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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 ContraFect Corporation in connection with its $20 million PIPE offering.
  • Represented ContraFect Corporation in connection with its initial public offering.
  • Represented Arsenal Holdco I, S.a.r.l. and Arsenal Holdco II, S.a.r.l. (affiliates of Francisco Partners), Kanata Research Park Corporation and Shen Capital Corporation in connection with a secondary public offering of C$91 million of common stock of Mitel Networks Corporation (Nasdaq: MITL).
  • Represented GXS Group, Inc. (a Francisco Partners portfolio company) in connection with demand and piggyback registration requests by OpenText Corporation, a total proposed maximum aggregate offering price of approximately $124 million.
  • Represented Roth Capital Partners LLC in connection with the following matters:
    • US$40 million registered rights offering by Prospect Global Resources Inc. (Nasdaq: PGRX).
    • US$12 million underwritten public offering by Prospect Global Resources Inc. (Nasdaq: PGRX).
    • US$70 million registered direct offering for ReneSola Ltd. (Nasdaq: SOL).
    • US$14 million registered offering for Overland Storage, Inc. (Nasdaq: OVRL).
    • US$10 million underwritten public offering by xG Technology, Inc. (Nasdaq: XGTI).

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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