Christopher Rose



Chris Rose has developed an exceptional transactional practice over the years, representing both public and privately held companies on a variety of matters, such as mergers and acquisitions, initial public offerings, joint ventures and venture capital and private equity investments. He has also counseled clients on public filings under federal securities laws and compliance with Sarbanes-Oxley, NYSE and NASDAQ requirements and other corporate governance matters. In addition, he has substantial experience representing boards and investors and their portfolio companies, and has helped investors and issuer companies successfully navigate their complex legal and business challenges.

Mr. Rose's recent representations have included advising on multiple mergers and acquisitions, corporate venture capital (CVC) investments, emerging company venture capital issuances, and the sale and purchase of private equity portfolio companies.

Prior to joining WilmerHale in 2016, Mr. Rose was a corporate partner at another global law firm, where he focused on mergers and acquisitions, CVC investments and other corporate finance transactions.

Mr. Rose also has very extensive in-house experience. He was associate general counsel at Fidelity National Financial, where he led the legal function on dozens of the company's acquisitions including its acquisitions of Certegy, Sanchez Computer Associates, WebTone Technologies, Bankware, Computerized Data Systems and InterCept, among others. He also served as general counsel and senior vice president of corporate development at CODA Holdings, a maker of electric vehicles. While there, he led CODA's fundraising efforts, negotiated the company's agreements to partner with China's Great Wall Motor Company, Lishen and Harbin Hafei to develop electric batteries and electric vehicles and led the acquisition of EnergyCS.

Honors & Awards

  • Recommended in the 2017 edition of The Legal 500 United States for M&A/Corporate and Commercial: M&A: Middle-Market ($500m-999m) and M&A/Corporate and Commercial: Venture Capital and Emerging Companies

Publications & News


May 5, 2017

WilmerHale Reps Tangoe in Acquisition by Marlin Equity Partners

WilmerHale client Tangoe, Inc., a global leader in telecom expense management solutions, and Marlin Equity Partners, a global investment firm, entered into a definitive agreement for Marlin to acquire all outstanding shares of Tangoe not already owned by Marlin for $6.50 per share in cash.

June 9, 2016

WilmerHale Makes Move Towards Silicon Beach

WilmerHale's Los Angeles office recently expanded with the launch of a corporate practice and the addition of intellectual property litigators over the past year.

May 2, 2016

WilmerHale Expands West Coast Corporate Practice With Two Partner Hires

WilmerHale is pleased to welcome Partners Christopher Rose and Eric Hwang to the firm's Los Angeles and Palo Alto offices, respectively.


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MBA, with Distinction, Harvard Business School, 2001

JD, University of California, Los Angeles, School of Law, 1997

AB, Economics, with Highest Honors in Economics and High Distinction in General Scholarship, University of California, Berkeley, 1994, Phi Beta Kappa

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