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Marcus J. Williams

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Marc Williams advises some of the Pacific Northwest’s best known companies in corporate finance, securities compliance, mergers and acquisitions, and general corporate law. His representative engagements include HomeStreet’s $100 million initial public offering and its pending $140 million acquisition of Simplicity Bancorp; a $904 million capital contribution by a public pension fund into a pre-public company (including representation of that investor in and following the target’s $1.6 billion initial public offering); a $460 million senior note offering by JELD-WEN; the $120 million acquisition of Williams Controls by Curtiss-Wright Corporation; Semitool’s auction and $364 million sale to Applied Materials; and McCormick & Schmick’s response to its unsolicited tender offer and the resulting auction and $131 million sale. Marc’s practice focuses primarily on public and mature private companies, including mergers and acquisitions, capital markets transactions, and ongoing corporate governance and securities compliance matters. He also has represented underwriters and private equity firms in the financial services, energy, healthcare, manufacturing, hospitality, and consumer products industries, and has served as special counsel to boards of directors and committees, including one of the world’s best known consumer products companies.

Marc's clients include: HomeStreet, Inc.; Edison Energy; Idaho Power/IdaCorp; Pope Resources; JELD-WEN; the Alaska Permanent Fund Corporation; Avista Corporation; Australia and New Zealand Banking Group; and Coldstream Capital Management.

Representative Experience

Pending acquisition of Simplicity Bancorp

Represent HomeStreet, Inc., in the pending acquisition of Simplicity Bancorp of Covina, California. (2014)

Acquisition of financial institutions

Represented HomeStreet in its simultaneous acquisitions of Fortune Bank, YNB Financial Corporation and Yakima National Bank, for total proceeds of approximately $40 million. (2013)

Acquisition of Fortune Bank

Represented HomeStreet in its $28 million acquisition of Fortune Bank. (2013)

Investment and rollup transaction

Represented the Alaska Permanent Fund Corporation in its contribution of $904 million in real estate assets to American Homes 4 Rent, a newly formed REIT, and in the subsequent $1.6 billion initial public offering of American Homes 4 Rent. (2013)

Auction and sale of Williams Controls, Inc.

Represented Williams Controls, Inc., a global manufacturer of electronic engine and throttle controls serving the heavy truck and heavy equipment industry, in its auction and $125,000,000 sale to Curtiss-Wright Corporation. (2012)

Initial public offering for HomeStreet, Inc.

Represented HomeStreet in its $100 million initial public offering. (2012)

Auction and sale of Anatec International, Inc.

Represented Anatec, a testing and engineering services company in the nuclear power industry, in its auction and sale to Curtiss-Wright Corporation. (2011)

Debt securities financing for JELD-WEN

Issuer’s counsel in the $460,000,000 Rule 144A offering of JELD-WEN’s senior secured notes. (2011)

Hostile takeover defense for McCormick & Schmick's Seafood Restaurants, Inc.

Represented McCormick & Schmick’s in response to unsolicited tender offer by Landry’s Restaurants, Inc. (2011)

Merger of McCormick & Schmick’s Seafood Restaurants

Represented McCormick & Schmick’s Seafood Restaurants in its negotiated $131,000,000 merger with Landry’s Restaurants, Inc., following the defeat of Landry's previously announced hostile tender offer. (2011)

Hostile takeover defense for BEO Bancorp, Inc., and Bank of Eastern Oregon

Response to unsolicited merger proposal by Community Bancshares, Inc. (2010)

Merger and acquisition of Semitool, Inc.

Represented Semitool, Inc., in its $364,000,000 tender offer and merger with Applied Materials, Inc. (2009)

Sale of medical device manufacturer

Represented limited liability company in the medical device industry in the $103,000,000 sale of 100 percent of its equity to The Riverside Co., a private equity firm. (2009)

Acquisition for Australia and New Zealand Banking Group

Represented Australia and New Zealand Banking Group in its acquisition of Citizens Bank of Guam. (2007)

Initial public offering for Clearwire Corporation

Represented Clearwire in its $600 million initial public offering. (2007)

Private equity transaction for Clearwire Corporation

Represented Clearwire in connection with its $900 million strategic financing by Google, Motorola and Sprint. (2006)

Additional Qualifications

  • Naval Flight Officer, United States Navy; enlisted Marine, United States Marine Corps
  • FAA Licensed Airline Transport Pilot (Single and Multi-Engine Land and Single-engine Seaplane) and Commercial Glider Pilot

Professional & Community Activities

  • Member Securities Committee and Legislative Committee, Washington State Bar Association
  • Board of Directors, Family Services of King County, 2003-2006
  • Mission Pilot, Veterans' Airlift Command

Professional Recognition

  • Named as one of "America's Leading Lawyers for Business" in Corporate/Commercial (Washington) by Chambers USA, 2010-2014
  • Named as one of the "Best Lawyers in America" in Securities Law by Woodward/White, 2013
  • Martindale-Hubbell AV Rating
  • Willard J. Wright Award for Outstanding Community Service, 2010
  • Selected to “Washington Super Lawyers” in Securities & Corporate Finance, Thomson Reuters, 2009-2013
  • Named as one of the "Top 87 Business Lawyers" by Seattle Business Monthly, 2008
  • Named as one of the “Top 500 dealmakers in America” by Lawdragon, 2007
  • Named as one of "155 Top Lawyers" by Seattle Magazine and Seattle Business Monthly, 2007
  • Selected to “Washington Rising Stars,” Thomson Reuters, 2007
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