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Christine M. O'Connor

She/Her/Hers
Partner
  • Rochester
  • 585.231.1337
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Christine’s practice concentrates on private equity, mergers and acquisitions, venture capital and general corporate matters. Her clients include private equity funds, private equity-backed companies, venture capital funds, fundless sponsors, family offices, individual investors, start-ups and strategic buyers, sellers and investors. Christine is well-versed in the financial services, software and tech, manufacturing and product distribution industries.

Her extensive experience includes:

  • Leveraged buyout transactions, including portfolio company acquisitions and dispositions, management employment and equity compensation arrangements and recapitalizations.
  • Representing venture capital funds and companies in connection with convertible note, common stock and preferred stock financings.
  • Representing companies in a wide variety of corporate governance and commercial contract matters.

Prior to joining Harter Secrest & Emery, Christine worked for the Cleveland, Ohio office of Jones Day.

PROFESSIONAL & CIVIC AFFILIATIONS

  • Member of the Board of Directors, South East Area Coalition
  • Member, Monroe County Bar Association

HONORS & AWARDS

  • Recognized by Chambers USA from 2016­-2021 in the field of Corporate/M&A (Upstate NY)
  • Named to the Chambers USA “Up and Coming” List in 2019-­2020
  • Named to the Chambers USA “Associates to Watch” List from 2016-2018
  • Recipient, “Forty Under 40” Award, Rochester Business Journal, 2017
  • Recipient, “Up and Coming Attorneys” Award, The Daily Record, 2017
  • AV Preeminent® Peer Review Rated by Martindale‐Hubbell
  • Selected to the Upstate New York Super Lawyers Rising Stars list, 2017-2020
  • Selected by peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© for Business Organizations (including LLCs and Partnerships); Mergers and Acquisitions Law
  • Vanderbilt University Law School
    • Phi Beta Kappa
    • Notes Editor, Vanderbilt Journal of Entertainment & Technology Law

PRESENTATIONS

  • Steps to Start a New Business,” Eyes on the Future Radio Show, Greater Rochester Enterprise, January 2017
  • CLE Speaker, “Indemnification in Mergers and Acquisitions,” December 2012
  • CLE Speaker, “Escrow Services: Protecting Clients, Mitigating Risk,” February 2012

PRACTICE AREAS

ADMISSIONS

  • New York

CLERKSHIP

  • Judicial Extern to the Honorable Aleta Trauger, U.S. District Court, Middle District of Tennessee
  • Judicial Extern to the Honorable David Alan Ezra, U.S. District Court, District of Hawaii

EDUCATION

  • Vanderbilt University Law School, J.D., Honors Scholar
  • Carnegie Mellon University, B.S., Chemistry, with high honors
HSE Law
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Christine M. O'Connor
She/Her/Hers
Partner
coconnor@hselaw.com
tel: 585.231.1337
fax: 585.232.2152

Christine’s practice concentrates on private equity, mergers and acquisitions, venture capital and general corporate matters. Her clients include private equity funds, private equity-backed companies, venture capital funds, fundless sponsors, family offices, individual investors, start-ups and strategic buyers, sellers and investors. Christine is well-versed in the financial services, software and tech, manufacturing and product distribution industries.

Her extensive experience includes:

  • Leveraged buyout transactions, including portfolio company acquisitions and dispositions, management employment and equity compensation arrangements and recapitalizations.
  • Representing venture capital funds and companies in connection with convertible note, common stock and preferred stock financings.
  • Representing companies in a wide variety of corporate governance and commercial contract matters.

Prior to joining Harter Secrest & Emery, Christine worked for the Cleveland, Ohio office of Jones Day.

Professional & Civic Affiliations

  • Member of the Board of Directors, South East Area Coalition
  • Member, Monroe County Bar Association

Honors & Awards

  • Recognized by Chambers USA from 2016­-2021 in the field of Corporate/M&A (Upstate NY)
  • Named to the Chambers USA “Up and Coming” List in 2019-­2020
  • Named to the Chambers USA “Associates to Watch” List from 2016-2018
  • Recipient, “Forty Under 40” Award, Rochester Business Journal, 2017
  • Recipient, “Up and Coming Attorneys” Award, The Daily Record, 2017
  • AV Preeminent® Peer Review Rated by Martindale‐Hubbell
  • Selected to the Upstate New York Super Lawyers Rising Stars list, 2017-2020
  • Selected by peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© for Business Organizations (including LLCs and Partnerships); Mergers and Acquisitions Law
  • Vanderbilt University Law School
    • Phi Beta Kappa
    • Notes Editor, Vanderbilt Journal of Entertainment & Technology Law

Admissions

  • New York

Clerkship

  • Judicial Extern to the Honorable Aleta Trauger, U.S. District Court, Middle District of Tennessee
  • Judicial Extern to the Honorable David Alan Ezra, U.S. District Court, District of Hawaii

Education

  • Vanderbilt University Law School, J.D., Honors Scholar
  • Carnegie Mellon University, B.S., Chemistry, with high honors

Disclaimer

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