Kurt Ruttum is Managing Partner at Tonkon Torp, with a practice emphasizing mergers and acquisitions, finance, strategic analysis, and general corporate counsel matters.
Kurt has extensive experience representing companies, underwriters, borrowers, lenders, investors, private investment firms, private equity firms, and venture capitalists in public offerings, commercial loans, and private placements of debt and equity securities. He also represents buyers and sellers of public and private companies, their divisions, and their strategic assets. Kurt represents clients in a wide variety of industries, including manufacturing, software development (including SaaS), private equity, venture capital, and forest products.
Kurt began his law career with the firm in 1986 and was a partner in 1996 when he left to join a publicly held manufacturing client as Vice President and General Counsel. Subsequently he served as Chief Financial Officer of a client that was a publicly held software company. Kurt rejoined Tonkon Torp in 2000.
Kurt is admitted to practice law in Oregon and Washington.
Featured Representative Matters
International Sale of Interest in Dental Equipment Company
Guiding a Software Company Through a Successful Equity Sale
Tonkon Torp’s mergers and acquisitions team facilitated the successful equity sale of ShiftWise, a Portland software company that provides web-based healthcare workforce solutions, to AMN Healthcare Services, Inc., a publicly traded strategic buyer. Find details and more featured cases here.
Tonkon Torp Leads Oregon Grocery Chain Out of Bankruptcy
In one of the quickest and most successful conclusions of a grocery chain bankruptcy proceeding, Tonkon Torp secured court approval of a reorganization plan for C&K Market, Inc., to emerge from Chapter 11 bankruptcy just seven months after filing. Find details and more featured cases here.
Tonkon Torp Represents Avid Health in Sale to Church & Dwight
Tonkon Torp was counsel to privately held Avid Health, Inc. in its cash sale to Church & Dwight Co Inc., a Princeton, New Jersey based, publicly traded consumer products company with a portfolio of personal care and household product brands.
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Board of Directors
Best Lawyers in America® Includes 53 Tonkon Torp Attorneys on 2022 List
26 Tonkon Torp Attorneys Honored on 2021 Super Lawyers Lists
Best Lawyers in America® Includes 49 Tonkon Torp Attorneys on 2021 List
Kurt Ruttum Interviewed by Business Journal on Tonkon Torp in the Pandemic and Beyond
26 Tonkon Torp Attorneys Honored on 2020 Super Lawyers Lists
Kurt Ruttum Elected Managing Partner of Tonkon Torp
Chambers USA Names 20 Tonkon Torp Attorneys in 2020 Ranking
2020 List for Best Lawyers in America® Includes 48 Tonkon Torp Attorneys
31 Tonkon Torp Attorneys Honored on 2019 Super Lawyers Lists
Is Selling a Viable Option with an Unresolved PPP Loan on the Books?
The Impact of PPP Loans, One Year Later
Earn-OUCH: Post-M&A Transaction Earn-Outs in Light of COVID-19
JOBS Act Directs SEC to Lift Ban on General Solicitation and General Advertising in Rule 506 Offerings
SEC Adopts Final Rules on Performance-Based Fees
Final ERISA Service Provider Fee Disclosure Rules Go Into Effect July 1, 2012
SEC Overhauls Form ADV Part 1A to Conform to New Dodd-Frank Requirements
SEC Extends Deadlines for Compliance with New Investment Adviser Registration Regime under Dodd-Frank
New ERISA Participant-Directed Plan Disclosure Rules
Get Ready Now to Comply with ERISA Service Provider Fee Disclosure Rules
Publications & Presentations
"Is Selling a Viable Option with an Unresolved PPP Loan on the Books?" Tonkon Torp Legal Alert, April 2021
"The Impact of PPP Loans, One Year Later," Tonkon Torp Legal Alert, April 2021
"Earn-OUCH: Post-M&A Transaction Earn-Outs in Light of COVID-19," Tonkon Torp Legal Alert, May 2020