Education

University of Virginia School of Law
JD, 2001

Dartmouth College
AB, 1998

Admissions

Massachusetts

Publications & Events

Winco Merges with G.E.T. Enterprises

Aegis Chemical Solutions Receives Credit Facility from PNC Bank

Swift Prepaid Solutions acquired by Bain Capital Ventures and Silversmith Capital Partners

Great Hill Commits $75 million to Public Cloud Managed Services Play

Choate Hall & Stewart, On The Private Equity Middle-Market: Competition, Fee Pressure And China

Digital Map Products Acquires Mexico Business Directory

Therapeutic Research Center Acquired by Levine Leichtman Capital Partners

Digital Map Products Acquires DMTI Spatial in Cross-Border Transaction

Intervale Capital Invests in Pro Oil & Gas Services

Rackspace Acquires TriCore Solutions

Chambers USA 2017 Recognizes Choate Lawyers and Practices

Bridgepoint Development Capital Acquires the Construction Claims Group of Hill International

Christian Atwood Discusses PE Outlook for 2017

Christian Atwood Discusses Middle Market Trends of 2016

Windjammer Capital Investors Acquires Advanced Instruments LLC

Christian Atwood Discusses Benefits of Shorter CIMs

Rainmaker Q&A: Christian Atwood

Silversmith Capital Partners Makes $20 Million Growth Investment in ActiveCampaign

Silversmith Capital Partners Provides Strategic Growth Investment to Digital Map Products, Inc.

Choate, Hall & Stewart Named a Finalist in Six M&A Advisor "Deal of the Year" Categories

Choate Receives Top Chambers USA Rankings for 10 Practice Areas and 30 Attorneys

Choate Represents Great Hill Partners in Majority Investment in Evolve IP

Christian Atwood Quoted in The Deal

Choate Receives Top Chambers USA Rankings for 10 Practice Areas and 27 Attorneys

Christian Atwood featured in Law360 Dealmakers Q&A session

Choate Co-Sponsors Thomson Reuters Northeastern M&A/Private Equity Forum

Christian Atwood Named M&A Advisor 2013 “40 Under 40” Award Winner

Choate Sponsors 2013 Private Equity Symposium at MIT

Christian Atwood and Sandy Taylor on Succession

Choate Sponsors Networking Event for Private Equity Professionals

Lee Feldman and Christian Atwood on Investment Bank Engagement Letters

Christian Atwood Speaks on Key Practice Area Issues

Stephen Cohen and Christian Atwood published in Buyouts Magazine

Christian A. Atwood

Practice Group Leader

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"outstanding, extremely smart and very business-minded"

Chambers USA

“smart, business-like and thoughtful”

The Legal 500

Christian Atwood is co-chair of Choate’s Private Equity Group and a member of the Firm’s eight-person Executive Committee. His practice focuses on mergers and acquisitions and other strategically important transactions, with a particular focus on private equity funds and their portfolio companies. Christian is an experienced and versatile counselor, well-known and sought out for his commercial acumen and bedside manner. His recent work has involved targets in a wide array of industries, throughout the U.S. and in international markets, including healthcare, industrials, manufacturing, oilfield services, SaaS, and other technology plays.

Christian has particular expertise handling complex middle-market deals. His recent engagements have involved well-known funds such as Avista Capital, Bridgepoint, Francisco Partners, Great Hill, HarbourVest, Intervale Capital, New Heritage Capital, Lee Equity Partners, Levine Leichtman Capital Partners, New Mountain Capital, Silversmith Capital, Spectrum Equity, and Windjammer Capital.

In addition to his work for sponsors and sponsor-backed companies, Christian is frequently retained by those who find themselves across the table from, or co-investing with, private equity funds, to provide counsel as to “market” terms and best practices in private equity–related structures, shareholder agreements, and incentive equity and other compensation–related arrangements.

Christian is listed in Chambers USA and The Legal 500 as a leading M&A lawyer in the field of private equity buyouts.

Practice Focus

Private Equity: representation of private equity funds in a broad range of transactions, including platform and add-on acquisitions, carve-outs and other divestitures, leveraged buyouts, majority and minority recapitalizations, and growth equity investments.

Mergers & Acquisitions:  Represents institutional investors, portfolio companies and management teams in negotiating and structuring leveraged buyouts, recapitalizations, mergers and acquisitions.

Representative Engagements

  • Windjammer Capital Investors in numerous deals, including the acquisition of Protective Industries (acquired by Berwind); McKenzie Sports (acquired by Levine Leichtman Capital Partners); Rotex Global (acquired by Hillenbrand (NYSE: HI)); and ST Specialty Foods (acquired by Treehouse Foods (NYSE: THS))
  • Intervale Capital in the vast majority of deals completed in recent years, including the acquisition of Allied Oil & Gas; Antelope Oil Tool & Mfg. Co.; Certus Energy Solutions; EPIC Lift Systems; and Tier 1 Energy Solutions
  • The Blackstone Group (NYSE: BX) in connection with a number of software and technology-focused transactions, including the spinout and financing of iLevel Solutions LLC, and investments in Carbon Black (acquired by Bit9); Coupa; Secure Mentem; and ThoughtFocus Technologies
  • Spectrum Equity in connection with investments in iPay Technologies (acquired by Jack Henry and Associates (NASDAQ: JKHY)); ITA Software (acquired by Google); Mortgagebot (acquired by Davis + Henderson (TSX: DH)); WeddingWire; and Pictometry/ EagleView
  • New Heritage Capital in acquisition of REACH Air Medical Services (acquired by Air Medical Group); Centra Industries (acquired by Precision Castparts (NYSE: PCP)); and Castle Rock Industries (acquired by Alfred Karcher GmBH & Co.)
  • Guggenheim Partners and Pluribus Capital in carveout of publishing and new media assets, including Billboard Magazine and The Hollywood Reporter, from Nielsen (NYSE: NLSN)
  • Symmetric Capital in recapitalizations of TekLinks (acquired by Pamlico Capital) and Mathnasium
  • Bain Capital Ventures in connection with investments in iPay Technologies (acquired by Jack Henry and Associates (NASDAQ: JKHY)); and Booker

Publications and Presentations

Professional and Community Involvement

Mr. Atwood is a member of both the Boston Bar Association and the American Bar Association, and a member of the ABA’s Mergers and Acquisitions Committee.  He is actively involved in the firm’s recruiting efforts, and a long-time member of the firm’s Hiring Committee.

Mr. Atwood and his wife (a veterinarian) are active supporters of the Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals and The Angell Animal Medical Center, both located in Boston’s Jamaica Plain neighborhood.

 

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