Mary Ann Frantz
About Mary Ann
Mary Ann Frantz concentrates her practice in the areas of securities regulation, capital finance, corporate governance, mergers and acquisitions, and shareholder meetings and proxy contests. From a transactional standpoint, she has assisted clients with equity and debt securities offerings, both public and private; mergers, acquisitions, and sales of businesses; executive compensation; and other business transactions. Mary Ann also advises public and private companies on compliance with SEC reporting and disclosure requirements and counsels business and nonprofit corporations regarding corporate governance issues. She enjoys working with clients across many industries in preparing complex disclosure documents and identifying and finding creative solutions to problems before they become serious, which she likens to her lifelong passion for solving puzzles. Mary Ann has worked with companies in several regulated industries, including banking, alcoholic beverages, and healthcare.
Companies that Mary Ann advises with respect to securities and corporate issues include AccuShoot, Inc.; Bank of Commerce Holdings; Barrett Business Services, Inc.; BigML, Inc.; First Northwest Bancorp; Glacier Bancorp; and Pacific Financial Corporation.
Acquisition or Sale of Business Plus
Represented Spanish subsidiary in its sale to a U.S. software holding company in a transaction valued at $5 million, including assistance in negotiating the sale terms and preparation of transaction and closing documents.
Offering of Preferred Stock Plus
Represented U.S. company offering a machine learning platform as a service in a $10 million Series B-2 Convertible Preferred Stock offering, including term sheet, designation of terms, stock purchase agreement, voting agreement, investor rights agreement, closing documents, and related governance documents.
Formed a Delaware subsidiary and prepared offering documents for founders preferred stock offering, including organizational documents, offering documents, securities filings, and related corporate instruments.
Offering of Debt Securities Plus
Represented Pacific Northwest bank holding company in $40 million subordinated debt offering, including review of offering materials and transaction documents, preparation of securities compliance documents, assistance with closing documents, and registration of exchange offering with the Securities and Exchange Commission.
Equity Compensation Plus
Since 2019, assisted several public and private companies with preparation, adoption, and implementation of stock incentive compensation plans, including stock option, restricted stock, restricted stock unit, and performance share award agreements, as well as required securities filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission and state securities divisions.
Corporate Governance Plus
Provided advice on a wide variety of corporate documents, including board committee charters, environmental, social and governance policies, codes of ethics and business conduct, conflicts of interest policies, stock ownership guidelines, whistleblower policies, compensation clawback policies, share repurchase programs, and indemnification agreements.
- Oregon State Bar, Member
- Securities Regulation Section, Executive Committee, Chair, 1990-1991
- Business Section, task force to rewrite the Oregon Nonprofit Corporation Act, 1988-1991
- American Bar Association, Member
- Federal Regulation of Securities, Committee Member
- Provides pro bono services to a number of nonprofit organizations
- Girl Scouts of Oregon and SW Washington
- Board Chair, 2021-present
- Board of Directors, 2013-present
- Neighborhood House, Board of Directors, Past President
- Selected for inclusion as an Oregon Super Lawyer, 2006-present
- Top 25 Women Oregon Super Lawyers, 2012, 2016, 2018
- Recognized as a “Leader in Their Field” by Chambers USA for Corporate/M&A—Oregon
- Selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® (Portland, OR)
- Mergers and Acquisitions Law, 2024-present
- Securities Regulation, 2011-present; “Lawyer of the Year,” 2012
- Securities/Capital Markets Law, 2010-present; “Lawyer of the Year,” 2013
- Banking and Finance Law, 2006-present; “Lawyer of the Year,” 2014, 2024
- Corporate Law, 2006-present; “Lawyer of the Year,” 2017
- Rated A-V® Preeminent™ by Martindale-Hubbell®
Outside the Office
Mary Ann enjoys gardening, singing in her church choir, playing with her grandchildren, listening to and playing music, reading, and exploring the beautiful Pacific Northwest.