Attorneys

Christopher Johnson
ASSOCIATE

Christopher is an Associate Attorney in Jones & Keller’s Banking, Lending & Financial Institutions, Business, Corporate & Transactions, and Securities & Finance practice groups. Christopher specializes in the representation of financial institutions with regard to regulatory matters, mergers and acquisitions, commercial lending transactions, and operational matters.  In addition, Christopher represents public and private entities in several industries with regard to organizational formation and structure, venture and equity capital, public offerings and private placements of debt and equity securities, securities filings and periodic reporting, corporate governance, mergers and acquisitions, and other general business transactions.

Prior to joining Jones & Keller, Christopher served as Vice President and Assistant General Counsel at NBH Bank, a regional bank with operations in Colorado, Kansas, Missouri and Texas, where he advised members of executive management on legal issues pertaining to banking and financial regulation, commercial and consumer lending, employment law, litigation, privacy and information security, and real estate. In addition, Christopher counseled his client regarding public company matters including corporate governance and application of SEC regulations to the Bank’s publicly-traded parent company, National Bank Holdings Corporation. Christopher also assisted with several major corporate transactions and events including National Bank Holdings Corporation’s initial public offering in 2012 and issuer tender offer in 2015. Christopher was also instrumental in NBH Bank’s upgrade of its core operating platform as well as its conversion from a national bank charter to a Colorado state-charter, both in 2015.

Significant Representations

Assists NYSE and NASDAQ listed public companies with reporting obligations under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934.

Borrower’s counsel in negotiation and documentation of a $30 million revolving line of credit facility.

Issuer’s counsel in $350 million private offering of Senior Secured Notes and refinancing of a $50 million revolving line of credit facility.

Issuer’s counsel in $5.2 million secondary public offering.

Lender’s counsel in $30 million refinancing and consolidation of loans on several commercial properties in Northern Colorado.

Lender’s counsel in negotiation and documentation of $12.9 million construction to permanent financing for development of a hotel project in Lakewood, Colorado.

Lender’s counsel in negotiation and documentation of $27 million construction to permanent financing for development of a hotel project in downtown Denver, Colorado.

Seller’s counsel in sale of regional occupational healthcare provider to national operator of occupational health and urgent care centers (asset sale).

Seller’s counsel in sale of SEC registered investment advisory firm to regional bank holding company (asset sale).

Honors and Distinctions

Colorado Super Lawyers®, Rising Stars 2018

Presentations and Publications

“Cybersecurity and the Community Bank”, Colorado Bar Association Financial Institutions Subsection CLE Luncheon Series, April 2018 (faculty).

“NYDFS Proposed Cybersecurity Regulations”, The Independent Report, March/April 2017, (author).

“Summary of Recent Proposed Regulations on Cybersecurity at the Federal and State Level”, Independent Bankers of Colorado IT Conference, November 2016 (speaker).

“Cybersecurity and the Community Bank” Colorado Banker, May/June 2016 (author).

Issue Team Member, M&A Carveout Transactions Deal Points Study, a project of the Market Trends Subcommittee of the Mergers and Acquisitions Committee of the American Bar Association, 2017.

Professional and Community Affiliations

Associate Board of Directors, Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Denver

Board of Directors, Michigan State University College of Law Alumni Association

American Bar Association

Colorado Bar Association

Denver Bar Association

Education

Christopher earned his J.D. from Michigan State University College of Law. During law school, Christopher served as a staff member on MSU’s Journal of Business and Securities Law, and represented low-income clients in landlord-tenant matters through MSU’s Housing Law Clinic.

Christopher earned his undergraduate degree from Michigan State University with dual majors in Political Science and Organizational Communication.

Personal

In his free time, Christopher enjoys traveling, backpacking, fly fishing, and skiing.

