Jeff is known for his ability to combine technical skills, practical problem solving, and strategic business advice. He has significant experience in the athletic footwear and apparel, professional services, food and beverage, financial services, technology, and manufacturing industries.
Representative clients include Nike, RVK, Inc., Opus Agency, Renaissance Custom Homes, ECO Northwest, Hood River Distillers, Air-Weigh, Portland-based law firms, James Beard Public Market, and M Financial Group.
Jeff is Co-Chair of the firm’s Business Department, and is also an active member of the firm’s Mergers & Acquisitions and Financial Services & Investment Management practice groups. He is the co-author of the financing chapter for Advising Oregon Businesses. He is a frequent speaker before industry and professional groups on M&A, finance, and corporate governance issues.
Jeff’s interest in nonprofit organizations includes his service as a director and treasurer of Oregon Humanities and his leadership of and continued involvement with Marathon Scholars. He is a founding member of Marathon, which provides higher education scholarship opportunities to low-income students. He also serves on the Board of Oregon Humanities and assists the James Beard Public Market, Friends of William Stafford, and a number of other nonprofits in the Portland area.
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Featured Representative Matters
Hood River Distillers
Industrial Production Facility
Corporate Control Dispute
Nike Bauer Hockey
D & M Holdings
Official Starter Properties
Seed & Venture Funding
Tonkon Torp Leads Sale of Pendleton Whisky Brands for Hood River Distillers
In early 2018, Tonkon Torp concluded the $205 million sale of the Pendleton Whisky brands by its client Hood River Distillers, Inc. (HRD) to Proximo Spirits, whose international portfolio of spirits includes Jose Cuervo tequila. HRD was Oregon’s first distillery, and one of Tonkon's original clients.
Tonkon Represents Opus Agency in Equity Investment Transaction
Tonkon Torp’s Mergers & Acquisition practice group represented client Opus Agency in a significant equity transaction with private equity firm Fan Creek Capital, providing substantial additional growth capital to Opus. Opus, a global corporate events and experiential marketing agency headquartered in Beaverton, Oregon, serves Fortune 1000 clients such as Salesforce, Amazon, Intel and Alaska Airlines.
Tonkon Concludes Multi-State, Multi-Party M&A Transaction
Tonkon Torp represented a national financial services provider in a multi-step M&A transaction that repositioned payment stream portfolios and resulted in the acquisition of operating offices. This detailed and linear sequence was completed in six weeks with negotiations involving multiple parties.
Tonkon Torp Completes Complex Asset Sale for Privately Held Business
In late 2014, Tonkon Torp represented a privately held heavy industrial equipment manufacturer in a complex transaction that included selling business assets and real property, and leasing other related business property. The selling company is a long-term client of the firm.
Tonkon Torp Helps Create Oregon Benefit Companies
Tonkon Torp client Rogue Creamery became the first Oregon enterprise to become a Benefit Company on January 1, 2014, the date Oregon’s new law went into effect. Find details and more featured cases here.
A Thriving Renewable Northwest Energy Economy
Element Power is a global renewable energy company that develops, acquires, builds and operates utility-scale solar and wind power projects. Backed by some of the biggest names in global renewable energy development, it currently has wind and solar projects throughout Europe and a large development pipeline in Europe and Latin America.
Helping Nike Manage Its Brand Portfolio
NIKE Inc.’s portfolio of subsidiary brands contributes over $2 billion in annual revenues to the company’s bottom line and the opportunity for substantial future growth. When this sportswear giant decided to sell its Nike Bauer Hockey subsidiary, it turned to Tonkon Torp to help guide the sale to a successful conclusion.
M Financial: A Unique Financial Services Company
M Financial Group is one of the nation's premier financial services distribution companies serving ultra-affluent individuals and Fortune 1000 companies. M Financial looks to Tonkon Torp for major restructuring transactions as well as day-to-day advice on a host of issues.
Nike, Inc.: Giving a Marketing Legend its Wings
From selling imported shoes from the back of a car at track meets to becoming the world's leading designer, marketer and distributor of athletic footwear and accessories, Nike's 30 year legacy has been one of innovation, optimism and savvy business sense. Tonkon Torp has been involved since the 1980 IPO.
