Christopher J. Barry
PEOPLE

Christopher J. Barry

Of Counsel
barry.christopher@dorsey.com

Overview

CHRIS HAS OVER 30 YEARS OF EXPERIENCE IN PUBLIC AND PRIVATE SECURITIES OFFERINGS, STOCK EXCHANGE LISTINGS, MERGERS AND ACQUISITIONS, TENDER OFFERS, PROXY CONTESTS, CONTESTS FOR CORPORATE CONTROL AND SHAREHOLDER DISPUTES, CORPORATE GOVERNANCE AND GENERAL BUSINESS COUNSELING, NEW BUSINESSES FORMATION AND VENTURE CAPITAL TRANSACTIONS.

Chris has acted as lead counsel in a broad variety of complex financing transactions and acquisitions and is an internationally recognized expert in structuring and competing cross-border financings and acquisitions. He has represented issuers, underwriters and investors in numerous public and private securities offerings and venture capital transactions. He has served as the legal advisor and counselor to a variety of U.S. and non-U.S. companies, assisting them in managing their general legal affairs, corporate governance and long-term strategic planning.

Chair of the firm’s Canada Practice Group, a major portion of his practice involves advising Canadian and other non-U.S. clients in accessing the U.S. capital markets, cross-border mergers and acquisitions and investment transactions and U.S. securities law compliance. Chris is a leader in the firm's representation of mining, energy and natural resources clients. The firm’s mining practice has received international recognition for its excellence.

Chris has advised clients in a variety of industries, including mining, oil and gas, pharmaceuticals and biotechnology, medical equipment and devices, software, Internet and e-business, telecommunications, radio broadcasting, financial services, retailing, manufacturing, forest products, transportation and restaurants. Chris also advises clients that participate in the cannabis industry, including non-U.S. interests, concerning regulatory and financing matters.

Education & Admissions

University of Virginia School of Law (J.D., 1976), Member, Editorial board, Virginia Law Review, 1974-1976

Harvard University (B.A., cum laude, General Studies, 1969), Field of Concentration: Physics

Admissions

  • Washington
  • Qualified as a foreign legal consultant in the provinces of Ontario and British Columbia, Canada

Experience

Representative Transactions

  • Talisman Energy Inc.
    Numerous U.S. public offerings of debt and preferred securities
    Private note placements
    Mergers and acquisitions
    New York Stock Exchange listing of common shares
    Shareholder Rights Plan
    U.S. securities law reporting and compliance
  • Franco-Nevada Corporation
    Cross border securities offerings
    Acquisition of Gold Wheaton Corporation ($1.1 billion)
    New York Stock Exchange listing of common shares
    Shelf registration of securities (C$1 billion) and cross border public offering of common shares (C$340 million)
    Structuring and compliance matters
  • NovaGold Resources
    Cross border private placements of securities
    Cross border public offerings of Common Shares ($332 million and $172 million)
    Successful defense of unsolicited takeover bid by Barrick Gold
    Cross border public offering of convertible debt securities ($95 million)
    Registered direct offering of equity securities ($175 million)
    Spin-off of NovaCopper

    New York Stock Exchange MKT listing
    U.S. securities law reporting and compliance
    Merger and acquisition transactions
  • NovaCopper Inc. 
    Spin off from NovaGold and New York Stock Exchange MKT listing
  • Banro Corporation
    Three multinational public offerings of equity securities
    U.S. high yield debt offering
    U.S. securities law reporting and compliance
  • Avalon Rare Metals
    New York Stock Exchange MKT Listing
    Shelf Registration of $500 million in securities
    Cross border public offering ($48 million) of Common Shares
  • U.S. Geothermal
    Cross border securities offerings in the U.S. and Canada
    TSX and New York Stock Exchange MKT listings for U.S. company
    U.S. securities law reporting and compliance
  • Miramar Mining Corporation
    Cross border public offering of Common Shares
    Cross border private placements of equity securities
     
    New York Stock Exchange MKT listing
    U.S. securities law compliance
    Sale of company to Newmont Mining
    U.S. securities law reporting and compliance
      
  • High Yield Debt.
    Represented the several Canadian companies issuing high yield debt.
  • Underwriters Counsel
    Underwriters’ counsel in numerous cross-border and U.S. domestic public offerings and private placements of securities

