Boston, MA. Nixon Peabody has named partner Christopher Keefe to lead the firm’s Corporate group, comprised of M&A and Corporate Transactions, Securities, Private Equity & Family Offices, Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation, Franchise and Tax.
Nixon Peabody’s Corporate group is one of the leading transactional practices among AmLaw 100 firms. Major transactions handled by the group in the past year include Constellation Brands’ pending $1.7B sale of 30 wine brands to E. & J. Gallo Winery, Refresco N.V.’s $1.25B acquisition of Cott Corp.’s worldwide bottling business, and human capital management solutions provider Paychex Inc.’s $1.2B acquisition of Oasis Outsourcing Acquisition Corp.
“Chris is committed to the continued expansion of our Corporate practices,” said Andrew Glincher, CEO and managing partner of Nixon Peabody. “During his 22 years with Nixon Peabody in a variety of leadership roles, Chris has established himself as a trusted advisor to investors and executives helping them close transactions that fuel future growth.”
Chris represents industry-leading companies and funds in financings, corporate counseling and mergers and acquisitions at all stages, working primarily in the technology, consumer, life sciences and manufacturing industries as well as with the venture and private equity funds that invest in them.
“I’m optimistic that dealmakers will continue to enjoy a good environment in the near future, even after accounting for challenges brought about by market uncertainty,” said Chris Keefe. “We’re focused on helping our clients achieve their goals regardless of changing conditions.”
Chris assumes this leadership position from David Martland. David is recognized by the Legal 500 as one of the top 21 U.S. Middle-Market M&A lawyers, and has led various practice groups and teams in the Business & Finance Department over the past decade.