Ferdinand Ruplin

Ferdinand Ruplin

Associate

503.802.2029
ferdie.ruplin@tonkon.com

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Education

J.D., cum laude, Fordham University School of Law, 2016
B.S., Fordham University, 2013

Bar & Court Admissions

Oregon State Bar
Washington State Bar Association
New Jersy State Bar
New York State Bar

Ferdie’s practice emphasizes mergers and acquisitions, and a range of corporate and business matters. He regularly advises private and nonprofit entities with respect to mergers and acquisitions, corporate governance, securities and financings, and other general corporate matters. He also assists clients with contract negotiations and equity ownership disputes.

Ferdie has significant experience working in highly regulated industries, with a focus on the cannabis industry and financial services industry. He has assisted numerous clients in the hemp industry and has a deep understanding of the regulatory framework of hemp-derived cannabinoid products.

Throughout the pandemic, as a component of his corporate finance work, Ferdie helped clients navigate the ever-changing requirements applicable to Paycheck Protection Program (“PPP”) loans and forgiveness. He has also advised on strategies for handling PPP loans in M&A and other transactions.

Outside of the office, Ferdie plays guitar, violin, and piano and has a black belt in jiu-jitsu. He enjoys spending time outdoors with his wife, Hopi, their two sons, Jude and Magnus, and their golden retriever, Wally.

Get to Know

When he was four years old, Ferdie Ruplin picked up a violin and was drawn into a life-long love affair with music. By age 12, he was playing guitar and piano, and would continue music lessons through high school. Ferdie got involved in the college band circuit while attending undergrad at Fordham University and, in 2011, he auditioned for “American Idol,” the popular singing competition TV show. At the time, the production didn’t allow hopeful contestants to play instruments, but Ferdie still made it through four audition rounds – high enough in the process to meet the celebrity judges – singing hits by Ray LaMontagne, James Morrison, and Gavin DeGraw.

Although he didn’t make the final selection for that season of American Idol, the audition process provoked a professional crossroads for Ferdie, who ultimately decided to pursue a career in law. From his intense years of legal study at Fordham University’s School of Law, through to his current work as a busy cannabis and business lawyer at Tonkon Torp, Ferdie has always turned to music to help him decompress and bring clarity to his thinking. In addition to continuing with piano and guitar, Ferdie has recently picked up the ukulele and is learning lullabies to sing to his two young children.

Representative Matters

Business Software Services Provider

Represented a business-to-business software services provider in the sale of its assets to a strategic buyer. The transaction involved highly negotiated and significant earnout provisions. Tonkon Torp also played a significant role in addressing and reconciling the differing and strongly held views of the family shareholders.

Tonkon Torp Helps Malarkey Roofing Company Construct a Billion-Plus Sale Strategy

Tonkon Torp guided client Herbert Malarkey Roofing Company through a successful $1.35 billion stock sale to Switzerland-based Holcim Group, one of the world’s largest building products companies. The deal secured a place as one of Oregon’s largest M&A transactions in 2021.

Community Involvement & Activities


Professional Memberships

Multnomah Bar Association

Tonkon Torp Unveils Shareholder Disputes & Governance Practice Group

Tonkon Torp has launched a new practice group, Shareholder Disputes & Governance.

Tonkon Torp Explains PPP EZ Forgiveness Application and New Guidance

Attorneys from Tonkon Torp’s Business Department hosted a webinar to share information on the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) EZ Forgiveness Application and other new guidance on the PPP. The program was moderated by Partner Drea Schmidt and featured attorneys Betsy Judd and Ferdie Ruplin.

Tonkon Torp Business Department Unpacks Paycheck Protection Program Flexibility Act

Tonkon Torp attorneys hosted a roundtable discussion on the Paycheck Protection Program Flexibility Act (Flexibility Act) and how it has changed the terms and timelines for PPP loans. The program was moderated by Jeff Cronn, Co-Chair of the firm’s Business Department, and featured attorneys Drea Schmidt and Ferdie Ruplin.

Ferdie Ruplin Provides PPP Loan Forgiveness Update for Allium Financial Advisors

Tonkon Torp attorney Ferdie Ruplin was the guest speaker at a June 4 webinar providing updates on the various programs available through the CARES Act. The webinar was hosted by Allium Financial Advisors.