News & Resources

News & Press Mentions

Dorsey Partner Chris Barry Discusses Investing in Cannabis Companies
Dorsey Partner Chris Barry Remarks on Banks Providing Capital for Cannabis Companies
Dorsey Partner Chris Barry Remarks on FinCEN Guidance
Dorsey Partner Chris Barry Comments on Cannabis Supported by Canadian Banks
12 Dorsey Lawyers in Seattle Selected for Inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2019
Dorsey Partner Chris Barry Discusses Law Firms and Cannabis Ventures
Dorsey Partner Chris Barry Comments on U.S. Cannabis Companies Going Public in Canada
Dorsey Launches New Cannabis Blog
Dorsey Partner Chris Barry Comments on Tilray's IPO
Dorsey Partner Chris Barry Discusses Hedge Funds Investing in Cannabis
Dorsey Partner Chris Barry Remarks on Canada Legalizing Cannabis
Super Lawyers Recognizes 14 Dorsey Lawyers in Seattle
Chambers USA 2018 Recognizes Dorsey Lawyers and Practices in Seattle
Dorsey Of Counsel Christopher Barry Remarks on Banking Laws and Cannabis
13 Dorsey Lawyers in Seattle Selected for Inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2018
Super Lawyers Recognizes 18 Dorsey Lawyers in Seattle
Chambers USA 2017 Recognizes Dorsey Lawyers and Practice Groups in Seattle
Chambers USA 2017 Recognizes Dorsey Lawyers and Practices
Dorsey Recognized for Capital Markets Law Firm of the Year - North America
Dorsey Recognized for Corporate Governance and M&A-Canada
11 Dorsey Lawyers in Seattle Selected for Inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2017
Super Lawyers Recognizes 14 Dorsey Lawyers in Seattle
Chambers USA 2016 Recognizes Dorsey Lawyers and Practice Groups in Seattle
Chambers USA 2016 Ranks Dorsey Lawyers and Practices
Chambers Global 2016 Recognizes Dorsey Partners Khadavi, Barry, Carpanini, Cashman, and Vaughan

Select Presentations

Mr. Barry has been a frequent speaker at Bar Association meetings and for national and international professional groups concerning mergers and acquisitions, corporate finance and venture capital transactions, and the application of United States securities laws to international transactions.

Industries & Practices

  • Asia-Pacific
  • Banking & Financial Institutions
  • Canada
  • Cannabis
  • Capital Markets
  • Corporate Governance & Compliance
  • Emerging Companies
  • Energy & Natural Resources
  • Food, Beverage & Agribusiness
  • Healthcare
  • Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Mining
  • Private Equity

Professional & Civic

Professional Achievements

  • Washington State Bar Association
  • American Bar Association

    Community Involvement

    • United States Navy
        • Served as an officer from 1969 to 1973

    Accolades

    Practice Group Honors
    • Finance Monthly Law Awards – U.S Mining & Energy Law Firm of the Year, 2013
    • Lawyers World Law Awards – Mining Law Firm of the Year, 2011
    • InterContinental Finance Magazine – “Highly Recommended” – Top Tier Firms, 2011
    • InterContinental Finance Magazine – Law Firm of the Year – Mining, 2011
    • DealMakers Annual Awards – U.S. Mining Law Firm of the Year, 2010
    • DealMakers Annual Awards - Law Firm of the Year - Mining, 2012
    • ACQ Finance Magazine – U.S. Mining Law Firm of the Year, 2008 and 2009
    • Thomson Reuters – Ranked No. 1 for Canadian equity offerings issuer advisor by deal count, 2011

    Personal Honors

    Chambers USA 2018 Leading Individual  Ranked in USA Chambers 2017 Leading Individual  Top Ranked - USA Chambers and Partners 2016 - Leading Individual    Top Ranked Chambers USA 2015 - Leading Individual

    • Recognized as a Foreign Expert (Based Abroad) for Corporate/M&A: Canada by Chambers Global, 2013-2016
    • Recognized as a Foreign Expert (Canada) for Corporate/M&A: USA by Chambers Global, 2013-2016
    • Ranked as one of “America’s Leading Business Lawyers” by Chambers USA (Corporate/Commercial), 2010-2018 (Band 1 in 2012-2016) 
    • Included in Best Lawyers in America© for Corporate Law, Mergers & Acquisitions Law, and Securities / Capital Markets Law, 2009-2019
    • Listed as a Washington Super Lawyer, 2001-2018
    • Corporate LiveWire Magazine, Recognized in Global Awards 2016 for “Energy & Natural Resources”
    • Euromoney Magazine, Named in the Guide to Leading U.S. West Coast Lawyers
    • Whos Who of Mining Lawyers, 2006-2014
    • Avvo Top 10 Corporate Lawyer, 2008
    • Avvo Top 10 Financial Markets and Services Lawyer, 2008
    • Avvo Top 10 Securities Offerings Lawyer, 2008
    • Washington CEO Magazine, Named a Top Business Attorney in Washington, 2008 

     
    Christopher J. Barry