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Claire S. White

Partner
+1.206.370.8033
Fax +1.206.370.6424
Claire White is a partner in the firm’s Seattle office and is a member of the corporate practice group. Her practice focuses on the representation of public and private companies and investors in a range of corporate, securities and business transactions, including mergers and acquisitions, securities offerings, financings and joint ventures. Her experience also includes formation and funding of emerging and growth companies and venture capital and private equity investments, as well as advising companies on a range of issues, including commercial contracting, governance, and other compliance 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
  • Washington State Bar Association
  • New York State Bar Association
Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Represented a transportation and logistics company in its sale to a private equity buyer.
  • Represented a photo editing and design company in its restructuring and sale to a private equity buyer.
  • Represented a digital content company in its sale to a private company.
  • Represented a private equity buyer in its acquisition of a manufacturer of automotive aftermarket parts.
  • Represented a private equity buyer in its acquisition of a manufacturer of aerospace components.
  • Represented a manufacturing company with paper mill assets in the United States and Canada in its sale to a private equity buyer.
  • Represented an IT service manager (SaaS) company in its sale to a private company.
  • Represented a concrete and construction company in its sale to a private equity buyer.
  • Represented a broker dealer and investment adviser in its sale to a private company.
Venture Capital, Lending and Other Financings
  • Represented a lead investor in a Series A investment in a biotechnology issuer.
  • Represented a leading financial institution in a Series A investment in a fintech issuer.
  • Represented a SaaS company in the mortgage and technology (fintech) industry on its issuance of Series A preferred stock to a venture capital fund, and ongoing commercial contracts advice.
  • Represented a non-U.S. investor in a Series B investment in a manufacturer of unmanned aircraft and related technology.
  • Represented a SaaS company in the health and wellness industry on its issuance of Series C preferred stock to a venture capital fund, and ongoing commercial contracts advice.
  • Represented a sovereign fund in its $35 million investment in Series C preferred stock of a U.S. solar technology company.
  • Represented a private equity client in obtaining acquisition financing for the US$1.4 billion purchase of a global bakery business, including US$850 million in secured first-lien and second-lien term loans and a multi-currency, asset-backed revolving loan with a global borrowing base of up to US$250 million.
  • Represented the borrower, an Australian iron ore producer, in a US$5.0 billion syndicated loan facility.
  • Represented an Australian bank in connection with multiple, liability management cash tender offers for outstanding fixed and floating rate debt (aggregate of US$5.25 billion).
Securities Issuances (Debt Capital Markets)
  • Represented a multinational mining and petroleum company in connection with its SEC-registered, medium-term notes program.
  • Represented an Australian state treasury department in connection with its US$10 billion SEC-registered, Schedule B 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 various non-U.S. issuers in connection with the issuance of private placement notes to U.S. investors pursuant to Rule 506.
  • 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 an underwriting syndicate in connection with the issuance of over US$2.5 billion in power bonds issued by a quasi-governmental U.S. electric utility company pursuant to Section 3(a)(2).
  • Represented a bi-lateral development bank in its debut debt offering of US$250 million notes pursuant to Section 3(a)(2).
Securities Issuances (Equity Capital Markets)
  • Advised a multinational airline company in connection with its exempt, pre-emptive equity rights offering, including rights to holders of its American Depository Shares.
  • Advised a vertically integrated Australian energy provider on its proposed global initial public offering, including to U.S. persons pursuant to Rule 144A.
  • Advised a Texas-based residential real estate investment trust on its proposed SEC-registered initial public offering and NYSE listing.