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Michael C. Phillips

Michael Phillips represents domestic and international clients in securities, mergers and acquisitions, general corporate and business law in the life sciences, outdoor recreation, and high tech industries. He assists clients in private offerings, formation of joint ventures, and ongoing compliance with state and federal securities laws. Michael also provides corporate governance and business advice to boards of directors and executive officers. He has authored articles on federal and Oregon securities laws, Oregon corporations, and general business issues.

Michael's clients include: Cascade Designs, IceBreaker, The Conservation Alliance, Edtl Handball, Portland Product Werks, Sonivate Medical, NW Alpine Gear, Amplify Holdings, Upstart Labs, 1% For The Planet, Korkers Products, Celartem, Fly Media, Aronora, Northwest Medical Isotopes, Najit Technologies, Photon Kinetics, and Kaiser Permanente Ventures.

Representative Experience

Corporate governance and representation for various companies

Advising officers and directors on fiduciary and other obligations under applicable state law. (Ongoing)

Formation work

Advising founders and principals on entity structuring and related issues, including corporations, limited liability companies, and joint ventures. (Ongoing)

Equity financing

Providing counsel to issuers and investors, including venture capital firms, in private placement of securities. (Ongoing)

Fund formation

Advising founders on formation and administration, including regulatory compliance and portfolio investments, of venture capital and private equity funds. (Ongoing)

Cross-border mergers, acquisitions, securities offerings

Cross-border mergers, acquisitions and securities offerings for Canadian and United States entities. (Ongoing)

Distribution counseling

Advising client regarding supply chain management and agreements. (Ongoing)

Technology licensing

Assisting clients in securing rights to intellectual property from universities and private parties; assist clients in licensing of intellectual property for commercialization. (Ongoing)

Ajinomoto North America Inc.

Represented Ajinomoto North America Inc. in the stock acquisition of Cambrooke Therapeutics Inc. for $64 million. (2017)

Acquisition work

Acquisition by Rodda Paint of certain assets of Kelly Moore Paint. (2014)

Corporate sale of stock

Sale of Myraqa, Inc. to Illumina, Inc. (2014)

Joint venture

Represented Portland Product Werks in negotiating trademark license and marketing agreements related to the design, manufacture, distribution, and sale of Woolrich-branded footwear. (2012)

Professional & Community Activities

  • Mergers & Acquisitions Committee; Securities Regulation Committee – American Bar Association, 2008-present 
  • Member, Outdoor Industry Association, 2011-present
  • Director, Social Venture Partners, 2013-2016 
  • Board Member, Portland Business Alliance, 2013-present
  • Director, 2003-2011; Chairman of the Board, 2008-2009 – Software Association of Oregon
  • Director and Past President, Portland'5 Centers for the Arts Foundation, 2005-2016
  • Director, Susan G. Komen for the Cure, Oregon & Southwest Washington Affiliate, 2008-2014
  • General Counsel, Susan G. Komen for the Cure, Oregon & Southwest Washington Affiliate, 1995-present 
  • General Counsel, Oregon Bioscience Association, 2010-present
  • General Counsel, The Conservation Alliance, 2011-present
  • General Counsel, 1% for the Planet, 2013-present

Professional Recognition

  • Named one of "America's Leading Lawyers for Business" in Corporate/M&A (Oregon) by Chambers USA, 2008-2017
  • Selected to "Oregon Super Lawyers," Thomson Reuters, 2006-2008, 2010-2017
  • Named one of the "Best Lawyers in America" in Securities Law by Best Lawyers, 2010-present
"What I really like about him is his ability to think creatively from a business standpoint." -Client Quote, Chambers USA 2017