acquisitions of Ralphs Grocery Company ($3.1 billion), Smith’s Food & Drug Centers, Inc. ($701 million) and Quality Food Centers, Inc. ($1.7 billion)
  • Represented Sequent Computer Systems, Inc. in its $760 million sale to IBM

Large Company Representation

Lead outside counsel or member of the Stoel Rives team that provides corporate, M&A, securities or executive compensation representation to a number of Stoel Rives large clients, including:

  • Northwest Natural Gas Company
  • ESCO Corporation
  • Jeld-Wen Holdings, inc.
  • Precision Castparts Corp.
  • Electro Scientific Industries, Inc. 
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Honors & Activities

Professional Honors & Activities

  • Named by Best Lawyers® as Corporate Compliance Law “Lawyer of the Year,” Portland, 2015 and 2019; Corporate Governance Law “Lawyer of the Year,” Portland, 2013 and 2016; Securities/Capital Markets Law “Lawyer of the Year,” Portland, 2014; and Mergers & Acquisitions Law “Lawyer of the Year,” Portland, 2012
  • Included in The Best Lawyers in America© (currently: Corporate Compliance Law, Corporate Governance Law, Corporate Law, Mergers & Acquisitions Law, Securities/Capital Markets Law, Securities Regulation), 1995-2019
  • Selected as one of “America’s Leading Lawyers for Business” (Oregon) by Chambers USA (currently: Corporate/Merger & Acquisitions), 2004-2018
  • Listed in Oregon Super Lawyers® (Securities & Corporate Finance, Business/Corporate, Mergers & Acquisitions), 2006-2013
  • Former Chairperson, Securities Regulation Section, Oregon State Bar
  • Former Member, Corporate and Securities Law Legislative Task Force
  • Former Chairperson, Legal Aid Committee, Oregon State Bar 

Civic Activities

  • Trustee, Reed College
  • Former Board Member, Oregon Independent Colleges Foundation
  • Past President, Oregon Lawyers for Children
  • Past President, Reed College Alumni Association
  • Former Vice President of Philanthropy, National Charity League (Oregon Rose Chapter)
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