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Matt LeMaster

LeMaster LeMasterMatt LeMaster
Partner
Practice Group Leader, Mergers & Acquisitions
T206.757.8077
F206.757.7077
M206.330.1475

Matt LeMaster is a shareholder with Davis Wright Tremaine. He leads the firm's mergers and acquisitions practice group. He focuses his practice in the areas of business transactions, corporate governance, mergers and acquisitions, hospitality, real estate, and finance. He has a wide range of merger and acquisition experience, ranging from the creation of high-tech joint ventures to the sale of timberlands. Matt has extensive experience in the hospitality industry and has handled the acquisition, disposition, financing, and franchising of numerous hotel properties.

Representative Experience

Hotels

Acquisitions, dispositions and financings for Red Lion Hotels Corporation

Represented client in multiple acquisitions and sales of hotel properties and provided counsel on multiple financings, both debt and equity.

Acquisitions by Coast Hotels

Represented client in the acquisition of hotel facilities.

Disposition of hotel properties for The Peninsula Group

Managed disposition of multiple hotel properties and subsequent 1031 reinvestments.

Hotel management agreements and technical services agreements

Represented multiple clients in the drafting and implementation of long-term hotel management agreements, for owners and operators, including Ace Group International, Red Lion Hotels and Coast Hotels.

Liquor licensing counsel

Provide liquor licensing counsel for multiple hotel and restaurant ownership groups including Red Lion Hotels and Coast Hotels.

Gaming Counsel

Represented Grant Thorton Limited in gambling licensing matters in receivership of Washington Gaming, Inc. and provided gaming counsel to Wells Fargo Gaming in connection with debt refinancing of a casino borrower.

Technology and Software

Acquisition of i1Biometrics

Represented client in the acquisition of high-tech mouth guard sensing company

Disposition of Implement.com

Represented client in the disposition of a cloud-based technology consulting company.

Formation of Start-it Labs

Represented client in the formation and development of venture capital firm.

Sale of Blueview Technologies

Represented client in sale of sonar technology company.

Sale of business for Geospiza, Inc.

Represented Geospiza Inc., a bioinformatics company, in its merger with PerkinElmer. (2011)

Manufacturing, Distribution and Retail

Acquisitions by Convoy Supply

Represented building products company in multiple asset acquisitions.

Acquisition of Granite Building Products, Inc.

Represented acquiring entity in acquisition of retail building products company.

Acquisition of equity partner for Starbucks Coffee Company*

Represented Starbucks in its acquisition of Hawaii and Puerto Rico operations.

Acquisition of Icom Canada

Represented Icom America, Inc. in acquisition of Canadian operations.

Disposition of business for Arrow Metals

Represented client in asset sale of scrap metal business.

Services and Financial

Acquisitions by ValueWise Corporation

Represented client in multiple asset and stock acquisitions.

Debt refinancing for Wells Fargo

Represented lender in debt refinancing of casino borrowers.

Lease of commercial property for Alaska Permanent Fund

Provide counsel and negotiate and draft complex office leases.

General Corporate

Corporate counsel

Acts as general corporate counsel to Coast Hotels, USA, Icom America, Inc., The Peninsula Group, LLC, ValueWise Corporation, Start-It Labs, LLC, i1Biometrics, Inc., Convoy Supply, Inc.

* Denotes experience completed at a prior firm

Additional Qualifications

  • Captain, U.S. Army; Corps of Engineers, obtained Airborne and Ranger qualifications

Professional & Community Activities

  • Mercer Island Youth Football Coach and Football Advisory Board, 2011-present
  • Pacific Rim M&A Institute, Founder and Director, 2014-present
  • Northwest Education Fund, Director, 2015-present
  • Legislative Committee, Washington State Bar Association, Member, 2011-present
  • Childhaven, Director, 2010-2012
  • Bellevue Rotary Club, 2002-2010; Director, 2004-2007
  • Business Law Section, Washington State Bar Association – Immediate Past Chair, 2009-2010; Chair, 2008-2009; Chair-Elect and Treasurer, 2007-2008; Chair, Mid-Year Meeting, June 2007; Vice-Chair, 2006-2007; Recorder, 2005-2006; Co-chair, Publications Committee, 2002-2005
  • Washington State Business Leaders Network, Board Member, 2006-2009
  • Washington Attorneys Assisting Community Organizations (WAACO), Board Member, 2008-2009
  • Hire America's Heroes, Board Member, 2007-2009
  • American Bar Association, Committee on State and Local Bar Relations, 2007-2010
  • American Bar Association, Negotiated Acquisitions Committee, 2006-present
  • Advisory Board, Seattle University Directors Academy, 2007-2009
  • King County Bar Association, Corporate/In-House Section, Co-Chair, 2003-2005
  • King County Bar Association, Community Involvement Committee, Chair, 2002-2003
  • King County Bar Association, Board of Trustees, Young Lawyer Division, 2001-2002
  • Advance Bellevue, 2002

Professional Recognition

  • Named one of the "Best Lawyers in America" in Corporate Law by Best Lawyers, 2012-present
  • Selected to "Washington Rising Stars" and "Washington Super Lawyers," Thomson Reuters