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

William S. Manne


Bill's practice focuses on tax, business, and corporate law, with an emphasis on tax-exempt and charitable organizations, healthcare, emerging businesses, and business owner exit planning. He is a member of the firm’s tax practice and leads the firm's charitable and nonprofit organizations, estate and trust, and business owner exit planning practice teams and is an Oregon certified public accountant (inactive).

Bill's years of experience in industry (in finance), and as a CPA and practicing attorney, provide the perspective and skills that enable him to balance legal, tax, management, business, individual, and financial considerations with what works in the real world. This results in practical and often creative solutions that achieve client objectives, often in complex situations.

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Representative Experience

Served as local Oregon counsel in acquisition of a medium sized specialty physician practice by larger national organization.
We represented Craft Brew Alliance, Inc., in the acquisition of privately held Kona Brewing Company in exchange for a combination of cash and restricted shares valued at $14 million.
Bill has significant experience assisting closely held business owners in planning and structuring their enterprises for succession or sale, including the evaluation and implementation of various tax planning strategies, coordination with owner estate plans, creation of equity and profit sharing programs to incent and retain key employees, and negotiating and documenting the eventual sale or transfer transaction. Bill's clients have benefited by netting increased after-tax cash proceeds from such transfers and by ensuring the continuing success of their enterprises through careful and thoughtful planning.
Bill regularly assists 501(c)(3) charitable and other tax-exempt organizations in analyzing organizational options, including how to structure related foundations, supporting organizations, and for-profit and nonprofit operating companies, and in obtaining and retaining 501(c)(3) (or other applicable) status, including advice on related tax exemption and nonprofit compliance matters. Bill also has significant experience in handling nonprofit mergers (both intra- and interstate); analyzing and implementing various nonprofit and for-profit organizational structures and addressing related governance issues; qualifying for and maintaining property tax exemption; and separating or creating new nonprofit or for-profit operating companies by way of spin-offs.
Represented a regional charity hospital in its combination into a larger hospital group.