Kurt's practice emphasizes mergers and acquisitions, private equity, public and private securities offerings, and general corporate counseling. He is a member of the firm's Managing Board.
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, investment banking, investment advisors, 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 Vice President, Chief Financial Officer, Treasurer, and a member of the Executive Committee at a publicly held software company. Kurt rejoined Tonkon Torp in 2000.
Kurt is admitted to practice law in Oregon and Washington.
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.
Tonkon Torp Helps Tidewater Holdings, Inc. Secure New Equity Investor
Tonkon Torp has been a trusted advisor to Vancouver, Washington-headquartered Tidewater Holdings for almost a decade. So, when the region’s premier inland transportation and terminal company sought a new equity investment partner, Tidewater relied on the expertise of Tonkon Torp’s corporate finance team to bring a deal to fruition.
Comprehensive Business Counsel Helps Take Monsoon to the Next Level
Oregon-based Monsoon, Inc.’s announcement that it was merging with online media marketplace leader Alibris, Inc. was the culmination of a business strategy developed and executed over seven years with the help of Tonkon Torp attorneys.
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.
Stimson's Strategic Forestry: Redwood Conservation
Through much of family-owned Stimson Lumber's 150-year history, it actively expanded its holdings throughout the Northwest, acquiring prime forestlands in Washington, Oregon and California. When Stimson's strategic focus shifted to Oregon and inland states, it decided to sell its 25,000 acres in the Smith River watershed in Northern California.
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Kittelson & Associates, Inc.
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Parrott Creek Child and Family Services, Inc.
Board of Directors
The Indus Entrepreneurs Oregon
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