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Matt LeMaster

LeMaster LeMasterMatt LeMaster
Practice Group Lead, Mergers & Acquisitions

Matthew 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. Matthew has extensive experience in the hospitality industry and has handled the acquisition, disposition, financing, and franchising of numerous hotel properties.

Representative Experience

Corporate counsel

Acts as general counsel to Coast Hotels, USA, Icom America, Inc., The Peninsula Group, LLC, ValueWise Corporation, Ace Group International, LLC.

Disposition of Red Lion Hotels Corp. 5th Avenue to Lowe Enterprises

Represented client in its $71 million disposition of Seattle Fifth Avenue Hotel. (2011)

Acquisition for Granite Building Products, Inc.

Represented acquiring entity in acquisition of retail building products company.

Acquisition for Red Lion Hotel Anaheim Maingate*

Represented Red Lion Hotels in hotel acquisition.

Acquisition for Resurrection Bay*

Negotiated acquisition of fish processing facility and managed acquisition of all applicable entitlements and licenses.

Acquisition for Seattle Storm*

Represented acquiring entity in acquisition of a WNBA franchise.

Acquisition of equity partner for Starbucks Coffee Company*

Represented client in its acquisition of Starbucks' equity partner in its Hawaii and Puerto Rico operations.

Acquisition of Icom Canada operations

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

Acquisition of property for Doubletree Guest Suites Seattle, Southcenter*

Represented client throughout the negotiation and acquisition of a hotel property.

Acquisition of property for Doubletree Hotel Dallas Near the Galleria*

Represented client throughout the negotiation and acquisition of a hotel property.

Acquisition of property for Holiday Inn Select La Mirada*

Negotiated the acquisition, financing, and property improvement plan of the Holiday Inn Select La Mirada Hotel.

Acquisition of property for MasterPark LLC

Negotiated and closed acquisition of parking site and adjacent real property.

Acquisition of property for Wirrulla, Ltd.

Managed acquisition of real property and negotiation of long-term lease with Walgreens Co.

Acquisition of ten hotel properties by Red Lion Hotels

Represented Red Lion Hotels in acquisition of multiple hotel properties in Washington, Idaho, Oregon, Montana, and California.

Capitalization of Hotel Operating Company

Represented owner in acquisition of equity interests and minority investment of hotel management company.

Debt refinancing for Wells Fargo

Represented lender in debt refinancing of casino borrowers.

Disposition for Cathedral Hill Hotel*

Disposition of a historic San Francisco hotel.

Disposition of business for Arrow Metals

Represented client in asset sale of scrap metal business.

Disposition of business for Connelly Skis*

Negotiated a multi-phased stock transfer and the sale of water ski manufacturing company.

Disposition of business for Planet ATE*

Assisted with disposition of computer component manufacturer.

Disposition of hotel properties for The Peninsula Group*

Managed disposition of multiple hotel properties and subsequent 1031 reinvestments.

Disposition of INCA Engineers*

Represented shareholders in sale of engineering consulting firm.

Disposition of property for Bio Marin Pharmaceuticals*

Negotiated the disposition of a pharmaceuticals factory.

Disposition of real property for international paper manufacturing company*

Negotiated the sale of real property to a cement manufacturer and the disposition of industrial site to the Port of Port Angeles.

Disposition of shares of Geospiza, Inc.

Represented shareholders in sale of company to Perkin Elmer, Inc.

Liquor licensing counsel

Provide liquor licensing counsel for multiple hotel and restaurant ownership groups including Red Lion Hotels, Coast Hotels, and Cathedral Hill Associates, Inc.

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.

Joint venture for Alsher Titania*

Corporate counsel in development of nanotechnologies joint venture.

Lease of commercial property for Alaska Permanent Fund

Provide counsel and negotiate and draft complex office leases.
* Denotes experience completed at a prior firm

Additional Qualifications

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

Professional & Community Activities

  • Childhaven, 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