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ACC Oregon Hosts M&A Primer at Nike

Photo: Nike World Headquarters in Beaverton, Oregon.

Nearly 70 members of the ACC Oregon Chapter had the opportunity to once again visit the Nike World Headquarters on May 30 to learn practical advice about mergers and acquisitions from a panel with a wide range of experience.

Longtime chapter sponsor Tonkon Torp LLP hosted this annual discussion featuring a distinguished panel of members of local business, in-house counsel, and outside counsel communities. Christopher Croteau, executive in residence with Intel Capital’s M&A team, provided his perspective from the executive side. Doug Lindgren, senior attorney with Standard Insurance Company, and Stuart Patterson, associate general counsel for Supply Chain Operations and Alliances for HP Inc., were on hand to share their experiences as corporate counsel. And Tonkon Torp Partner Sherill Corbett shared her experiences as outside counsel working with in-house lawyers on M&A. The panel was moderated by Tom Palmer, a partner at Tonkon Torp and the firm’s former chair of the Corporate Finance & Transactions practice group for over two decades.

Panelists speaking at a conference with dozens of attendees.

Photo: Panelists discuss M&A at Nike for ACC Oregon members.

The panel was billed as a frank discussion about the M&A process and geared primarily to in-house attorneys with limited or no experience in M&A. The panel shared both practical tips and war stories (including some near disasters) gleaned from their years of experience. The discussion covered a wide range of topics including intellectual property concerns, geographic and cultural factors, and insider trading considerations and restrictions when a private company is purchased by a public company. The panel also shared when to bring in specialized counsel for key executives as their interests might not align with the company’s interests.

In addition to providing attendees with CLE credit, the event provided members with the chance to network over drinks and appetizers before and after the panel discussion at the Tiger Woods Center. Attendees also received a pass to the Nike Employee Store. ACC Oregon extends a thank you to the staff at Tonkon Torp for once again providing its members with this tremendous opportunity. The chapter looks forward to more events later this year and in 2020.

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