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Christopher M. Forrester


Mr. Forrester represents public and private companies, investment banks and sponsors in corporate and finance matters, including securities offerings, mergers, acquisitions and strategic transactions, corporate governance and public company reporting and compliance.  He regularly advises boards on strategic matters and is viewed by CEO’s as a key business partner and trusted advisor.  He also speaks regularly on securities and governance matters at forums such as Practicing Law Institute and Financial Executives International, and is the co-author of Fiduciary Duties of Directors and Officers (published by R.R. Donnelley; foreword by Professor John Buley Duke’s Fuqua School of Business), which is widely acclaimed in the industry and is one of R.R. Donnelley’s most requested publications.

Securities Offerings – Mr. Forrester has been involved in dozens of public and private securities offerings in the U.S. and abroad, including initial public offerings, follow-on offerings, secondary offerings, confidentially marketed offerings, PIPEs, ATMs (at the market offerings), private offerings of seed and preferred stock and convertible and bridge note offerings.  He represents issuers, underwriters and arrangers in these matters, and is well regarded for his creativity in structuring transactions and helping clients solve problems.

Mergers, Acquisitions and Strategic Transactions – Mr. Forrester has extensive experience representing strategic and financial buyers and sellers in transactional matters, including public and private company mergers, acquisitions and dispositions, carve-out and other asset transactions, and joint ventures.  He has worked on transactions involving buyers and sellers in numerous transactions in North America, Europe, and Asia. Mr. Forrester has considerable expertise representing boards and other constituents in complex related party transactions.

Corporate Governance and Public Company Reporting and Compliance – Mr. Forrester represents public and private companies seeking to develop and maintain best practices in corporate governance. Mr. Forrester also regularly represents companies in their ongoing compliance with the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 and stock exchange requirements.

Selected Experience

  • Represented Goldman Sachs in connection with Amgen Inc.’s $3.5 billion sale of registered notes.
  • Represented Citigroup Global Markets Inc., Deutsche Bank Securities Inc., Goldman Sachs & Co. LLC and Wells Fargo Securities, LLC in connection with eBay Inc.’s $2.5 billion senior unsecured notes offering.
  • Represented Goldman Sachs and Morgan Stanley in connection with initial public offering of Advantage Solutions.
  • Represented Mubadala Development Co in connection with sale of $600 million in shares of Advanced Micro Devices.
  • Represent underwriters in connection with upcoming initial public offering of an emerging growth biofuels company.
  • Represented Renewable Energy Trust Capital, Inc. in connection with its sale in a series of transactions:
    • Panoche Holdings, LLC to CED Panoche Valley Holdings, LLC.
    • Imperial Solar Holdings, LLC, RET Modesto Holdings, LLC, and GA Solar Portfolio, LLC to Axium US Solar Holdings LLC.
    • assets by DiscoveryLight LP, FotoLight LP, CityLights LP, and RET Ontario Holdings, ULC to Axium Solarlights LP and Axium Solarlights Holdco LP.
    • Coram Wind Holdings, LLC to CED Coram Wind Holdings, LLC.
  • Represented Tsinghua Unigroup Ltd., a subsidiary of Tsinghua University, in the following matters:
    • U.S.$1.8 billion acquisition of Shanghai-based fabless IC developer Spreadtrum Communications, Inc. (NASDAQ: SPRD).
    • U.S.$910 million acquisition of China-based fabless semiconductor company RDA Microelectronics, Inc. (NASDAQ: RDA).
  • Represented Leyard Optoelectronic Co., Ltd. in connection with U.S.$156.8 million acquisition of Planar Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: PLNR).
  • Represented Three Cairns Group in connection with its $25 million Series F preferred stock investment in AirBNB.
  • Represent City Light Capital in series of private placements in early stage companies.

Selected Publications

  • Author: Fiduciary Duties and Other Responsibilities of Corporate Directors and Officers (R.R. Donnelley Capital Markets), currently 6ed.
  • “Annual Review of Federal Securities Regulation,” The Business Lawyer, 2006
  • “Annual Review of Federal Securities Regulation,” The Business Lawyer, 2005
  • “Annual Review of Federal Securities Regulation,” The Business Lawyer, 2004


  • Georgetown University Law Center (LL.M. in Securities Regulation)
  • McGeorge School of Law, University of the Pacific (J.D.)
  • Saint Marys College of California (B.A.)


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