Christopher E. Austin’s practice focuses on public and private merger and acquisition transactions. 

He also provides advice regarding governance matters and fiduciary duties of officers and directors to corporations and their boards.

Chris joined the firm in 1983 and became a partner in 1992. From 1993 to 1998, he was resident in the Hong Kong office.

Notable Experience

Recent Clients

  • 3M; General Mills; Sony; General Motors; Goldman Sachs; International Flavors & Fragrances; Lenovo; Warburg Pincus; Westlake Chemical; LyondellBasell; One West Bank; Whirlpool.

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Recent Transactions

  • General Motors in the sale of its Opel/Vauxhall business to Peugeot.

  • 3M in its acquisitions of Scott Safety, Capital Safety, Ceradyne, Cogent and CUNO, and in the sale of its Global Branded Pharmaceuticals business.

  • Westlake Chemical in its unsolicited offer to acquire, and subsequent acquisition of, Axiall.

  • National Amusements (the Redstone family holding company) with respect to its investment in Viacom.

  • Triton Container in its merger of equals with TAL.

  • International Flavors & Fragrances in its acquisitions of Ottens Flavors and Lucas Meyer.

  • Asahi Kasei in its acquisitions of Polypore and Zoll Medical.

  • Banner Bank in its acquisition of the holding company for AmericanWest Bank.

  • OneWest Bank in its sale to CIT Group.

  • The Raine Group in its investment in and sale of C3 Presents and its investment in Vice Holding.

  • Natixis in its acquisition of a majority stake in Peter J. Solomon Company.

  • Silver Point Capital in its sale of Affinity Gaming.

  • Warburg Pincus in its €975 million acquisition of a stake in the securities custody business of Santander Banco de Emisiones, S.A.

  • Lenovo in its acquisition of the x86 server hardware and related maintenance services business of International Business Machines Corporation.

  • Sony Corporation in connection with its acquisition of full control of Sony Ericsson Mobile Communications and its acquisition of Gaikai.

  • Booz & Company in its sale to PricewaterhouseCoopers.

  • Brightstar and its founder in SoftBank’s acquisition of a 57 percent interest in Brightstar.

  • Whirlpool Corporation in its acquisition of a 51 percent stake in Hefei Rongshida Sanyo Electric.

  • TPG Special Situations Partners in connection with a novel transaction with Octavian Advisors and its affiliates.

  • Warburg Pincus and General Atlantic in their acquisition of a 50 percent interest in Santander Asset Management.

  • Nationstar Mortgage in its acquisition of Greenlight Financial Services’ mortgage origination business.

  • Goldman Sachs in the acquisition of Dwight Asset Management and the sale of Litton Loan Servicing.

  • The Coca-Cola Company in its acquisition of Great Plains Coca-Cola Bottling Company.

  • JPMorgan Chase in its acquisition of RBS Sempra Commodities’ global oil, metals, agricultural, plastics and European energy commodities operations.

  • Hewlett-Packard in connection with its acquisitions of 3Par, 3Com, EDS, Opsware, Neoware, Knightsbridge and Peregrine Systems.

  • US Bancorp in the contribution of the long-only asset management business of FAF Advisors to Nuveen Investment.

  • VeriSign in the sale of its authentication business to Symantec.

  • ING in connection with the sale of its U.S. broker-dealer business to Lightyear Capital.

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