Chris concentrates his practice on business law, with an emphasis on mergers and acquisitions, private equity, mezzanine finance, private placements and general corporate matters.
Chris is the former co-chair of the firm’s private equity industry team. He represents private equity and mezzanine investment funds, investment groups and portfolio companies in all types of private equity transactions including leverage buyouts, control and non-control equity investments, venture capital investments and add-on acquisitions for portfolio companies.
Chris regularly represents clients in connection with mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, corporate restructurings and reorganizations and other business transactions. He also represents private equity funds in all aspects of fund formation. Many of his private equity clients are small business investment companies (SBICs).
Representation of a Charlotte-based private equity firm in its investment in a leading manufacturer of safety products.
Representation of a leading provider of marketing analytics software and professional services in its acquisition of a communications software platform.
Representation of private equity fund sponsor in connection with the acquisition of leading provider of regulatory compliance software solutions and services.
Representation of private equity fund sponsor in add-on acquisition of company providing e-learning training solutions to traffic, workplace safety, medical, continuing education.
Representation of private equity fund sponsors in connection with acquisition of manufacturer and distributor of school uniforms and related apparel.
Representation of private equity fund sponsor in connection with sale of investment adviser providing investment expertise and research to professional advisers and active investors and investment models to exchange-traded funds and mutual funds.
Representation of individual owner of a metal fabrication business focused on the ATM market to a private equity group.
Representation of 15 siblings in the sale of a seafood harvesting, processing and distribution company with operations in the US and Argentina to a Canadian salmon farming company.
Representation of family owners in connection with metal fabrication business to a private equity fund.
Representation of private equity fund sponsor in connection with sale of a manufacturer of seamless rolled rings to international manufacturer to an Italian based manufacturing company.
Representation of mezzanine lender in connection with investment in company providing Southwestern Mexican Style Snacks and Drink mixes.
Representation of mezzanine lender in connection with investment in manufacturer of cash management systems and robbery deterrent products for retail industry.
Representation of private equity fund sponsor in leveraged employee stock ownership plan buyout of a multi-location, traditional compounding pharmacy.
Representation of mezzanine lender in connection with investment in provider of over- the-counter scar treatment products.
Representation of mezzanine lender in connection with financing of acquisition of automobile parts distributor.
Representation of institutional investor in preferred stock investment in national distributor of pet food and supplies.
Representation of a private equity fund sponsor in connection with sale of a national engineering technical services and consulting company.
Representation of a private equity fund sponsor in connection with sale of national commercial equipment finance and leasing company.
Representation of a private equity fund sponsor in the acquisition of a provider of technical investment research and money management services.
Representation of a private equity fund sponsor in connection with sale of quick- service restaurant franchise.
Representation of a private equity fund sponsor in connection with sale of automobile finance services company.
Representation of a private equity fund sponsor in connection with acquisition of automobile finance services company.
Member; Past Member, Grievance Committee, Mecklenburg County Bar
Member, Association for Corporate Growth
Member, North Carolina Bar Association
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Selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America, Corporate Law, 2019-2023; Mergers and Acquisitions Law, 2022, 2023, Woodward/White, Inc.
Selected for inclusion as a "Leading Lawyer," Private Equity Buyouts, North Carolina, Legal 500 US, 2018
Named to "Legal Elite," Corporate Counsel, Business North Carolina, 2011
AV Rating, Martindale Hubbell
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