Thomas P. "Tom" Palmer

Thomas P. "Tom" Palmer


Tonkon Torp LLP

Recognized since 2008

Portland, Oregon

Practice Areas

Corporate Governance Law

Corporate Law

Mergers and Acquisitions Law

Securities / Capital Markets Law

Securities Regulation

Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2023 - Corporate Governance Law
Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2023 - Corporate Governance Law Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2021 - Corporate Governance Law Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2020 - Mergers and Acquisitions Law Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2019 - Corporate Governance Law Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2018 - Securities Regulation Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2017 - Corporate Governance Law Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2016 - Securities / Capital Markets Law Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2015 - Corporate Governance Law Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2013 - Securities Regulation
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Tom serves as Chair of the firm's Corporate Finance practice group. His practice emphasizes securities and general corporate matters, including mergers and acquisitions, public offerings and private placements. General corporate counseling—including representation of special committees of directors, corporate governance issues, and SEC reporting and disclosure matters—is an important part of his practice.

Tom's recent transactions include:
  • Representation of placement agent in $14.5 million PIPE transaction by CytoDyn Inc.
  • Representation of Key Technology, Inc. in its acquisition of Visys N.V. for $23 million
  • Representation of NIKE, Inc. in the sale of Nike Bauer Hockey, Inc. for $200 million
  • Representation of NIKE, Inc. in the sale of Official Starter LLC for $60 million
  • Representation of an Oregon coordinated care organization in a private placement of units
  • Representation of placement agent in a $3.0 million early stage priced private placement of common stock by BioDirection, Inc.
  • Representation of the underwriters in the initial public offering by Methes Energies International, Ltd.
  • Representation of TASER International, Inc. in its initial public offering

    From 1979 through 1987, Tom was an associate in the New York office of Shearman & Sterling. He is a frequent speaker on securities law.

Location

  • Pioneer Tower, Suite 1600
    888 Southwest Fifth Avenue
    Portland, OR 97204

Education

  • Hamilton College, BA, graduated 1973

Bar Admissions

  • District of Columbia, District of Columbia Bar
  • Oregon, Oregon State Bar
  • New York, New York State Bar

Affiliations

  • American Bar Association - Member
  • Multnomah Bar Association - Member
  • New York City Bar Association - Member

Tonkon Torp LLP
Headquarters: Portland, Oregon

53 The Best Lawyers in America® awards

16 Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch in America awards

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Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2023 - Corporate Governance Law Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2021 - Corporate Governance Law Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2020 - Mergers and Acquisitions Law Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2019 - Corporate Governance Law Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2018 - Securities Regulation Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2017 - Corporate Governance Law Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2016 - Securities / Capital Markets Law Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2015 - Corporate Governance Law Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2013 - Securities Regulation

Named "Lawyer of the Year" by Best Lawyers® for:

  • Corporate Governance Law, Portland, OR (2023)
  • Corporate Governance Law, Portland, OR (2021)
  • Mergers and Acquisitions Law, Portland, OR (2020)
  • Corporate Governance Law, Portland, OR (2019)
  • Securities Regulation, Portland, OR (2018)
  • Corporate Governance Law, Portland, OR (2017)
  • Securities / Capital Markets Law, Portland, OR (2016)
  • Corporate Governance Law, Portland, OR (2015)
  • Securities Regulation, Portland, OR (2013)

Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America® 2023 for work in:

  • Corporate Governance Law
  • Corporate Law
  • Mergers and Acquisitions Law
  • Securities / Capital Markets Law
  • Securities Regulation

Special Focus

  • COVID-19

Awards:

  • Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers 2005-2016 - Corporate, Merger & Acquisition Law
  • Super Lawyers 2006-2016 Oregon Super Lawyer - Mergers & Acquisitions

Acquisition of Assets of American Allied

Represented The Greenbrier Companies, Inc. in connection with acquisitions of assets of American Allied and related entities for $83 million.

Acquisition of UpWind Solutions

Represented Vestas, the world's largest manufacturer of wind turbines, in the $60 million acquisition of UpWind Solutions, Inc., an independent service provider for wind turbines in nine US states.

Acquisitions of Operating Assets

Represented The Greenbrier Companies, Inc. in connection with acquisitions of operating assets of Rail Car America, Inc. (RCA), its American Hydraulics division, and its wholly-owned subsidiary, Brandon Corp., for $34 million.

Facilitation of Key Technology Merger

Represented Key Technology in its acquisition of Belgium-based Visys N.V. The deal, valued at approximately $21 million, created a single, complete source of high-performance digital sorting technologies for food processing and other industrial markets. The transaction involved substantial due diligence regarding intellectual property litigation matters and the acquisition of a company partially owned by Belgian regional government entities.

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