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Verrill Dana, LLP

Christopher M. Graham

Christopher M. Graham

Partner

Verrill Dana, LLP
Connecticut, U.S.A.

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Chris is a business and transactional lawyer. Calling upon his background as an in-house general counsel, he represents entities and investment funds in a wide range of matters, including buying and selling businesses, strategic alliances, licensing arrangements, securities and general corporate counseling. Chris also represents employers and executives at all stages in the employment relationship - from employment, compensation and non-compete agreements at inception to separation and severance agreements upon termination.

Chris has advised investors, strategic buyers and sellers, and borrowers in mergers, acquisitions, divestitures and financings, successfully closing scores of transactions. Examples include representing:

  • A multi-billion dollar manufacturer of construction, infrastructure and mining equipment in the acquisitions of a UK based manufacturer of loader backhoes, several utility equipment distributors, and a manufacturer of under-bridge access equipment used for bridge maintenance, construction and inspection.

  • A private equity investor in over a dozen acquisitions and investments for several investment funds. Recent deals include supporting a management buyout of a mid-Atlantic manufacturer of pressure vessels, and "add-on" acquisitions for portfolio companies providing specialized digital and production services.

  • One of the nation's largest providers of residential oil heat energy services, as well as commercial and fleet fueling products, in the acquisition and sale of home heating oil distributors.

Chris has previously served as Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary of a publicly-traded technology company, where his diverse legal responsibilities included overseeing SEC reporting (including '33 and '34 Act compliance), managing intellectual property development and protection, negotiating key contracts and licenses, litigation management and managing investor relations. After law school, he joined Kelley Drye & Warren LLP as an associate.

Prior to becoming an attorney, Chris completed Chase Manhattan Bank's management development program and managed several departments supporting Chase's government and mortgage-backed securities traders.

Education

University of Connecticut School of Law (1992), with honors
Lehigh University (B.S., 1986)
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