Christopher J. Hewitt

Partner at Tucker Ellis LLP

Christopher J. Hewitt

Christopher J. Hewitt

Partner at Tucker Ellis LLP

Biography

Chris Hewitt is a businessman's lawyer.

A corporate attorney with an M.B.A, Chris serves as a strategic advisor to the boards of directors and management of public and sophisticated private companies on mergers and acquisitions, takeover preparedness and defense, corporate governance, corporate counseling and SEC compliance. In short, Chris helps clients find solutions and avoid business problems.

Business Transactions. Chris has the business acumen to assist clients not only in structuring, negotiating, and closing sophisticated business transactions, but also in strategically analyzing and understanding how the transaction relates to the client’s business. Chris began his career in the New York office of Skadden Arps and came to Tucker Ellis from Jones Day, where he was partner for nine years in the M&A practice group. As a result, Chris brings a "Big Law" sophistication to each matter, while crafting cost-effective solutions with Midwestern practicality. He understands that negotiating a transaction is not about keeping score on deal points won or lost or taking polarizing positions. Chris practices the art of "getting to yes" negotiating, which means not only effectively articulating the client’s interests in a transaction and making sure the documentation protects those interests, but also resolving, in a common-sense fashion, the myriad, idiosyncratic issues that often arise in transactions.

As illustrated below in his representative transactions, Chris has negotiated numerous high-profile, multibillion-dollar acquisitions and divestitures, as well as many smaller deals, and has worked on transaction financing, including debt and equity offerings. He works with clients in industries such as energy, minerals and mining, manufacturing, retailing, media and technology, to name a few.

Corporate Governance and Compliance. Now more than ever, boards of directors need the pragmatic advice of trusted lawyers like Chris who understand the issues directors face. Chris has extensive boardroom experience advising directors on the issues they confront in today’s dynamic corporate governance environment—experience that enables him to cut through the clutter and assist directors in making informed decisions.

In addition, Chris has successfully defended large and small public companies in contests for corporate control, including both hostile takeovers and proxy contests, and has assisted numerous companies in responding to shareholder proposals. He has also assisted engaged shareholders in establishing a dialogue with the board and management of struggling public companies.

Chris is frequently sought after to speak on corporate governance, M&A and securities laws matters, and has published several articles on these topics. He is also co-editor of the firm’s blog on corporate law, Lingua Negoti, which means “the language of business.”

Chris is ranked in Chambers USA 2018 in the area of Corporate/M&A (Ohio). Sources remark on his "commercial awareness, deep legal knowledge and remarkable negotiating skills," and clients "value his ability to "explain complex legalities in a simple way."

Chris comes from a large family that includes two brothers and five sisters, and is a triplet with two of his sisters. He and his wife are the proud parents of three children. Chris is also a fitness nut, working out every morning before work.

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Partner at Tucker Ellis LLP
Education
J.D., magna cum laude
Class of 1994

Georgetown University Law Center is the law school of Georgetown University, located in Washington, D.C. Established in 1870, the Law Center offers J.D., LL.M., and S.J.D. degrees in law.[5] As the second largest law school in the United States, Georgetown Law often touts the advantages of its wide range of program offerings and proximity to federal agencies and courts, including the Supreme Court

M.B.A., Beta Gamma Sigma
Class of 1994

McDonough School of Business is one of the four undergraduate and one of the five graduate schools of Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. Named for Georgetown alumnus Robert Emmett McDonough, the McDonough School of Business confers degrees on both the undergraduate and graduate levels.

B.B.A. in Accounting
Class of 1990

The University of Toledo, commonly referred to as Toledo or UT, is a public research university located in Toledo, Ohio, United States. The university was founded in 1872 in downtown Toledo as the Toledo University of Arts and Trades. The first would eventually be turned over to the city of Toledo and reopened in 1884 as the Toledo Manual Training School and developed from a vocational school into a university through the late 1800s. The university moved to its current location in the Ottawa neighborhood in 1931.

Career History
Partner
Current

Tucker Ellis LLP is a full-service law firm of more than 180 attorneys with offices in Cleveland, Columbus, Denver, Los Angeles, and San Francisco. The firm is proud to service a Fortune 250 list of national litigation clients and sophisticated business clients for whom we individually tailor our client service teams.

Partner
Prior

Jones Day LP provides legal services. The company's practice areas include banking and finance, capital markets, mergers & acquisitions, real estate, government regulations, tax, financial institutions litigation and regulation, business restructuring, and private equity. It offers services to the airlines, aviation, automotive, construction, energy, healthcare, insurance, media, pharmaceuticals and telecommunication industries. Jones Day was founded in March 1893 by Edwin J. Blandin and William Lowe Rice and is headquartered in Cleveland, Ohio.

Attorney
Prior

Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP provides legal advisory services. The company's practice areas include mergers and acquisitions, finance, litigation, corporate finance, insurance, tax, labor and employment, political law, private equity, corporate, antitrust, white collar crime, international, regulatory, and legislation. Its customers include corporate, industrial, and financial sectors. The company was founded by Marshall Skadden, John Slate and Les Arps in April 1948 and is headquartered in New York, New York.

Political Donations
$250
2012

Senator at Office of the Senator from Utah, Mitt Romney

$250
2006

Governor at Ohio Office of the Governor, Mike DeWine

$250
2005

Former Director at Western & Southern Financial Group, Inc.

Transactions
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EMCORE Corporation purchases Systron Donner Inertial, Inc. from Resilience Capital Partners LLC

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Apex Restaurant Management, Inc. purchases Morgan's Foods, Inc. from Bandera Partners LLC

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Novanta, Inc. purchases NDS Surgical Imaging LLC from Riverside Partners LLC

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Christopher J. Hewitt is affiliated with Tucker Ellis LLP, Jones Day, Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP

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