K&L Gates

Corporate/Commercial Department

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What the team is known for A well-respected team, lauded for its expert handling of M&A and private equity transactions. Serves emerging to midmarket and international companies in the technology, healthcare, energy, manufacturing and aerospace sectors. Recognized as a full-service office, the Seattle team is also able to leverage the firm's global presence to offer its corporate clients an international perspective.

Strengths"It's a great team," comments an interviewee, adding: "They're easy to work with and make themselves available whenever needed."

Clients also praise the firm's "great responsiveness," "deep bench" and "top-notch full-service capabilities."

Work highlights Advised Microsoft in connection with its $1 billion equity investment in OpenAI.

Notable practitioners

Annette Becker
is "an exceptional attorney and someone you want on your side," comments a client, adding: "She's a no-nonsense powerhouse." She handles complex M&A and equity financings on behalf of public and private businesses.

Kent Carlson
is hailed for his deep knowledge of corporate transactions. He offers significant experience in M&A, the formation of joint ventures and financings across a wide range of sectors.

Christopher Voss
is sought out for his enviable expertise in corporate transactions, including M&A, securities offerings and joint ventures. He is noted for his experience advising startups and emerging companies.

Gary Kocher
is well regarded for his experience in M&A and securities offerings. "I couldn't more highly recommend him," says a source, explaining: "He's a pleasure to work with and delivers consistently high-quality work."

Stephan Coonrod
routinely handles major cross-border M&A. "He brings calmness and knowledge to each conversation and negotiation," notes one interviewee. Sources also praise him as "very accomplished" and "a well-respected member of the M&A Bar."