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Christopher J. Voss

Partner
+1.206.370.7609
Fax +1.206.623.7022

C.J. has a corporate transactions practice that spans the business lifecycle, from start-up through exit. At the start-up and growth stages, C.J. advises entrepreneurs and emerging growth companies on business formation and founders’ issues, angel and VC financings, equity incentive plans, and technology development matters.

For established companies considering expansion or exit, C.J.’s practice focuses on advising business owners, senior management, and boards of directors on strategic transactions including mergers, acquisitions, recapitalizations, securities offerings, and joint ventures. C.J. has served as both issuer and underwriters’ counsel in IPOs and follow-on offerings, and has advised on both buy- and sell-side M&A transactions.

C.J. has represented clients in many sectors, including the aerospace, forest products, energy, manufacturing, life sciences and medical device, software and information technology, consumer products, retail, and financial services industries.

C.J. also has significant experience advising public companies on securities disclosure and compliance matters, corporate governance issues, and NYSE and NASDAQ listing requirements.

Professional Background

Prior to joining K&L Gates, C.J. spent over 20 years as a corporate lawyer with the Seattle office of a mid-sized regional law firm. Previously, he was an attorney/advisor with the Office of the Chief Counsel for International Commerce at the U.S. Department of Commerce in Washington, D.C., and an associate with Linklaters in Brussels, Belgium.

Achievements

  • Listed in Best Lawyers in America©, 2012-2016
  • Selected as one of "America's Leading Lawyers for Business" (Washington) by Chambers USA, 2007-2016
  • Selected to Washington Super Lawyers list (Business/Corporate, Mergers & Acquisitions, Securities & Corporate Finance), 2006, 2014-2015

Professional/Civic Activities

  • Judge, Contract Negotiation Competition, University of Washington School of Law
  • Member, Development Committee, Volunteer Park Trust
  • Member, Screening and Coaching Committee, Element 8 Angels
  • Member, Board of Advisors, International Rescue Committee, Seattle Chapter
  • Former Member, Board of Directors, Seattle Symphony Orchestra
  • Former Member, Executive Committee, and Chair, Major Donor Committee, Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation/Northwest
  • Founder and Director, Garfield Men's Lacrosse Club

Speaking Engagements

  • Moderator, "Financing Clean Energy Businesses & Entrepreneurs," The CleanTech Alliance, December 2016
  • Moderator, “The U.S. Economic Relationship with Asia,” with Under Secretary of State Catherine Novelli, World Affairs Council, Seattle, 2015
  • Panelist, "M&A Auctions: Successful Bidding Strategies - Planning and Executing Winning Bids, Minimizing Costs of Losing Bids," Strafford Webinars, 2015
  • Panelist, "Lessons Learned from a Career in M&A," Association for Corporate Growth, Seattle, Washington, 2015
  • "What Crowdfunding and the Deregulation of Private Securities Offerings Mean to Early Stage Companies," Keiretsu Forum, 2012
  • Moderator, "Financing/Acquisitions," Washington Wine, Beer and Distillers Law Seminar, Woodinville, Washington, 2012
  • Panelist, Power of Angel Investing Workshop: Due Diligence & Valuation of Early Stage Companies, Angel Capital Education Foundation, 2011

M&A and Other Strategic Transactions

  • Represented Lund Engineering, an engineering firm that designs and builds electro-mechanical equipment used in the manufacture of composite aerospace structures and components, in its sale to the Fives Group, an international industrial engineering company based in France.
  • Represented Strong-Bridge Consulting, a management consulting firm, in its sale to Bow Rivers Capital Partners, a Denver-based private equity firm.
  • Represented Mercent Corporation, a retail technology company, in its sale to CommerceHub, a leading ecommerce technology provider and subsidiary of Liberty Interactive Corporation.
  • Represented Brookfield Asset Management, Inc., a Toronto-based global asset manager, in its $480 million leveraged dividend recapitalization and subsequent $1.0 billion sale of Longview Fibre Paper and Packaging Inc., a manufacturer of specialty paper and containers. This transaction received the 2014 Private Equity Deal of the Year Award from Canada's private equity industry association, the CVCA.
  • Represented Brookfield Asset Management, Inc. in its $2.65 billion sale of Longview Timberlands to Weyerhaeuser Company.
  • Represented Tully's Coffee Corporation, a Seattle-based specialty coffee retailer and wholesaler, in the sale of its wholesale business and supply chain to Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, Inc.
  • Represented SECOR International Inc., an environmental and engineering consulting firm, in its acquisition by Arlington Capital Management, L.P.
  • Represented MusicMatch, Inc., an online music provider, as Washington counsel in its acquisition by Yahoo! Inc.
  • Represented Dendreon Corporation, a biotechnology company focused on the discovery, development and commercialization of targeted therapies for cancer, in its acquisition of Corvas International.
  • Represented The Cobalt Group in its joint venture with General Electric Capital Auto Financial Services.
  • Represented The Cobalt Group, a provider of e-business products and services to the automotive industry, in a "going private" transaction with Warburg, Pincus Equity Partners.

Growth and Other Financings

  • Represented International Forest Products, a leading global lumber supplier based in Vancouver, British Columbia, in the sale of 4.33% Senior Secured Notes due 2023 to a syndicate of U.S. insurance companies.
  • Represented Intrinsyc Software International, a mobility software and services company based in Vancouver, Canada, in its U.S. private placement of common stock and warrants.
  • Represented Graphite One Resources, a Canadian mining company, in its U.S. private placements of common shares.
  • Represented Local Marketers, a provider of online marketing services, in a preferred stock financing led by Madrona Venture Group.
  • Represented Mercent Corporation in its preferred stock offerings to an investor group led by Madrona Venture Group.   
  • Represented D.A. Davidson, as managing underwriter, in the initial public offering of WSB Financial Group, Inc., the holding company of WestSound Bank.
  • Represented Citel Technologies, as U.S. counsel, in connection with its listing and placement of ordinary shares on London's AIM stock exchange.
  • Represented D.A. Davidson, as underwriters, in the initial public offering and subsequent follow-on offerings of Sterling Construction Company.
  • Represented Adams Harkness and Stephens Inc., as underwriters, in the public offering of common stock of Itron, Inc.
  • Represented Cray Inc. in its underwritten follow on public offering of common stock.
  • Represented Dendreon Corporation in an underwritten follow-on public offering of common stock and a registered direct offering of common stock.
  • Represented D.A. Davidson & Co., U.S. Bancorp Piper Jaffray Inc. and Fahnestock & Co. Inc., as underwriters, in the public offering of 3.45 million shares of 8% Cumulative Redeemable Preferred Stock of Cenex Harvest States Cooperative, a Minnesota cooperative.