Christopher C. Roberts has over 35 years experience as a business attorney focusing on mergers and acquisitions, securities, employment, business planning, tax, ESOPs, intellectual property, government contracts, international matters and general corporate and commercial matters.
M&A transactions have included representing a public multi-national corporation with respect to its $380 million purchase of a national distribution business, and representing a private consulting and government contracts business with respect to its $23 million sale to a public company. Securities transactions in which Mr. Roberts has been involved include IPOs and other public offerings as well as a wide variety of private placements and venture capital transactions (including under Regulation S and Rules 506, 505 and 504 of Regulation D). He is familiar with the changes resulting from the JOBS Act, including the general solicitation permitted by Rule 506(c) for offerings sold to accredited investors, crowdfunding, and Regulation A+. Mr. Roberts is a long-time member of the Securities Law Committee of the Maryland State Bar Association (MSBA) Business Law Section. He has also handled Rule 144, Rule 701 and Section 4(1½) transactions, finders issues, and opinions of counsel regarding the removal of restrictive legends. Other business projects have included resolving shareholder disputes, preparing shareholder buy-sell agreements, operating agreements for limited liability companies, employment and consulting agreements, non-competition and confidentiality agreements, and stock bonus, option, SAR and other equity compensation plans. Mr. Roberts, who has represented companies as well as selling shareholders in ESOP transactions, has been a member of The ESOP Association for approximately 21 years. Mr. Roberts has represented foreign clients in various transactions, including forming, operating, buying and selling entities in the U.S. He has also been involved in internal investigations relating to foreign operations of U.S. entities, including issues relating to the Foreign Corrupt Practice Act.
Mr. Roberts worked part-time, and after graduating from law school full-time, as a law clerk for Hon. Judge J. Dudley Digges of the Court of Appeals of Maryland from 1974-1976. After his clerkship, Mr. Roberts traveled solo around the world for approximately 18 months, visiting about 25 countries mostly in Asia, the Indian subcontinent and the Mideast. Shortly after returning to the U.S., Mr. Roberts began practicing law at Shulman Rogers.
- Twenty-three Shulman Rogers Attorneys Recognized in The American Lawyer's "Top Rated Lawyers" Series
- The House That Harkins Built
Professional & Community Affiliations
- The ESOP Association, Member 1992 to date
- Amherst Alumni Association of Washington, D.C., President 1982-1983