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Christopher D. Sheaffer

Partner, Corporate Department


Christopher D. Sheaffer is a partner in the Private Equity and M&A practices of Paul Hastings and is Chair of the Chicago Corporate Department. Mr. Sheaffer’s practice is focused on representing private equity firms in leveraged buyouts, minority investments, add-on acquisitions, divestitures and recapitalizations. Mr. Sheaffer also regularly represents public companies, closely held businesses, entrepreneurs and senior management teams in connection with mergers and acquisitions and financing transactions. In addition, he provides general corporate counseling, advising on commercial contracts, executive employment arrangements, equity incentive plans, corporate governance and other general transactional matters.


  • The Legal 500 USA, Private Equity Buyouts (2021-2022)
  • Recognized as a leading practitioner by Chambers USA in Corporate/M&A: Private Equity
  • Listed by Illinois Super Lawyers - Rising Stars (2013-2016)


  • Northwestern University School of Law, J.D. (cum laude)
  • University of Notre Dame, B.S. in Civil Engineering (cum laude)


  • Represented Beecken Petty O’Keefe & Company in connection with:
    • basys' acquisition of Innovative Software Solutions;
    • Its acquisition of basys;
    • Zenith American Solutions' acquisition of Innovative Software Solutions;
    • Its sale of Maverick Healthcare;
    • Maxor National Pharmacy Services' acquisition of AHC;
    • Its acquisition of Zenith American Solutions;
    • Its sale of Medical Solutions;
    • Its acquisition of Spectrum Professional Services;
    • Its sale of RSA Medical;
    • Its acquisition of Medical Solutions;
    • Its acquisition of himagine solutions;
    • Its sale of ISG Holdings;
    • Its acquisition of Maxor National Pharmacy Services;
    • Its acquisition of Sunrise Senior Living;
    • Its sale of Reichert Technologies;
    • Its investment in RSA Medical; and
    • Its acquisition of Preferred Homecare.
  • Represented Cortec Group in connection with:
    • Its acquisition of Circle Surrogacy;
    • Its formation of Companion Pet Partners;
    • Its acquisition of LOV Holdings;
    • Its sale of Community Veterinary Partners;
    • Its acquisition of Rotating Machinery Services;
    • Its acquisition of Aspen Medical Products;
    • Its acquisition of Window Nation;
    • Its sale of Cranial Technologies;
    • Its acquisition of Community Veterinary Partners;
    • Its acquisition of Urnex Brands;
    • Barcodes LLC's acquisitions of OCR Canada, Ltd., Alpha Cards, One Source and ID Superstore;
    • Canadian Hospital Specialties' acquisition of Inter V Medical;
    • Its acquisition of Canadian Hospital Specialties;
    • Its sale of Performance Health & Wellness Holdings; and
    • Its acquisition of Cranial Technologies.
  • Represented Pfingsten Partners in connection with:
    • Its acquisition of Fairbank Equipment;
    • Oliver's acquisition of Professional Image;
    • Its sale of Fire King's Safe and Services division;
    • Quality Valve's acquisition of Griffco;
    • Its acquisition of New England Electrical Contracting;
    • Oliver's acquisition of Boutwell;
    • Its acquisition of Omega Systems Consultants;
    • Kith Kitchen's acquisition of Mouser Custom Cabinetry;
    • Its sale of Fire King's Office and Consumer Products division;
    • Its acquisition of Environmental Lights;
    • Its sale of Midwest Products and Engineering;
    • Its acquisition of Quality Valve;
    • Burton Saw and Supply's merger with Simonds International;
    • Its sale of Des-Case Corporation;
    • Its acquisition of Oliver Printing;
    • Burton Saw and Supply's acquisitions of Cut Technologies and Global Tooling;
    • Its sale of TPC Wire & Cable;
    • Bailey International's acquisition of Sure Grip Controls;
    • Its acquisition of Burton Saw and Supply;
    • Its acquisition of ZSi, Inc. and Foster Manufacturing Co.;
    • Its sale of Hy-Bon Engineering Company;
    • Its acquisition of Des-Case Corporation;
    • Its acquisition of Bailey International;
    • Its sale of Garretson Resolution Group;
    • Its acquisition of Midwest Products & Engineering;
    • Its acquisition of SII Recreational Products;
    • Its acquisition of TPC Wire & Cable;
    • Its acquisition of FireKing Security Group; and
    • Its sale of AllPoints.
  • Represented Wynnchurch Capital in connection with:
    • Its sale of Critical Process Systems Group;
    • Midland's acquisition of Century Brass;
    • Its acquisition of Trimlite Manufacturing;
    • Critical Process Systems Group's acquisition of Nuance Systems;
    • Midland's acquisition of Champion Brass;
    • Its acquisition of MPL Holdings;
    • Midland's acquisition of Mid-America Fittings;
    • Its acquisition of Boss Industries;
    • Midland's acquisition of Buchanan Rubber;
    • AMC's acquisition of Midland Metals;
    • Its acquisition of Critical Process Systems Group; and
    • Its acquisition of Anderson Metals.
  • Represented Five Arrows Capital Partners in connection with:
    • basys' acquisition of Innovative Software Solutions; and
    • Its acquisition of Innovative Software Solutions.
  • Represented May River Capital in connection with:
    • Unibloc's acquisition of Standard Pump;
    • Its acquisition of Unibloc;
    • Industrial Flow Solutions merger with Stancor; and
    • Its acquisition of Dickson/Unigage.
  • Represented Shorehill Capital in connection with:
    • Tribus Aerospace's acquisition of Midwest Precision Holdings;
    • Tribus Aerospace's acquisition of Precision Aerospace Corporation; and
    • Its acquisition of Advanced Machining & Tooling.
  • Represented Bankrate, Inc. in connection with:
    • Its acquisition of Next Advisor;
    • Its sale of insuranceQuotes;
    • Its acquisition of Wallaby Financial Inc.; and
    • Its acquisition of Caring, Inc.

Engagement & Publications

  • Paul Hastings' Investment Bank Engagement Letter Study (2013-2014)
  • Bloomberg BNA webinar "Alternatives for Portfolio Company Structures in Private Equity Transactions" (February 21, 2013)


  • Member of IrishAngels, an angel investing group dedicated to promoting commerce by funding high potential startups founded by alumni or students of the University of Notre Dame

Practice Areas

Private Equity




Illinois Bar


Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law, J.D. 2001
University of Notre Dame, B.S. 1998

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