Todd L. Friedman

Todd L. Friedman

Partner
Portland, OR
Overview

About Todd

Todd Friedman practices business law, focusing on advising entrepreneurial, emerging, growing and established companies with respect to business formation and structuring, commercial contracting, debt and equity financing, mergers and acquisitions, and real property matters.

He represents clients in a wide array of industries, including:

  • Wine, Beer and Spirits
  • Food and Agribusiness
  • Restaurant and Hospitality
  • Technology
  • Branded Consumer Products
  • Creative Services

Todd is co-chair of the firm’s Beverage and Hospitality initiative.

Todd has deep operational and managerial experience stemming from his prior career in corporate management, technology, international supply chain operations and venture capital. He draws upon this experience to offer clients a well-rounded approach where law and business intersect.

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Experience

Experience

Wine, Beer and Spirits

  • Advised on the negotiation and structuring of the sale of equity in a leading Oregon craft beer business to a private equity firm.
  • Sale of the real and personal property assets of a leading Willamette Valley, Oregon wine business to a global, California-based wine company.
  • Purchase of a Sonoma County, California vineyard and a Yamhill County, Oregon winery building for the subsidiary of an international beverage company.
  • Purchase of substantially all of the stock of a Willamette Valley, Oregon wine business including negotiation to secure the purchaser’s rights under a vineyard lease and a real property purchase option.
  • Advised on due diligence, negotiation and structuring for the purchase under Section 363 of the Bankruptcy Code of substantially all of the assets of a California-based craft beer business.
  • Outside general counsel for a Walla Walla, Washington-based vineyard and winery operation, including debt and equity financings and negotiation of an LLC operating agreement and employee equity incentive plan.
  • Purchase and redemption from financial investors of membership interests in a Bend, Oregon-based brewery on behalf of brewery management.
  • Purchase of substantially all of the real and personal property assets of a Willamette Valley, Oregon, wine business, including negotiation of seller financing secured by the acquired assets.
  • Sale of the assets of a leading California maker of organic wines.
  • Restructuring of a limited liability company wine import business in connection with an equity investment and international license agreement.
  • Temporary general counsel for a multi-state winery and vineyard operation.
  • Business formation and structuring of a nonprofit distillery association. 

Food, Agribusiness, Restaurant and Hospitality

  • Sale of all of the membership interests of a Portland, Oregon-based fast casual burger chain to a publicly traded hospitality company.
  • Negotiation of an LLC operating agreement and other transactional agreements with respect to a Portland, Oregon-based donut chain.
  • Debt financings, secured by real and personal property assets, of agricultural and vineyard operations in an aggregate principal amount exceeding $200 million.
  • Credit facility modification, extension and assumption for a retailer-owned wholesale grocery cooperative.
  • Negotiation of an overseas joint venture for the production of coconut oil for a leading organic product company.
  • Equity financing and negotiation of an LLC operating agreement for a Portland, Oregon-based fast casual salad restaurant.

Technology

  • Negotiation of multiple collaboration and intellectual property licensing agreements among technology companies and with international research consortia.
  • Merger of a Portland, Oregon-based streaming video technology company with the wholly-owned subsidiary of a publicly traded technology company.
  • Negotiation of an inventory consignment agreement with an international chemical supplier on behalf of a technology company.
  • Merger of a Corvallis, Oregon-based motion capture and analysis technology company with the wholly-owned subsidiary of a digital display manufacturing corporation.
  • Outside general counsel to emerging growth and venture-funded technology companies supplying products to the semiconductor industry.
  • Acquisition of the stock of a French technology company on behalf of a US-based publicly traded company.
  • Sale of the business assets of a semiconductor test equipment manufacturer, including the shares of two wholly owned subsidiaries, to a publicly traded corporation.

Other Representative Matters

  • Sale of the equity interests of a Portland, Oregon-based creative marketing firm to an international, publicly traded advertising and branding agency.
  • Formation and structuring of an entity to hold, manage and monetize copyright and associated intellectual property rights on behalf of a published author.
  • Restructuring and conversion from a limited liability company to a corporation of an emerging consumer products company.
  • Development of commercial agreements between a US-based apparel design and supply chain management company and its overseas suppliers.
  • Restructuring of the indebtedness of an emerging green technology company, including the sale of secured notes and associated repayment of a secured note issued in connection with a prior acquisition.
  • Sale of all of the stock of a fulfillment business to a California-based private equity fund.
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Honors

Honors & Activities

  • Listed among Rising Stars (Business/Corporate, Mergers & Acquisitions, Business Litigation), Oregon Super Lawyers® 2017-2018
  • Board Member, Metropolitan Family Service, 2012-present
  • Vice President, Congregation Neveh Shalom, 2007-2014 
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Insights & Presentations

Insights & Presentations

  • Co-presenter, “Growing and Protecting Your Cider Business,” Stoel Rives Cider Workshop Series, Portland, Oregon, April 14, 2016
  • Co-presenter, “Sources of Capital,” CiderCON, Portland, Oregon, Feb. 5, 2016
  • “The Unjustified Business Justification Rule: A Reexamination of the Lionel Canon in Light of the Bankruptcies of Lehman, Chrysler, and General Motors,” 11 U.C. Davis Bus. L.J. 181



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