Mergers & Acquisitions

Merger and acquisition activity is brisk as companies seek to grow and diversify revenue streams.  Private equity and other financial buyers seek to put cash to work and take advantage of favorable interest rates.  Many companies seek to monetize their operating or portfolio investments during favorable economic times.  Whether on the buy or sell side of a transaction, businesses want assurance their strategic, financial and regulatory priorities are thoroughly addressed and their deals will keep moving.

Key Contacts

Duff Bryant Partner Seattle, WA
Nathan W. Jones Partner Salt Lake City, UT
Jason M. Brauser Partner Portland, OR
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Overview

Our M&A team advises a range of businessnew and established, large and small, local and internationalon purchases and sales, buyouts, reorganizations, restructurings and financings. Collaborating with a full complement of colleagues who advise on tax, antitrust, securities, employment, environmental, real estate, dispute resolution and other law relevant to a specific transaction, we handle: 

  • Asset dispositions and spinoffs
  • Entity formation
  • Joint ventures
  • Leveraged buyouts
  • Management buyouts
  • Mergers and acquisitions
  • Structuring tax-efficient transactions
  • Succession planning
  • Transaction financing

We’ve structured, negotiated and closed hundreds of acquisitions and divestitures for clients across a wide range of industries, such as manufacturing, financial services, energy infrastructure, technology, health care, forest products, private equity, media, consulting services, wine and beverage, food and entertainment, and aerospace.  The variety of industries reflects the diversity of public and private companies launching, growing and operating across our footprint.  The value of these deals ranges from tens of millions to billions of dollars.  Every client experience is defined by practical thinking, “hands-on” partners and unfailing responsiveness.

With years of experience immersed in the unique operational, regulatory, tax and workforce issues of in our markets, we advise our clients ahead of potential roadblocks and work efficiently and effectively, from inception to conclusion of the deal.  And if disputes arise, our litigators are experienced in resolving matters effectively and efficiently.  Our reputation for impeccable quality and service, and counsel customized to our clients’ goals, leads clients to call upon us to handle their transactions whether the target is inside or outside the U.S.

Matters

Afognak Native Corporation
We represented Afognak Native Corporation in the sale by a subsidiary of its North Slope facility to a subsidiary of Bristol Bay Native Corporation.  Afognak Native Corporation, through its subsidiaries, provides various contract services to the federal government in the areas of security, construction, logistics, operations and maintenance, information technology, and technical services.

Airframes Alaska, LLC
We represented Airframes Alaska in their acquisition of Alaskan Bushwheels, the leading brand of tundra tires for Piper Cub aircraft.  Airframes Alaska LLC is an aviation fabrication and engineering company located in Chugiak, Alaska. They specialize in welded assemblies for PA-18 style aircraft. Airframes Alaska is also the owner of the Alaskan Bushwheel family of products, including the venerable Alaskan Bushwheel and Baby Bushwheel Tailwheel.

Calista Corporation
We represented Calista Corporation in their acquisition of STG, Inc., an Alaska-based construction company with significant experience in installing wind projects, from its founder and also in the acquisition of Brice, Inc., and its related companies, which provide civil construction, marine services and rental equipment, from its family ownership group.  Anchorage-based Calista Corporation represents more than 13,000 shareholders and encompasses 56 villages in Western Alaska. The company is heavily involved in government contracting and owns rural newspapers around Alaska.

Doyon, Limited  
We represented an Alaska based joint venture between engineering subsidiary of Doyon Limited (Alaska Native Regional Corporation for Interior Alaska) and subsidiary of Anvil Corporation, a company providing full service engineering, procurement and project management in the Western United States.  Doyon, Limited, is one of the top 10 Alaska-owned businesses and the largest private landowner in Alaska, with more than 12.5 million acres allocated to the corporation.

Interfor U.S. Inc. 
We represented Interfor U.S. Inc., a US subsidiary of Interfor Corporation, in the purchase of four sawmills and related operations in Tacoma and Longview, Washington; Meldrim, Georgia; and Georgetown, South Carolina, from Simpson Lumber Company, LLC. Interfor is one of the largest lumber producers in the world, with operations in the United States and Canada and sales worldwide.

Koniag Development Corporation
We represented Koniag Development Corporation in the sale of Clarus Fluid Intelligence to Colfax Corporation, the sale of Washington Management Group and FedSources to Deltek, and the acquisition of Open Systems Technologies, an IT services company based in Grand Rapids, Michigan, from its founders.  Koniag Development Corporation manages Koniag, Inc.’s real estate holdings and business operations, including oversight of various subsidiaries.

Lithia Motors, Inc.
We represented Lithia Motors, Inc., in the acquisition of all of the outstanding stock of DCH Auto Group (USA) Inc. for cash and Lithia stock. Headquartered in Medford, Oregon, Lithia Motors, Inc., is a nationwide automotive dealership network and is the seventh-largest automotive retailer in the United States.

Northwest Natural Gas Company

  • Represented NW Natural in connection with the Palomar (now Trail West) Pipeline joint venture with TransCanada and represent the joint venture entity in the development of a natural gas pipeline in Oregon.
  • Represented NW Natural in connection with its participation, through Gill Ranch Storage, LLC, in the Gill Ranch Storage Project joint venture in California with Pacific Gas & Electric. We represented Gill Ranch Storage, LLC, in obtaining $40 million term financing through a private placement with Prudential Capital Group.
  • Represented NW Natural in connection with its joint venture with Encana Oil & Gas (USA) Inc. to invest $250 million to drill new gas wells in the Jonah Field, Sublette County, Wyoming. We advised on deal structure and federal and state tax, environmental, and oil and gas law and assisted with the drafting and negotiation of all transaction documents. 

Sumitomo Forestry America, Inc.
Served as lead counsel for Sumitomo Forestry America, Inc., in its two-step acquisition of Gehan Homes (a residential home builder in Texas and Arizona).  The transaction was complicated in that there were multiple sellers and entities for the initial purchase of 51% and there was a complex buy-sell arrangement between Sumitomo and the other owners with respect to the remaining 49% interest, which buy-sell was triggered and completed two years after the initial investment. 

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