Christopher P. Giordano

Partner
Chair, New York Corporate Group
Chair, US Mergers and Acquisitions Group
About

Chris Giordano concentrates his practice on mergers and acquisitions and corporate counselling for private and publicly traded companies.

His clients include Tilray Brands, Inc., W.P. Carey & Co. Inc., Trulieve Cannabis Corp., Harrison Street Real Estate Capital, Whole Earth Brands, Inc., Goodness Growth Holdings, Inc., and Great Point Partners.

Chris advises clients on topics ranging from acquisitions and divestitures to securities law and general corporate matters, and he regularly represents various REIT sponsors in connection with their M&A activities. Significantly, his practice includes advising public companies and their boards on corporate governance and strategic matters, including defending against activist investors.

Chris is a Regional Practice Group Leader, heading the New York Corporate department.

Christopher frequently addresses legal, business and academic groups on mergers and acquisitions, private equity and venture capital financings, transaction structuring and related topics. His publications include "Billion Dollar Companies: Not Too Big For Hostile Shareholder Activism," Deal Lawyers, January-February 2013 and "Filling Your Basket," Daily Deal/The Deal, Sept. 25, 2006. Christopher has been quoted in various publications, and trade journals, including CFO Magazine and Private Equity Manager.

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REPRESENTATIVE TRANSACTIONS

Mergers and Acquisitions (Public Company)
    • Goodness Growth Holdings, Inc. (CSE:GDNS) (OTCQX:GDNSF) in connection with its proposed acquisition by Verano Holdings Corp. (CSE:VRNO) (OTCQX:VRNOF)
    • Aphria Inc. (NASDAQ: APHA) in connection with its business combination with Tilray (NASDAQ: TLRY)
    • The Special Committee of the Board of Directors of MDC Partners (NASDAQ: MDCA) in connection with MDC's business combination with Stagwell Media LP
    • W. P. Carey Inc. (NYSE: WPC), a publicly-traded REIT, in connection with the merger of Carey Watermark Investors Inc. and Carey Watermark Investors 2 Inc., both publicly-held non-traded REITs externally managed by WPC 
    • Act II Global Acquisition Corp. (NASDAQ: ACTT), a special purpose acquisition company, in connection with its acquisition of the Merisant and Mafco business lines from a subsidiary of MacAndrews & Forbes Incorporated 
    • Credible Labs Inc. (ASX: CRD), an online financial technology company, in connection with its acquisition by Fox Corp. (NASDAQ: FOX), a global media company 
    • W. P. Carey Inc. (NYSE: WPC), a publicly-traded REIT, in connection with its acquisition of Corporate Property 17 – Global Incorporated, a publicly-held non-traded REIT 
    • Harrison Street Real Estate Capital, LLC, a real estate private equity firm, in connection with its acquisition of Campus Crest Communities, Inc. (NYSE: CCG), a student housing focused REIT 
    • W. P. Carey Inc. (NYSE: WPC), a publicly-traded REIT, in connection with its acquisition of Corporate Property 16 – Global Incorporated, a publicly-held non-traded REIT 
    • W. P. Carey & Co. LLC (NYSE: WPC), a publicly-traded LLC, in connection with (i) its conversion into a REIT, and (ii) the concurrent acquisition of Corporate Property Associates 15 Incorporated, a publicly-held non-traded REIT
    • W. P. Carey & Co. LLC (NYSE: WPC), a publicly-traded LLC, in connection with the merger of Corporate Property Associates 14 Incorporated and Corporate Property Associates 16 - Global Incorporated, both publicly-held non-traded REITs externally managed by WPC 
    Mergers and Acquisitions (Private Company)
    • First Washington Realty in connection with its acquisition of Donahue Schriber Realty Group, a portfolio of over 150 retail centers with over 20 million square feet of retail space
    • Whole Earth Brands Inc. (NASDAQ: FREE) in connection with its acquisition of Swerve, a rapidly growing manufacturer and marketer of a portfolio of zero sugar, keto-friendly, and plant-based sweeteners and baking mixes
    • Aphria Inc. (NASDAQ: APHA) in connection with its acquisition of SweetWater Brewing Company, one of the largest independent craft brewers in the United States
    • Whole Earth Brands (NASDAQ: FREE) in connection with its acquisition of Wholesome Sweeteners, Inc., the #1 organic sweetener brand in North America
    • MaSTherCell Global Inc., a joint venture focused on the production of cell and gene therapies owned by Great Point Partners and Orgenesis Inc. (NASDAQ: ORGS), in connection with its sale to a wholly-owned subsidiary of Catalent Inc. (NYSE: CTLT), a provider of advanced delivery technologies, development, and manufacturing solutions for drugs, biologics, gene therapies, and consumer health products
    • Oxford Properties, the real estate arm of the Ontario Municipal Employees Retirement System, in connection with its formation of a joint venture with Ivanhoé Cambridge, and the concurrent multi-billion dollar acquisition of IDI Logistics from Brookfield Asset Management, an alternative asset management company
    • The Hain Celestial Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: HAIN), a food manufacturer and distributor, in connection with its sale of the FreeBird and Empire Kosher brands, to Aterian Partners, a private equity firm 
    • The Hain Celestial Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: HAIN), a food manufacturer and distributor, in connection with its sale of the Plainville Farms brand to Regent Partners, a private equity firm 
