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Chris is a partner in Reed Smith’s Global Corporate Group resident in the firm’s New York office and also serves as global vice-chair of the Private Equity Group. Chris concentrates his practice on private equity transactions and domestic and cross-border mergers & acquisitions across a broad range of sectors, including consumer brands and retail, industrials and manufacturing, technology, media and telecom (TMT), financial services, healthcare, and entertainment & media.


  • Yeshiva University, Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, 2008, J.D.
  • University of South Carolina, 2003, B.S.

  • Pennsylvania
  • New Jersey
  • New York

  • Association for Corporate Growth (ACG)
  • Association for Corporate Growth (ACG) – Membership Committee for New York Chapter
  • Board of Directors – Trailblazers, a local non-profit supporting child development through outdoor adventure, leadership and after school programming
  • Associate Board of Directors/Member of Legal Committee – GlobalPotential, a New York-based nonprofit organization focused on empowering youth through international travel and social awareness (merged with Jump! Development Fund in 2018)

Awards & Recognition

  • Named as a “Rising Star” by Super Lawyers for M&A in New York from 2013-2018
  • Named as an “Emerging Leader” by M&A Advisor in 2018
  • Shortlisted for “2019 Transatlantic Private Equity Team of the Year” by Legal Week, The American Lawyer, and Corporate Counsel
  • Selected as an Acritas Stars stand-out lawyer in 2020

Notable Quotes

  • 27 March 2020 “Private Equity Bet Billions on Live Entertainment in 2019” Business Insider