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Christopher A. Van Tuyl

Chris Van Tuyl is a business lawyer who advises clients ranging from start-ups to established businesses.

He has significant experience representing public and private clients in a wide variety of corporate and transactional matters, including mergers and acquisitions, debt and equity securities offerings, private placements, venture capital financings, SEC reporting, compliance programs, licensing agreements, commercial contracts, and employment matters.

He has advised clients across a wide range of industries, including pharmaceuticals, health care, technology, banking, manufacturing, paper, timber/forestry, renewable energy and REITs.

Chris brings to the firm’s business practice a valuable combination of private practice and in-house experience. After 10 years practicing corporate and securities law at two international law firms in New York and Phoenix, he moved in-house and served at officer-level positions at three multi-billion-dollar public companies. From his experience in-house, Chris has gained an insider’s perspective of the internal challenges companies face and how an outside law firm can most effectively add value.

Chris received his law degree from Duke University and graduated summa cum laude from Arizona State University with a degree in Finance and an honors degree from the University Honors College.

Practice Areas

Business and Corporate Law

Equity and Debt Finance

Commercial and Public Finance

Healthcare Law

Mergers and Acquisitions

Securities Law


Duke University School of Law, J.D., 2000

Arizona State University, summa cum laude, B.S., Finance, 1997: University Honors College; Business Honors Program; Regents Academic Scholar

Bar and Court Admissions

New York, 2001

Arizona, 2006

Florida, 2013, Authorized In-House Counsel (Inactive)

Professional Memberships and Activities

State Bar of Arizona: Business Law Section, Executive Council

State Bar of Arizona: Securities Regulation Law Section

American Bar Association

New York State Bar Association

Association of Corporate Counsel: Member

Society of Corporate Secretaries: Member

Duke Alumni Association

Duke Clubs of Phoenix and Jacksonville

Advisor, ASU Technopolis and SkySong Innovation Center (2008-2009)


“SEC and Corporate Governance Developments,” 2014

“Ethics & Compliance Programs,” 2014

“Reg FD: External Communications with the Investment Community,” 2013

“Stock Trading Compliance and Procedures in the Pharmaceutical Business,” 2012

“Executive Compensation: Complying with the SEC’s New Disclosure Rules,” 2006

Various Sarbanes-Oxley CLE seminars, 2002-2003

Community Involvement

Volunteer Youth Soccer Coach, Chandler San Tan Soccer Club, 2010-2012, 2015-present

Volunteer Youth Soccer Coach, Jacksonville Football Club, 2013-2015

United Way, Corporate Team Leader, 2014

Pro Bono Counsel, Afghan-American Art Museum, 2003-2004

Pro Bono Counsel, Steamers Landing Restaurant (9/11), 2001-2003

Pro Bono Counsel, United Nations, Cluster Munitions Disarmament, 2000-2001

Prior Professional Experience

Chris spent the first 10 years of his legal career practicing at two international law firms in New York and Phoenix, where he focused on securities law, venture capital financings, M&A and general corporate matters. Chris’s clients included public companies, start-up and emerging growth companies, entrepreneurs, private equity funds and individual investors.

In 2009, Chris left private practice to join Medicis Pharmaceuticals (NYSE: MRX), a specialty dermatology and medical device company in Scottsdale, where he oversaw the Corporate Securities division of the legal department and was instrumental in completing the company’s $2.6 billion sale in 2012.

In 2013, Chris joined Rayonier, Inc. (NYSE: RYN) in Jacksonville, Florida, a publicly traded REIT with forestry, timber and performance fiber operations. Chris served as the Corporate Secretary and Chief Compliance Officer and was directly responsible for managing the company’s board of directors, compliance programs, SEC reporting, enterprise risk management (ERM), intellectual property, and corporate contracting. Chris had a lead role in completing the company’s 2014 separation into two independent publicly traded companies through a $7 billion spin-off transaction.

Chris later joined Fidelity National Information Services, Inc. (NYSE: FIS), the world’s largest global banking technology company, located in Jacksonville, Florida, where he served as Legal Executive and oversaw securities compliance, M&A, and strategic investments and partnerships in the technology banking industry.

Representative Transactions

Mergers & Acquisitions

Represented an electrical supply company in its $120 million acquisition by a national home improvement retailer.

Represented a privately held biomass energy company in its $70 million merger with a publicly traded clean energy products and services company.

Represented a publicly traded technology and technical engineering solutions company in three acquisitions totaling $22 million.

Represented a publicly traded supplier of solar and semiconductor systems in its $4.6 million asset acquisition of a semiconductor furnace business.

Represented a Netherlands paper company in its $230 million acquisition of a publicly traded protective packaging manufacturer and a $92 million acquisition of a privately held recycled paper products company.

Advised a publicly traded timber and performance fibers REIT in its $7 billion separation into two public companies through a spin-off transaction.

Advised a specialty dermatology company in its $2.6 billion acquisition by a multi-national specialty pharmaceutical company.

Advised a publicly traded pharmaceutical company in its $455 million acquisition of a producer of drugs for women’s health, asthma and skin treatments.

Public Securities Offerings

Represented the lead underwriter in a $22 million public offering of common stock by a restaurant-focused public REIT.

Represented a supplier of solar and semiconductor systems in a $15 million public offering of common stock and a $5.3 million private investment of public equity (PIPE) transaction.

Advised a producer of high-value cellulose fiber in a $550 million public offering of 5.5% Senior Notes and related $650 in senior secured credit facilities.

Advised a pharmaceutical company in a $500 million public offering of 1.375% Convertible Senior Notes.

Private Equity and Venture Capital

Represented a regional home health care company in a $47 million investment by two private equity funds.

Represented a technology company in a reverse merger with a Hong Kong-based pharmaceutical company, and a concurrent $12 million private placement.

Represented a private equity fund that specializes in middle-market manufacturing companies in a $50 million private placement of limited partnership interests.

Represented an Arizona-based community bank in a $10 million private offering of common stock.

Represented the placement agent in a $7.65 million private placement of preferred stock and warrants by a manufacturer of electronic products.

Represented an investment fund in a $50 million private offering of membership interests for real estate investments in the southwest U.S.

Represented an investment fund in a $5.5 million private placement of partnership interests for a real estate investment in Arizona.