Christopher P. Keefe

Christopher P. Keefe is the leader of Nixon Peabody’s Corporate practice group 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 and Food, Beverage & Agribusiness practices. He represents privately held companies and funds in financings, corporate counseling and mergers and acquisitions.

What do you focus on?

For over twenty 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, as well as 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 create headwinds in the deal environment within the next year. We’re helping clients plan growth strategies to help them achieve their goals in changing market conditions.

Representative Experience

  • 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 Sciformix Corporation in its sale to Covance Asia-Specific Inc. (a subsidiary of Laboratory Corporation of America Holdings).
  • Yasso, Inc. in its transaction with Castanea Partners, Inc. Yasso is a Quincy, MA-based company that created the first ever frozen Greek yogurt bars, which it sells nationwide.
  • Represented Exinda Inc. in its sale to a wholly-owned subsidiary of Aurea Software, Inc., a portfolio company of ESW Capital, LLC. Exinda Inc. provides wide area network (WAN) optimization solutions.
  • Advised Battery Ventures on its Series C Preference Share investment in Nitro Software Pty Ltd (Australia). Battery Ventures X, L.P. was the primary investing fund. Nitro Software offers desktop and cloud software solutions to create, edit, share, sign, and collaborate on documents, online or offline. The Australia parent has subsidiaries in California and Ireland.
  • Represented Battery Ventures in its Series B investment in AuditBoard, Inc. Battery is a global, technology-focused investment firm. AuditBoard, Inc. is a software company that sells user-friendly SOX Compliance and Audit Management programs.
  • 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.
  • Advised Battery Ventures on its investment in Q2 Software, Inc., a CBG Holdings technology company focused on electronic banking software and services.

Attorneys who moved up the firm ranks in Q2

Law360 | August 01, 2019

This roundup of second-quarter attorney promotions highlights Boston Global Finance partner Amy Charamba and Boston Corporate partner Chris Keefe, who were named to lead their respective practice groups.

New Nixon Peabody corporate chief bullish on deal work despite market jitters

The American Lawyer | May 20, 2019

Boston Corporate partner and practice group leader Chris Keefe talks to American Lawyer about his new leadership position in the firm, his view of the M&A market for 2019 and beyond, and the flood of new competition in the Boston legal industry.

Movers and Shakers

The Deal | May 16, 2019

This roundup of executive news includes the elevation of Boston Corporate partner Chris Keefe to leader of NP’s Corporate group.

M&A wrap: Kroger, Lindsay Goldberg, PearlRock, Platinum Equity, American Express

Mergers & Acquisitions | May 15, 2019

This article highlights the appointment of Boston Corporate partner Chris Keefe as leader of the corporate practice group.

Mass. M&A activity falls significantly in the third quarter

Boston Business Journal | October 18, 2018

Boston Corporate partner Chris Keefe is quoted extensively in this article on the slowdown in mergers and acquisitions in Massachusetts and whether dealmaking signals a slowing economy.

Local M&A Activity Heats Up in Early 2018, but Will It Last?

Boston Business Journal | February 11, 2018

Boston M&A and corporate transactions deputy practice group leader Chris Keefe is quoted in this article for his outlook on the pipeline of M&A deals involving Massachusetts businesses, saying it’s “fuller than it’s been in several years.”

What New Brunswick companies should know about New England’s building sector

Opportunities NB Blog | December 14, 2017

This Q&A features Boston M&A and Corporate Transactions partner Chris Keefe and recaps his presentation about doing business in the U.S. at Greenbuild, a conference focused on sustainable building and design.


Christopher P. Keefe

Practice Group Leader, Corporate


Phone: 617-345-1350


Fax: 866-947-1550

University of Virginia, J.D.

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


Chris has been recognized for exceptional standing in the legal community in Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business 2018 for Corporate/M&A (Massachusetts). He has also been recognized in Chambers in previous years. In addition, Chris has been recommended in The Legal 500 United States 2019 editorial for M&A/corporate and commercial—M&A: Middle-market (sub-$500m).

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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