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Christopher P. Keefe



Christopher P. Keefe is the leader of Nixon Peabody’s Business & Finance department, a partner in the Corporate practice group and a member of the firm’s M&A and Private Equity teams. In addition, Chris is a member of the Life Sciences and Food, Beverage & Consumer 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?

While 2020 saw a very strong but disrupted M&A market due to the COVID-19 pandemic, demand at the end of the year was unprecedented and that continues to carry over into 2021. Inflation and tax policy may temper this level of activity as the year progresses, but I do not anticipate the fundamental strength of the market to be materially impacted.

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.

Nixon Peabody names Global Finance co-leaders

Law360 | August 05, 2022

This article highlights the appointments of Boston partner Catherine Ng and Chicago partner Rob Drobnak to co-lead the firm’s Global Finance practice. The article also quotes Business & Finance Department head Chris Keefe, and notes Boston partner Amy Charamba as former Global Finance PGL.

Law360 names attorneys who moved up the firm ranks in Q2

Law360 | August 18, 2021

This article on notable partner-level promotions during Q2 includes the appointment of Providence Labor & Employment partner Stacie Collier to Chief Talent Officer. In addition, NP’s recent appointments to department heads and practice group leaders were included: San Francisco Complex Commercial Disputes partner Tony Barron as Litigation Department chair, Boston Private Equity & Investment Funds partner John Beals as Investment Funds practice group leader, Boston Corporate partner Chris Keefe as Business & Finance Department chair, Los Angeles Corporate partner Shahzad Malik as Tax team co-leader, Washington DC Community Development Finance partner Matt Mullen as Community Development Finance practice group leader, and Albany Private Equity partner Todd Tidgewell as Corporate practice group leader.

Wake Up Call

Bloomberg Law | June 16, 2021

The following article features the selection of Albany partner Todd Tidgewell to lead the Corporate group, providing an overview of his practice and career, and his outlook for growing the group. Head of the Business and Finance Department and Boston partner Chris Keefe is mentioned for previously holding the Corporate PGL role.

Albany partner named leader of Nixon Peabody's Corporate practice

Albany Business Review | June 15, 2021

The following article features the selection of Albany partner Todd Tidgewell to lead the Corporate group, providing an overview of his practice and career, and his outlook for growing the group. Head of the Business and Finance Department and Boston partner Chris Keefe is mentioned for previously holding the Corporate PGL role.

Nixon Peabody picks new Corporate practice leader

Law360 | June 15, 2021

The following article features the selection of Albany partner Todd Tidgewell to lead the Corporate group, providing an overview of his practice and career, and his outlook for growing the group. Head of the Business and Finance Department and Boston partner Chris Keefe is mentioned for previously holding the Corporate PGL role.

Movers & Shakers

The Deal | June 15, 2021

The following article features the selection of Albany partner Todd Tidgewell to lead the Corporate group, providing an overview of his practice and career, and his outlook for growing the group. Head of the Business and Finance Department and Boston partner Chris Keefe is mentioned for previously holding the Corporate PGL role.

Promotions

Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly | May 20, 2021

This column of notable executive news highlights the selection of Boston Corporate partner Christopher Keefe to lead the Business & Finance Department.

Movers & Shakers

The Deal | May 18, 2021

This column of notable executive news highlights the selection of Boston Corporate partner Christopher Keefe to lead the Business & Finance Department. CEO and managing partner Steve Zubiago is mentioned for previously holding that role.

Wake Up Call

Bloomberg Law | May 13, 2021

The following article features Boston Corporate partner Christopher Keefe’s selection to lead the Business & Finance Department, which comprises over 200 attorneys across the firm’s Corporate, Health Care, Global Finance, and Private Clients practices.

Nixon Peabody promotes Christopher Keefe

Mergers & Acquisitions | May 12, 2021

The following article features Boston Corporate partner Christopher Keefe’s selection to lead the Business & Finance Department, which comprises over 200 attorneys across the firm’s Corporate, Health Care, Global Finance, and Private Clients practices.

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.

Contact

Christopher P. Keefe

Partner
Chair, Business & Finance Department

Boston

Phone: 617-345-1350


Fax: 866-947-1550

University of Virginia, J.D.

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

Massachusetts

  • Recognized as one of Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly “Go To Lawyers” in Business 2022
  • Recognized for exceptional standing in the legal community in Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business 2018 for Corporate/M&A (Massachusetts); also recognized in Chambers in previous years
  • Recommended in The Legal 500 United States 2021 editorial for M&A/corporate and commercial—M&A: Middle-market (sub-$500m); also recognized in previous years
  • Boston Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
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