Christopher M. Barlow is a corporate attorney focusing on mergers and acquisitions, corporate governance, private equity, securities and general corporate law matters.


Mr. Barlow regularly advises public and private companies in a variety of corporate matters including strategic acquisitions, divestitures, restructurings, financial advisor engagements, financings, leveraged buyouts, shareholder activism and takeover preparedness. Examples of Mr. Barlow’s representations include:

  • NXP Semiconductors N.V. in its proposed but terminated acquisition by Qualcomm Inc.;
  • Permira Funds in the $1.9 billion sale of an 80 percent stake in its portfolio company Netafim Ltd. to Mexichem, S.A.B. de C.V.;
  • Wenner Media LLC in numerous transactions and corporate matters, including a strategic investment in Wenner Media LLC from Penske Media Corporation, its sale of US Weekly to American Media, Inc. and its sale of a 49 percent stake in Rolling Stone Magazine;
  • Kelso & Co. in its acquisition of Physicians Endoscopy, LLC in a recapitalization transaction with management from Pamlico Capital;
  • Anbang Insurance Group Co., Ltd. as lead member of an investor group in its proposed, unsolicited $14 billion acquisition of Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide Inc. which, if completed, would have been the largest acquisition of a U.S. company by a Chinese buyer;
  • Pinnacle Entertainment in connection with the unsolicited offer by Gaming & Leisure Properties Inc. and subsequent merger with GLPI following a spin-off of Pinnacle’s operating business;
  • Frontier Communications Corporation in its $10.5 billion acquisition of the wireline businesses of Verizon in California, Texas and Florida;
  • Integrated Whale Media Investments, a Hong Kong-based investor group, in its acquisition of a majority stake in Forbes Media LLC;
  • Cobham plc in its $1.46 billion acquisition of Aeroflex Holding Corp.;
  • Spotify in its acquisition of The Echo Nest;
  • BlackBerry Ltd. in its exploration of strategic alternatives, culminating in a $1 billion private placement of convertible debentures;
  • Gardner Denver, Inc. in its $3.9 billion acquisition by Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co. L.P.;
  • Valeant Pharmaceuticals International, Inc. in multiple transactions and corporate matters, including its $8.7 billion acquisition of Bausch + Lomb Holdings Incorporated from Warburg Pincus LLC and its acquisition of OraPharma Inc. from Water Street Healthcare Partners;
  • Dean Foods Company in its $1.45 billion sale of its Morningstar Foods division to Saputo Inc.;
  • Transocean Limited in its proxy contest with Carl Icahn;
  • EverBank Financial Corp. in its 2012 initial public offering;
  • IAC’s in its minority investment in Zhenai Inc.; and
  • financial advisors, including J.P. Morgan Securities LLC as financial advisor to WebMD Health Corp. in its $2.8 billion sale to Internet Brands, a KKR portfolio company; Goldman, Sachs & Co. as financial advisor to Emergency Medical Services Corporation in its $3.2 billion sale to Clayton, Dubilier & Rice, LLC; and Guggenheim Securities, LLC as financial advisor to West Marine, Inc. in its $338 million sale to Monomoy Capital Partners.

Mr. Barlow also serves on the firm’s associates committee and has provided pro bono legal services to New York-based clients, including a nonprofit organization.



  • J.D., Boston University School of Law, 2009 (cum laude; Review of Banking and Financial Law)
  • M.A., State University of New York, Buffalo, 2005
  • B.A., University of Wisconsin, Green Bay, 2003 (magna cum laude)


  • New York

Christopher M. Barlow