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Christopher J. Bellavia

Partner
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Christopher Bellavia is a partner in the firm’s Seattle office. He is a member of the corporate/M&A practice group.

Mr. Bellavia has over 20 years of unique experience as a corporate, securities, and M&A attorney and business executive working with companies at all stages of development in a variety of industries.

Prior to joining K&L Gates, Mr. Bellavia was general counsel and corporate secretary at Bulletproof 360, Inc., a venture-backed consumer packaged goods and lifestyle-brand company. Previously, he served as senior vice president, general counsel, and corporate secretary at Fisher Communications, Inc., a NASDAQ-listed broadcast media, news, and entertainment company, and was a first vice president, assistant general counsel, and securities and M&A attorney at Washington Mutual, Inc., former NYSE-listed Fortune 100 financial services company. Mr. Bellavia began his career in private practice, working as a corporate, securities, and M&A lawyer for several national law firms.

Achievements

  • Corporate Counsel of the Year Award Finalist, Puget Sound Business Journal

Professional/Civic Activities

  • Washington State Bar Association
  • Vice President and Director, Sammamish Little League (2012-2017)

Speaking Engagements

  • Speaker and Panelist at National Association of Corporate Directors Northwest Chapter Dealing with Activist Investors: Perspectives for Independent Directors Program 
  • Speaker and Panelist at Seattle Women Corporate Directors Quarterly Meeting: Shareholder Activism and Proxy Contests
  • Guest Lecturer at University of Washington Foster School of Business: Shareholder Activism Graduate Student Program
  • Sale of publicly-held broadcast-media company to strategic buyer for $374 million in cash
  • Broadcast-media company’s acquisition of NBC television affiliate in Oregon and sale of multi-station Montana radio group
  • Sale and leaseback of multi-building commercial and office complex in Seattle, WA for $160 million in cash
  • Defense of publicly-held broadcast-media company against hedge fund-initiated proxy contest to shareholder vote
  • Financial institution’s sale of mortgage servicing rights to strategic buyer for $2.8 billion in cash 
  • Financial institution’s acquisition of retail banking company for $983 million in cash 
  • Financial institution’s acquisition of credit card issuer for $6.5 billion in stock and cash
  • Maritime company’s sale of its domestic shipping and logistics operations to strategic buyer
  • Consumer packaged goods company’s Series B and Series C venture capital financings
  • Broadcast-media company’s $89 million special cash dividend and stock option repricing
  • Financial institution’s $7.2 billion private equity financing, $3 billion registered convertible preferred stock offering, and $500 million registered preferred stock offering
  • Underwriters’ counsel for medical device company’s initial public offering
  • Numerous venture capital and commercial credit facilities for companies in a variety of industries, including consumer goods, food and beverage, and technology
  • Numerous complex commercial agreements covering product manufacturing, distribution, and licensing