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Christopher P. Keefe



Christopher P. Keefe is a Deputy Practice Group Leader for Nixon Peabody’s M&A and Corporate Transactions team and a member of the Private Equity Funds team. In addition, Chris leads Nixon Peabody's Big Data initiative, and is a member of the Life Sciences practice. He represents privately held companies and funds in financings, corporate counseling and mergers and acquisitions.

What do you focus on?

For over 18 years, I have represented companies of all stages in the technology, consumer, life sciences and manufacturing verticals as well as the venture and private equity funds that invest in them. I also represent buyers and sellers in middle-market mergers and acquisitions, and other sophisticated clients in corporate transactions and strategic relationships. I enjoy a trusted advisor relationship with leading management teams and investors.

What do you see on the horizon?

Dealmakers will continue to enjoy a good deal environment in the near future, but a higher interest rate environment will make the deal environment harsher within the next two years. We’re helping clients plan growth strategies to help them achieve their goals before market conditions turn against them.

Representative Experience

  • Represented Haffner Family Companies on the sale of the operations and assets of fourteen of its companies to Energy North. Haffner Family Companies owned and operated retail motor fuel stations, convenience stores, propane and refined petroleum sales, storage and distribution facilities and car washes in Massachusetts and New Hampshire.
  • Represented Code Red, Inc., in its acquisition by FactSet Research Systems Inc. (NYSE:FDS) (Nasdaq:FDS). Code Red provides research management technologies to the investment community, including endowments and foundations, institutional asset managers, sovereign wealth funds, pensions, and hedge funds.
  • Represented Battery Ventures in its investment in Mendix Holding B.V., a provider of cloud-based services to help companies build, integrate and deploy web and mobile applications. Founded in the Netherlands, Mendix has subsidiaries there as well as in the United States, South Africa and the United Kingdom.
  • Represented Sensata Technologies, Inc., in its acquisition of DeltaTech Controls USA, LLC, from CoActive US Holdings, Inc. DeltaTech Controls USA produces customized electronic operator controls based on magnetic position sensing technology for the construction, agriculture, motorcycle and other industries.
  • Represented Sensata Technologies, Inc., in its acquisition of Wabash Worldwide Holding Corp. and its subsidiaries. Wabash is a manufacturer of speed sensors, position sensors, fluid control actuators and ETC pedals for automotive, commercial and off-highway vehicles, with subsidiaries located in China, the UK and Mexico.
  • Represented Exinda Inc. in its Series C preferred stock offering led by funds affiliated with Greenspring Associates. Exinda is one of the world’s leading global providers of WAN optimization and network control solutions.
  • Advised Battery Ventures on its investment in Q2 Software, Inc., a CBG Holdings technology company focused on electronic banking software and services.

Haffner's Sale Confirmed by Parties

The Eagle-Tribune | March 25, 2015

This article highlights the sale of 14 service stations in Massachusetts and New Hampshire.  Boston Private Clients partner Sarah Connolly and Boston M&A and Corporate Transactions partner Chris Keefe represented the Haffner family in the acquisition.

FactSet Acquires Research Firm Code Red

The Deal | February 09, 2015

This article notes financial data and analytics provider FactSet Research’s acquisition of privately held investment research management technology company Code Red. Boston M&A and Corporate Transactions partner Christopher Keefe and Boston M&A and Corporate Transactions associate Dustin Hawks are identified as Code Red’s legal counsel.

Sensata picks up PE-backed DeltaTech Controls

The Deal | July 07, 2014

This article notes that Sensata Technologies Holding will acquire DeltaTech Controls GmbH from private equity-backed CoActive Technologies Inc. for an enterprise value of $190 million. Business transactions practice group leader David Martland and partner Chris Keefe are noted as Sensata’s legal counsel.

Contact

Christopher P. Keefe

Partner
Deputy Practice Group Leader, M&A and Corporate Transactions Group

Boston

Phone: 617-345-1350

Providence


Fax: 866-947-1550

University of Virginia, J.D.

American University, B.S.B.A., magna cum laude

Massachusetts

Chris has been recognized for exceptional standing in the legal community in Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business 2016 for Corporate/M&A(Massachusetts). He has also been recognized in Chambers in previous years.

Christopher leads the firm’s ongoing sponsorship of the Harvard Business School Association of Boston. He is a member of the Boston and American bar associations.

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