Christopher Converse

Partner

Overview

Chris Converse is a member of Foley Gardere's Private Equity practice. He directs his practice toward mergers and acquisitions, recapitalizations, financings, and public and private offerings of debt and equity nationwide. Chris focuses on several sectors and industries, including information technology services, manufacturing, franchising, aerospace, product distribution, supply chain services, nutritional supplements and restaurants. Chris is known by clients for his pragmatism and responsiveness. His clients include private equity firms, including Rosewood Private Investments, Strait Lane Capital Partners, Longwater Opportunities and Luther King Capital Management – in their acquisition and disposition of portfolio companies – and family-owned businesses. His private equity clients include both funded entities and fundless sponsors.

Furthermore, Chris serves as outside general counsel for many of his clients, forming close, long-term relationships and meeting a variety of business needs.

Chris provides corporate law and mergers and acquisitions commentary to many local and national businesses, as well as to legal publications. For example, he was recently quoted in Law360's Dealmakers Q&A series: "We need to reform our tax laws to allow small and medium-sized businesses to gain greater access to capital. Simplifying the tax code will reduce the costs incurred by businesses to comply with legal and reporting requirements. In addition, we should be skeptical of so-called 'reforms' that carry with them unintended consequences."

In 2014, M&A Advisor named Chris to its 40 Under 40 list of top legal professionals in mergers and acquisitions in the United States.

Professional Affiliations

  • Member, State Bar of Texas
  • Member, Dallas Bar Association
    • Securities Section
  • Member, Dallas Young Lawyers Association
  • Member, Association for Corporate Growth, Dallas/Fort Worth Chapter
  • Member, Texas Venture Capital Association

Community Involvement

  • Board Member, Carter BloodCare
  • Board Member, World Affairs Council of Dallas/Fort Worth
  • Member, Greater Irving-Las Colinas Chamber of Commerce
    • Former Board Member
  • Member, Dallas Arboretum
    • Former Member, Corporate Advisory Committee
  • Corporate Secretary, Safer Dallas Better Dallas
  • Member, Highland Park Presbyterian Church
  • Former Board Member and Secretary, Friends of the Trinity Strand Trail

Honors & Awards

  • Recognized, Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business (Tom Wicker ed., Chambers & Partners)
    • Corporate/M&A (2016)
  • Recognized, The Best Lawyers® in America (Steven Naifeh & Gregory White Smith eds., Woodward/White Inc.) (2015)
    • Corporate Law (2015-2018)
  • Recipient, 40 Under 40 Recognition Award, M&A Advisor (2014)
  • Recognized, Texas Rising Star by Super Lawyers, a Thomson Reuters business, as published in Texas Super Lawyers​ Magazine
    • Business/Corporate (2005, 2007-2009, 2013-2015)
  • Recognized, Best Lawyers in Dallas, D Magazine
    • Corporate Law: General (2015)
    • Corporate Law: Mergers and Acquisitions (2017)

Education

  • J.D., University of Virginia School of Law, (2000)
    • Notes Editor, Virginia Tax Review
  • A.B., Duke University, (1997), magna cum laude
    • History (with distinction)

Admissions

  • Texas (2000)

Representative Matters

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Gardere represented a Denver-based provider of healthcare terminology management and related services in its sale to a global information services and publishing company headquartered in Holland. Our client delivers clinical decision support disease info
Represented founders of Texas-based hospitality firm in sale of majority ownership position to U.S.-based middle market growth buyout private equity firm
Represented Blackland Group, a private equity firm focused on aerospace and defense manufacturing businesses, in its acquisition of Prikos & Becker, a company that specializes in intricate fabricated metal assembles in the aerospace industry

Capabilities