Christopher Converse

Partner

Overview

Chris Converse is a member of Foley’s Private Equity & Venture Capital team and is one of the leaders of the firm’s private equity practice. Chris has 20 years of corporate and M&A legal experience and during his career has executed over 100 M&A transactions with an aggregate deal value exceeding $5 billion. Chris’ team directs mergers and acquisitions, recapitalizations, financings, and private offerings of debt and equity for middle-market companies throughout the United States. Chris focuses on several sectors and industries, including information technology services, manufacturing, consumer packaged goods, aerospace components, product distribution, energy logistic services, and health and nutrition products. Chris is known by clients for his pragmatism and responsiveness. His financial sponsor clients include funded entities, such as Havencrest Healthcare Partners and LongWater Opportunities, family offices actively engaged in control investments, including Rosewood Private Investments and Strait Lane Capital Partners, and independent sponsors such as Clavis Capital Partners. Chris and his team have represented these and other middle-market private equity sponsors and their portfolio companies.

In addition to private equity, Chris serves as outside general counsel for many family-owned and privately held businesses that operate in a variety of industries, directing a client service team that advises on acquisitions, corporate governance, tax and employee benefits issues, regulatory compliance, general contract issues, intellectual property protection, and labor and employment matters.

Chris often provides corporate law and M&A commentary to legal and business publications. 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

Community Involvement

  • Former Board Member, Carter BloodCare
  • Member, Dallas Arboretum
  • Former Member, Corporate Advisory Committee
  • Former Board Member and Secretary, Friends of the Trinity Strand Trail

Honors & Awards

  • Recognized, The Best Lawyers® in America (Steven Naifeh & Gregory White Smith eds., Woodward/White Inc.)
    • Corporate Law (2015-2020)
  • Recognized, Best Lawyers in Dallas, D Magazine
    • Corporate Law: General (2015)
    • Corporate Law: Mergers and Acquisitions (2017)
  • Recognized, Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business (Tom Wicker ed., Chambers & Partners)
    • Corporate/M&A (2016)
  • 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)

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)

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