Bar Admissions

  • Maryland

Court Admissions

  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit

Education

  • J.D., with honors, University of Maryland School of Law, 1999
    Editor, Maryland Law Review
  • B.A., summa cum laude, Loyola College, 1996

Judicial Clerkships

  • Honorable Thomas L. Ambro, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, 2000
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Christopher W. Pate

Partner

Chris Pate represents publicly- and privately-held REITs and other companies in connection with major transactions, corporate governance issues, securities transactions and other financings. He has counseled buyers and sellers in merger and acquisition transactions, including several valued in excess of $1 billion, and has advised issuers in multiple stock and debt offerings, including initial public offerings. In addition, Chris has assisted numerous private and non-traded registered REITs with their formation transactions and state registration process under the NASAA REIT Guidelines.

Significant Matters

Chris's recent experience includes:
  • Maryland counsel to numerous stock exchange-listed REITs and business development companies in connection with follow-on public offerings, including firm commitment offerings, at-the-market offerings, equity forward offerings and debt offerings
  • Maryland counsel to numerous non-traded REITs and business development companies sponsored by American Realty Capital, Behringer Harvard, Cole, Dividend Capital, Grubb & Ellis, Hines, Wells, W.P. Carey and others in connection with their formations and continuous offerings
  • Issuer’s counsel in a $58.6 million REIT public offering
  • Maryland counsel to a New York Stock Exchange-listed REIT in its $2.3 billion acquisition by a registered SEC investment advisor
  • Maryland counsel to a publicly registered, non-traded REIT in its $3 billion stock-for-stock merger with a listed REIT
  • Maryland counsel to a NASDAQ-listed healthcare REIT in its acquisition by a New York Stock Exchange-listed healthcare REIT
  • Maryland counsel to a New York Stock Exchange-listed REIT in connection with its acquisition of two publicly registered, non-traded REIT affiliates
  • Maryland counsel to a New York Stock Exchange-listed REIT in its $920.7 million merger with another listed REIT
  • Maryland counsel to Ares Capital in its acquisition of Allied Capital
  • Maryland counsel to Tishman Speyer in its acquisition of Archstone-Smith
  • Counsel to a special committee of independent directors of a New York Stock Exchange-listed REIT in connection with the negotiation of a new advisory agreement with its external advisor
  • Counsel to a special committee of independent directors of a publicly registered, non-traded REIT in connection with a liquidation and dissolution
  • Maryland counsel to the independent directors committee of a publicly registered, non-traded REIT in connection with the acquisition of a REIT management and advisory platform from an affiliate of its advisor
  • Counsel to an independent directors’ committee of a publicly registered, non-traded REIT in its analysis of certain affiliated party transactions and exploration of strategic alternatives
  • Maryland counsel to the special committees of the boards of directors of multiple publicly registered, non-traded REITs in connection with their mergers with affiliated entities
  • Maryland counsel in the spin-off of a hotel REIT subsidiary
  • Counsel to a publicly traded network security company in its stock-for-stock acquisition of a publicly traded information security company

Activities

An active member of the community, Chris has served as Chairman of the Harford County Redistricting Commission, as Co-Chair of the City of Havre de Grace Ethics Commission and as Chairman of the Harford County People's Counsel Citizens Advisory Board and is a former member of the Harford County Republican State Central Committee. In 2008, he was elected as a Delegate to the Republican National Convention.