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Stephan H. Coonrod

Partner
+1.206.370.8316
Fax +1.206.370.6037
Stephan has a domestic and international business practice centering on acquisitions, venture capital and other equity investments, transborder transactions, trade issues and technology transfers. In addition, Stephan handles general corporate matters for the firm's clients.

Professional Background

Stephan is fluent in French. He also spent two years in Japan working with a law firm handling international financings, U.S. investment in Japan, and joint ventures, licensing and distributorship agreements.

Achievements

  • BTI Consulting Group’s 2014 Client Service All-Star survey
  • Selected to the Washington Super Lawyers List in 2016, 2015, 2014 (top 100), 2013, 2012 (top 100), 2011, 2010 (top 100), 2009 (top 100), 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005, 2004 and 2003
  • Listed in 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007 and 2006 “Best Lawyers in America”
  • Listed in Puget Sound Business Journal 2010 and 2009 Best Lawyers in the Puget Sound Region – Corporate Law; Mergers & Acquisitions Law
  • Listed in U.S. News & World Report 2010 inaugural survey “Best Lawyers” – Corporate Law; Mergers & Acquisition Law
  • Listed in 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006 and 2005 "Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business"
  • Listed in "Who's Who in American Law," 30th Anniversary Edition
  • Named in Washington CEO's June 2008 listing of "Top Lawyers in Washington," January 2007 listing of "Top Attorneys" and March 2006 listing of "Washington's Most Amazing Attorneys – Business Law"
  • Named in Seattle Business Monthly's April 2006 listing of "Puget Sound's Top Business Lawyers"

Professional/Civic Activities

  • Member, International Bar Association
Mergers & Acquisitions/Joint Ventures
  • Laird Norton Company – sale of Lanoga Corporation, largest privately held company based in Washington, to a unit of Fidelity Capital.
  • Milliman, Inc. – Sale of Milliman Care Guidelines to The Hearst Corporation.
  • Microsoft Corporation – formation of CarPoint.com, LLC with the Ford Motor Company.
  • Altran Technologies S.A. - purchase by Cambridge Consultants of Synapse Product Development.
  • Digital Kitchen - sale to Kyu Investment (Hakuhodo KY Holdings).
  • Slalom - spin-off of mLevel Inc. and preferred stock financing.
  • Northland Transportation Company - Sale to Lynden Inc.
  • Speakeasy, Inc. - sale to Best Buy Co., Inc.
  • Dennis Washington Family Interests – Formation of Greater China Intermodal Investments with Seaspan Corporation and The Carlyle Group.
  • Corbis Corporation - acquisition of Veer Corporation of Calgary, Berlin and New York.
  • Corbis Corporation – acquisition of Zefa Visual Media gmbh and affiliates, of Düsseldorf, Hamburg, London, Paris, Amsterdam, Bruxelles and Milan.
  • Corbis Corporation – acquisition of Sygma SA, of Paris, London and New York.
  • Corbis Corporation – acquisition of Splash News and Picture Agency.
  • The Odom Corporation – acquisition from Alaska Distributors Co. and joint venture with Southern Wine & Spirits of America.
  • The Odom Corporation – sale of joint venture interest to Southern Wine & Spirits of America.
  • Blue Point Capital Partners – acquisition of Selmet, Inc.
  • Selmet, Inc. - Acqusition of Onamac Industries, Inc.
  • Terminal Freezers, Inc. – sale to Bay Grove Capital.
  • Wonder Auto Technology, Inc. - going private acquisition.
  • Concordia Coffee Company, Inc. - Sale to Middleby Marshall Inc.
  • Mikron Industries – sale to Quanex Corporation.
  • PAC Stainless Ltd. – transaction with Evergreen Pacific Partners.
  • VECO Corporation - sale to CH2M Hill.
  • Calisolar Inc. - acquisition of 6N Silicon Inc. of Ontario, Canada.
  • CarPoint, Inc. – acquisition of DriveOff.com, Inc.
  • OKI Electric Industry Co., Ltd. – sale of Cascade Design Automation Corporation to Duet Corporation.
  • BP Amoco – sale of its Carbon Fibre business to Cytec.
  • Microsoft Corporation – formation of NEXTIDE Inc., a Japanese joint venture with Hitachi Co., Ltd.
  • DaVinci Gourmet, Ltd. – asset sale to Kerry Group plc subsidiaries.
  • MindPlay LLC – asset sale to Alliance Gaming Corporation.
  • Sea Coast Foods, Inc., a branded food products company – sale to Aurora Foods, Inc., a publicly traded company.
  • Q/Media Software Corporation, Vancouver, B.C. – acquisition from Quebecor of Print Northwest.
  • Corbis Corporation – acquisition of Westlight ( Los Angeles) and the Craig Aurness collection and acquisition of Outline Press Syndicate, Inc.
  • West Travel, Inc. – purchase of Clipper Navigation small cruise ships/business.
  • Apollo Gold Corporation – sale to Neverro Gold Corporation.
  • Scenicsoft, Inc. – sale to Creo, Inc. of Vancouver, B.C.
  • Wajax, of Toronto – sale of Pacific Northern Equipment and sale of Spencer Industries.
  • Dale Larson – sale of LTC, Inc. to GE Financial Assurance Holdings, Inc.
  • Mikron Industries, Inc. – acquisition of substantially all of the assets of Spectus Systems, Inc. ( Rockford, Illinois).
  • Yardarm Knot, Inc. – purchase of the Wards Cove Naknek and Ekuk operations.
  • Synrad, Inc. – sale to Excel Technologies, Inc.
  • Duke Seabridge Limited (Vancouver, B.C.) – acquisition of Smith Tractor & Equipment Co.
  • Duke Seabridge Limited (Vancouver) – disposition of Smith Tractor & Equipment.
  • Cello Bag Co., Inc. – sale and joint venture arrangement with Amcor Limited ( Melbourne, Australia).
  • OKI Electric Industry Co., Ltd. ( Tokyo) – acquisition of the software tools division of Seattle Silicon Corporation.
  • McClatchy Newspapers – acquisition of The Tacoma News Tribune.
  • Sequoyah Corporation – sale to Group Maintenance America Corporation, a Texas publicly–traded company.
  • ScenicSoft, Inc. – purchase from Imation of Imation Publishing Software, Inc.
  • Schnitzer Steel Products – acquisition of USX Corporation's Steel Supply Division.

