Jonathan Michaels is a business lawyer and co-chair of Davis Wright Tremaine's business and tax group, concentrating his practice on transactions and serving as outside general counsel to companies. He has extensive experience in mergers and acquisitions, as well as particular expertise in joint ventures and strategic alliances. His clients include The Seattle Times, Starbucks, Microsoft, Sage Manufacturing, Mutual of Enumclaw, and Eden Rock Wireless.
Jonathan has spoken at or chaired legal seminars on a variety of business law topics, including mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, choice of business entity and coping with business regulations.
Acquisition of Bay Bread for Starbucks Coffee Company
Represented Starbucks in the $100 million acquisition of Bay Bread.
Acquisition of MarketingPilot Software LLC by Microsoft
Represented Microsoft in the acquisition of MarketingPilot Software, LLC, maker of automated marketing campaign software. (2012)
Joint venture for Microsoft
Represented Microsoft in a health care IT joint venture with GE, creating Caradigm.
Acquisition for Starbucks
Acquisition of Evolution Fresh.
Acquisition for Cascade Designs, Inc.
Acquisition of Mountain Safety Research (MSR).
Acquisitions for Pioneer Human Services
Acquisitions of K&H Printers, Hamlin & Associates, Second Chance, and Allvest.
Acquisitions for Sage Manufacturing
Acquisitions of RIO Products and Redington.
Joint venture for Trident Seafoods
Joint venture with CBSFA.
Joint venture for Virginia Mason Medical Center
Formation of collective purchasing joint venture.
Licensing agreements for Microsoft Corporation
License agreements with Psytechnics and Deutsche Telecom.
Sale of business for Maverick Productions
Sale to Touch Worldwide.
Sale of business for Sleep Country USA
Sale to Fenway Partners.
Sale of business for Sunriver Industries
Sale to Conestoga.
Sale of interest for Hawaii Pacific Health and Hawaii Health Systems Corporation
Sale of partnership interest to Sonic Healthcare.
Strategic alliances for Microsoft Corporation
Strategic alliances with Nortel Networks, Motorola, Polycom, Samsung, Logitech, Tatung, Thompson Telecom, LG-Nortel, Sanyo and Plantronics.
Strategic alliances for Starbucks Coffee Company
Strategic alliances with Bell Mobility, Hewlett-Packard, Magic Johnson Development, Courtesy Products, Pepsi Lipton Partnership, and Unilever.