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Steven J. Boender

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Steven Boender is a partner in the firm’s Portland office. He focuses his practice on corporate transactional matters including mergers and acquisitions, financings, and other corporate and securities issues. Mr. Boender has represented corporate clients and financial advisors on a variety of transactions, including acquisitions, joint ventures, restructurings, and commercial contracts. He has assisted startup and emerging growth companies with formation, fundraising and structuring issues, as well as several joint development arrangements in the technology space. He has represented issuers and underwriters in public offerings and private placements of debt, equity and convertible securities. Mr. Boender also has counseled a number of public company clients on securities compliance matters, including periodic reporting, current reporting, proxy statements, shelf registration statements, and employee benefit plan matters.

Professional Background

Prior to joining K&L Gates, Mr. Boender worked at the Chicago, IL office of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP.

Professional/Civic Activities

  • Board member, The University of Michigan Alumni Club of Portland

Speaking Engagements

  • Panel moderator, “Crowdfunding: What’s Worked and What’s Next,” K&L Gates (September 2016)
  • Represented an auto dealership group in a $12 million purchase of distressed assets from another auto dealership group.
  • Represented a Japanese publicly-traded conglomerate in its $22 million purchase of agricultural assets in central Oregon.
  • Represented a Nevada-based commercial building materials supplier in a $15 million sale transaction, structured as an equity sale.
  • Represented a Texas- and UK-based electronic payments processor in its $8 million sale transaction, structured as an equity sale with a separate $4 million sale of intellectual property assets.
  • Represented (as Oregon counsel) Meiji Yasuda Life Insurance Company in its $5 billion merger with StanCorp Financial Group.
  • Ongoing representation of Jaguar Land Rover North America for various matters related to the creation and operation of its Open Source Technology Center in Portland, including investments in 16 startup companies per year that engage with its business accelerator program primarily focused on infotainment, navigation and location-based services.
  • Represented Vigor Industrial LLC, in the following transactions:
    • The acquisition of Kvichak Marine Industries Inc., a shipbuilding and repair company operating in Seattle, Washington.
    • The purchase of substantially all assets of Straits Marine & Industrial, Inc., a topside ship repair company operating in the Port of Port Angeles, Washington.
    • The acquisition of Clackamas, Oregon-based Oregon Iron Works, Inc., a metal fabricator and systems integrator.
    • The purchase of substantially all assets of Seward Ship’s Drydock, Inc., a ship repair company operating in Seward, Alaska.
    • The acquisition of Alaska Ship and Drydock, Inc., a shipbuilding and repair company operating in Ketchikan Alaska.
    • The private placement of its equity to Endeavour Capital.
  • Represented (as local Oregon counsel) Sterling Financial Corporation in its $2 billion merger with Umpqua Holdings Corporation.
  • Represented Endeavour Capital and other equityholders in connection with the sale of a controlling equity interest in Network Global Logistics, LLC, a next flight out, warehouse and service parts logistics provider.
  • Represented UCS Forest Group, a distributor of lumber and exotic hardwood based in Canada, in its acquisition of substantially all of the assets of Atlas Lumber.
  • Represented a worldwide transportation, supply chain management, and packaging solutions provider in the following transactions:
    • The purchase of the assets and assumption of the liabilities associated with the materials procurement business of a distressed company that offers packaging design, procurement, materials management, logistics, distribution, and order-fulfillment services.
    • The acquisition of a London, UK-based global provider of freight forwarding and logistics services.
    • The purchase of substantially all the assets of a global freight forwarding and warehouse management provider.
  • Represented Riverlake Partners, LLC in connection with its acquisition of Omega Morgan, Inc. and affiliated entities, an industrial rigging and heavy haul service provider, and in connection with the restructuring of Omega Morgan, Inc.’s credit facilities.
  • Represented Diana Naturals, Inc., a subsidiary of Kerisper S.A.S., in connection with the acquisition of Pacific Pure-Aid Company, a natural food additive and flavoring company.
  • Represented a consumer products company in its financial restructuring, including the redemption of 100% of the stock held by its largest shareholder.
  • Represented a large regional distributor of orthopedic medical devices in the sale of a minority equity interest to a medical device manufacturer.