Growth, Venture Capital and Other Equity Financings
  • Laird Norton Company - Investment in Series C Preferred Units of Zevia.
  • Laird Norton Company - Investment in Class A Units of Fusion Education Group.
  • Laird Norton Company - Investment in Class E Preferred Stock of CIRCA, Inc.
  • Seaspan Corporation – Represented the Dennis Washington Family Interests in the issuance of $200 million Series A Preferred Shares.
  • Endeavour Capital - Investment in USNR, LLC.
  • SafeBoats International – Investment transaction led by Asymmetry LLC.
  • Calisolar Inc. - Series C Preferred Stock.
  • Telecom Transport Management, Inc. – Series B-1 Preferred Stock Financing.
  • Concordia Coffee Company, Inc. – Series B Preferred Stock Financing, led by Fluke Venture Partners.
  • San Francisco Baseball Associates, L.P. (San Francisco Giants) – Change in Control Person and Investment Transaction.
  • Telecom Transport Management, Inc. – Series D Preferred Stock Financing, led by Columbia Capital Equity Partners.
  • Winona Capital Partners – capital commitment by Laird Norton Company.
  • Second Space, Inc. – Series A Preferred Stock Financing (represented investor).
  • Northern Lights Capital Partners – capital commitment by lead investor.
  • Telecom Transport Management, Inc. – Series C Preferred Stock Financing with Rally Capital, Ignition Venture Partners and SeaPoint Ventures.
  • Attenex Corporation – Series B Preferred Stock Financing.
  • Tekion, Inc. ( Illinois and Burnaby, B.C.) – Series B–2 Preferred Stock Financing and Series C Preferred Stock Financing.
  • Concordia Coffee Company, Inc. – Series A Preferred Stock Financing.
  • Speakeasy, Inc. – Series D Preferred Stock Financing led by 3i Technology Partners and BV Capital.
  • CALPERS – minority stake investment in, and capital commitments to, the Carlyle Group in a transaction involving up to $850 million of equity capital.
  • Microsoft – investment in Series E Convertible Preferred Stock issued by Groove Network, Inc.
  • MarketRange, Incorporated and TalentMatch, Incorporated – Series B Preferred Stock Financing led by Ignition Venture Partners and Mellon Ventures.
  • Investor group in the NetMotion Wireless, Inc. – Series B–2 Preferred Stock Financing.
  • Telecom Transport Management, Inc. – Series B Preferred Stock Financing led by Ignition Venture Partners and SeaPoint Ventures.
  • Matthew G. Norton and WestRiver Capital – lead investors in Series AA Preferred Stock issued by Tachyon, Inc.
  • NCG Holdings, L.P. and New Century GlobalNet KK, Kobe, Japan – equity financing from Bank of America Equities.
  • Alexander Hutton Venture Partners – lead investor in Series B Preferred Stock investment in Myrio Corporation.
  • Speakeasy, Inc. – Series A Preferred Stock Financing with Ares, Carlyle and H & Q Funds.
  • Speakeasy, Inc. – Series B Preferred Stock Financing.
  • Speakeasy, Inc. – Series C Preferred Stock Financing.
  • AIS, Inc. – Series C 1 Preferred Stock Financing.
  • Microsoft Corporation – Series B Preferred Stock Financing in Plural Inc. (formerly Micro Modeling Associates, Inc.).
  • Investor group, led by Trillium – in common stock investment in Supreme Corq, Inc.
  • Asterion, Inc. – Series A Preferred Stock Financing.
  • EMF Corporation – Series A Preferred Stock Financing.
  • Cable Concepts, Inc. – issuance of Class B Common Stock to Blue Ridge Investors II, L.P.
  • Cable Concepts, Inc. – issuance of Class C Common Stock to Geneva Capital.
  • Xact Labs – Series A preferred stock financing with U.S. Venture Partners, Battery Ventures, Brentwood Associates and ComDisco.

