Christopher L. Russell

Christopher L. Russell

Sacramento, CA

About Chris

Chris Russell actively aids many emerging companies to achieve their financial and corporate objectives. Many of these businesses are focused on renewable energy, life science, software, hardware, agricultural technologies, and clean technologies, but Chris has experience working with an array of companies in various industries on corporate and financial matters.

With a broad transactional and corporate governance experience, Chris guides entrepreneurs and business leaders on corporate issues related to all aspects of its business and their fiduciary duties in significant transactions. Chris brings substantial experience to key transactions affecting a company’s growth, including debt and equity financings, joint ventures, corporate restructurings, licensing transactions and mergers and acquisitions. Clients rely upon Chris’ insights on both legal and business matters in such transactions.

Chris also has significant experience in private equity fund formation and has advised general partners and institutional investors in connection with the formation of venture capital, real estate, buyout and other private equity funds.

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  • Representation of agricultural company in its $35 million acquisition of assets.
  • Representation of an investor in mezzanine financing.
  • Representation of an investor in a $2 million equity investment.
  • Representation of EV charging company in its Series F financing.
  • Representation of healthcare company in its $175 million acquisition of a healthcare communications network.
  • Representation of life science company in its $75 million acquisition of biopharmaceutical company developing targeted immunotherapies and vaccine products.
  • Representation of healthcare company in its $50 million acquisition of a software company that provides a platform to securely bring together patient information to support clinical integration and coordinated care for healthcare providers.
  • Advised a publicly traded biopesticide manufacturers on corporate governance, SEC reporting obligations, and debt and equity financings.
  • Advised an internationally recognized winery with its corporate restructuring.
  • Representation of solar energy company in its sale of solar projects.
  • Representation of agricultural technology company with its Series A Financing.
  • Representation of data storage company with its Series A Financing.
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Honors & Activities

Professional Honors and Activities

  • Included in The Best Lawyers in America® (Corporate Law), 2019–2024
  • Listed among Northern California Super Lawyers® (Securities & Corporate Finance, Corporate, Mergers & Acquisitions), 2018–2023
  • Member, UC Davis Venture Catalyst, LegalNet Advisory Team, 2017–present
  • Member, Board of Directors, Sacramento Area Regional Technology Alliance (SARTA), 2002–2015
  • Member of MedStart Advisory Committee, 2008–2019
  • Member of AgStart Advisory Committee, 2012–2016
  • Member, Partnership and LLC Committee, Business Law Section, State Bar of California, 2015–2019
  • Listed in Sacramento Magazine’s Top Lawyers, 2017–2023
  • Mentor, UC Davis Entrepreneurship Academy
  • Mentor, California Life Science Institute

Civic Activities

  • Co-chair, Sacramento Region Innovation Awards Program, 2016–present
  • Certified Champion, Greater Sacramento Economic Council, 2016–present
  • Member, Board of Directors, Capital Public Radio, 2016–2023
  • Chair, Board of Directors, Wind Youth Services, 2009–2016
  • Fellow, American Leadership Forum—Mountain Valley Chapter, 2019
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Insights & Presentations

Insights & Presentations

  • “Common Startup Mistakes and IP Basics,” Clean Tech Open, Fremont, CA, June 2019
  • “Investing in Opportunity Zones,” North State BIA Forward Planning Seminar, Sacramento, CA, March 2019
  • Regulation Crowdfunding,” Is Crowdfunding Right for Your Tech Startup? CleanStart Inc, West Sacramento, CA, June 2017
  • “Considerations for Joint Ventures in Real Estate Development,” North State BIA Forward Planning Seminar, Sacramento, CA, February 2017

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