Matthew Bisturis

Matthew Bisturis



  • Mergers and Acquisitions
  • Corporate Formation and Governance
  • Business and Corporate
  • Business Transitions

WSG Practice Industries


Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt
Washington, U.S.A.


Matt Bisturis helps companies and their owners navigate the legal challenges that come with establishing, growing, operating and eventually transitioning their businesses. Matt’s business background and his experience handling both business and real estate transactions allows him to provide valuable guidance to clients of all sizes and across various industries. 

A partner for every stage of the business cycle

Whether it is helping a local entrepreneur select the right structure for a new venture, assisting a growth-stage company with a financing, implementing legal strategies to help protect valuable business assets, solving complex governance problems for a nonprofit or negotiating a lease for a client’s expansion facility, Matt uses his transactional experience and solution-oriented approach to help companies at all stages of their life cycle succeed.

Adding value through transition planning

Matt particularly enjoys helping business owners apply transition planning strategies to maximize, capture and keep the illiquid wealth they have built in their closely held businesses. As a member of Schwabe’s Business Transitions Group, he has evaluated myriad options for passing businesses to new ownership and helped develop and implement creative transition planning techniques.

Bar Admissions

  • Oregon State Courts
  • Washington State Courts


  • University of Oregon School of Law, Juris Doctor degree (2007)
  • University of Puget Sound, Bachelor of Arts degree, cum laude (2004)
Areas of Practice

Business and Corporate | Business Transitions | Corporate Formation and Governance | Mergers and Acquisitions | Real Estate | Securities and Finance

Professional Career

Significant Accomplishments

  • Developed and implemented business transition plans for family and closely held businesses in the construction, manufacturing, professional services and other industries.
  • Advised board of directors of a large, non-profit healthcare system regarding development and implementation of corporate governance model designed to further its strategic objectives.
  • Closed the sale of a third-party administrator business to a private equity-backed buyer.
  • Advised an international apparel company in strategic acquisition of regional specialty footwear manufacturer. 
  • Represented a privately held company in stock redemption from founder/majority shareholder and the transition of ownership to key management. 
  • Represented an employee-owned environmental services company in sale of the business to strategic purchaser.    
  • Assisted a rebar manufacturing company in purchase of operations facility.
  • Counseled lender to successful closing of commercial loans to local businesses and real estate developers.
  • Advised a local brewery in formation, corporate structuring and governance matters.


  • Manufacturers Need a Plan for Their Future
  • OP-ED: 10 Actions to Take to Build a Successful Succession Plan
  • Executive Leadership Transitions: Is Your Business Ready for the Next Generation?
  • OP-ED: Unique Obstacles for Brokerage Owners, Contractors
  • OP-ED: Plan now to facilitate success for new ownership
  • Changes in LLC Rules Could Affect Your Business
  • Ten Tips for Developing a Transition Plan
  • Washington Crowdfunding Law Gives Businesses New Access to Capital
  • ‘De-risk' Your Business to Enhance Value
  • New Structure Coming for Businesses with a Social Mission


  • Built to Last – Construct a Plan for Leading Your Company Through a Successful Transition
  • Greater Vancouver Chamber of Commerce Fall Business Law Workshop Series: Raising Money - Alternatives and Legal Pitfalls
  • Manufacturing Symposium
  • Greater Vancouver Chamber of Commerce Fall Business Law Workshop Series: The Legal Framework to Sell or Transfer Ownership of Your Business
  • Timber Products Manufacturers: Succession Planning Panel