Overview

About Bill

Bill Clydesdale is a partner in the Corporate group and co-chairs the Mergers and Acquisitions practice. Bill focuses on renewable energy and technology and has extensive experience in mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, financings and other corporate transactions. He regularly represents developers, sponsors and investors in the acquisition, financing and sale of operating and development-stage renewable energy projects. He also counsels growth and middle market companies in technology, healthcare, consumer products, manufacturing, services and other non-energy sectors. In addition to his work in the United States, Bill has structured and negotiated numerous cross-border transactions in Asia, Europe and Canada.

Before joining Stoel Rives, Bill practiced at Baker & McKenzie in New York. He was born and raised in Hong Kong and speaks and reads Chinese.

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Experience

Experience

Mergers and Acquisitions (Energy Projects)

  • Represented a large institutional energy investor in the acquisition of an approximately 29 MW development-stage solar project in New Jersey (2020)
  • Represented a large institutional energy investor in the acquisition of a portfolio of over 195 MW in operating solar projects located in seven states (2019)
  • Represented a renewable energy developer in the acquisition of an approximately 160 MW development-stage solar project in California (2019)
  • Represented a large institutional energy investor in the acquisition of a portfolio of over 200 MW in operating wind projects in Idaho and New Mexico (2019)
  • Represented a large institutional energy investor in the acquisition of an approximately 134 MW development-stage solar project in California (2019)
  • Represented Apex Clean Energy, Inc. in the sale of its 202 MW Sugar Creek wind project in Illinois to a wholly owned subsidiary of Algonquin Power (2018)
  • Represented Neo Solar Power in the acquisition of a pipeline of solar projects in Minnesota and Nevada and other business assets of Clean Focus Corporation (2015)

Mergers & Acquisitions (Other)

  • Represented Fresco Logic, Inc., a fabless semiconductor company, in its sale to a subsidiary of Parade Technologies, Ltd., a public Taiwanese company (2020)
  • Represented Calibre Holdings Limited in the sale of its wireless IoT business to a subsidiary of Lantronix, Inc (NASDAQ: LTRX)., a publicly-traded global technology company (2019)
  • Represented Viewpoint, Inc., a construction industry software company, in its acquisition of Keystyle Data Solutions, L.L.C. (2018)
  • Represented Vestas Wind Systems A/S in the acquisition of Utopus Insights, Inc., an energy analytics software company (2018)
  • Represented Recargo, Inc., a plug-in EV technology company, in its sale to innogy e-Mobility US LLC (2018)
  • Represented CloudMed, LLC, a medical software company, in its sale to Revint Holdings, LLC (2018)
  • Represented Demand Energy Networks Inc., an energy management software company, in its sale to Enel Green Power North America, Inc. (2017)
  • Represented Planar Systems, Inc., a worldwide provider of display systems, in the acquisition of NaturalPoint, Inc. (2017)
  • Represented iovation Inc., a provider of authentication solutions for online businesses and end-users, in the acquisition of LaunchKey, Inc. (2016)
  • Represented SolutionsIQ, Inc., a consulting services company, in the acquisitions of Big Visible Solutions, Inc. (2014) and Davisbase Consulting LLC (2015) and its sale to Accenture (2017)
  • Represented SET Management, LLC, an advertising agency, in its sale of a controlling equity interest to subsidiaries of WPP, plc. (2015)
  • Represented Bend Cable Communications, LLC, dba BendBroadband, and its affiliates, in the sale of substantially all of their assets to Telephone and Data Systems, Inc. (NYSE: TDS) (2014)
  • Represented Nagarro, Inc. in its sale to Allgeier Holding AG, a publicly traded German IT services company (2011)
  • Represented Da Kine Hawaii, Inc. in the sale of substantially all of its business assets to affiliates of Billabong International Limited, a public Australian corporation (2008)

Joint Ventures

  • Represented a renewable energy developer in the formation of joint ventures to develop, construct and sell approximately 600 MW in wind generation facilities to a Midwest utility (2019)
  • Represented Zimmer Gunsul Frasca Architects LLP in the formation of a joint venture with Cotter Architects Inc. (2014)
  • Represented an independent power producer/developer in the formation of a joint venture to develop, construct, own and operate wind generation facilities in the Pacific Northwest (2006)
  • Represented a U.S. components supplier in the formation of a joint venture to design, develop, manufacture and sell jet aircraft engine component products to a U.S.-based aerospace manufacturer (2005).

