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Annette E. Becker

Practice Area Leader - Corporate
+1.206.370.8340
Fax +1.206.370.6056
Annette Becker has over 25 years’ experience practicing corporate law with an emphasis on U.S. and cross border mergers and acquisitions for emerging, middle market, and Fortune 500 companies. Ms. Becker advises her company clients and their boards as to corporate governance issues and general corporate matters. Ms. Becker’s transactional experience also includes joint ventures and other complex strategic relationships, securities offerings and securities compliance issues, strategic and venture capital investments, financing transactions, recapitalizations and restructurings.

Ms. Becker’s experience is focused on businesses, both public and private, primarily in the technology, senior housing & care, healthcare, and energy industries. She serves as a practice area leader of the K&L Gates corporate practice.

Achievements

  • Listed in Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business, Corporate/Commercial Seattle
  • Washington Super Lawyers, Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Legal 500 US, Mergers & Acquisitions

Professional/Civic Activities

  • Board of Directors, Executive Committee, Chair, Membership Committee, Technology Alliance, January 2016 through present
  • Board of Directors, ArtsFund, October 2010 through 2016
  • Board of Directors, The Kline Galland Center and The Kline Galland Foundation, June 2010 through 2016
  • Investment Committee, Bertschi School, July 2015 through 2019
  • Liaison to Seattle Chapter, Women Presidents Organization, 2002 through 2016
  • Women Presidents Organization, Zenith Group, 2016 through present
  • Board of Directors, New Beginnings, 2005 through 2009

