Keith Baldwin

Keith Baldwin

Davis Wright Tremaine LLP

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The Non-family CEO in the Family Business

In June of this year, Davis Wright Tremaine LLP hosted its fourth annual Farm to Label summit in Portland, Oregon. One of the programs of the day was a panel mediated by DWT’s Drew Steen on the role of a non-family member...more

9/26/2016 - Business Ownership CEOs Corporate Governance Family Businesses Leadership

Perils in Family Business Succession: Dynasty or Meritocracy?

Big family business conglomerates can get into big trouble when impacted by negative global market forces. That’s the story of Hanjin Shipping Co., a family-owned Korean shipping company (and part of a large Korean chaebol,...more

9/19/2016 - Business Succession Family Businesses Succession Planning

Do Securities Laws Apply to the Family Business?

Family-owned businesses, like other privately held businesses, are typically formed as corporations or limited liability companies (LLCs). They issue shares or LLC interests representing equity ownership. These equity...more

8/1/2016 - Corporate Governance Family Businesses Limited Liability Companies

Top Ten Seller Mistakes

In his recently published book, Perfect your Exit Strategy: Seven Steps to Maximum Value, Seattle investment banker Thomas Metz highlights what he sees as the top ten mistakes made by sellers of businesses. Family-owned...more

6/20/2016 - Business Valuations Buyers Exit Strategies Family Businesses Selling a Business

Parent, Child and Participation vs. Ownership: A Family Business Dilemma

Here’s a common scenario: Parents successfully develop a business. Then their children get involved in the business – but maybe not all of the children. Then comes the challenge: One of the offspring works at the business and...more

1/21/2016 - Advisory Board Compensation & Benefits Employee Evaluations Family Businesses Peer Review

Family Business in China – Is There A Succession Crisis?

In September, Gary Locke, former U.S. Ambassador to China, Secretary of Commerce and two-term Governor of the State of Washington, returned to Davis Wright Tremaine as a Senior Advisor. Ambassador Locke’s return sparked a...more

10/28/2015 - China Corporate Culture Family Businesses

Washington LLC Act: How Family Businesses Are Affected

Embracing change is tough, because it rarely hugs you back. But the recent changes to the Washington State LLC Act (RCW Chapter 25.15) at least have some provisions that are affectionate toward family businesses and LLCs in...more

10/22/2015 - Family Businesses Fiduciary Duty Limited Liability Act Limited Liability Companies Limited Liability Partnerships Voting Requirements

Family Businesses Outperform Publicly Traded Companies

In late 2012, researchers Nicolas Kachaner, George Stalk and Alain Bloch at the Harvard Business School published a study to compare family-owned businesses of certain sizes and industries with their non-family-owned...more

10/13/2015 - Covered Entities Family Businesses Performance Period Publicly-Traded Companies

The Immigrant Family Business: Succeeding in the American Market

Statue Of Liberty Against A Golden Sky There is nothing uniquely American about the concept of family business. Families have operated businesses in every nation of the world, and some cultures are well known for fostering...more

9/22/2015 - Employment Discrimination Family Businesses Landlords Tenants Unpaid Overtime Wage and Hour Workplace Safety

The Family Buyout: Tips for Success

In the life cycle of a family business, one common event is the purchase by one or several family members of the interests in the business held by other family members. Because of the family relationships inherent in such...more

6/22/2015 - Family Businesses Strategic Planning Successor Interests

Is it Time to Hire an In-House Lawyer?

As a family business grows, the question often arises whether and when to hire an in-house lawyer to manage the business’s legal affairs. How does the family—or, more accurately, the family business’s board of directors,...more

4/28/2015 - Entrepreneurs Family Businesses Small Business

“Corporate Governance” in a Family Business: Who Needs It?

Smaller family-owned businesses are often operated with a degree of informality that is both natural and efficient. The thought is that “corporate governance norms” are for someone else’s business—the big guys with their...more

7/17/2014 - Corporate Governance Family Businesses Small Business

Serving as a Non-family Board Member of a Family Business

You have been approached by a long-time friend, the CFO of a family-owned business who is herself a member of the family. She asks if you might be interested in serving on the board of her family’s company. You are honored,...more

2/27/2014 - Board of Directors Family Businesses

Family Businesses and Environmental Liability

We all know that environmental laws impose heavy liability on businesses that release environmental contaminants into the air, soil or water. The family business is not immune to such liability. In fact, many...more

2/11/2014 - Contaminated Properties Environmental Assessments Environmental Liability Family Businesses Real Estate Market

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