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?

With respect to the current dealmaking environment amid the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, we’ve seen little in the way of a consistent theme—the market has not moved in a monolithic way.  Overall, volume is down—but we’ve had processes continue to move forward, while others have paused. Given the otherwise robust start to 2020, everyone is generally optimistic that when some level of normalcy returns to the market, it will result in a few strong quarters for dealmaking.

Representative Experience

  • Represented Sciformix Corporation in its sale to Covance Asia-Specific Inc. (a subsidiary of Laboratory Corporation of America Holdings).
  • Represented Eze Castle Integration, Inc., a leading provider of managed IT services, complete cloud solutions, and cybersecurity to more than 650 financial services clients worldwide in its sale to H.I.G. Capital.
  • Represented Sensata Technologies, Inc., a worldwide manufacturer and supplier of sensors, controls, electrical protection and control, and power management solutions, in the divestment of its valves business, consisting of three subsidiaries (Schrader SAS, August France Holding Company SAS, and Schrader-Bridgeport International, Inc.) with significant facilities, operations, and employees in Virginia and France, to Pacific Industrial Co., Ltd. for approximately $173M enterprise value.
  • Represented Capax Global, LLC, a Chicago-based technology company focused on cloud solutions, in connection with its sale to Hitachi Solutions America, Ltd.
  • Represented Breakaway Ventures, LLC in its Series A Preferred Share investment in Grillo’s Pickles, Inc., a Massachusetts-based company that sells gourmet pickles in grocery stores across the U.S.
  • 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.
  • Represented ProcessOut, a software startup that helps SaaS & e-commerce companies monitor & optimize their payment performance, in its sale to CheckOut.com, a London-based payment platform.
  • Represented Battery Ventures in numerous strategic transactions, including, its investment in Mews Systems BV, a Dutch company that provides a cloud-based property management software that helps hotels and hostels automate their operations; its investment in Nitro Software Pty Ltd, a provider of cloud software solutions; and its investment in AuditBoard, Inc., a software company that sells user-friendly SOX Compliance and Audit Management programs.
  • Represented 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 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.

Dealmaking under quarantine: 8 private equity and M&A pros share strategies while social distancing

Mergers & Acquisitions | April 29, 2020

This Q&A roundup on dealmaking during the age of COVID-19 features Boston-based Corporate practice group leader Chris Keefe’s best practices, including reaching out to colleagues and clients to check on the hardships they may be facing and lending a hand as we all weather the storm together.

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.


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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