Chris practices in the areas of corporate and business organizations, mergers and acquisitions, securities, new and emerging businesses and technology law. He advises clients on the acquisition and disposition of businesses, including negotiating and preparing transaction documents and conducting due diligence. His areas of concentration also include business start-up and formation issues. Chris advises start-up companies and emerging companies through all phases of development, including entity selection and formation, capitalization, protection and commercialization of technology assets, IP licensing transactions and asset acquisition/sale transactions. In the course of his practice, he routinely negotiates and prepares general corporate and commercial agreements.
In addition, Chris focuses his practice on securities law issues, including Reg D private placements, private equity investments, venture capital transactions and public offerings. He has extensive experience with both federal and state securities regulation related to the offering of securities and raising capital for new, emerging and seasoned companies.
Chris has also advised Ohio landowners on matters pertaining to Utica shale oil and gas developments, including assisting landowners in negotiating oil and gas leases and resolving title matters in regards to oil and gas leasing and royalty rights.
With nearly fifteen years in practice, Chris has assisted clients in matters ranging from small entrepreneurial start-ups to multi-million dollar transactions, including private placement offerings, mergers, equity acquisitions, asset acquisitions, recapitalization transactions and initial public offerings. He has also assisted public company clients located in Ohio by joining their in-house legal teams for extended periods. Prior to joining PetersonConners, Chris was an attorney for several years in the corporate and finance group at Vorys, Sater, Seymour & Pease LLP.
In 2017, Chris received a designation as an Ohio Super Lawyers “Rising Star.” This distinction is awarded to less than 2.5 percent of Ohio attorneys under the age of 40.