Chris Coleman’s practice encompasses a broad range of business transactions and general representation of business entities, including public and private securities offerings and public company reporting; mergers, acquisitions, divestitures and financing; forming, structuring and capitalizing new entities; reorganizing and recapitalizing existing entities; and business contracts.
Over the course of his career with McAfee & Taft, Chris’ client list has included businesses engaged in virtually every major industry, including manufacturing, energy, real estate, financial services, engineering services, software, food manufacturing and distribution, retail and communications. While Chris’ recent focus has been assisting clients in mergers and acquisitions, as both buyer and seller, and investment transactions, representing both private equity investors and the companies seeking investors, his role has also been to oversee all of the legal needs of many of these clients. This role has ranged from negotiating business contracts and relationships to overseeing litigation strategies, and from evaluating incentive programs and exit strategies to structuring and negotiating workouts and business restructurings.
This broad base of experience, combined with the ability to identify and fully understand client needs and pull together the expertise of other legal specialties within the firm, have proved invaluable to clients requiring highly integrated legal solutions to complex legal matters.
Chris’ expertise has earned him inclusion in Chambers USA Guide to America’s Leading Lawyers for Business, The Best Lawyers in America (business organizations; closely held companies and family businesses law; corporate compliance law; corporate governance law; corporate law; mergers and acquisitions law; securities/capital markets law; securities regulation; venture capital law) and Oklahoma Super Lawyers. He was named by Best Lawyers as “Oklahoma City Corporate Governance and Compliance Lawyer of the Year” for 2011, “Oklahoma City Securities/Capital Markets Lawyer of the Year” for 2012 and 2024, “Oklahoma City Corporate Governance Lawyer of the Year” for 2016, “Oklahoma City Corporate Compliance Lawyer of the Year” for 2017 and 2019, “Oklahoma City Securities Regulation Lawyer of the Year” for 2018, “Oklahoma City Venture Capital Lawyer of the Year” for 2018, 2021 and 2024, “Oklahoma City Closely Held Companies and Family Businesses Lawyer of the Year” for 2020, and “Oklahoma City Business Organizations Lawyer of the Year” for 2021, honors only given to a single lawyer in each legal specialty in each market.