Christopher J. Verstrate

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Practices
Industries
International
Education
  • Northwestern University School of Law, JD, Senior Articles Editor, Northwestern Journal of International Law and Business, 1999
  • Trinity Christian College, BA, 1996
Admissions
  • Illinois
Affiliations

Member, Business Law Section, American Bar Association

Member, International Section, American Bar Association

Member, Chicago Bar Association

Chris's practice focuses on corporate law including mergers and acquisitions, international transactions, complex contracts and business structuring, formation and reorganization. He also provides general corporate advice for all types of entities, as well as representation in certain intellectual property matters.

His focus on corporate transactions regularly involves the structuring, documenting, reviewing and negotiating of a variety of deals including asset and stock purchase transactions, merger agreements, joint ventures, shareholder and buy/sell agreements, operating agreements and other corporate transactional agreements. He also drafts, reviews and negotiates operational and development contracts for clients to cover areas such as supply and distribution, confidentiality and non-disclosure, intellectual property, and sales and purchases of goods and services. Chris assists both domestic and international clients with corporate legal matters and transactions in a variety of industries including consulting, manufacturing and technology. In addition, he has experience in intellectual property matters including trademark and copyright registration, maintenance and licensing.

Chris has written for numerous publications and presented at several seminars on corporate law topics and issues. He also taught an upper-level business law course at a Chicago area college.

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Christopher J Verstrate
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T: +1 312 750 8937F: +1 312 920 659677 West Wacker Drive
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Chicago, IL 60601-1818
Mergers, Acquisitions and Joint Ventures

Representation of a worldwide crude oil marketing and logistics company in its $10 million acquisition of a majority interest in a holding company with gas and oil projects in South America.

Representation of Addison Group, a leading provider of professional staffing services, in its acquisition of AIM Consulting, a technology consulting firm.

Representation of a Netherlands-based ingredients arm of an international trading and shipping group in its $19 million sale of the stock of its U.S. operations to a commodities trade facilitator.

Representation of a German-based global quality and safety services company in its $7 million acquisition, through its U.S. subsidiary, of a medical device development company.

Representation of several European based publicly traded and privately held companies in numerous acquisitions of U.S. companies.

Representation of several U.S. clients on leveraged management buyouts, including the buyout of a manufacturer from its former European parent company.

Representation of multiple family-owned companies in their acquisitions by, and sales to, private equity interests and other close corporation purchase and sale transactions.

Provide regular advice on structuring and drafting joint venture agreements, management agreements, license agreements and development agreements, including acting as counsel for a joint venture to produce a newly patented product by a U.S. manufacturing client, a joint venture between a U.S. and a Canadian entity to expand their combined consulting services into the European Union, and a multinational joint venture for a European-based client to develop additional consulting business in Asia.

Corporate Structuring, Formation and Investment

Counsel corporate, partnership and limited liability company entities on formation, and represent those companies or their owners in negotiation and documentation of various structuring agreements, including shareholder and buy/sell agreements, operating agreements and subscription and purchase agreements, such as representation of a U.S. Midwest based venture capital group in review and negotiation of all of their investment and ownership documents.

Regularly provide counsel for redemption transactions, reorganizations and recapitalizations, including several equity investment transactions in technology companies and other service companies.

General Counsel

Act as outside general counsel handling day-to-day corporate legal matters for companies in various industries from food services to publishing.

International

Act as counsel for U.S. acquisitions by foreign companies and regularly provide advice to foreign companies on corporate matters related to U.S. or cross-border operations or transactions.

Intellectual Property

Advise clients on all aspects of trademark and copyright assessment, registration and maintenance, including related license issues, including representing several U.S. companies in managing their trademark and copyright portfolios around the world.

Named to "Illinois Rising Stars," Business/Corporate, Mergers and Acquisitions, Intellectual Property, Super Lawyers, 2009-2013