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Claire S. White

Partner
+1.206.370.8033
Fax +1.206.370.6424
Claire is a partner in the firm’s Seattle office, and a member of the corporate practice group. Her practice focuses on representing startup and growth-stage companies and venture capital and private equity investors across a wide range of corporate, securities, and finance matters and industries. In addition, her experience includes securities transactions ranging from seed and venture capital to IPO, mergers and acquisitions, credit and debt financings, and corporate governance matters.

Professional Background

Prior to joining K&L Gates in 2014, Ms. White was an associate in the Washington, D.C. and Melbourne offices of an international law firm.

Professional/Civic Activities

  • Board Member, Wayfind
Emerging Growth and Venture Capital
  • Represent investors in preferred stock financing transactions across a variety of industries including biotech, data and cloud computing, fintech, IoT, mobility, and smart grids.
  • Represent startup companies in connection with their formation, VC financing and general corporate matters, including Aerofarms, FS Card, and Limeade.
  • Represent startup companies and investors in new blockchain platforms and applications, blockchain services, and digital asset mining operations.
  • Represented a venture capital fund in its $30M investment in Series D preferred stock of a satellite and earth imaging company.
  • Represented a venture capital fund in its seed round investment in a virtual reality technology platform.
  • Represented an Australian venture capital fund in its Series C investment in a data analytics software company.
  • Represented an investment banking and financial services firm in its Series A and subsequent Series B preferred stock investments in an online mortgage company.
  • Represented a Middle East sovereign wealth fund in its $35M investment in Series C preferred stock of a U.S. solar technology company.
Private Equity and Acquisitions
  • Represented shareholders of a Seattle-based on-board video surveillance business in its acquisition by a private equity buyer.
  • Represented shareholders of a Seattle-based worldwide transportation and logistics group in its acquisition by a private equity buyer.
  • Represented shareholders of a Seattle-based photo editing and graphic design company in its acquisition by a private equity buyer.
  • Represented shareholders of a Seattle-based digital content services firm in its strategic acquisition.
  • Represented shareholders of Spokane-based online learning and event management platform in its acquisition by a private equity buyer.
  • Represent a private equity buyer in multiple acquisitions of companies in the automotive aftermarket parts industry.
Capital Markets Financing
  • Represent public companies on a range of securities, disclosure, and corporate governance matters.
  • Represented a multinational mining and petroleum company in connection with its SEC-registered, medium-term notes program.
  • Represented a major Australian iron ore producer in its debut high-yield Rule 144A debt offering (US$2.04 billion) and in three follow-on offerings totaling over US$5.0 billion.
  • Advised an Australian bank in connection with the creation of a US$10.0 billion, Rule 144A compliant global covered bonds program, and the issuance of US$1.5 billion in Rule 144A covered bonds.
  • Represented an Australian bank and its New York branch in the creation of a US$10.0 billion medium-term notes program pursuant to Section 3(a)(2) of the Securities Act, and the issuance of US$4.25 billion in 3(a)(2) notes under the program.
  • Advised a multinational airline company in connection with its exempt, pre-emptive equity rights offering, including rights to holders of its American Depository Shares.