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Keith G. Baldwin

Keith Baldwin is a business transactions and securities lawyer with a thirty-eight year history of serving clients’ legal needs. Keith focuses his practice on business relationships, including mergers and acquisitions, agreements among owner-entrepreneurs, and best practices for corporate governance. Keith’s practice emphasizes family-owned and other closely held private businesses, businesses funded by non-U.S. investors and U.S. subsidiaries of foreign corporations. He assists growth-oriented companies in raising capital in compliance with federal and state securities laws, and serves as outside counsel to both emerging and mature businesses.

He is a frequent public speaker on corporate matters, and co-authored the "Private Equity Funds" chapter of the Washington Partnership and Limited Liability Company Deskbook.

Practice Highlights
  • Extensive experience with Federal Regulation D and state blue sky laws, Rule 144, Investment Advisers Act and Investment Company Act exemptions for private companies
  • Advising investment professionals on the formation of private investment funds, including hedge funds, venture funds, social benefit funds and real estate funds
  • Counseling business owners in transitioning their interests to another generation or to management
  • Advising private companies on corporate governance and ethical standards that derive from adoption of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act
  • Corporate mergers and acquisitions, including stock and asset transitions, spinoffs and recapitalizations

Representative Experience

Acquisition for R.W. Smith & Associates, Inc.

Management purchase and then immediate resale of all shares of the company to a strategic industry player in the interbroker securities brokerage business (national). Involved purchase transaction by management and then sale to third party. (2014)

Professional & Community Activities

  • Past Member, Securities Committee, Business Law Section; Past Chair, Legislative Committee – Washington State Bar Association
  • Past Chair, Legislation Committee, King County Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
  • Past President, Board of Trustees, Bellevue Arts Museum

Professional Recognition

  • Named one of the "Best Lawyers in America" in Corporate, M&A, and Securities Law by Best Lawyers, 2003-2006; named in Corporate Law, 2007-present 
  • Selected to "Washington Super Lawyers," Thomson Reuters, 2000-2006, 2010-2015
  • Avvo rated
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