Mergers and Acquisitions
Chris’ extensive experience in M&A spans a wide variety of industries. He represents buyers, sellers, private equity firms, management, investors, lenders and others.
Corporate Counseling, Commercial and Contractual Matters
Chris advises clients in a multitude of business matters, including:
- Commercial transactions and contract negotiations
- Capitalizations, reorganizations, restructurings and dissolutions
- Governance, fiduciary duties and other equity holder relationships and disputes
- Full range of other day-to-day business matters
Financing and Securities
Chris represents clients in financing and securities transactions, including:
- Advising issuers and investors in securities laws
- Acquisition financings for lenders, borrowers and investors in leveraged buyouts and other complex transactions
- Private placements of equity and debt
Complex Commercial Arrangements
Chris structures and negotiates complex arrangements, including: joint ventures, strategic partnerships, outsourcing, licensing, development, manufacturing, supply, distribution and technology.
Closely Held Entities and Family-Owned Businesses
Chris understands the unique aspects of closely held businesses, including those that are family-owned. This includes ownership structures, succession planning, generational dynamics, liquidity arrangements and exit strategies.
Sports and Entertainment
He represents professional and amateur sports organizations, venue owners and managers and entertainment organizations, including in league interactions, stadium and arena operations, conventions, food/beverage operations, marketing, licensing, naming rights, brand management and broadcasting.
While at Faegre Drinker, Chris served one of Faegre Drinker’s largest clients, on-site, in an in-house counsel role.
Before joining Faegre Drinker, Chris was a highly decorated U.S. Air Force officer. He flew as a fighter pilot and also flew worldwide missions as a reconnaissance pilot. He also held several management positions, including executive officer of a commanding unit responsible for an 8,000-member organization and operations in five countries. He was a distinguished graduate at each of his six formal schools. He was the #1 graduate in all three of his flight training schools and, in his last assignment, was rated as the #1 officer among his 980 contemporaries.