Press Release
November 6, 2023

Holland & Knight Strengthens West Coast Corporate Practice with Addition of Cliff DeGroot in Portland

PORTLAND (November 6, 2023) – Holland & Knight has bolstered its Corporate, M&A and Securities Practice Group with the addition of Cliff DeGroot as a partner in Portland. He was previously a partner with Davis Wright Tremaine.

Mr. DeGroot focuses his practice on counseling startups, emerging growth companies and restaurants on governance and general corporate matters. He has extensive experience forming and structuring corporations, limited liability companies (LLCs) and limited partnerships, and frequently advises clients on mergers, acquisitions and private placements of convertible notes, preferred stock and LLC interests, as well as limited partnerships to angel investors, venture capital groups and private equity funds. His experience prior to entering the practice of law includes work as a certified public accountant and chief financial officer (CFO) of a public company.

"Cliff is a highly respected attorney in the Portland legal and business communities and a trusted adviser to his clients, particularly with regard to corporate and venture capital/emerging company matters," said Stephen Dietrich, practice group leader for the firm's Central and West Region business group. "He will help broaden and deepen our corporate practice in the city and on the West Coast, and is a great fit for Holland & Knight culturally."

"Holland & Knight's national platform is ideally suited to serve my clients and grow my practice," Mr. DeGroot said. "The firm has made significant investments in its corporate practice across the country, and I look forward to being a part of an exceptional group of attorneys who are committed to excellent client service."

Mr. DeGroot received a J.D. degree from the University of Oregon School of Law and a B.S. degree from the University of Oregon.

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