Other Financings and Lease Transactions
  • Northland Transportation Company – recapitalization and syndicated bank financing transactions led by Bank of America.
  • King County – transit equipment cross–border leveraged leases, with Orix Corporation of Japan, as lessor, and Tokai Bank and Fuji Bank as providers of debt.
  • Q/Media Software Corporation – C$110 million term and revolving debt facility with Royal Bank of Canada.
  • Mikron Industries, Inc. – equipment facility lease with Security Pacific Leasing Inc. (a unit of Bank of America) in Richmond, Kentucky.
  • Mikron Industries, Inc. – fixed rate term loan facility with Prudential Insurance Company and restructured credit facility with Seafirst Bank.
  • Cruise West – term debt facility with Bank of America, refinance of that facility with Caterpillar Financial Services, and term debt facility with General Electric Capital Corporation.
  • Mathew G. Norton Co. – term debt facility with U.S. Bank.
  • U.S. Counsel to Q/Media Software Corporation – subordinated debt financing from Ontario Teachers' Pension Fund and Citibank.
  • U.S. Counsel to CCFL (Vancouver, B.C.) – subordinated debt with warrant financing for the acquisition of Fisons Horticulture (Sun Gro Horticulture).
  • Seattle–First National Bank – acquisition financing and operating facility agreement for Farwest Fisheries in connection with the Ocean Fisheries, Ltd. (Vancouver, B.C.) acquisition.
  • The Municipality of Metropolitan Seattle (Metro) – two transit equipment cross–border lease transactions with Mitsui Leasing & Development, Ltd. ( Tokyo).
  • Seattle–First National Bank – revolving term facility for The Seattle Times.
  • U.S. Counsel to Sundal Collier & Co. A.S. ( Oslo) and Orklafinans Fondsmegling A.S. ( Oslo) in their underwriting of a private placement of stock by the Resource Group International.

Other Matters
  • Claircom Communications Group (later AT&T Wireless, Aviation Communications Division) – service contracts with Société Internationale de Télécommunications Aéronautiques and American Airlines and with COMSAT Corporation for Delta Airlines.
  • Claircom Communications Group – airborne communications equipment supply transaction with Lufthansa and related revenue arrangement with British Telecommunications plc.
  • Claircom Communications Group – airborne communications equipment supply and TFTS service transaction with SAS and the related TFTS service arrangement with Jetphone Limited (a British Telecommunications/France Telecom joint venture).
  • Claircom Communications Group – airborne communications equipment supply transactions with Air France, KLM and SAS, and the related revenue arrangements with Societe Internationale de Telecommunications Aeronautiques (SITA–Paris).