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3400 U.S. Bancorp Tower
111 S.W. Fifth Avenue
Portland, OR 97204
T: 503.224.5858

Erich W. Merrill, Jr.

Partner
Assisted a biotechnology client with a merger into a larger affiliated company. Our work included performing due diligence to identify potential risks, determining the scope of the businesses' patent rights in valuable technology, and preparing merger documents and corporate filings related to the transaction.
Counseled client considering investment in cannabis enterprise, with focus on structure to satisfy regulatory requirements.
Prepared and negotiated key documents for multi-tranche convertible debt offering for privately held, early-stage company.
Managed due diligence process, prepared letter of intent, and negotiated and prepared acquisition agreement and all other transaction documentation in $30 million strategic acquisition of target corporation effected through an exchange of shares by private-equity-backed company, with simultaneous negotiation of new credit line terms from our client’s principal lender.
Prepared franchise agreement for client launching new franchise venture, including key terms of trademark license and business operations requirements. Prepared disclosure and registration documents required to comply with federal and state franchise disclosure and registration laws.
Assisted a medical technology client in acquisition of an international entity. Prepared all transaction documents, reviewed due diligence, and negotiated terms of acquisition with seller's counsel.
Prepared international supply, manufacturing, private-label, agency, and distribution agreements for a wide variety of clients in industries including food, wood products, heavy equipment, medical devices, and technology.
Oversaw management of patent portfolios and preparation of and revised patent applications and responses to office actions.
Participated in all stages of preferred stock offering to private equity investors, to raise funds for privately held medical technology company. Prepared legal sections of offering memorandum, confidentiality agreements, revisions to letters of intent, stock sale agreement, investor rights agreement, registration rights agreement, right of first refusal agreement, and other transaction documents.
Represented consumer products company in financing transactions involving approximately $20 million investment by private equity funds.
Assisted client and in-house counsel by providing legal documentation support for sales of operations spanning Europe and Asia.
Representation of a private-equity-backed company in $30 million strategic acquisition effected through an exchange of shares.
Negotiated multiple customer contracts for application service provider (ASP) in the health care field.
Prepared demand letters for client facing widespread infringement of registered trademark. Communicated with counsel for infringers and obtained agreements to cease using mark.
Counseled client on and prepared response to trademark office action, in order to overcome objections and obtain registration.