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Ryan J. York

Ryan York chairs the firm's securities subgroup concentrating on securities, corporate finance, mergers and acquisitions, and general corporate law for public and private clients. He has helped clients raise more than $4 billion in matters including debt and equity offerings, venture capital financings and public securities offerings, and regularly assists in the formation, governance and structuring of business entities. Ryan is a frequent speaker on venture financing, startups and emerging business, securities law and regulation, securities market rules, and corporate governance issues.

Ryan represents clients such as financial institutions, wireless communications, bioinformatics, manufacturers and emerging businesses.

Practice Highlights
  • Public and private securities offerings for U.S. and Canadian issuers, including debt and equity offerings under the Securities Exchange Act and venture capital financings for emerging companies
  • Public company Securities Exchange Act compliance for a wide range of businesses, including financial institutions, mining, technology, biotechnology, wineries and manufacturing
  • "Going private" transactions under the Securities Exchange Act
  • Domestic and international merger and acquisition transactions, acting for acquiring and target companies in both friendly deals and hostile takeovers
  • Formation, governance and structuring of business entities
  • General business issues and commercial transactions

Representative Experience

Cascade Bancorp acquisition of Home Federal Bancorp, Inc.

Represented Cascade Bancorp in their $241.4 million acquisition of Home Federal Bancorp, Inc. (2014)

Northrim BanCorp, Inc. acquisition of Alaska Pacific Bancshares, Inc.

Represented Northrim BanCorp, Inc. in their acquisition of Alaska Pacific Bancshares, Inc. (2014)

Sale of American West Bank

Sale of American Westbank branch in Palm Desert, California. (2014)

PIPE Investment for Institutional Investor

Represented a large institutional investor in the negotiation and implementation of a PIPE investment in a public company. (2013)

Acquisition of portfolio for private equity-backed company

Represented a private equity fund in the $150 million acquisition of a commercial loan and leasing portfolio. (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)

U.S. securities counsel to private equity fund

Served as U.S. securities counsel to a Canadian private equity fund in connection with its $200 million offering. (2009)

Acquisition of business for Big Fish Games, Inc.

Representation of the client in multiple rounds of venture capital financing and in acquisitions in the casual game space. (2007)

Securities transaction for ICO North America, Inc.

$650 million convertible senior secured notes financing. (2005)

Professional & Community Activities

  • Officer, United States Naval Reserve, 2007-present
  • Steering Committee, Washington Technology Industry Association Investment Forum, 2008
  • Past President, Delta Zeta Chapter of Sigma Chi House Corp., 1997-2004
  • Board Member, Mercy Corps Northwest, 2002-2004

Professional Recognition

  • Selected to "Washington Rising Stars," Thomson Reuters, 2013-2014