Christopher Townsend helps clients understand and navigate complex corporate finance matters involving reorganizations, securities issues, partnership matters, real estate transactions and litigation management.
Before joining the firm, Mr. Townsend served as senior vice president, general counsel and secretary for nearly 20 years at Host Marriott Corporation. Mr. Townsend was responsible for all legal matters related to the company and oversaw all general corporate matters, including securities, transactions, reorganizations and partnership issues.
Previous to his tenure at Marriott, Mr. Townsend was an attorney/examiner for the Division of Investment Management for the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), where he reviewed records and submitted recommendations involving the Investment Company Act, the Investment Advisers Act, the Securities Act and the Securities Exchange Act. Mr. Townsend has also served as counsel at a number of stations, including the U.S. Department of Justice, for the Honorable William Duffy, at Spectrum Resources and as a lieutenant in the U.S. Navy.
Lead counsel to billions of dollars of debt and equity financings, including corporate revolving credit agreements totaling $3-4 billion with 30 commercial banks, Euro-bond offerings, asset backed securities and securitized debt.
One of three Marriott lead counsel in the 1993 spin off of Marriott International, Inc. to shareholders, and lead in-house counsel of Host Marriott Services to shareholders.
Counsel to affiliated partnerships owning approximately $4 billion of hotels, and officer and director to the general partner of each partnership.
Managed several high profile litigation cases related to hotel construction and securities offerings.
Guided proxy statements, insider trading, SEC registration statements, SEC forms 10K and 10Q, benefit plans registrations, SEC debt shelf registrations, condominium offerings and state blue sky filings.