Cozen O’Connor: Bellini, Christopher J.

Christopher J. Bellini

Member

Minneapolis

(612) 260-9029

(612) 260-9080

Chris is chair of Cozen O'Connor's Private Equity Practice. Chris concentrates his practice on mergers and acquisitions, private equity transactions, and securities and compliance issues. His clients include private equity firms and their portfolio companies, public and private companies in a variety of industries, and investment banks.

Chris’ mergers and acquisition practice focuses on representing strategic and private equity buyers and sellers on public and private acquisitions and divestitures, as well as representing boards of directors of public companies on their fiduciary duties in the context of a change of control. His securities practice focuses on representing issuers and underwriters in SEC-registered public offerings, debt financing, and private placement transactions, and on securities compliance and corporate governance matters.

During his career, Chris also spent time as an investment banker at Piper Jaffray & Co. In this role, he advised clients in the technology industry on mergers and acquisitions and capital markets transactions.

Chris earned his law degree from the University of Minnesota Law School and his LL.M. from the New York University School of Law, where he was the graduate editor of the New York University Journal of International Law and Politics. Chris received his bachelor's degree, cum laude, from the University of Minnesota.

Experience

News

Cozen O’Connor Advises Cannabis Industry Leader, Acreage Holdings, Inc., in $160 Million Acquisition of Form Factory, Inc.

January 02, 2019

Acreage will issue approximately 6.4 million Subordinate Voting Shares to Form Factory shareholders at a deemed price of $25 (USD) per share. The transaction is expected to close in the first quarter of 2019.

Cozen O’Connor Expands Presence in Minneapolis with Hiring of Christopher Bellini

January 14, 2014

Before joining Cozen O’Connor, Mr. Bellini was a partner in Dorsey & Whitney’s Corporate Group, where he was chair of the Private Equity Practice Group and a member of the Capital Markets, Mergers and Acquisitions and Venture Capital and Emerging Companies practice groups.

Publications

SEC Proposes to Improve Disclosures Relating to Acquisitions and Dispositions of Businesses [Alert]

May 08, 2019

Chris Bellini discusses the SEC’s proposed amendments relate to the financial disclosure requirements in Rules 3-05, 3-14, and Article 11 of Regulation S-X.

Delaware Supreme Court Reemphasizes Importance of Deal Price in Appraisal Litigation [Alert]

May 01, 2019

Chris Bellini discusses the Delaware Supreme Court's preference for deal price, assuming a reasonable process, in a strategic merger.

SEC Adopts Amendments for FAST Act Modernization and Simplification of Regulation S-K [Alert]

April 08, 2019

The changes adopted by the SEC will become effective on May 2, 2019, except for the requirement to tag all cover page data in Inline XBRL and the amendments to the rules governing redactions of confidential information in material contracts.

SEC Proposes Expansion of “Test-the-Waters” Communications to All Issuers

March 04, 2019

Chris Bellini discusses proposed Rule 163B and what it means to issuers.

A Delaware First: Chancery Court Upholds Termination of Merger Based on MAE [Mergers & Acquisitions Alert]

October 09, 2018

Chris Bellini discusses the Chancery Court's findings in Akorn, and how the decision provides an excellent framework for understanding how the court analyzes MAE clauses and provides a useful roadmap for how buyers should act when confronting unforeseen post-signing issues.

SEC Adopts New Smaller Reporting Company and XBRL Rules [Securities Alert]

July 11, 2018

Chris Bellini discusses the SEC's final rules and rule proposals that broaden the definition of “smaller reporting company” and require the use of the Inline XBRL format in certain operating company and mutual fund filings.

SEC Charges 13 Private Fund Advisers for Repeated Filing Failures [Securities Alert]

June 12, 2018

Christopher Bellini and Ingrid Welch discuss the SEC's focus on policing even the most technical of violations and warn advisers to private funds that they should timely file their Form PF and that the information contained in their Form PF is accurate and complete.

SEC Issues Guidance on Initial Coin Offerings [Securities Alert]

July 28, 2017

The report stems from an SEC inquiry of a “virtual” organization known as “The DAO” and looked into whether The DAO and associated entities and individuals violated federal securities laws with unregistered offers and sales of DAO Tokens in exchange for ether.

SEC Expands Confidential Review Process for Draft Registration Statements [Securities Alert]

July 11, 2017

Christopher Bellini and Ellen Grady discuss an SEC announcement allowing issuers to submit draft registration statements on a nonpublic basis for an IPO, as well as for most securities offerings made within 12 months after the issuer first becomes a reporting company.

SEC Disclosure Updates — Exhibit Hyperlinks, Industry Guide 3 and Inline XBRL [Securities Alert]

March 13, 2017

Christopher J. Bellini and Ellen Canan Grady discuss the March 1, 2017, SEC vote to adopt final rule and form amendments to require issuers to include hyperlinks to each exhibit included in SEC filings.

SEC Proposes to Require Universal Proxies; Adopts Final Rules to Facilitate Intrastate Offerings [Securities Alert]

October 31, 2016

Ellen Grady and Christopher J. Bellini discuss recent rules proposed and adopted by the SEC.

SEC Proposes Rule Amendments to Require Issuers to Include Hyperlinks to Exhibits in Filings [Securities Alert]

September 07, 2016

Christopher J. Bellini discusses recent SEC proposed amendments to its forms and rules that would require issuers that file registration statements and periodic and current reports to include in these filings a hyperlink to each of the exhibits listed in the exhibit index.

SEC Proposes Changing Smaller Reporting Company Definition and Streamlining Disclosure Requirements [Securities Alert]

August 02, 2016

Christopher J. Bellini and Ellen Canan Grady discuss the two separate proposals released by the SEC; one aims to expand “smaller reporting company” eligibility and the other is designed to streamline disclosure requirements.

SEC Settles with Private Equity Fund Adviser Charged with Acting as an Unregistered Broker [Private Equity Alert]

June 20, 2016

Christopher J. Bellini discusses a recent SEC settlement order that highlights the importance the SEC has placed on the issue of broker-dealer registration for the private equity industry.

SEC Issues New C&DIs on the Use of Non-GAAP Financial Measures [Corporate/Securities Alert]

May 24, 2016

Christopher J. Bellini and Ellen Canan Grady discuss the 12 new Compliance & Disclosure Interpretations regarding the use of non-GAAP financial information issued by the Division of Corporation Finance of the Securities and Exchange Commission.

Events & Seminars

Past Events

FEI 7th Annual Capital Markets/M&A Update

March 06, 2019 - Minneapolis, MN

Education

  • University of Minnesota Law School, J.D., 1998
  • New York University School of Law, LL.M., 2000
  • University of Minnesota , B.A., cum laude, 1994
  • Minnesota
  • New York