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Christopher J. Voss

Partner
+1.206.370.7609
Fax +1.206.623.7022
C.J. Voss has a corporate transactions practice that spans the business lifecycle, from start-up through exit.

For established companies, Mr. Voss' practice focuses on advising business owners, senior management, and boards of directors on strategic transactions including mergers, acquisitions, recapitalizations, securities offerings, and joint ventures. Mr. Voss has advised on both buy- and sell-side M&A transactions and has served as issuer and underwriters’ counsel in IPOs and follow-on offerings. Mr. Voss also has significant experience advising public companies on securities disclosure and compliance matters and corporate governance issues.

At the start-up and growth stages, Mr. Voss advises entrepreneurs and emerging growth companies on business formation and founders’ issues and early stage growth financings. 

Mr. Voss has represented clients in many sectors, including the food and beverage, aerospace, forest products, energy, manufacturing, life sciences and medical device, healthcare, software and information technology, retail, and financial services industries.

Professional Background

Prior to joining K&L Gates, Mr. Voss spent over 20 years as a corporate lawyer with the Seattle office of a West Coast regional law firm. Previously, he was an attorney/advisor with the Office of the Chief Counsel for International Commerce at the U.S. Department of Commerce in Washington, D.C., and an associate with Linklaters in Brussels, Belgium.

Achievements

  • Listed in Best Lawyers in America©, 2012-2018
  • Selected as one of "America's Leading Lawyers for Business" (Washington) by Chambers USA, 2007-2019
  • Selected to Washington Super Lawyers list (Business/Corporate, Mergers & Acquisitions, Securities & Corporate Finance), 2006, 2014–2015, 2017–2018

Professional/Civic Activities

  • Volunteer Lawyer, Kids in Need of Defense
  • Judge, Contract Negotiation Competition, University of Washington School of Law
  • Former Member, Development Committee, Volunteer Park Trust
  • Sponsor Representative, E8 Angels
  • Member, Board of Advisors, International Rescue Committee, Seattle Chapter
  • Former Member, Board of Directors, Seattle Symphony Orchestra
  • Former Member, Executive Committee, and Chair, Major Donor Committee, Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation/Northwest
  • Founder and Former Director, Garfield Men's Lacrosse Club

Speaking Engagements

  • “Should We Update our Code of Conduct,” Private Companies Committee and Pacific Northwest Chapter, Society for Corporate Governance, March 2019
  • “M&A Purchase Price Adjustments,” Mergers and Acquisitions Committee, Business Law Section, American Bar Association, February 2019
  • “What Would You Do? Being Ethical and Effective at the Negotiation Table,” Northwestern University School of Law Corporate & Securities Law Institute-- Chicago, 2018
  • “Small Cap IPOs, Alternative Markets, and Shell Mergers,” The Seminar Group, December 2017
  • "Financing Clean Energy Businesses & Entrepreneurs," The CleanTech Alliance, December 2016
  • “The U.S. Economic Relationship with Asia” with Under Secretary of State Catherine Novelli, World Affairs Council – Seattle, 2015 
  • "M&A Auctions: Successful Bidding Strategies - Planning and Executing Winning Bids, Minimizing Costs of Losing Bids," Strafford Webinars, 2015
  • "Lessons Learned from a Career in M&A," Association for Corporate Growth, Seattle, Washington, 2015
Publications
  • Lexis/Nexis, Securities Practice Guide
  • "Securities Regulation," Chapter XIII, Washington Lawyers' Practice Manual
M&A and Other Strategic Transactions
  • Represented Southeast Alaska Regional Health Consortium in its acquisition of Wrangell Medical Center
  • Represented Generali Global Assistance, the U.S. division of Europ Assistance Group, in its acquisition of CareLinx, a digital health startup that offers online matching services for families and caregivers.
  • Represented Westland Distillery, Washington’s leading craft whiskey distillery, in its sale to Rémy Cointreau, a French spirits group.
  • Represented Lund Engineering, an engineering firm that designs and builds electro-mechanical equipment used in the manufacture of composite aerospace structures and components, in its sale to the Fives Group, an international industrial engineering company based in France.
  • Represented Strong-Bridge Consulting, a management consulting firm, in its sale to Bow Rivers Capital Partners, a Denver-based private equity firm.
  • Represented Mercent Corporation, a retail technology company, in its sale to CommerceHub, a leading ecommerce technology provider and subsidiary of Liberty Interactive Corporation.
  • Represented Brookfield Asset Management, Inc., a Toronto-based global asset manager, in its $480 million leveraged dividend recapitalization and subsequent $1.0 billion sale of Longview Fibre Paper and Packaging Inc., a manufacturer of specialty paper and containers. This transaction received the 2014 Private Equity Deal of the Year Award from Canada's private equity industry association, the CVCA.
  • Represented Brookfield Asset Management, Inc. in its $2.65 billion sale of Longview Timberlands to Weyerhaeuser Company.
  • Represented Tully's Coffee Corporation, a Seattle-based specialty coffee retailer and wholesaler, in the sale of its wholesale business and supply chain to Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, Inc.
Growth and Other Financings
  • Represented numerous start-up and emerging growth companies in seed, angel, and venture capital financings
  • Represented numerous Canadian issuers in private placements of debt and equity securities to U.S. investors.
  • Represented D.A. Davidson, as managing underwriter, in the public offering of Limbach Holdings, Inc.
  • Represented D.A. Davidson, as managing underwriter, in the initial public offering of WSB Financial Group, Inc., the holding company of WestSound Bank.
  • Represented Citel Technologies, as U.S. counsel, in connection with its listing and placement of ordinary shares on London's AIM stock exchange.
  • Represented D.A. Davidson, as underwriters, in the initial public offering and subsequent follow-on offerings of Sterling Construction Company.
  • Represented Adams Harkness and Stephens Inc., as underwriters, in the public offering of common stock of Itron, Inc.
  • Represented Cray Inc. in its underwritten follow on public offering of common stock.
  • Represented Dendreon Corporation in an underwritten follow-on public offering of common stock and a registered direct offering of common stock.
  • Represented D.A. Davidson & Co., U.S. Bancorp Piper Jaffray Inc. and Fahnestock & Co. Inc., as underwriters, in the public offering of 3.45 million shares of 8% Cumulative Redeemable Preferred Stock of Cenex Harvest States Cooperative, a Minnesota cooperative.