Tonkon Torp Holds Pandemic Primer Webinar for Oregon Cannabis Businesses

Tonkon Torp hosted a webinar to help guide cannabis businesses through the unique challenges that the cannabis industry faces due to COVID-19. The panel featured attorneys Danica Hibpshman, Jessica Morgan, Ferdie Ruplin, and David Petersen. Alex Tinker, chair of the firm’s Cannabis Industry Group, moderated the webinar.

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Immediate Changes for Hemp Growers and Sales in Oregon

With the passage of HB 3000, a lot is about to change in Oregon’s hemp industry. One of the more immediate changes registered hemp growers may notice is additional enforcement action in areas of the state where illegal grows and “hot” hemp has become a large concern over the past year or so.

New Legislation Gives OLCC More Oversight Over the Hemp Industry and Delta-8 THC

On July 19, 2021, Governor Kate Brown signed HB 3000, a comprehensive bill that gives the Oregon Liquor and Cannabis Commission (OLCC) significantly more authority and oversight over the hemp industry – including the production and sale of products containing hemp-derived Delta-8 THC.

PPP Round 2: Nonprofit Eligibility, Application Deadline, and Tax Impacts

Shortly before the end of the bizarre and painful 2020 calendar year, the Consolidated Appropriations Act for 2021 (the Act) was signed into law, providing an additional $284 billion appropriation for the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP).

PPP Round 2: Who Is Eligible, What Expenses Can Be Paid, And What Is the Tax Treatment?

Shortly before the end of the bizarre and painful 2020 calendar year, the Consolidated Appropriations Act for 2021 (the Act) was signed into law, providing an additional $284 billion appropriation for the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP).

New Round of PPP Loans and Tax Breaks in Year End Stimulus Package

After months of stalled negotiations, Congress finally passed the Consolidated Appropriations Act for 2021 (the “Act”), which includes a $900 billion stimulus package to support the ailing economy. The Act, signed into law by the President on December 27, 2020, includes an additional appropriation of $284.45 billion for the Paycheck Protection Program (“PPP”), which will be available for both new borrowers and some repeat PPP borrowers that meet specified criteria.

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Publications & Presentations

“Immediate Changes for Hemp Growers and Sales in Oregon,” Tonkon Torp Legal Update, September 2021

“New Legislation Gives OLCC More Oversight Over the Hemp Industry and Delta-8 THC,” Tonkon Torp Legal Update, August 2021

“PPP Round 2: Nonprofit Eligibility, Application Deadline, and Tax Impacts,” Tonkon Torp Legal Update, March 2021

“PPP Round 2: Who Is Eligible, What Expenses Can Be Paid, And What Is the Tax Treatment?,” Portland Business Journal, February 2021

“New Round of PPP Loans and Tax Breaks in Year End Stimulus Package,” Tonkon Torp Legal Update, December 2020

“Was My PPP Loan Necessary (In Hindsight)? SBA Seeks Additional Information from PPP Borrowers with Loans of $2 Million or More,” Tonkon Torp Legal Update, November 2020

“SBA Issues New Guidance Regarding Changes of Ownership for PPP Borrowers,” Tonkon Torp Legal Update, October 2020

“PPP Update: EZ Forgiveness Application and New Guidance,” June 2020

Panelist, “PPP Loan Forgiveness: Now, Later, Never?” June 2020

“PPP Update: Passage of Paycheck Protection Program Flexibility Act,” Tonkon Torp Legal Update, June 2020

“Cares Act Pitfalls – Ensuring Loan Forgiveness,” Allium Financial Advisors, June 2020

“Market Conditions in Oregon and Washington Evidencing Uncertainty for PPP Loan Certification,” Tonon Torp Legal Update, May 2020

“PPP Loan Certification Guidance – Should I Give the Money Back?” Tonkon Torp Legal Update, May 2020

“FAQ: COVID-19 Impact & Financial Resources for Businesses,” Tonkon Torp Legal Update, April 2020

Panelist, “A Pandemic Primer for Cannabis Businesses – Unique Challenges for a Unique Industry,” April 2020

Panelist, “The COVID-19 Pandemic – A Legal Perspective,“ TiE Oregon, April 2020

“Hemp and the Pitfalls of the USDA’s Interim Final Rule,” Portland Business Journal, April 2020

“Main Street Lending Program for Small to Mid-Sized Businesses,” Tonkon Torp Legal Update, April 2020

“Supplemental FAQ for SBA Loans under the CARES Act – Paycheck Protection Program,” Tonkon Torp Legal Update, April 2020

“FAQ for SBA Loans for Businesses under the CARES Act,” Tonkon Torp Legal Update, March 2020