Finance

  • Represented Capital Dynamics in its partnership-flip tax equity financing with U.S. Bank and construction and term loan financing with a syndicate led by KeyBank of an approximately 91 MW portfolio of solar projects in North Carolina (2016)
  • Represented sPower in its lease pass-through tax equity financing with U.S. Bank of an approximately 70 MW portfolio of solar projects in Massachusetts and North Carolina (2015)
  • Represented sPower in its inverted lease tax equity financing with U.S. Bank of an approximately 26 MW portfolio of solar projects in New York and California (2015)
  • Represented Cambia Health Solutions in investments in various emerging health companies, including PokitDok, Retrofit and Wildflower Health (2013–2015)
  • Represented DiabetOmics, Inc., a biotech company, in multiple preferred stock financings (since 2011)
  • Represented Fresco Logic, Inc., a fabless semiconductor company, in multiple preferred stock financings (2009–2017)
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Honors

Honors & Activities

Professional Honors & Activities

  • Included in The Best Lawyers in America© (currently: Corporate Law and Mergers & Acquisitions Law), 2019–2021
  • Past Chair and Treasurer, Executive Committee, International Law Section, Oregon State Bar
  • Member, American Bar Association
  • Member, Nominating Committee for the Oregon Entrepreneurs Forum’s annual Entrepreneurship Awards, 2003–2004

Civic Activities

  • Trustee, WorldOregon, Portland, Oregon
  • Former Trustee and Governance Chair, The International School, Portland, Oregon
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Insights & Presentations

Insights & Presentations

  • Presenter, “Business Acquisitions and Exits: M&A Tidbits” (co-presenter, Jennifer Tuohy) Stoel Rives’ Rooftop CLE Series, June 28, 2017
  • Panelist, “Tapping International Markets: Key Governance Challenges,” KPMG Fall Audit Committee Roundtable Series, Portland, Oregon, Dec. 3, 2014
  • Presenter, “US Solar Projects and CFIUS – National Security Review of Acquisitions of US Businesses by Foreign Buyers under the Exon-Florio Act,” Chinese-language presentation at SNEC PV Power Conference 2013, Shanghai, China, May 16, 2013
  • Moderator, “Alternative Financing Structures,” US-China Wind Summit, San Francisco, California, Dec. 14, 2011
  • Presenter, “Negotiating the Joint Venture Agreement,” US-China Wind Summit, San Francisco, California, Dec. 13, 2011
  • “Choice of Corporate Structure and Entity,” The Law of Marine and Hydrokinetic Energy: A Guide to Business and Legal Issues, Stoel Rives LLP, 2011 (formerly The Law of Ocean and Tidal Energy)
  • Moderator, “Why Chinese Wind Equipment Manufacturers Should Consider Building a Pilot Project in the United States,” US-China Wind 2010, San Francisco, California, Dec. 8, 2010
  • Presenter, “Wind Project Services in the US: Turbine Supply, EPC and O&M,” Invest in America Workshop – Renewable Energy – Wind Power, Beijing, China, Dec. 6, 2010
  • Presenter, “Renewable Energy Opportunities in Washington State,” Chinese-language presentation at FDI seminar hosted by Washington State China Relations Council and Washington State Department of Commerce for CCPIT officials and other senior business executives, Seattle, Washington, June 30, 2010
  • Panelist, “International Technology Transactions: Challenges and Outcomes,” International Law Weekend-West, Willamette University College of Law, Salem, Oregon, March 7, 2009
  • 2007 Supplement to “Assisting an Extranational Corporation in Oregon,” Advising Oregon Business, Oregon State Bar, 2007
  • Presenter, “Drafting Asset Acquisition Agreements,” Oregon State Bar Corporate Finance Group M&A CLE series, Portland, Oregon, Oct. 14, 2003



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