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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Mergers & Acquisitions | May 15, 2019
This article highlights the appointment of Boston Corporate partner Chris Keefe as leader of the corporate practice group.
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.
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.”
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.
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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.