Chris Manderson

Partner Ervin Cohen & Jessup LLP

Chris Manderson is a Partner and Co-Chair of the Business, Corporate and Tax Department of Ervin Cohen & Jessup, LLP. Chris specializes in mergers & acquisitions, venture capital, debt and equity financing, distressed and restructuring transactions, and preserving and utilizing Net Operating Loss (NOL) tax assets. He also advises public and private company boards and executives on all aspects of corporate governance. 

He began his career as a transactional lawyer representing public companies, private equity funds, boards and executives in M&A and finance transactions at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP and Paul Hastings LLP. He also served as Executive Vice President & General Counsel at Real Industry, Inc., where he guided the company through a $525 million acquisition of an aluminum recycling business serving the automotive industry, and subsequent NASDAQ listing.

 In addition to mainstream M&A, venture capital and corporate finance transactions, Chris specializes in distressed and restructuring transactions. In the wake of the 2009 Financial Crisis, he reorganized companies preserving over $2 billion in NOL tax assets in chapter 11 bankruptcy cases, including Real Industry, Inc. (formerly Fremont General Corporation, a subprime mortgage lender with NOLs over $900 million), and Triad Guaranty, Inc. (formerly an insurance holding company with NOLs over $1.1 billion). 

Chris has represented both public and private companies, private equity funds and individuals, including Rock & Republic Enterprises, Inc., Amgen, Inc., Dole Food Company, Seidler Equity Partners, Marwit Capital, Credit Suisse First Boston, Morgan Stanley & Co., former Olympic Gold Medalist Tyler Hamilton in the Lance Armstrong investigation, and many others. 

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