Walter “Walt” Stafford is Of Counsel to the firm. He has many years of experience with federal and state securities issues, public and private offerings of debt and equity, mergers and acquisitions and complex business transactions as well as specializing in executive compensation arrangements and employee benefits issues. Mr. Stafford practiced with the San Francisco law firm of Pillsbury, Madison & Sutro for over 25 years, including several years managing the firm’s Los Angeles office. From 1995 through 2002, he was Senior Executive Vice President and General Counsel of CB Richard Ellis (now known as “CBRE”), a New York Stock Exchange –traded company which is the world’s largest real estate services company. While at CB Richard Ellis, Mr. Stafford managed more than twenty significant mergers and acquisitions including the international acquisition by CB Richard Ellis of REI International and Hiller Parker Ltd. In 2001 he represented CB Richard Ellis in its going private transaction with Blum Capital Management. During 2002 Mr. Stafford was the primary lawyer for CB Richard Ellis in its negotiation of a pan- European outsourcing (facilities management) agreement with Deutsche Bank. From 1983 to 1989 Mr. Stafford was Chief Administrative Officer and General Counsel of a New York Stock Exchange-traded major medical device manufacturer. He served as Assistant Minority Counsel to the United States House Committee on Ways and Means from 1967 through 1968.
In addition to his other corporate work, Mr. Stafford has worked on international real estate transactions and the United States laws that affect them, including the International Investment and Trade Act of 1976, the Foreign Investment in Real Property Tax Act of 1986, and the Tax Equity and Fiscal Responsibility Act of 1982.
Mr.Stafford has been responsible for numerous mergers, acquisitions, asset purchases and sales, and a variety of private debt and equity placements for technology companies. He is a specialist in using Delaware limited liability companies to accomplish a flexible business structure without creating liability for key decision makers.