    • Rothstein Kass, an auditing and accounting firm focused on hedge funds, in connection with its sale to KPMG LLP, an audit, tax and advisory services firm 
    • The Hain Celestial Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: HAIN), a food manufacturer and distributor, in connection with its acquisition of the BluePrint brand, a marketer and manufacturer of raw, organic cold-pressed fruit and vegetable juices and juice beverages 
    • The Hain Celestial Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: HAIN), a food manufacturer and distributor, in connection with its acquisition of World Gourmet Marketing, L.L.C., a manufacturer of the Sensible Portions brand of Garden Veggie Straws
    Capital Markets Transactions
    • ACT II Global Acquisition Corp. (NASDAQ: ACTT), a special purpose acquisition company, in connection with its proposed US$75 million private placement to a consortium of investors led by Baron Small Cap Funds
    • Aphria Inc. (NYSE: APHA), a Canadian cannabis company, in connection with its Rule 144A/Regulation S offering of $350 million aggregate principal amount of convertible senior notes
    • W. P. Carey Inc. (NYSE: WPC), a publicly-traded REIT, in connection with an underwritten offering of €500 million of 1.350% Senior Notes due 2028
    • W. P. Carey Inc. (NYSE: WPC), a publicly-traded REIT, in connection a $750 million At-the-Market Offering Program
    • W. P. Carey Inc. (NYSE: WPC), a publicly-traded REIT, in connection with an underwritten offering of $325 million of 3.850% Senior Notes due 2029
    • W. P. Carey Inc. (NYSE: WPC), a publicly-traded REIT, in connection with a $500 million At-the-Market Offering Program
    • W. P. Carey Inc. (NYSE: WPC), a publicly-traded REIT, in connection with an underwritten offering of €500 million of 2.250% Senior Notes due 2026
    • W. P. Carey Inc. (NYSE: WPC), a publicly-traded REIT, in connection with an underwritten offering of €500 million of 2.125% Senior Notes due 2027
    • W. P. Carey Inc. (NYSE: WPC), a publicly-traded REIT, in connection with a $400 million At-the-Market Offering Program
    • W. P. Carey Inc. (NYSE: WPC), a publicly-traded REIT, in connection with an underwritten offering of €500 million of 2.250% Senior Notes due 2024
    • W. P. Carey Inc. (NYSE: WPC), a publicly-traded REIT, in connection with an underwritten offering of $350 million of 4.250% Senior Notes due 2026
    • W. P. Carey Inc. (NYSE: WPC), a publicly-traded REIT, in connection with a $400 million At-the-Market Offering Program
    • W. P. Carey Inc. (NYSE: WPC), a publicly-traded REIT, in connection with an underwritten offering of $500 million of 4.000% Senior Notes due 2025
    • W. P. Carey Inc. (NYSE: WPC), a publicly-traded REIT, in connection with an underwritten offering of €500 million of 2.000% Senior Notes due 2023
    • W. P. Carey Inc. (NYSE: WPC), a publicly-traded REIT, in connection with an underwritten offering of $300 million of common stock
    • W. P. Carey Inc. (NYSE: WPC), a publicly-traded REIT, in connection with an underwritten offering of $500 million of 4.600% Senior Notes due 2024
    • W. P. Carey Inc. (NYSE: WPC), a publicly-traded REIT, in connection with a registered direct sale of $45 million of common stock
    Private Equity and Debt Financings
    • Great Point Partners, a private equity firm, in connection with its equity investment in Velentium, a designer and manufacturer of therapeutic and diagnostic active medical devices
    • Tilray Inc. in connection with its acquisition of senior secured convertible notes of MedMen Enterprises
    • Great Point Partners, a private equity firm, in connection with its equity investment in Tergus Pharma Inc., a dermatology pharmaceutical company
    • CAN Capital, Inc., an alternative lender for small businesses, in connection an equity investment lead by Accel Partners and Meritech Capital Partners, both private equity firms
    • The Hain Celestial Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: HAIN), a food manufacturer and distributor, in connection with the formation of a joint venture relating to the operations of Rosetto Foods LLC, a manufacturer and distributor of pasta products
    • CAN Capital, Inc., an alternative lender for small businesses, in connection an equity investment lead by Accel Partners and Meritech Capital Partners, both private equity firms
    • Psilos Group, a private equity firm, in connection with an equity financing of OmniGuide, a surgical laser company
    • Psilos Group, a private equity firm, in connection with various equity and debt financings of SpineMatrix, Inc., a medical diagnostics company
    Education
    • J.D., New York Law School 1993
      Editor, New York Law School Law Review
      magna cum laude
    • B.A., Political Science, Drew University 1989

    Awards

    Chris serves as an adjunct professor of mergers and acquisitions at New York Law School.

    • The Legal 500 United States
      2019 - Recommended, Capital Markets Debt Offerings – Advice to Issuers
      2019 - Recommended, Structured Finance: Securitization 
      2015-17 - Recommended, REITs

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    Clerk Experience

    • The Honorable Roger J. Miner, United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit (1993 - 1994)

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