Mr Christopher Atkinson > Katten > Chicago, United States > Lawyer Profile

CHICAGO, IL 60661-3693
United States

Work Department



Christopher Atkinson gets deals done. He negotiates deals that allow his clients to grow and succeed. They include mergers and acquisitions, dispositions, equity financings and other transactions that require complex contracts and structures. Having started his career in the tech industry, Christopher brings a client mindset to his deal work for private equity firms, venture capital firms and businesses of all sizes.

As a lawyer, Christopher retains the perspective he gained when he worked for emerging tech companies and was a client himself. From that experience, he appreciates the value of a practical approach to deal-making that puts a premium on efficiency. He adeptly cuts through issues and avoids spending needless time over-lawyering highly speculative, low-risk issues. Instead, he takes his clients through transactions as quickly and painlessly as possible. As a skilled negotiator, Christopher understands his clients’ leverage (or lack thereof) and works hard to get them the best deal that he can.

Christopher advises private equity firms, venture capital firms as well as businesses ranging from founder- and family-owned entities to large public companies. His experience goes well beyond the tech industry to include education, health care, business services, parking, manufacturing, pharmaceuticals, restaurants and veterinary care. His work with venture capital firms often facilitates crucial financing for start-ups and other early-stage companies. At times, his deals allow his clients to expand into new areas, as when he helped a leading provider of parking services close a $275 million acquisition that allowed it to branch out into baggage delivery and other airport-related services.


JD, Loyola University Chicago School of Law; BBA, University of Michigan

Lawyer Rankings

United States > M&A/corporate and commercial > M&A: middle-market (sub-$500m)

Working across a number of national offices, Katten regularly handles a strong mix of mid-market deals for clients from the healthcare, life sciences, financial services, manufacturing, and TMT sectors. The team is best known for its experience in the private equity space, where it advises clients on novel leveraged buyouts, add-on acquisitions and divestitures. Operating out of the Chicago office, Kimberly Smith has considerable experience acting for private equity firms and investors, while Christopher Atkinson is particularly well placed to assist in M&A matters in the technology industry involving start-ups and open-source technologies. They jointly head up the department with corporate partner Mark Solomon and David Washburn, who excels in complex buy and sell-side deals on behalf of public and private companies; both attorneys are based in Dallas. Splitting his time between Chicago and New York, Mark Grossmann is noted for his private equity and M&A capabilities.