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Eric J. Taylor

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Eric Taylor is an associate in the firm’s Portland office and is a member of the corporate, emerging company and sports practice groups. His practice focuses on the representation of public and private companies and investors in a range of corporate and business transactions, including mergers and acquisitions, securities offerings, financings and joint ventures. His experience also includes formation and funding of emerging and growth companies, venture capital and private equity investments, and general corporate counseling and compliance matters. He has worked with clients from a wide variety of industries, including sports and entertainment, software, healthcare, transportation, wireless telecommunications, aerospace and defense, and social media.

Professional Background

Prior to joining K&L Gates in 2011, Mr. Taylor served as a law clerk in the Washington, D.C. office of a United States Senator. Prior to law school, Mr. Taylor worked for a professional basketball team and a major college athletic department.

Professional/Civic Activities

  • Technology Association of Oregon
  • King County Bar Association
  • Sports Lawyers Association
  • MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference (2015, 2016)

Venture Capital, Private Equity and Other Financings

  • Regularly represent startup companies in connection with their formation and receipt of seed, angel and venture financing, including recently Wickr, Outreach, and Looksharp
  • Represented US-based venture capital and corporate investors in numerous financings of technology companies
  • Represented a venture capital fund and a university research foundation in their joint investment into a smart home technology company
  • Represented a gambling entertainment platform company in a wide array of corporate matters, including its $18.5 million raise in a Series A preferred stock financing
  • Represented an athletic shoe company in multiple rounds of venture financing
  • Represented a Chinese gift card distribution and processing platform in its Series A financing
  • Represented an investment fund in its investment in a health care billing company

Mergers & Acquisitions

  • Represent buyers and sellers in connection with acquisitions, including structuring and negotiating mergers, asset acquisitions and sales of stock for both private and public companies.
  • Represented a public e-commerce company in its acquisition of an education software company
  • Represented a public e-commerce company in its acquisition of a digital comic book platform
  • Represented a public e-commerce company in its acquisition of a scene recognition software company
  • Represented a private equity buyer in multiple acquisitions of metal parts manufacturers
  • Represented a Chinese individual and co-investors in the acquisition of a US-based luxury real estate asset
  • Represented multiple aerospace parts manufacturers in sales to public companies
  • Represented a public telecom company in is strategic acquisition of a mobile telecom company
  • Represented a credit union service company in its sale to a mortgage software company
  • Represented an individual in the sale of ownership interests in a Major League Baseball team
  • Represented a stainless steel supplier in its sale to a private equity buyer
  • Represented a freight transportation and logistics company in its sale to a competitor
  • Represented an international packaging and paper company in its acquisition of a packaging company
  • Represented an assisted living facility company in the sale of its joint venture interest to a public company
  • Represented an online lighting store in its sale to a public company

Commercial Contracting

  • Represented numerous aerospace companies in their negotiation of commercial contracts
  • Represented a public telecom company it its drafting of commercial contracts
  • Represented multiple companies in privacy-related contracting matters