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Marcus J. Williams

Marc Williams advises some of the best known public and private companies in the Western United States 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 $140 million acquisition of Simplicity Bancorp; the Alaska Permanent Fund Corporation’s $904 million capital contribution into American Homes4Rent, LLC (including representation of APFC in American Homes’ $1.6 billion initial public offering); a $1.2 billion refinancing, including 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 investors 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 the audit committee of one of the world’s best known consumer products companies.

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

Representative Experience

Acquisition of community bank

Represented HomeStreet, Inc., in its $54 million acquisition of Orange County Business Bank. (2016)


Represented Edison Energy in its acquisition of three alternative-energy companies. (2015)

Preferred stock investment

Represented Edison Energy in its minority investment in an energy management technology company. (2015)

Acquisition of Simplicity Bancorp

Represented HomeStreet, Inc., in its $131 million acquisition of Simplicity Bancorp. (2014)

Acquisition of financial institutions

Represented HomeStreet in its simultaneous acquisitions of Fortune Bank, YNB Financial Corporation and Yakima National 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 million 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 million Rule 144A offering of JELD-WEN’s senior secured notes, as a part of JELD-WEN's $1.2 billion debt refinancing. (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 auction and $131 million 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 auction and $364 million 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 million 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, 2013-present; Chair, 2016 – Mary’s Shelter
  • 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, 2010-2017
  • Named as one of the "Best Lawyers in America" in Securities Law by Woodward/White, 2013-present
  • 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
Recognized by Chambers USA – Chambers and Partners