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Keith G. Baldwin

Keith Baldwin is a highly experienced business transactions and securities lawyer with a forty-year history of serving clients’ legal needs. Keith focuses his practice on business relationships, including mergers and acquisitions, making agreements and solving problems among owner-entrepreneurs, and best practices for corporate governance. Keith’s practice particularly emphasizes family-owned and other closely held private businesses, businesses funded by non-U.S. investors, and U.S. subsidiaries of foreign corporations. He assists growth-oriented companies in raising capital in compliance with federal and state securities laws, and serves as outside counsel to both emerging and mature businesses. He is also co-editor of Davis Wright Tremaine’s Family Business Resource Center, a law blog serving family-owned and closely held businesses.

Keith is a frequent public speaker on business succession planning and corporate matters, and co-authored the Private Equity Funds chapter of the "Washington Partnership and Limited Liability Company Deskbook." He is also a frequent speaker to inbound Chinese investors on doing business in the United States.

Practice Highlights
  • Counseling business owners in transitioning their interests to another generation or to management
  • Advising private companies on corporate governance and ethical standards that derive from adoption of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act
  • Corporate mergers and acquisitions, including stock and asset transitions, spinoffs and recapitalizations
  • Advising inbound Chinese investors on U.S. business and investment practices
  • Corporate shareholder/management dispute resolution where litigation is not a realistic option
  • Extensive experience with Federal Regulation D and state blue sky laws, Rule 144, Investment Advisers Act, and Investment Company Act exemptions for private companies
  • Advising investment professionals on the formation of private investment funds, including hedge funds, venture funds, social benefit funds and real estate funds

Representative Experience

Representation of family-owned wood products company

Ownership succession planning and implementation.

Representation of mainland Chinese companies

Investment entity formations and real estate acquisitions for inbound U.S. investments and acquisitions.

Representation of mainland Chinese EB-5 investment services provider

Securities and business advice regarding U.S. business activities.

Representation of family-owned auto services company

Sale of business and associated real estate.

Representation of family-owned timber company

Restructuring of business.

Representation of family-owned international building products company

Advice on financings, U.S. acquisitions, and divestitures.

Representation of metamaterials technology manufacturer

Advice on corporate governance and preferred stock financings.

Representation/acquisition of interdealer securities broker

Management purchase and then immediate resale of all shares of the company to a strategic industry player in the interdealer securities brokerage business (national). Involved purchase transaction by management and then sale to third party.

Formation/documentation of private real estate investment fund

Unique fund formation project in the affordable housing market.

Formation/documentation of multiple hedge funds

Advised on formation of more than 70 hedge funds since 1982.

Representation of large quick service restaurant franchisee

Provided advice and counsel in dispute over ownership and control and in ultimate disposition of assets.

Representation of privately held sports apparel manufacturer

Assisted in navigating internal dispute over ownership and control.

Expert witness engagement in family business dispute

Provided advice and testimony regarding corporate governance standards in family-owned business.

Sale of oceanographic equipment manufacturer

Represented selling shareholders in transaction with subsidiary of U.S. public company.

Merger of technology industry standards organization

Represented organization in transfer of assets and liabilities to another similar organization.

Partner buyout in investment advisory firm

Represented one partner in negotiated purchase of partnership interest.

Professional & Community Activities

  • Co-Editor and Frequent Author, Family Business Resource Center,
  • Co-Author, “Six Keys for Successful Investment in the U.S.”, Mandarin language article in Seattle Luxury Living Magazine, January 2016
  • Member, Securities Committee, Business Law Section, and Past Chair, Legislative Committee – Washington State Bar Association
  • Past Chair, Legislation Committee, King County Bar Association
  • Member, Corporate Law Section, American Bar Association
  • Chair, Advisory Council, Bellevue Arts Museum
  • Past President, Board of Trustees, Bellevue Arts Museum
  • Board of Directors, Bear Creek Country Club Homeowners Association

Professional Recognition

  • Named one of the "Best Lawyers in America" in Corporate, M&A, and Securities Law by Best Lawyers, 2003-2006; named in Corporate Law, 2007-present 
  • Selected to "Washington Super Lawyers," Thomson Reuters, 2000-2006, 2010-2018
  • Avvo rated
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