Experience

Chris Edwards joined Reitler Kailas & Rosenblatt LLC in 2008 and provides counsel to a variety of venture capital funds and to a broad range of companies, from start-ups to publicly-traded entities, in the fields of venture capital, mergers and acquisitions, banking, securities and general corporate law.  He has particularly deep and broad experience with emerging-growth companies in industries ranging from biotech to data, life sciences, manufacturing, media, medicine, online consumer and business-to-business platforms, retail, railroads, robotics and other technology.

Earlier in his career, he worked in several large law firms including Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP and Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP, focusing primarily on structured finance but also on mergers and acquisitions, equipment financing, secured lending, and other corporate transactions, before serving as an Assistant General Counsel in the Bank of America legal department.  He also spent significant time in Europe and speaks fluent French.

Education

Harvard Law School (J.D., 1998).

Davidson College (B.A., 1995).

Professional
  • Harvard Law School Association of New York City, Board Member
  • Harvard Law School Association Entrepreneurs Network, Co-Founder
  • New York State Bar Association, Technology and Venture Law Committee, Committee Chair
  • Advisor to, and board member of, multiple nonprofit entities, from faith-based and other charitable organizations in a variety of fields to an advisory panel for the Charlotte, North Carolina transit system.
  • “Blockchain and Smart Contracts”, presentation to the New York State Bar Association Business Law Section 2018 Spring Meeting, Technology and Venture Law Committee
Admissions

New York

Transactions
  • Represented Leaf Logistics Inc., a New York-based transportation logistics provider, in connection with its Series A Preferred Stock financing, led by Playground Global, a Palo Alto-based venture capital fund and studio.

  • Represented Leaf Logistics Inc., a New York-based transportation logistics provider, in connection with its Series Seed Preferred Stock financing, led by Floodgate Fund VI, L.P., a Palo Alto-based seed stage venture capital fund.

     

  • Represented FTV Capital in connection with its investment in Series A Preferred Stock of SiteHands, Inc., a provider of on-site IT services.

  • Represented ASPire Financial Services, a developer of a leading 401(k) recordkeeping and retirement solution platform, in its sale to PCS Retirement, LLC, developer of a leading retirement and wealth management platform backed by LLR. 

  • Represented EquipID, Inc., a New York-based company that connects building engineering staff, service contractors and their technicians with equipment-specific data and content to optimize inspection, testing, maintenance and repair services, in connection with its Series Seed Preferred Stock financing, led by Contour Venture Partners.

  • Represented IA Capital Group, a New York based private investment firm and manager of the Inter-Atlantic funds, in connection with its investment in the Series A Preferred Stock financing of Gainfully, Inc., a provider of a platform for financial professionals in the advisory, securities, and insurance industries.

  • Represented Energy Impact Partners LP, a fund focusing on investments in technologies and projects that optimize energy consumption and improve sustainable energy generation, in connection with its investment in the Series B Preferred Stock of CIMCON Lighting, Inc., the world’s leading provider of software powered lighting controllers and Internet of Things (IoT)-enabled Smart City lighting management solutions.

  • Represented Energy Impact Partners LP, a fund focusing on investments in technologies and projects that optimize energy consumption and improve sustainable energy generation, in connection with its investment in the Series A Preferred Stock of Arcadia Power, a leading nationwide renewable energy company.

  • Represented Energy Impact Partners LP, a fund focusing on investments in technologies and projects that optimize energy consumption and improve sustainable energy generation, in connection with its investment in the convertible debt financing of Enchanted Rock, Ltd., a developer, builder and operator of cost-effective microgrids that help companies manage physical and financial risk associated with electricity.

  • Represented Energy Impact Partners LP, a fund focusing on investments in technologies and projects that optimize energy consumption and improve sustainable energy generation, in connection with its investment in the Series B Preferred Stock financing of Spark Community Investment Company, operator of a technology platform and related investment vehicles to finance, sell, install, maintain, upgrade and operate small and medium sized energy efficiency upgrade projects.