Christopher J. Douglass: Lawyer with Edwards Wildman Palmer LLP

Christopher J. Douglass

Chicago,  IL  U.S.A.

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Practice Areas

  • Business Law
  • Business Counseling
  • Small Business Investment Companies
  • Private Equity
  • Mergers & Acquisitions
University Northwestern University, B.A., Political Science/Economics, cum laude
Law SchoolUniversity of Iowa College of Law, J.D., with highest distinction; Order of the Coif, University of Iowa Law Merit Scholar; Senior Note & Comment Editor, Iowa Law Review, 2000-2001; Research Assistant, University of Iowa College of Law, 1999-2000; Order of the Coif, University of Iowa Law Merit Scholar
Admitted2001, Illinois; U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois


American Bar Association
Business Law Section
Illinois State Bar Association
National Association of Small Business Investment Companies (NASBIC)


Chris Douglass is a partner in Edwards Wildman's Business Law Department. Chris has significant experience representing private equity and mezzanine funds, including small business investment companies (SBICs), in fund formation and in making, managing and exiting investments in privately-held companies. He also serves as outside general counsel to privately-held companies and advises on a wide array of contracting, financing, securities and governance issues. Chris served as Co-Chair of the firm's Associates Committee and has conducted on-campus interviews for several years at the University of Iowa College of Law and the University of Michigan Law School on behalf of the firm's Recruiting Committee.
•Represented SBICs in secondary portfolio sales and in buyouts of SBA's preferred partnership interest.

•Represented an energy marketing company in acquisition and financing transactions.

•Represented a specialty chemical company in the acquisition of a division of a publicly-held competitor, including financing, employment, noncompetition and transition services arrangements.

•Represented a private equity fund in the acquisition of the assets of two divisions of a landscaping and commercial irrigation concern, including employment, consulting and product sourcing arrangements.

•Represented a private equity fund in a merger of its portfolio company into a Japanese company, handling negotiations with shareholders and those for the merger agreement with the acquirer; structuring executive compensation; and overseeing the due diligence of a vast portfolio of international and domestic trademarks.

•Represented investment funds in structuring, negotiating and documenting equity and mezzanine debt investments, including complex transactions involving multiple layers of debt and equity financing.

•Represented a Chicago-based, closely-held company in a series of asset acquisitions to build a local enterprise into a national brand.

•Routinely represents individuals and privately-held companies in mergers, acquisitions, dispositions, financing and refinancing arrangements, governance arrangements, and employment and consulting arrangements.

•Advises private equity and mezzanine funds in fund formation, the SBIC licensing process and compliance with SBA regulations applicable to SBICs.

•Advised healthcare providers on compliance with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA).



Disposal of Avangate Group to Francisco Partners

Our cross-border team comprising lawyers from the Chicago, London, Boston, LA, New York and Providence offices, successfully represented the sellers (comprising Romanian serial tech entrepreneur Radu Georgescu, 3TS Capital Partners' CEE technology fund and the management team) in connection with the disposal of the Avangate Group to Francisco Partners.

Acquisition of Smart Device Media, Inc.

Our lawyers represented Smart Device Media, Inc. in its December 2011 acquisition by Crisp Media, Inc., which provides a platform for delivering advertising content to smart devices.

Equity Investment and Mezzanine Loan

Our lawyers represented MVC Private Equity Fund LP in the November 2011 equity investment in membership interest of Plymouth Rock Energy and as agent for the mezzanine loan for Plymouth Rock Energy.

Edwards Wildman Client Advisory: SBA's Final Rule Permitting SBICs to Invest in Double Holding Companies is Now in Effect
December 5, 2014
Edwards Wildman Client Advisory: SBA Issues Proposed Rule Permitting SBICs to Invest in Double Holding Companies
December 26, 2013
Edwards Wildman Client Advisory: SBA Modifies Procedures for the Prepayment of SBIC Pooled Debentures
July 2013
Edwards Wildman Client Advisory: The SBA Issues Updated TechNote 4: Reporting Portfolio Valuations
July 2013
Edwards Wildman Client Advisory - SBIC Annual Recertification of Institutional Investor Status
May 2013
Edwards Wildman Client Advisory - The SBA Issues Instructions for Pre-Screening Prospective Applicants to the SBIC Program
April 2013
Edwards Wildman Client Advisory - Pricing for SBIC Debentures Remains Near All-Time Low
March 2013
Edwards Wildman Client Advisory - The SBA Issues New Instructions for SBICs Drawing Leverage
March 2013
Edwards Wildman Client Advisory - SBA Issues SBIC TechNote 17 Concerning the Determination of Common Control of Two or SBICs
February 2013
Edwards Wildman Client Advisory - SBA Notifies of Changes in the SBIC Leverage Draw Application Schedule for the Upcoming Holiday Season
October 2012


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SBA Issues Proposed Rule Permitting SBICs to Invest in Double Holding Companies
Christopher J. Douglass,Alan B. Roth,Michael R. Wilson, January 3, 2014
On December 23, 2013, the U.S. Small Business Administration (“SBA”) issued a proposed rule to revise the Small Business Investment Company (“SBIC”) regulations regarding investments in passive businesses and the use of double holding companies in structuring SBIC...
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Christopher J. Douglass

225 West Wacker Drive, Suite 3000
ChicagoIL 60606


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