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Joseph D. Weinstein

Joe Weinstein represents companies in corporate structuring, mergers and acquisitions, divestitures, and other business transactions. He focuses particularly on transactions involving family or closely held businesses, private equity funds, and international businesses. Joe has substantial experience in the food-related industries and assists clients with the purchase, sale, and finance of such companies.

Joe's clients include: Endeavour Capital, GenNx360, Merck & Co., National Frozen Foods Corp., Joshua Green Corp., and Westward Seafoods, Inc.

Representative Experience

Acquisition for Joshua Green Corporation

Acquisition of Cuizina Foods. (2012)

Sale of processing facilities for Snopac Products, Inc.

Represented Snopac Products, Inc. in the sale of its Alaska-based processing facilities to Icicle Seafoods. (2012)

Acquisition for entertainment business

Represented entertainment business in acquisition of a competitor. (2011)

Acquisition for Japanese publicly traded corporation

Represented publicly traded corporation in acquisition of Alaska-based processing facility and long-term strategic relationship. (2011)

Restructure of business for national bank client

Represented national bank in restructure and work out of significant operating business. (2010)

Sale of business for Collins Oil Co.

Represented gas and lubricants business in sale to strategic buyer. (2010)

Sale of snack food business for Snakcorp Holdings, Inc.

Sale of subsidiaries, Snack Alliance and Nalley's Canada Limited, in an auction process to a private equity-backed producer and distributor of private label seasoned snack foods. (2010)

Acquisition of business for GenNx360

Represented private equity firm GenNx360 Capital Partners in its acquisition of Clariant Corp.'s specialty silicones business. (2009)

Disposition of business for Merck & Co., Inc.

Represented Merck & Co., Inc., in the disposition of its bioinformatics business to Microsoft and its Gene Expression Laboratory to Covance. (2009)

Sale of business for Toyo Suisan

Represented Toyo Suisan, a Japanese publicly traded company, in the sale of its U.S. cold storage business to Bay Grove Capital. (2009)

Acquisition of business for Endeavour Capital

Acquisition of Little Red Services, Inc., an Alaska oil services provider. (2008) Read more

Acquisition of stock for Winona Capital

Acquisition of Barter Optical and Dragon Optical. (2008)

Merger of Japanese companies

Represented Maruha Corp. and Nichiro Corp. in the disposition and reorganization of U.S. assets in connection with the merger of these two Japanese companies. (2008)

Reorganization for Iquique U.S., LLC

Reorganization of vessel companies and their subsidiaries. (2008)

Sale of business for Giddens Industries, Inc.

Sale of aerospace parts and subassemblies manufacturer to Platte River Ventures, a Colorado-based private equity investment firm. (2008)

Sale of business for National Frozen Foods

Sale of 95-year-old family-owned Washington agricultural foods processor to a private equity group, Endeavour Capital. (2008)

Acquisition for Joshua Green Corporation

Represented Joshua Green Corp. in subordinated debt transaction in connection with corporate acquisition of beverage business.

Sale of business for Glacier Seafoods

Represented Alaska Ocean in sale of seafood business to Glacier Seafoods.

Additional Qualifications

  • Senior Foreign Legal Consultant, Lee & Ko, Seoul, Korea

Professional & Community Activities

  • Board of Trustees, Greater Seattle Chamber of Commerce, 2006-2008
  • Chair, Conflicts of Law Subcommittee, Business Law Section, Washington State Bar Association, 2006-2008

Professional Recognition

  • Named as one of "America's Leading Business Lawyers" in Corporate/Commercial (Washington) by Chambers USA, 2003-2016; Received "Band 1" ranking, 2012-2016
  • Selected by Best Lawyers as Seattle's "Lawyer of the Year" in Closely Held Companies and Family Businesses Law, 2016; Mergers & Acquisitions Law, 2017  
  • Named as the "Seattle Best Lawyers Mergers & Acquisitions Lawyer of the Year" for 2012 by Best Lawyers 
  • Named one of the "Best Lawyers in America" in Corporate and M&A Law by Best Lawyers, 2006-present
  • Selected to "Washington Super Lawyers," Thomson Reuters, 2003-2009, 2013-2016
"Very well respected in the community, and his clients love him." -Chambers USA 2016
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