Speaking Engagements

  • Speaker, “Art and Science of the IP Deal - The Structure of Deals,” University of Washington School of Law, Seattle, WA, April 2017
  • Speaker, “Seattle Women in Leadership Symposium,” Pacific Northwest Leadership Symposium, Seattle, WA, April 2017
  • Speaker, “Surviving and Thriving in Challenging Work Environments,” International Legal Technology Association, January 2017
  • Speaker, “Positioning Your Company for Sale and Selling It,” K&L Gates LLP Breakfast Briefing, Seattle, WA, October 2015
  • Speaker, “Mergers & Acquisitions in Technology Industries,” The Seminar Group, Seattle, WA, November 2014
  • Speaker, “Striking the Right Deal, Oversight of M&A and International Ventures,” KPMG Fall 2013 Audit Committee Roundtable Series, Seattle, WA, December 2013
  • Speaker, “Selling a Company to Maximize Value,” Association for Corporate Growth, Seattle, WA, October 2013
  • Speaker, “Key Negotiation Issues, Tips, and Tactics in M&A Deals,” Association of Corporate Counsel, Washington State Chapter, February 2013
  • Speaker, “Traps for the Unwary,” Angel Capital Association, Northwest Regional Annual Meeting, Seattle, WA, May 2012
  • Moderator, “Spotlight on Growing Game/ Interactive Entertainment Industry,” Association for Corporate Growth, Seattle, WA, June 2011
  • Speaker, “Valuation Uncertainty in Today’s M&A Negotiations: Techniques for Getting Deals Done,” presented by K&L Gates, Seattle, WA, April 2010
  • Moderator, “CEO Roundtable 2009,” Women Business Owners
  • Speaker, “Mergers & Acquisitions Forecast for 2009,” Pacific Northwest Mergers and Acquisitions Forum
Technology
  • Represented Microsoft Corporation (Nasdaq: MSFT) in its equity investment in OpenAI LP
  • Represented PayneGroup Inc. in its sale to BigHand Inc.
  • Represented ePlus Technology inc., a subsidiary of ePlus inc. (Nasdaq: PLUS) in its acquisition of the assets of Innovative Technology Systems & Solutions, Inc. d/b/a as ABS Technology
  • Represented Microsoft Corporation (Nasdaq: MSFT) subsidiary GitHub Inc. in its acquisition of Semmle Inc.
  • Represented Centrica Business Solutions US, Inc. in its acquisition of SmartWattEnergy, Inc.
  • Represented ePlus Technology Inc., a subsidiary of ePlus inc. (Nasdaq: PLUS) in its acquisition of SLAIT Consulting, LLC
  • Represented Microsoft Global Finance in its equity investments in Databricks, Inc.
  • Represented Microsoft Global Finance in its equity investment in Grab Holdings Inc.
  • Represented Halliburton Energy Services, Inc. in its acquisition of Baree & Associates LLC
  • Represented Apex Learning Inc. in its sale to AL Digital Holdings, LLC
  • Represented ePlus Technology Inc., a subsidiary of ePlus inc. (Nasdaq: PLUS) in its acquisition of the assets of Integrated Data Storage, LLC.
  • Represented ePlus Technology Inc., a subsidiary of ePlus inc. (Nasdaq: PLUS) in its acquisition of OneCloud Consulting, Inc.
  • Represented Microsoft Global Finance in its equity investment in Flipkart Limited
  • Represented a U.S. IT consulting business helping customers with systems integration in its acquisition of a global data and analytics solutions company located in India, with operations in the UK, China, and Poland
  • Represented Wickr Inc. in its acquisition of Net Power and Light, Inc.
  • Represented Founder in Majority Recapitalization of Paula’s Choice Holdings, Inc. with TA Associates
  • Represented Halliburton Energy Services, Inc. in its sale of IPv4 addresses
  • Represented Microsoft Corporation (Nasdaq: MSFT) in its sale of Vexcel Imaging GmbH
  • Represented Microsoft Corporation (Nasdaq: MSFT) in its acquisition of 6 Wunderkinder GmbH
  • Represented Microsoft Corporation (Nasdaq: MSFT) in its acquisition of Codenauts GmbH
  • Represented Microsoft Corporation (Nasdaq: MSFT) in its acquisition of SyntaxTree SARL
  • Represented Microsoft Corporation (Nasdaq: MSFT) in its acquisition of Capptain SAS
  • Represented Paula’s Choice LLC in its sale to Paula’s Choice Holdings, Inc., a subsidiary of Bertram Capital Management, LLC
  • Represented Fum Machineworks, Inc. d/b/a Recipezaar.com in the sale of its outstanding stock to Scripps Networks, LLC
Healthcare
  • Represented Merrill Gardens L.L.C. in the formation of a joint venture with ReNew REIT to co-own and operate 26 properties acquired from New Senior Investment Group
  • Represented Merrill Gardens L.L.C. in its acquisition of Blue Harbor Senior Living
  • Represented R.D. Merrill Real Estate Holdings, LLC in the formation of RDM QOZ Fund I, LLC
  • Represented Merrill Gardens L.L.C. in the formation of a joint venture with HSH II Property Holdings, LLC for the development and management of a senior living facility
  • Represented R.D. Merrill Real Estate Holdings, LLC in the formation of RDM Housing Strategies VI, LLC
  • Represented Merrill Gardens L.L.C. in the purchase and sale of five senior living facilities in various locations across the US with an affiliate of AEW Capital Management LLC
  • Represented Merrill Gardens L.L.C. in the formation of a joint venture, SHI-III Merrill JV Company III LLLP, with SHI-III Merrill Investor, L.P., an affiliate of AEW Senior Housing Investors, L.P.
  • Represented R.D. Merrill Real Estate Holdings LLC in the formation of a joint venture with STCA, LLC to develop, own and operate a senior housing facility
  • Represented MH RDM Holdings LLC in connection with the sale of three senior housing facilities to SHI-III Merrill JV Company III LLLP
  • Represented Merrill Gardens at Auburn, LLC and Merrill Gardens L.L.C. in the sale of a senior housing facility to SHI-III Merrill JV Company III, LLLP
  • Represented Merrill Gardens at Rockridge, LLC in the sale of a senior housing facility to SHI-III Merrill JV Company III, LLLP
  • Represented Best Years LLC in a joint venture with Cindat WT LLC
  • Represented Best Years LLC in a joint venture with Cindat WT1 Portfolio GP Limited
  • Represented Cindat Best Years (US) LLC in connection with joint venture with and Welltower Inc. (NYSE: HCN)
  • Represented 191 II Holdings LLC, in the sale of four senior housing projects to SHI-III Merrill Development JV LLLP, a joint venture between AEW Capital Management and Merrill Gardens L.L.C.
  • Represented RDM Housing Strategies V, LLC in its new joint venture SHI-III Merrill Development JV LLLP, with a fund managed by AEW Capital Management
  • Represented R.D. Merrill Real Estate Holdings, L.L.C. in its private placement for limited liability company interests in RDM Housing Strategies V, LLC
  • Represented Merrill Gardens in the sale of its 20% joint venture interest in MG Landlord, LLC to Healthcare REIT, Inc. (NYSE: HCN), and the formation of a new joint venture with Healthcare REIT, Inc. to own, operate and lease independent and assisted living facilities
  • Represented FCA Corp., a subsidiary of Falck USA, Inc., in its acquisition of the assets of Verihealth Southern California, LLC
  • Represented Falck Northern California Corp. in its acquisition of the assets of Emergency Vehicle Management, Inc. and On-Site Response, Inc.
  • Represented Falck Northern California Corp. in its acquisition of Verihealth, Inc.
  • Represented Microsoft Corporation (Nasdaq: MSFT) in its disposition of certain assets of its Amalga health solutions business
  • Represented Merrill Gardens L.L.C. in its combination sale and joint venture with Health Care REIT, Inc. (NYSE: HCN)
  • Represented Microsoft Corporation (Nasdaq: MSFT) in its acquisition of the outstanding shares of Global Care Solutions (GCS) S.A.
  • Represented Merrill Gardens L.L.C. in the sale of its Eastern division to CSH Master Care USA, Inc., a subsidiary of Chartwell Seniors Housing Real Estate Investment Trust (TSX: CSH.UN)
  • Represented Microsoft Corporation (Nasdaq: MSFT) in its asset acquisition with Merck & Co., Inc. (NYSE: MRK) and Rosetta Inpharmatics LLC