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Laura A. Bertin

Business Attorney

315 Fifth Avenue S, Suite 1000
Seattle WA 98104
206.676.7000
slg@summitlaw.com





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Laura A. Bertin

Business, Corporate/Securities

(206) 676-7016

laurab@summitlaw.com

Profile Introduction

Laura’s practice focuses on corporate and securities law. She represents emerging growth, as well as established companies in a wide range of transactions, including angel and venture capital financings, mergers and acquisitions, public offerings, federal and state securities law compliance, and corporate governance issues. Laura acts as corporate counsel for a number of private venture- backed companies, as well as public companies, and assists her public clients with a wide range of issues, including compliance with the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002, preparation and review of periodic reports, and compliance with insider trading and disclosure regulations.

 

Outside of the office, Laura enjoys spending time with her family, volunteering at her children's schools, and watching her kids play soccer, golf and baseball. She also likes playing golf, biking, camping, and cheering for the Seahawks and Mariners!

 

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Representative Cases/Matters

Mergers, Acquisitions and Other Sale Transactions:

  • Representation of Allegis Communications in connection with its acquisition by Veritext.
  • Representation of PlayNetwork in connection with its acquisition by Octave Music Group (fka TouchTunes Interactive Networks, Inc.) as well as in connection with PlayNetwork’s acquisitions of Turnkey Media Solutions Music Systems S.A., Leibold Communications, Inc., Channel M, Inc. and Crows Nest Entertainment, Inc.
  • Representation of WatchGuard in connection with its acquisition of the HawkEye G business from Hexis Cyber Solutions, the outstanding equity of DataBlink and the Strongarm business from Percipient Networks.
  • Representation of Seattle Genetics in connection with its acquisition of a manufacturing facility from Bristol-Myers Squibb Company.
  • Representation of Silver Falls Capital in connection with its acquisition of BirdBuffer and CITC Corp.
  • Representation of Alaskan Express Service, Inc. (and its affiliated entities) in connection with its acquisition by American Fast Freight.
  • Representation of Canine Hardware (Chuckit!) in its sale to Petmate.
  • Local counsel to Churchill Downs Incorporated in connection with its acquisition of Big Fish Games.
  • Representation of RGI Management in connection with its acquisition by Austin Tacker.
  • Representation of Apposite Technologies in connection with its acquisition by Ranch Creek Partners
  • Representation of an equity fund in connection with its acquisition of Bocada.
  • Representation of Austin Canoe & Kayak in connection with its acquisition by Summit Sports.
  • Representation of John F. Throne & Co. Insurance Marketing in connection with its acquisition by Alliant Insurance Services.
  • Representation of Health Unity in connection with its acquisition by ZeOmega.
  • Representation of Chef’n Corporation in its sale to CID Capital.
  • Representation of JWA Consulting in its sale to Truven Health Analytics.
  • Representation of Precision Genome Engineering in its sale to bluebird bio.
  • Representation of WRQ, Inc. in its sale to Francisco Partners, Golden Gate Capital, and Thomas Cressey Equity Partners.
  • Representation of the founders of buuteeq inc. in connection with the acquisition of buuteeq by The Priceline Group, Inc.
  • Representation of Pacific Medicaid Services, Inc. (and related affiliates) in connection with its acquisition by Cardon Healthcare Network, LLC.
  • Representation of Vieosoft, Inc. in connection with its acquisition by Emdeon as well as in connection with Vieosoft’s acquisition of RxCentrix, LLC.
  • Representation of Jet City Partners in connection with its acquisition of OmniFAB, LLC.
  • Representation of Ballard Commercial Industries in its sale to CDI Electronics.
  • Representation of BeDaMa, Inc. in connection with its acquisition of Electro-Communications, Inc.
  • Local counsel to Perion in connection with its acquisition of Smilebox.
  • Representation of Nura, Inc. in connection with its acquisition by Omeros Corporation.

Financings:

  • Representation of Grant Peak Capital in connection with the offer and sale of preferred units of Salumi Artisan Cured Meats.
  • Representation of I.C.E. Services in connection with an investment transaction.
  • Representation of IdealSeat, Inc. in connection with its Series Seed financing and convertible note bridge financings.
  • Representation of Cauze, Inc. in connection with its Series Seed financing and convertible note bridge financings.
  • Representation of LaserMotive in connection with its Series Seed financing.
  • Representation of MetaBrite, Inc. in connection with its convertible note bridge and Series A preferred stock financings.
  • Representation of several selling stockholders and purchasers in connection with secondary sales of shares of common stock of various privately held companies.
  • Representation of Seattle Certified Pizza (owner of local Mioposto restaurants) in connection with its equity financings.
  • Representation of PlayNetwork, Inc. in its preferred stock financings.
  • Representation of Powerit Solutions, Inc. in its Series A preferred stock and Series B preferred stock financings.
  • Representation of Twisted Pair Solutions, Inc. in its preferred stock financings.

Public Company Experience:

  • Counsel to Jones Soda in connection with its ongoing corporate and public reporting matters.
  • Counsel to BSQUARE Corporation in connection with its initial public offering and ongoing corporate and public reporting matters and in connection with several acquisitions.
  • Counsel to Eastside Distilling in connection with ongoing corporate and public reporting matters. Counsel to Helix BioMedix in connection ongoing corporate and public reporting matters.
  • Counsel to SenesTech in connection with its initial public offering and ongoing corporate and public reporting matters.
  • Counsel to Helix BioMedix in connection with its “going private” transaction.
  • Counsel to Taggares Agriculture Corp. in connection with various initial public offering filings pursuant to the JOBS Act.
  • Counsel to International Absorbents in connection with ongoing public reporting matters and in connection with its acquisition by Kinderhook Industries LLC.
  • Counsel to Nextel Partners in connection with ongoing public reporting matters and in connection with its initial public offering, follow-on public offering and numerous Rule 144A convertible debt and high-yield debt financings.

 

Publications & Speaking Engagements

  • Panelist: “Preparing for the Sale of Your Business”; Surf Incubator Startup Academy, September 2018
  • Panelist: New Tech Northwest Mergers and Acquisitions Conference, February 2018
  • Co-chair, "Taking Advantage of the JOBS Act: New Strategies for Raising Capital for Emerging Companies," May 2012
  • Guest lecturer, University of Washington – Economics 423: "Topics in Financial Economics" (Securities Regulation), April 2007
  • Panelist, The Society for Small Business Development, University of Washington – Business/Corporate Lawyer Panel, February 2007
  • Speaker, The Seminar Group, "Mergers and Acquisitions in Today's Market; Securities Law Issues," January 2002

 

Honors

  • Named in The Best Lawyers in America (2016-2018) Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent Rating (5.0 out of 5)

Best Lawyers Award Badge

  • Named a “Super Lawyer” by Washington Law & Politics magazine, 2003, 2006 and 2018; “Top Lawyer” by Seattle Magazine, 2003
  • Recipient of University of Washington President’s Medal (1990), awarded to graduating senior with most distinguished undergraduate record
  • Recipient of University of Washington Dean’s Medal for 1990
     

Community Service

  • Jubilee Women’s Center (committee member and former board member and President) Community Services for the Blind and Partially Sighted (former board member and Chairperson)

Education

  • Harvard Law School (J.D., 1993, cum laude)
  • University of Washington (B.A., economics and political science, 1990, summa cum laude)

Bar Admissions

  • Washington State

Clerkships

  • Honorable Robert Ginsberg, U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Northern District of Illinois (1993–1994)