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Won-Han Cheng

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Won-Han Cheng is a partner in the Seattle office, where she is a member of the Tax and Corporate practices. Ms. Cheng focuses her practice on federal, state, and international tax issues for both foreign and domestic clients, including public and private corporations, partnerships, and limited liability companies. She advises clients on partnership and corporate tax issues, restructurings and reorganizations, mergers and acquisitions, and other tax planning issues. Ms. Cheng works extensively in the area of alternative investments, assisting institutional investors with investments in pooled investment funds, including energy funds, private equity funds, hedge funds, venture capital funds, and special situation funds.

Her experience includes alternative energy transactions, including negotiating tax equity financing structures for the construction of wind and solar energy assets. Ms. Cheng is a co-author of the chapter “Innovation in Tax Credit Structuring for Solar Energy Projects” in the publication Energy and Environmental Project Finance Law and Taxation (2010).

Ms. Cheng also works with clients on Washington state tax matters, including audits, administrative appeals, and tax planning.

Professional Background

Prior to joining K&L Gates, Ms. Cheng worked at “Big 4” accounting firms in Beijing, P.R.C. and Seattle, Washington.

Speaking Engagements

  • Panelist, “Going Global: How to Expand Overseas without Getting Lost in Translation,” WSBA International Practice Section (2016)
Mergers, Acquisitions and Reorganizations
  • Acquisition by Cardiome Pharma Corp of assets of Artesian Therapeutics Inc.
  • Acquisition by Covance Clinical Research Unit Inc. of Radiant Research Inc.
  • Acquisition by Intelli-Check, Inc. of Mobilisa, Inc.
  • Acquisition by Microsoft of ADECN
  • Acquisition by Microsoft of DesktopStandard Corporation
  • Acquisition by Microsoft of Parlano Inc.
  • Acquisition by MSNBC Interactive News, LLC of Newsvine, Inc.
  • Acquisition by Vigor Industrial of Todd Shipyard
  • Recapitalization of Big Sky Carvers with RAF Industries
  • Sale of Lanoga Corporation to Fidelity Investments
Investment Partnerships
  • Arisaig Asia Consumer Fund Limited
  • Artiman Ventures III, L.P.
  • Battery Ventures IX, L.P.
  • Barclays Global Investors Cayman Prime Money Market Fund, Ltd.
  • Bridgewater Pure Alpha Major Markets, Ltd.
  • Carlyle Europe Real Estate Partners III, LP
  • Carlyle Partners V, L.P.
  • Catalyst Fund Limited Partnership III
  • Crescent Capital Partners IV, LP
  • Discovery Global Opportunity Partners, L.P.
  • Francisco Partners III, L.P.
  • Frazier Healthcare VI, L.P.
  • Greylock Israel II Limited Partnership
  • Health Evolution Partners Growth, L.P.
  • Hellman & Friedman Capital Partners VII LP
  • Highfields Capital IV LP
  • Industry Ventures Fund VI, L.P.
  • Insight Venture Partners VII, L.P.
  • Khosla Ventures IV, L.P.
  • Kingdon Associates
  • KSL Capital Partners III, L.P.
  • Meditor European Hedge Fund, Ltd.
  • Menlo Ventures XI, L.P.
  • New Enterprise Associates XIII L.P.
  • Orchid Asia V, L.P.
  • Oaktree Opportunities Fund VIII, L.P.
  • Qiming Venture Partners III, L.P.
  • Renaissance Institutional Equities Fund LLC
  • Riva Ridge Overseas Fund, Ltd.
  • Silver Creek Credit Opportunities II Fund A., L.P.
  • Silver Creek Special Opportunities Fund II, L.P.
  • Southvest Fund VI, L.P.
  • Steadfast International Ltd. / American Steadfast L.P.
  • TPG Partners VI, L.P.
Alternative Energy
  • Represented significant institutional tax equity investor in major wind farm projects in Illinois and Texas
  • Represented solar developer in over 15 solar energy projects in Northern California
  • Advised solar energy developers on solar power distribution projects in Seattle, Washington
  • Advised developer on solid waste alternative energy facility