Overview

About Steven

Steven Boender is a partner in the firm’s Corporate group and focuses his practice on corporate transactional matters, including mergers and acquisitions, financings, and other corporate and securities issues. Steven has represented corporate clients and financial advisors on a variety of transactions, including acquisitions, joint ventures, restructurings and commercial contracts. He has assisted startup and emerging growth companies with formation, fundraising and structuring issues, as well as several joint development arrangements in the area of technology. He has represented issuers and underwriters in public offerings and private placements of debt, equity and convertible securities. Steven also counsels a number of public company clients on securities compliance matters, including periodic reporting, current reporting, proxy statements, shelf registration statements, and employee benefit plan matters.

Whether he is advising a startup company or an established, mature enterprise, Steven’s focus remains the same: putting the client’s needs and expectations first, and providing sound, practical advice in a language clients can understand. Understanding the client’s industry, business, goals and aspirations is critical to delivering that level of service, and Steven’s business background and broad array of industry experiences, including heavy manufacturing, agriculture/food, consumer goods, and technology (both semiconductor and software), allow him to quickly acclimate to any particular client’s unique attributes.

Prior to joining Stoel Rives, Steven worked for K&L Gates LLP and for Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom.

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Experience

Experience

  • Represented a building materials producer in its $9 million asset sale.
  • Represented a technology services provider in a restructuring transaction.
  • Represented a professional services provider in its $85 million sale transaction.
  • Represented an auto dealership group in a $12 million purchase of distressed assets from another auto dealership group.
  • Represented a Japanese publicly traded conglomerate in its $22 million purchase of agricultural assets in central Oregon.
  • Represented a Nevada-based commercial building materials supplier in a $15 million sale transaction, structured as an equity sale.
  • Represented a Texas- and UK-based electronic payments processor in its $8 million sale transaction, structured as an equity sale with a separate $4 million sale of intellectual property assets.
  • Represented (as Oregon counsel) a Japan-based life insurance company in its $5 billion merger with a U.S. financial corporation.
  • Represents a UK-based automobile manufacturer for various matters related to its operations in Portland, including investments in approximately 16 early-stage companies per year that engage with its business accelerator program primarily focused on infotainment, navigation and location-based services.
  • Represented a U.S. shipbuilding, ship repair, and industrial service provider in the following transactions:
    • The acquisition of a shipbuilding and repair company operating in Seattle, Washington.
    • The purchase of substantially all of the assets of a topside ship repair company operating in the Port of Port Angeles, Washington.
    • The acquisition of a metal fabricator and systems integrator.
    • The purchase of substantially all of the assets of a ship repair company operating in Seward, Alaska.
    • The acquisition of a shipbuilding and repair company operating in Ketchikan, Alaska.
    • The private placement of its equity to an investment company.
  • Represented (as local Oregon counsel) a financial corporation in its $2 billion merger with a financial holdings corporation.
  • Represented a private capital company and other equity holders in connection with the sale of a controlling equity interest in a next flight out, warehouse and service parts logistics provider.
  • Represented a Canada-based distributor of lumber and exotic hardwood in its acquisition of substantially all of the assets of a lumber company.
  • Represented a worldwide transportation, supply chain management, and packaging solutions provider in the following transactions:
    • The purchase of the assets and assumption of the liabilities associated with the materials procurement business of a distressed company that offers packaging design, procurement, materials management, logistics, distribution and order-fulfillment services.
    • The acquisition of a London, UK-based global provider of freight forwarding and logistics services.
    • The purchase of substantially all of the assets of a global freight forwarding and warehouse management provider.
  • Represented a private equity buyout firm in connection with its acquisition of an industrial rigging and heavy haul service provider and in connection with the restructuring provider’s credit facilities.
  • Represented a natural ingredient food supplier in connection with the acquisition of a natural food additive and flavoring company.
  • Represented a consumer products company in its financial restructuring, including the redemption of 100% of the stock held by its largest shareholder.
  • Represented a large regional distributor of orthopedic medical devices in the sale of a minority equity interest to a medical device manufacturer.
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Honors

Honors & Activities

Professional Honors

  • Listed among Rising Stars (Mergers & Acquisitions), Oregon Super Lawyers®, 2013-2015

Civic Activities

  • Board member, The University of Michigan Alumni Club of Portland
  • Organizing Committee member, Portland Multi-school MBA Alumni Club
  • Board member, TechStart (organization that works with educators to facilitate students’ development of coding skills)
  • Oregon State Bar Public Service Advisory Committee
  • Volunteer, Portland Small Business Legal Clinic
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Insights & Presentations

Insights & Presentations

  • Quoted, “Shareholder lawsuit unlikely to block Salesforce acquisition of Tableau,” Puget Sound Business Journal, July 2019
  • Copresenter, “Startup Law 101,” InventOR Train the Trainer, Portland, Ore., Aug. 2018
  • Copresenter, “InventOR: Startup Law 101,” InventOR State Finals, Klamath Falls, Ore., June 2018
  • Organizer, Ross School of Business Alumni Speaker Series: Josh Reynolds, Ruby Jewel CEO, Feb. 2018
  • Organizer, “Portland Thought Leaders: Food and Beverage,” Jan. 2018
  • Presenter, “The Foreign Corrupt Practices Act The Basics, A Record Year, and an Uncertain Future,” PDX General Counsel Forum, Oct. 2017
  • Panel moderator, “Networking: Strategies, Successes and Lessons Learned,” University of Michigan Alumni Club of Portland, 2017
  • Presenter, “Crowdfunding: A Tale of Two States,” Northwest Securities Institute, 2017
  • Guest lecturer, Portland MBA Program, Portland State University, 2017–present
  • Panel moderator, “Crowdfunding: What’s Worked and What’s Next,” Portland Multi-school MBA Alumni Club, Sept. 2016
  • Coauthor, “Crowd Control for Crowdfunding,” Portland Business Journal, May 22, 2015
  • Copresenter, “Risks and Responsibilities of Corporate Directors,” Financial Executive International, Portland Chapter, April 19, 2012



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