Helping a Public Company Complete an Audit
When our client, the audit committee of a regional financial institution, learned that the company's auditors would not provide an opinion required for the filing of its Form 10-K without an independent investigation of an accounting dispute, it turned to Tonkon Torp for assistance.
Community Involvement & Activities
James Beard Public Market
Friends of William Stafford
Marathon Education Partners, Past Board Member and Past Chair
Multnomah Bar Association
Oregon State Bar Legal Opinions Subcommittee, Past Chair
Oregon Secretary of State Working Group – Benefit Company Legislation, Past Member
Awards & Recognitions
The Best Lawyers in America
2014–2018, Closely Held Companies and Family Business Law
2013–2018, Corporate Compliance Law
Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers
Portland Business Journal
Jeff Cronn Reviews Family Business Exit Options for OSU Podcast
Chambers USA Names 20 Tonkon Torp Attorneys as Leaders in Their Field
Jeff Cronn Leads Family Business Exit Strategy Session hosted by OSU
Tonkon Torp Attorneys Share M&A Expertise in Thought Leader Forum
Best Lawyers in America® Names 49 Tonkon Torp Attorneys to 2018 List
Jeff Cronn Covers Business Transitions for Closely Held Businesses
The Heart of the Deal: M&A Updates and Forecasts for 2017
Jeff Cronn Lends Contract Drafting Expertise to Law Students
18 Tonkon Torp Attorneys Named Leaders in Their Field by Peers and Clients
Tonkon Torp Sponsors January Think & Drink
Tonkon Torp Sponsors 2016 Think & Drink Series
Best Lawyers in America® Names 44 Tonkon Torp Attorneys to 2017 List
Jeff Cronn Discusses Succession Planning for Thought Leader Forum
Frank Weiss and Jeff Cronn Lead OSB Program on Indemnity Provisions & Principles
Jeff Cronn Provides Closely Held Businesses with Legal Perspective on Transitions
18 Tonkon Torp Attorneys Are Named Leaders in Their Field by Peers and Clients
Tonkon Torp Donates to Oregon Humanities
Tonkon Torp Sponsors Portland Open Golf Tournament
45 Tonkon Torp Attorneys Named Best Lawyers in America® 2016
Jeff Cronn Covers Indemnification Provisions at OSB Seminar
Publications & Presentations
“Exit Stage RIght – Understainding Your Family Business Exit Options,” Austin Family Business Program, Oregon State University, April 2018
“Oregon Befefit Companies – Greenwashing or a Real Change?” March 2018
"Business Transitions: Employee Purchase or Sale," KeyBank, May 2017
"The Heart of the Deal: M&A Attorneys Reveal the Most Important Steps, Make 2017 Forecasts," Portland Business Journal, April 2017
"Contract Drafting," Lewis & Clark Law School, April 2017
"Thought Leader Forum – Succession Planning," Portland Business Journal, June 2016
"Indemnity Provisions & Principles: Traps for the Unwary," Oregon State Bar Business Law Section, Bend, OR, June 2016
"Legal Perspective on Business Transitions," KeyBank, May 2016
"Insights into Indemnification Provisions," Oregon State Bar, July 2015
"Oregon's New Crowdfunding Rule," Oregon State Bar Securities Regulation Section, February 2015
"Crowdfunding for Small Oregon Businesses – Proposed New Rules," The Long View, Oregon State Bar Sustainable Future Section, Winter 2014
"Growth by Affiliation or Acquisition," Business & Industry Conference, Oregon Society of CPAs, October 2014
"Corporate Social Responsibility: Making it Meaningful," Oregon State Bar Sustainable Future Section Newsletter, Summer 2014
"Business Transition Legal Planning," Business Transition Seminar, KeyBank, May 2014
"Corporate Social Responsibility Reporting: Making it Meaningful," OSB Sustainable Future Section, February 2014
"Looking Past the 'Big Law' Business Model," Portland Business Journal, January 2014
"How to Obtain and Preserve Value When Selling a Business," Daily Journal of Commerce, November 2013
"Real Life Ethics Issues in Business Deals and Litigation," OSB Business Litigation Section, November 2013
"Spring Wind and Rain: Too Much of a Good Thing?" Daily Journal of Commerce, June 2012
"Protecting the Board of Directors," Daily Journal of Commerce, June 2012