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Chris Chen

Senior Counsel
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Chris is engaged in a diverse corporate and securities practice and has represented clients in a variety of industries, including real estate, life sciences, high technology, entertainment, oil and gas, telecommunications and marketing.  Chris advises clients on various corporate and transactional matters through all stages of the business life cycle – formation and operation, equity and debt financings, mergers and acquisitions, intellectual property and licensing, commercial contracts, joint ventures, and employment-related matters. He has represented issuers and investors in public offerings and private placement transactions, including early- and later-stage venture capital financings and debt financings, and routinely provides advice regarding periodic SEC reporting, compliance and corporate governance matters.  Previously, he also served as the General Counsel and Senior Vice President of an international satellite communications company based in Southern California.

Honors and Awards

  • Named as an ACG Rising Star for 2015-2016
  • Selected by Super Lawyers magazine - Rising Stars 2010, 2011 and 2016

Practice Areas

  • Corporate
  • Public Companies
  • Emerging Companies and Venture Capital
  • Mergers and Acquisitions
  • Real Estate Syndication and Finance, REITs


  • “A Few Simple Proposals to Further Efficient Capital Formation of Small Businesses,” Orange County Business Journal, April 2009
  • “China...IP Wasteland to Hothouse? Patent and Corporate Considerations in Attracting Venture Capital Investments or Acquisition,” Orange County Business Journal, October 2008
  • “Rethinking the Direct Evidence Requirement: A Suggested Approach in Analyzing Mixed-Motives Discrimination Claims,” Cornell Law Review, Vol. 86, May 2001

Bar Admissions

  • California


  • Cornell Law School (J.D.)
  • Cornell University (B.A.)


  • El Nido Family Centers, Advisory Board Member


  • Mandarin