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|Friday, February 01, 2008|
By Mark Druskoff
During his 30 years in investment banking, Nick Williams has had the opportunity to do deals all over the world. Today he heads up investment banking activities across Oregon, Washington, Idaho and Alaska for Wells Fargo Securities from his Portland offices.
Management, Williams notes, tends to be “very thoughtful and look at what’s best for the companies in the long run and how their company can survive and prosper.” Oregon business owners, for instance, are more likely to carefully weigh the consequences of a potential transaction on their community and employees.
That is particularly the case with Oregon’s large, multi-generational enterprises that have been attracted to selling because of record-setting valuations offered in recent years. “You had to be completely asleep at the wheel to not realize valuations were at an all-time high,” says Roy Tucker, a corporate finance attorney for Perkins Coie in Portland.
Tucker advised sellers on several deals in 2007, including the $2.1 billion acquisition of Longview Fibre, which was bought by a Canadian investment firm. Other companies with similar vintage also went on the auction block, including Tektronix, founded in 1946, that was acquired for $2.8 billion and closely held G.I. Joe’s, founded by Edward Orkney in 1952.
Control of the sporting goods retailer passed to Orkney’s son David in 1976. Then in 1991 the younger Orkney was succeeded by Norm Daniels, who’d worked for the company since age 16. Daniels help engineer the acquisition of the company in 2007 by a Bay Area private equity firm for an undisclosed amount.
Friday, February 27, 2015
BY OB STAFF
Oregon Business held its 22nd annual 100 Best Companies to Work For in Oregon celebration Thursday night in the Oregon Convention Center.
Tuesday, February 24, 2015
BY KIM MOORE | OB RESEARCH EDITOR
A conversation with Donna Earley, director of sales and marketing for the Salem Convention Center.
Tuesday, January 27, 2015
BY LINDA BAKER
Researchers in a multitude of disciplines are searching for ways to soak up excess carbon dioxide, the compound that contributes to global warming.
Friday, January 23, 2015
BY DAN COOK | PHOTOS BY JASON E. KAPLAN
A real-estate developer and a Lithia Motors executive aim to revamp the city's forlorn downtown.
Thursday, January 08, 2015
BY CAMBIA HEALTH SOLUTIONS & OREGON BUSINESS COUNCIL | OP-ED
Businesses have a significant stake in the health of Oregonians. In fact, we cannot succeed without it. By committing to using our companies as levers for good health, we invest in our people, our business, our quality of life and our economy.
Monday, January 26, 2015
BY AMY MILSHTEIN | PHOTOS BY JASON E. KAPLAN
The Jade International District, already Portland's center of Asian life, is poised for rejuvenation. Where does that leave the westside's historic Chinatown?
Monday, February 23, 2015
BY JESSICA RIDGWAY | OB CONTRIBUTOR
Live, Work, Play: Catching up with Chris Johnson.
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