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				Kula
				
				Christopher J.

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TEL: 646.563.8929 / FAX: 646-563-7929 / ckula@coleschotz.comLegal Practice Assistant: Megan Musall  TEL: 212-752-8000 ext. 3010  mmusall@coleschotz.com 

Christopher Kula is a member in the firm’s Corporate, Finance & Business Transactions Department. Chris counsels emerging and established companies, entrepreneurs, angel investors, private investment funds, executives, and investment managers on corporate, finance and securities matters. Focusing on domestic and cross-border matters in the “middle market,” Chris’ experience spans a number of industry sectors, including financial services, technology, real estate, healthcare, fashion, and media.

Chris has a unique appreciation for the opportunities and challenges faced by participants in the private equity and venture capital industry, having worked in-house with a private equity firm followed by several years of law firm experience in that space. Additionally, his experience representing smaller public companies earlier in his career allows him to help clients navigate the increased securities regulation and compliance obligations they face.

Sought out for his experience in forming and structuring a wide variety of investment funds, holding companies and joint ventures, as well as with “private capital” markets, equity compensation, corporate governance, and mergers and acquisitions, clients value his ability to handle complex matters and his responsive, diligent and even-keeled style. Chris’ approach involves utilizing the firm’s expertise in related areas, such as tax, employment, trust & estates, intellectual property, real estate, and litigation, to provide clients with multi-faceted representation across a broad range of different needs.

Chris has acted as lead counsel or played a prominent role in the following representative transactions:

  • Represented several private equity, venture capital and real estate funds in connection with fund formation matters (including alternative investment funds, co-investment vehicles, and parallel and master-feeder funds) and structuring fund investments.
  • Represented a NY based venture capital fund in connection with several series A preferred stock investments in technology-focused portfolio companies.
  • Represented an aggregates focused private equity fund in connection with several “add on” acquisitions totaling approximately $80 million.
  • Represented angel investors in several series seed preferred stock and convertible note investments in early-stage companies.
  • Represented a technology focused private equity fund in connection with the removal and replacement of its general partner and related reorganizational matters.
  • Represented a media and technology focused private equity fund in connection with exiting its investment in a digital media portfolio company for approximately $100 million.
  • Represented several high net worth clients in connection with (i) potential investments in private investment funds, and (ii) transferring their limited partnership interests via “secondary” transactions in prominent private equity funds.
  • Represented an investment adviser in its proposed merger with another investment adviser to collectively manage $1.1 billion in mutual funds and separately managed accounts.
  • Represented an OTCBB and TSX listed biotechnology company in connection with its cross-border rights offering of common stock and warrants to existing shareholders.
  • Represented NYSE listed retailer in its acquisition of worldwide business and intellectual property assets of a prominent shoe designer for approximately $35 million

Chris is an active member of the New York State Bar Association, the American Bar Association, the Association for Corporate Growth (ACG), and the MIT Enterprise Forum of NYC. Prior to joining Cole Schotz, Chris was Counsel in Phillips Nizer’s Corporate & Business Law Department.

Chris received his J.D. from Hofstra University School of Law, where he was Associate Editor of the Journal of International Business and Law (formerly, the International Law Digest). While in law school, he was a judicial intern for the Honorable Lawrence M. McKenna in the Southern District of New York. Prior to law school, Chris attended Villanova University, where he received a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology.
 

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