Christopher L. Doerksen

Christopher L. Doerksen




Chris helps clients raise money by selling equity and debt, buy and sell assets and businesses, manage their SEC disclosures, implement corporate governance structures, list on stock exchanges, and establish equity-based compensation arrangements. He works in a number of industries, including mining, energy, life sciences, technology, clean technology and financial services. Chris has extensive experience advising Canadian and other foreign clients on U.S. cross-border transactions, and often serves as their general U.S. outside counsel, helping them access solutions to all of their U.S. legal needs through Dorsey’s extensive network of offices and attorneys. He is also co-editor of Dorsey’s Cross-Border Counselor Blog.

Education & Admissions

Simon Fraser University (B.A., 1996), Gold Medal, History;
Gordon M. Shrum Scholarship

Stanford Law School (J.D., 1999), With distinction


  • Washington


Representative Work

Mining & Energy

  • Represented one of the world's largest uranium companies in domestic and offshore acquisitions, dispositions and equity and debt financings aggregating more than $7 billion.
  • Represented a gold company in SEC reporting, corporate governance, an NYSE American listing and a series of equity and debt financings and acquisitions totaling $3 billion that transformed the company from a privately-held exploration stage company into a large, publicly-traded producer.
  • Represented a platinum company in an NYSE American listing, SEC reporting, corporate governance and public and private financings aggregating over $700 million.
  • Represented coal companies or their investment banks in several going public transactions in which privately-held, U.S.-based coal producers went public via a reverse takeover of a Canadian public company and a concurrent equity financing.

Life Sciences

  • Represented a supplier to the life sciences industry in a transformative transaction in which the company completed a $15 million public offering of common stock and warrants, converted $14 million of secured debt into equity, and uplisted from the OTCQB to the NASDAQ Capital Market, as well as in other matters including SEC reporting and corporate governance.
  • Represented a biopharmaceutical company in several VC financings, a going public transaction via the takeover of a NASDAQ-listed company, SEC reporting, NASDAQ corporate governance and a $50 million shelf takedown of common stock and warrants.
  • Represented a medical device company in SEC reporting and nearly $50 million in equity financings.

Technology and Clean Tech

  • Represented a solar lighting company in a series of public and private equity financings and an acquisition in Florida.
  • Represented a California-based solar roofing company in an inversion transaction in which the company went public via a reverse takeover of a Canadian public company, concurrent with a $45 million equity financing.
  • Represented a satellite imaging company in a going public M&A transaction and a series of financings.

Other Industries

  • Represented a consumer lending company in a series of high yield debt, convertible debt and equity offerings in excess of $1 billion.
  • Represented the world’s largest industrial auctioneer in SEC reporting, NYSE compliance, corporate governance, stock based compensation, and M&A related matters. 
  • Represented a chain of vitamin and supplement stores in a $50 million sale of the company.
  • Represented a sandwich chain in its initial public offering on NASDAQ.
  • Represented the controlling stakeholder of one of the world's largest commercial real estate brokerage firms in the reorganization of the firm's international governing structure and the relicensing of its operations throughout the U.S.

News & Resources


SPAC Talk: Important Considerations for Private Companies Evaluating a SPAC Going-Public Transaction
Revised Definition of an “Accredited Investor”
At-the-Market (ATM) Offerings for Canadian Issuers
Guide to At-the-Market Programs for MJDS Issuers
Guide to Joining the OTCQX or the OTCQB Markets for Canadian and Other Foreign Issuers
Mining Companies: Don’t Let Your QP Refuse to Provide Required SEC Consents
SEC Creates New File Transfer System for Supplemental Materials and Rule 83 Confidential Treatment Requests
SEC Clarifies the Compliance Deadline for New Mining Disclosure Rules
SEC Provides Guidance on the Use of Metrics in MD&A; Also Proposes Amendments to Simplify and Modernize MD&A and Related Financial Disclosures
When Canadian Investors Must Report Investments (including those in Canada!) to the SEC
Delaware Takes Action Against Formation of Cannabis Companies
What Mining Companies Need to Accomplish Before 2021
Stock Price Flexibility on the NYSE American
Upcoming Webinar on the SEC’s New Mining Disclosure Rules – 2/26
Understanding the SEC’s New Mining Disclosure Rules: Questions and Answers
Reviewing Compensation Arrangements for Employees Subject to U.S. Income Tax Before Year-End Could Avoid Costly Tax Penalties
The SEC’s Recent Settlement with Tesla and Elon Musk Teaches Us a Valuable Corporate Governance Lesson
What if You Miss the Deadline to File a Form D?
Could Your Form D Already be Late by the Date of Closing?
Analysis of the 60 Most Recent SEC Comment Letters Issued to Canadian Form 40-F Filers
Foreign Corrupt Practices Act Requires More Than a Policy
A Reminder to Track Rule 701 Equity Awards to U.S. Residents
Common U.S. Securities Problems with Canadian Stock-Based Compensation Plans
Status Check on the SEC’s Proposed Overhaul of the Mining Disclosure Regime
Are Your Private Placement Documents Up To Date?

News & Press Mentions

Chambers USA 2019 Recognizes Dorsey Lawyers and Practices
Chambers USA 2018 Recognizes Dorsey Lawyers and Practices in Seattle
Chambers USA 2017 Recognizes Dorsey Lawyers and Practice Groups in Seattle
Chambers USA 2017 Recognizes Dorsey Lawyers and Practices
Dorsey Represents Underwriters in Tactile Medical IPO
Super Lawyers Recognizes 20 Dorsey Lawyers in Seattle
Dorsey & Whitney Named Capital Markets Law Firm of the Year-North America by Lawyers World Law
12 lawyers in the Firm’s Seattle office named Super Lawyers™ and six named Rising Stars by Washington Super Lawyers

Events & Speaking Engagements

Webinar Playback: Listing on the NYSE American for Canadian Issuers
Webinar Playback: Trading on the OTCQX/OTCQB Markets for Canadian Issuers
Webinar Playback: At-the-Market (ATM) Programs for Canadian Issuers
At-the-Market (ATM) Programs for U.S. and Canadian Issuers
U.S. Securities Law Update, presented to the Canadian Bar Association
US Cross-Border Considerations for In-House Counsel
SEC Adopts Rules to Modernize Mineral Disclosure Requirements for Mining Companies
Understanding the SEC’s New Mining Disclosure Rules
Webinar Playback: Understanding the SEC’s New Mining Disclosure Rules
Recent Developments in U.S. Securities Law, presented to the Canadian Bar Association

Professional & Civic

Community Involvement

  • Volunteer, Girl Scouts of Western Washington, Troop 41274


Contributed 50+ Pro Bono Hours in 2020

  • Contributed more than 50 Challenge pro bono hours, 2020

Ranked in Chambers USA 2019 Leading Individual  Chambers USA 2018 Leading Individual  Ranked in USA Chambers 2017 Leading Individual

  • Ranked as one of “America’s Leading Business Lawyers” by Chambers USA (Corporate/Commercial), 2017-2019
  • Recognized as a Foreign Expert (Based Abroad) for Corporate/M&A: Canada by Chambers Global, 2013
  • Recognized as a Foreign Expert (Canada) for Corporate/M&A: USA by Chambers Global, 2013
  • Listed as a "Rising Star" by Washington Super Lawyers, 2005-2014
Christopher L. Doerksen