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William L. Weigand

WeigandWilliam
Partner
T206.757.8164
F206.757.7164
Bill Weigand provides strategic counsel to businesses, particularly in the food, agribusiness, manufacturing, and distribution industries. Many of Bill’s clients are multi-generational, family-owned businesses. He takes the time to learn the nuances of each client's business and tailors his advice accordingly. Half of Bill's practice consists of advising companies in merger, acquisition, and joint venture transactions; the other half is focused on serving as outside general counsel for companies throughout the West Coast. Bill regularly advises businesses on entity formation, sucession planning, debt and equity financings and restructures, sourcing and distribution methods, complex contracts, and other opportunities facing his clients.

Bill's clients include: Sunheaven Farms, Spectralux Avionics, Bybee Foods, Griot's Garage, Wonderware PacWest, Seattle Gourmet Foods, and R. Munn Farms.

Representative Experience

Outside general counsel for privately held businesses

Representation of family-owned and privately held business in agriculture, manufacturing, distribution, and food industries. (Ongoing)

Business divorce

Successful multi-year untangling of long-term business ventures in self-storage and land development, including negotiations with multiple lenders and five lawsuits. (2011-2015)

Sale of frozen vegetable business

Sale of family-owned processing plant and branded frozen vegetaton business in two step sale/lease/purchase option transaction. (2013 and 2014)

Agricultural finance

Borrower representation in term debt secured by farm land. (2012) Borrower representation in complex debt financing featuring multiple layers of long term debt and operating lines. (2014)

Business ownership interest acquisition

Redemption of 50 percent owner’s interests in international software distribution and service business. (2011)

Family-business ownership acquisition in bankruptcy

Purchase of ownership interests in various family-business enterprises from bankruptcy trustee; negotiation of global settlement, including successful resolution of multiple litigation claims. (2011)

Financial restructuring for LC Hotels

Represented investment group in successful financial restructuring, without which the project faced possible foreclosure or bankruptcy and continuing disputes with its construction contractor. Successfully negotiated debt financing of the property and managed capital infusion and reduction of liabilities against the property through a negotiated settlement. (2011)

Agricultural finance

Non-bank lender representation in $50 million secured debt financing for vegetable processing joint venture. (2010)

Business acquisition for GeoTility Corp.

Acquisition of geothermal heating and cooling design, construction, and service business. (2010)

Business acquisition for Seattle Gourmet Foods Inc.

Multiple acquisitions of specialty foods businesses, including Dilettante Chocolates, Myntz! breath mints, Innovative Cookies, Merlino Baking Co., and Oral Fixation breath mints. (2010)

Sale of member interests

Represented oppressed minority interest owners in negotiated redemption transaction in settlement of litigation. (2010)

Business acquisition for Integrated Marine Systems, Inc.

Bankruptcy purchase of assets of marine equipment manufacturer and distributor, Wescold, Inc. (2009)

Interim and permanent financing for Lakeview Green Energy, Inc.

$64 million secured debt financing for wind project joint venture. (2009)

Sale of business for Integrated Marine Systems, Inc.

Sale of marine equipment manufacturer and distributor. (2009)

Agricultural finance for Yakima County Tree Farms LLC

Represented lender in agricultural loan to SP Farms & Ranch LLC. (2008)

Formation of cooperative for The Phoenix Cooperative

Startup and general outside counsel representation of national drywall cooperative. (2008)

Interim financing for Lakeview Green Energy, Inc.

$40 million secured debt financing for wind project joint venture. (2008)

Sale of business for Fog Cutter Capital Group Inc.

Sale of real estate subsidiary, Fog Cap Retail Investors LLC. (2008) Read more

Structured financing for Seattle Children's Hospital

$30 million new markets tax credit financing. (2008)

Sale of business for Associated Grocers, Inc.

Sale of wholesale grocery business to Unified Western Grocers, Inc. (2007) Read more

Sale of business for Fog Cutter Capital Group Inc.

Sale of commercial mortgage company, George Elkins Mortgage Banking, to MuniMae. (2007) Read more

Sale of business for Time Warner & subsidiary (AOL LLC)

$265 million sale of mobile device software company, Tegic Communications, Inc., to Nuance Communications (NASDAQ: NUAN). (2007) Read more

Structured financing for Asian Counseling and Referral Service

$11 million new markets tax credit financing. (2006)

Recapitalization for Associated Grocers, Inc.

Secured debt financings and recapitalization. (2001) Read more

Borrower representation for Associated Grocers, Inc.

Multiple secured loan transactions, including transaction named '2002 Large Company Turnaround' by Turnaround Management Association. Read more

Professional & Community Activities

  • American Bar Association
  • California Bar Association
  • Board Member and Treasurer, Wellspring Family Services, 2008-2014
  • Board Member and Secretary, Beta Omega Foundation, 2008-2014 
  • Member, Northwest Family Business Advisors
  • Board Member and Chair, CHOICES Education Group, 2005-2010  

Professional Recognition

  • Named one of the "Best Lawyers in America" in Corporate, M&A, and Securities Law by Best Lawyers, 2004-2007; named in Corporate Law and Commercial Law, 2008-present
  • Selected to "Washington Super Lawyers," Thomson Reuters 
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