THE FIRM This venerable Oregon heavyweight has one of the most accomplished and highly regarded corporate/M&A practices in the state, if not the entire Pacific Northwest. The team has experience in almost all industries, and lost no time in performing pioneering work in the renewable energy sector. Recent highlights include representing Agilyx Corporation in a $22 million preferred stock financing and handling and IPO on behalf of ESCO Corporation.
Sources say: "What strikes me about them is their depth - lots of specialties in that office and the experience to go with it."
KEY INDIVIDUALS Todd Bauman's principal focus is on emerging businesses in the Portland market, typically venture capital-backed technology companies; he led on the Agilyx representation mentioned above. Commentators consider him "excellent - one of the best in town."
Ruth Beyer enjoys a strong following among blue-chip, locally-headquartered companies, including Precision Castparts, which she recently assisted in its $900 million acquisition of Primus International.
Robert Moorman heads the firm's public securities practice, and "comes readily to mind" as one of the state's top securities, M&A and corporate governance experts. He led on ESCO Corporation's IPO.
Margaret Kushner is well thought of as a skilled all-rounder in business and corporate law, and is also noted for her skill in matters concerning partnerships and joint ventures. Clients are impressed by her insights, with one commenting: "She often knows what we want to do before we've discussed it."
Margaret Hill Noto is a go-to for matters regarding securities and the issues faced by public companies. Executive compensation plans and their reporting under the Securities Exchange Act are a particular specialty. She worked with Moorman on ESCO Corporation's IPO.
Stuart Chestler has expertise in corporate governance, insider trading and reporting, and executive compensation.
Like many of the leading lawyers on the team, Steven Hull is sought for his knowledge of public company M&A and financing matters. He recently advised Electro Scientific Industries on its acquisition of the assets of Montreal-based laser manufacturer PyroPhotonics Lasers.
Mark Norby performs financing and transactional work for clients, many of which are leading entities in the timberland and forest products sector. Sources say he is "experienced with an imaginative head on his shoulders." He recently represented Roseburg Forest Products in relation to its $295 million debt offering.
Henry Hewitt enjoys a broad practice which takes in public company matters, corporate governance, M&A and high-level strategic advice. He is described as "knowledgeable and a pleasure to work with."