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, retail, manufacturing 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, and the head of Dorsey's state securities or “blue sky” compliance team.

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 MKT 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 MKT 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 privately-held biopharmaceutical company in the establishment of a Canada-U.S. exchangeable share structure, VC financings in excess of $100 million, and a sale of the company.
  • 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 company that has placed high quality earth video cameras on the international space station in a series of financings and a going public M&A transaction.
  • Represented a Europe-based video game company in purchasing a significant stake in a Seattle-based video game company.

Other Industries

  • 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


Status Check on the SEC’s Proposed Overhaul of the Mining Disclosure Regime
Are Your Private Placement Documents Up To Date?
Regulation A+ May Become Available To SEC Reporting Issuers
NYSE Rule Change For Dividends and Distributions
Interesting Facts About U.S. Private Placements
Delaware Corporations – Don’t Authorize Too Many Shares, or “No Par Value” Shares
State Securities Laws – Granting Options and Equity Comp in the United States
Protect Your Intellectual Property in Cross-Border Distributor Relationships
United States Moves to T+2 Securities Settlement
SEC Issues No Action Letter Regarding Canadian Companies’ Registration of Rights Offerings on MJDS Form F-7
OTCQX Update
The Importance of Monitoring Your Foreign Private Issuer Status
Staying Onside the Regulation D Bad Boy Disqualifications
Canadian Plan of Arrangement – Do I Need U.S. Counsel?
Do Your Confidentiality Clauses Expressly Allow Whistleblowing?
SEC Allows Companies to Conduct a Generally Solicited Securities Offering Immediately Following a Privately-Solicited Offering
Understanding the SEC’s Proposed New Mining Disclosure Rules: Questions and Answers
SEC Proposes Updated Mining Disclosure Rules ― Industry Guide 7 to be Eliminated
SEC Issues Interim Rules Under FAST Act
FAST Act Signed into Law, Continues Trend of Simplifying Public Company Disclosures and Access to Capital Markets
SEC Staff Issues New Interpretation on Regulation S Resales, Benefiting Investors in Foreign Issuers
The SEC Gets Serious About Late Beneficial Ownership Reporting
M&A Alert: Potential US Tax Issues on Employee Severance and Bonus Payments (co-author)
Capital Markets Tip: Ensure Your Company Isn’t Shut Out of Rule 506 Offerings under the SEC’s “Bad Actor” Disqualification Rules
Dorsey Mining in Difficult Markets Webinar

News & Press Mentions

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

Understanding Disclosure Rules for Mining Companies: A Comparison of U.S. and International Technical Disclosure Standards, presented at the 63rd Annual Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Annual Institute
Intellectual Property Webinar Series: Changes to Confidentiality Clauses
Webinar Playback: Changes to Confidentiality Clauses
U.S. Securities Law Update
Webinar Playback: Understanding the SEC’s Proposed New Mining Disclosure Rules
Going Public in Canada
Webinar Playback: Regulation A+: New Financing Opportunities for the U.S. Markets
Regulation A+: New Financing Opportunities for the Canadian Markets
Current Issues in Cross-Border Transactions
Mining in Difficult Markets: A Discussion of U.S. Legal Issues for Mining Companies and Advisors

Industries & Practices

  • Blockchain & Digital Assets
  • Canada
  • Capital Markets
  • Clean Technology
  • Corporate Governance & Compliance
  • Energy
  • Health Care
  • Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Mining & Natural Resources

Professional & Civic

Community Involvement

  • Member of the Board of Directors, Kruckeberg Botanic Garden Foundation, Shoreline, Washington
  • Volunteer, Girl Scouts of Western Washington, Troop 41274


Ranked in USA Chambers 2017 Leading Individual

  • Ranked as one of “America’s Leading Business Lawyers” by Chambers USA (Corporate/Commercial), 2017
  • 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