As Team Leader for the Financial Institutions Sector, Chris practices primarily in the areas of corporate and real estate finance, mergers and acquisitions, and other commercial transactions.
Chris’s clients include public and private businesses in the financial services, manufacturing, agribusiness, retail sales, consumer products, and health care industries. Some of the legal areas that he advises on include: structuring joint ventures; the management of environmental risks; transactional aspects of bankruptcy and creditors' rights; and structuring, negotiating and documenting all aspects of acquisitions, divestitures, complex financings and third party credit arrangements, including multi-state, multi-lender, and multi-currency transactions.

Chris has a strong interest in and regularly counsels financial institutions and non-profits regarding community development projects. Chris also has significant experience in negotiating and structuring the acquisition, sale and financing of tax credit projects.

He also regularly represents borrowers, issuers, and administrative and collateral agents with syndicated financings, convertible debt, subordinated debt and mezzanine financings, tax-advantaged financings, off-balance sheet financings, letters of credit, securitizations, structured finance, asset-based financings, and public/private debt offerings.

Publications

  • Co-Author, North Carolina Commercial Financing Forms -- Practice, Lawyers Cooperative Publishing
  • Co-Author, North Carolina Real Estate Forms -- Practice, Lawyers Cooperative Publishing
  • The Lead Lender's Liability to Its Participant, 109 The Banking Law Journal 532 (1992)
  • Letters of Credit: A North Carolina Primer, 24 Wake Forest Law Review 653 (1989)
  • Limitation Upon the Jury's Discretion in Capital Punishment Sentencing, 19 Wake Forest Law Review 351 (1983)
  • Article 7: Warehouse Receipts, Bills of Lading and Other Documents of Title, 18 Wake Forest Law Review 351 (1982)
  • Article 8: Investment Securities, 18 Wake Forest Law Review 351 (1982)

Professional Activities

Bar Associations: 

  • North Carolina Bar Association 
  • Georgia Bar Association, Corporate and Banking Law Section
  • American Bar Association, Corporate, Banking and Business Law Section
  • Member, Loan Syndications and Trading Association, Inc. 

Honors and Awards

  • Chambers USA 2019 Ranked Lawyer, Banking and Finance, North Carolina
  • Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America© in the fields of Banking and Finance Law and Securities/Capital Markets Law, 2018
  • Named the Best Lawyers™ 2015 Securities/Capital Markets Law "Lawyer of the Year”
  • Super Lawyers Honoree, Banking, 2006 - Present  
Experience

Any result the lawyer or law firm may have achieved on behalf of clients in other matters does not necessarily indicate similar results can be obtained for other clients.

  • Acquisition of an agricultural products company with operations in the U.S. and Canada valued in excess of $150,000,000
  • Disposition of a manufacturing and distribution subsidiary valued in excess of $50,000,000
  • Sale of a controlling interest in a manufacturer of clothing and apparel with revenues in excess of $500,000,000
  • Acquisition by management of a majority equity interest in an international manufacturer of consumer products with revenues in excess of $1,000,000,000 
  • Represented a publicly traded consumer products manufacturer in connection with the divestiture of the operating assets of divisions valued in excess of $100,000,000
  • Represented the Administrative Agent and Collateral Agent in connection with a $400,000,000 multi-currency secured revolving credit facility.
  • Represented the Administrative Agent in a $150,000,000 unsecured multi-currency revolving credit and term loan facility.
  • Represented the borrower (a healthcare provider) in connection with a $200,000,000 syndicated, revolving credit facility.
  • Represented the issuer (a publicly held technology company) in connection with the issuance of $1,000,000,000 of senior notes.
  • Represented the borrower (a transportation and logistics company) in connection with the negotiation, structuring and documentation of a $250,000,000 syndicated revolving credit facility and the private placement of $100,000,000 in senior notes.
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Bar admissions

1984, District of Columbia

1988, North Carolina

1994, Georgia

Admitted to practice before:

  • United States District Court of Maryland

Education

  • J.D., 1983, Wake Forest University School of Law
    • Editorial Staff, Wake Forest Law Review
    • American Society of International Law Proceedings
    • Moot Court Board
    • cum laude
  • B.S., 1980, Northwestern University
    • with distinction
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