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.
Business and Corporate Law
Equity and Debt
Commercial and Public
Mergers and Acquisitions
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
Florida, 2013, Authorized In-House Counsel (Inactive)
Professional Memberships and Activities
State Bar of Arizona: Business Law Section, Executive
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
Advisor, ASU Technopolis and SkySong Innovation Center
“SEC and Corporate Governance Developments,” 2014
“Ethics & Compliance Programs,” 2014
“Reg FD: External Communications with the Investment
“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
Volunteer Youth Soccer Coach, Chandler San Tan Soccer
Club, 2010-2012, 2015-present
Volunteer Youth Soccer Coach, Jacksonville Football
United Way, Corporate Team Leader, 2014
Pro Bono Counsel, Afghan-American Art Museum, 2003-2004
Pro Bono Counsel, Steamers Landing Restaurant (9/11),
Pro Bono Counsel, United Nations, Cluster Munitions
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Represented an investment fund in a $50 million private
offering of membership interests for real estate investments in the southwest
Represented an investment fund in a $5.5 million private
placement of partnership interests for a real estate investment in Arizona.