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William R. Miller, Jr.

Co-chair, Finance & Commercial Transactions Practice

Bill Miller has extensive experience in commercial and real estate finance. He represents financial institutions and borrowers in a range of finance matters, from "all assets" multi-lender syndications to single-asset secured transactions, including real estate secured loans. Bill also regularly assists clients in other types of real estate and finance transactions, and works extensively on finance deals for clients in the wireless communications and health care industries.

Representative Experience

Commercial finance for Clearwire Corporation

Bridge financing program to facilitate the acquisition of Educational Broadcast Service licenses and the leasing of the excess capacity spectrum associated with such licenses. (Ongoing)

Real estate finance for Citibank

Drafting financing documents for borrowers acquiring mobile home parks, apartments, and small office buildings. (Ongoing)

Commercial finance for Maletis Beverage

Represented borrower in $29 million credit facility. (2008)

Project finance for WestLB AG, New York branch

Represented the lender in connection with two sites of a five-facility project able to produce 40 and 50 million gallons, respectively, of ethanol annually. (2007)

Project finance for WestLB AG, New York Branch

Represented the lender in connection with a $120 million financing of an ethanol project. (2007) Read more

Real estate finance for owners and operators of licensed senior living facilities

Negotiated and documented $175 million cross-collateralized refinancing of 25 licensed senior living facilities. (2006)

Commercial finance for AMF Bowling Worldwide, Inc.

Oregon counsel in $150 million secured subordinated note exchange. (2004)

Real estate finance for M&T Real Estate Trust

Multiple real estate financings. (2004)

Securities transaction for The Abstract & Title Company

Sale of stock to Stewart Title Company. (2004)

Loan restructuring for Banner Bank

$6.8 million loan restructure of owned and leased farmland and crops.

Professional & Community Activities

  • Past North America Regional Chair, Bank Finance and Regulation Practice Group, Lex Mundi 
  • Member; Past Chair, Financial Institutions Executive Committee – Oregon State Bar
  • Oregon Bankers Association
  • Japan-America Society of Oregon  
  • Past Board Member, Northwest Financial Symposium
  • Past Board Member, Portland Art Museum
  • Past Board Member, Portland Civic Theater

Professional Recognition

  • Named as one of the "Best Lawyers in America" in Banking Law by Woodward/White, 2003-present
  • Named one of “Portland’s Best Lawyers” in Banking Law by Portland Monthly, 2006
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