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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 serves as corporate counsel to start-ups, emerging growth and established companies in a wide range of transactions, including angel and venture capital financings (both debt and equity), mergers and acquisitions, and public offerings.  She advises both private and public companies with respect to corporate governance and compliance, including federal and state securities law compliance and the JOBS Act, and ongoing SEC and other regulatory compliance.

 

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

 

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Representative Cases/Matters

Representative Mergers, Acquisitions and Other Sale Transactions:

 

  • Representation of 360 Analytics in connection with its acquisition by O’Brien & Company
  • Representation of Alaskan Express Service, Inc. (and its affiliated entities) in connection with its acquisition by American Fast Freight
  • Representation of Allegis Communications in connection with its acquisition by Veritext
  • Representation of Apposite Technologies in connection with its acquisition by Ranch Creek Partners
  • Representation of Austin Canoe & Kayak in connection with its acquisition by Summit Sports
  • Representation of Ballard Commercial Industries in its sale to CDI Electronics
  • Representation of an equity fund in connection with its acquisition of Bocada
  • Representation of Canine Hardware (Chuckit!) in its sale to Petmate
  • Representation of Chef’n Corporation in its sale to CID Capital
  • Local counsel to Churchill Downs Incorporated in connection with its acquisition of Big Fish Games
  • Representation of Datalight, Inc. in connection with its acquisition by Tuxera
  • Representation of Eastside Distilling in connection with its acquisition of Craft Canning + Bottling
  • Representation of Granum Incorporated (dba Choice Organic Teas) in connection with its acquisition by Doh Cup Chai
  • Representation of HealthUnity Corporation in connection with its acquisition by ZeOmega
  • Representation of Jet City Partners in connection with its acquisition of OmniFAB, LLC
  • Representation of Joan Wellman and Associates in connection with its acquisition by Truven Health Analytics
  • Representation of nura in connection with its acquisition by Omeros Corporation
  • Representation of Pacific Medicaid Services in connection with its acquisition by Cardon Healthcare Network
  • Local counsel to Perion in connection with its acquisition of Smilebox
  • Representation of PlayNetwork in connection with its acquisition by Octave Music Group (fka TouchTunes Interactive Networks, Inc.) as well as in connection with various acquisitions
  • Representation of Precision Genome Engineering in connection with its acquisition by bluebird bio
  • Representation of Seattle Genetics in connection with various acquisitions
  • Representation of Silver Falls Capital in connection with its acquisition of BirdBuffer, CITC Corp. and Omnitec Design
  • Representation of WatchGuard in connection with various acquisitions
  • Representation of WRQ in connection with its acquisition by Francisco Partners, Golden Gate Capital, and Thoma Cressey Equity Partners

Financings:

  • Representation of Cauze (fka One4All) in connection with its Series Seed financing and convertible note bridge financings
  • Representation of Grant Peak Capital in connection with the offer and sale of preferred units of Salumi Artisan Cured Meats
  • Representation of IdealSeat in connection with its Series Seed financing and convertible note bridge financings
  • Representation of I.C.E. Services in connection with an investment transaction
  • Representation of Jones Soda in connection with its strategic financing
  • Representation of LaserMotive / PowerLight in connection with its Series Seed financing
  • Representation of MetaBrite in connection with its convertible note bridge financing and Series A preferred stock financings
  • Counsel to NeuralIQ in connection with its financing transactions
  • Representation of PlayNetwork in connection with multiple convertible note and preferred stock financings
  • Representation of Seattle Certified Pizza in connection with its equity 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 Tectonic Audio Labs in connection with its convertible note financing
  • Representation of Tribute in connection with its convertible note financing

Public Company Experience:

  • Counsel to Jones Soda in connection with its corporate and SEC reporting and compliance matters
  • Counsel to BSQUARE Corporation in connection with its initial public offering, various acquisitions, and corporate and SEC reporting and compliance matters
  • Representation of certain management of Apptio in connection with SEC reporting and compliance matters
  • Special counsel to Eastside Distilling in connection with its follow-on public offering and corporate and SEC reporting and compliance matters
  • Counsel to Helix BioMedix in connection with its corporate and SEC reporting and compliance matters, “going private” transaction, debt and equity financings, and debt and warrant tender offer transaction
  • Counsel to International Absorbents in connection with its corporate and SEC reporting and compliance matters and its acquisition by Kinderhook Industries
  • Counsel to Nextel Partners in connection with its initial public offering, follow-on public offerings, numerous Rule 144A convertible debt and high-yield debt financings, and corporate and SEC reporting and compliance matters
  • Counsel to SenesTech in connection with its initial public offering and corporate and SEC reporting and compliance matters
  • Counsel to Taggares Agriculture Corp. in connection with its initial public offering filing

 

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 and November 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 (2016-2019) 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, 2018 and 2019; “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)
  • Former Board Member, Whittier Elementary PTA

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)