Christopher J. Rogers

Member

Overview

Mr. Rogers’ practice focuses on corporate, securities, mergers and acquisitions, and all manners of business transactions. He regularly represents investors and companies in connection with securities offerings and other finance and capital transactions. Mr. Rogers counsels founders of operating businesses and investment companies alike, advising them in proper governance through operating agreements, equity incentive plans, shareholder agreements, disclosure, and offering materials, as well as through day-to-day business transactions.  Often, Mr. Rogers assists the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) regulated entities and professionals, such as registered investment advisers and investment funds navigate the complexity of compliance. Relying on his experience in transactions involving the purchase or sale of businesses spanning a multitude of sizes and industries, from large established companies to sole proprietorships and everything in between, clients often turn to Mr. Rogers for knowledgeable guidance through some of the most important transactions for any business.

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Areas of Focus
  • Corporate
  • Corporate Finance
  • Securities
  • Intellectual Property
  • International Capital Markets
  • Venture Capital and Private Equity Funds
  • Mergers and Acquisitions
  • Real Estate Syndication
Education

J.D., American University Washington College of Law (2008)

  • Mock Trial Honor Society
  • Business Law Brief, Jr. Editor
  • Civil Practice Clinic

B.A., Muhlenberg College, International Studies: Global Trade and International Business (2001)

Biography

Mr. Rogers’ practice focuses on corporate, securities, mergers and acquisitions, and all manners of business transactions. He regularly represents investors and companies in connection with securities offerings and other finance and capital transactions. Mr. Rogers counsels founders of operating businesses and investment companies alike, advising them in proper governance through operating agreements, equity incentive plans, shareholder agreements, disclosure, and offering materials, as well as through day-to-day business transactions. Often, he assists Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) regulated entities and professionals, such as registered investment advisers and investment funds, navigate the complexities of compliance. Relying on his experience in transactions involving the purchase or sale of businesses spanning a multitude of sizes and industries, from large established companies to sole proprietorships and everything in between, clients often turn to Mr. Rogers for knowledgeable guidance through some of the most important transactions for any business.

His clients include banks, real estate and venture capital funds, investment advisors, founders and entrepreneurs, growing and mature companies and partnerships, and others in industries as diverse as technology, agriculture, energy, food service, financial technology, manufacturing, emerging industry, finance, entertainment, and others.

Mr. Rogers is active in both the legal and broader business and investment community and will often be found mentoring entrepreneurs throughout the startup-ecosystem. He serves on the Board of Directors of the Association for Corporate Growth-Arizona Chapter, a leading mid-market private equity organization, and is actively involved with the Canada-Arizona Business Council, the Arizona Technology Council, Invest Southwest, and Venture Madness. Mr. Rogers holds leadership positions in the State Bar of Arizona, serving on the Executive Council of the Business Law and the Securities Regulation Sections.

Growing up in Utah and Arizona, Mr. Rogers continued his education and invested his early professional life on the east coast, where he worked in Congress as a legislative assistant advising a member of the House International Relations Committee on trade, defense, and business issues. He then worked in the political unit at CNN as one of the producers of the daily political debate program “Crossfire.”

Admissions

Admitted to Practice

  • Arizona
  • New York
  • New Jersey

Representative Experience

Corporate and Securities

  • Represented a technology company in negotiating and drafting a software development agreement; drafting an operating agreement and equity incentive plan, and  assisting with partnership negotiations
  • Represented a media professional in negotiating terms of separation from the company for which he was an equal partner
  • Assisted a start-up gig economy technology company with the drafting of a software development agreement, establishing its Terms of Use, and reviewing and assisting with other various business agreements
  • Represented a financial services firm and its owner in the multi-million dollar sale of a substantial minority interest to employees
  • Assisted a beauty industry company in Maine with a master services agreement
  • Represented a growing Arizona medical practice in sale of a minority interest
  • Assisted a successful Arizona restaurant chain with the forming a legal entity, drafting of an operating agreement, and structuring equity incentive compensation
  • Represented a healthcare technology company in connection with a Series seed offering
  • Advised medical practice on transition issues resulting following an acquisition
  • Represented a partner of a medical practice in his separation of the business
  • Drafted an operating agreement for an Arizona fitness company
  • Represented a cloud-based supply chain software company in stock forfeiture and release
  • Represented an investment firm in the purchase of convertible notes of a California software company

Media and Presentations

Articles

  • Featured, “Introduction of Regulation Crowdfunding,” Financier Worldwide (August 2016)
  • Author, “Planning for a Successful Business Partnership,” Construction Executive Magazine (2016)
  • Co-Author, “The Art of the Deal: Know Your (Capital) Market,” Canada Arizona Business Council Resource Guide, Vol. 2 (2014)
  • Co-Author, “For Investment Capital, Head to Canada,” Canada-Arizona Business Council Resource Guide, Vol. 1 (2013)

Blogs

Presentations

  • “Securities: Tackling Future Issues Today,” State Bar of Arizona Convention (2016)
  • “Raising Money, Regulation and Litigation in Arizona: Crossing the Border Raising Money in Canada,” State Bar of Arizona Annual Convention (2015)
  • “Canadian Capital Market Opportunities,” A U.S. Lawyer’s Perspective, TMX Finance Series (2014)

Memberships

State Bar of Arizona

  • Executive Committee, Securities Regulation Law Section (2015 – present)

Canada-Arizona Business Council

  • General Counsel (2012 – present)

Association for Corporate Growth

  • Arizona Chapter, Board of Directors (2017)

American Bar Association

  • Member, Business Law Section

Muhlenberg College Alumni Board

  • Director, Governance and Nominations Committee (2010 – 2014)

Business Law Brief

  • Jr. Editor (2007 – 2008)

Mock Trial Honor Society (2007 – 2008)

Stephen S. Weinstein Trial Advocacy Program (2006 – 2008)

WCL Civil Practice Clinic (2006 – 2007)

Honors and Awards

  • Listed, Southwest Super Lawyers Rising Star in areas of Securities and Corporate Finance (2015 – 2018)