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J.D., Michigan State University College of Law

B.A., Michigan State University

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Annuities Sellers Beware: Advice May Trigger Enforcement

By Paul L. Vorndran Selling an annuity while advising investors about their securities investments will subject you to enforcement action by the Colorado Securities Commissioner. In the summer of 2018, the Colorado Securities Commissioner (Commissioner) adopted a rule which provides that an insurance agent who receives commissions from the sale of insurance products, where the […]

Investment or Financial Professional Titles: Making Sense of It All

(Originally published December 1, 2015) By Paul L. Vorndran Deciding upon whom to trust to deliver accurate and fair advice is an investor’s first difficult decision. In the investment world, a number of titles may be used by a professional offering various investments. But most of these are marketing tools issued by various organizations, and […]

ETF Recommendations Under Scrutiny

(Originally published December 1, 2015) By Paul L. Vorndran Regulators have been warning investors about investing in Exchange-Traded Funds (ETFs), a unit investment trust or open-end investment company whose shares represent an interest in a portfolio of securities that track an underlying benchmark or index.  In June 2009, those warnings were directed to broker-dealers and […]

Reid Godbolt Awarded the “Lifetime Achievement Award” by the Catholic Lawyers Guild of Colorado

Jones & Keller is pleased to announce that Reid A. Godbolt has been awarded the 2019 Lifetime Achievement Award by the Catholic Lawyers Guild of Colorado. The Lifetime Achievement Award is bestowed upon an attorney who has demonstrated outstanding lifetime contributions to religion, profession and country. “I am humbled and honored by this award and […]

Colorado Rejects Williamson “Presumption”

(Originally published December 1, 2015) By Paul L. Vorndran A panel of the Colorado Court of Appeals issued an opinion giving the Colorado Securities Commissioner a victory in a long standing effort to regulate joint ventures and general partnerships. In Rome v. HEI Resources, Inc. et al, 2014 CA 160, the Court first held that there is […]

Colorado Investment Adviser Revoked for Non-Securities Transactions

(Originally published December 1, 2015) By Paul L. Vorndran As a cautionary tale, Colorado licensed investment advisers should be mindful that non-securities transactions with their clients will be scrutinized by the Colorado Divisions of Securities. In December 2013, Secure Retirement Group, Inc. doing business as Secure Financial Group, Inc. and its principal, David L. Gonzales, […]

Colorado Securities Commissioner Loses Important Case Interpreting Definition of ‘Security’

(Originally published December 1, 2015) by Paul Vorndran Denver District Court recently determined that oil and gas joint venture interests promoted by Colorado companies HEI Resources, Inc. and Heartland Energy Development Corporation were not securities under the Colorado Securities Act. On October 17, 2013 following an intensely contested case brought by the Colorado Securities Commissioner, […]

Definition of ‘Note’ in Colorado Securities Act Limited

(Originally published March 17, 2016) by Paul L. Vorndran The Colorado Court of Appeals reversed a criminal conviction for securities fraud pursuant to C.R.S. § 11-51-501(1)(b) finding the trial court erred in refusing to give a proffered instruction that not all promissory notes are securities for purposes of the Colorado Securities Act (CSA).  In People v. Mendenhall, […]

Tax Traps for the Unwary

TAX TRAPS FOR THE UNWARY – EXECUTIVE COMPENSATION ISSUES IN M&A TRANSACTIONS (PART I: SECTION 280G) By Charles E. Wern, JD, LLM and D. Laird Blue, JD, LLM, Shareholders, Jones & Keller, PC Changes to the U.S. regulatory landscape and corporate tax law structure could spark increased M&A deal activity and strategic partnering in the banking […]

Jones & Keller President Brad H. Hamilton in Independent Banker

President of Jones & Keller and well-known securities attorney, Brad H. Hamilton, was quoted by Independent Banker in an article by Karen Epper Hoffman on the need for community banks to understand cybersecurity issues; how to provide cybersecurity direction at board meetings and executive events; learning to present online security issues in basic terms; introducing […]

Denver Business Journal Recognizes Jones & Keller, P.C. Women in Law

We are pleased to announce our women attorneys at Jones & Keller were covered in the April 27th edition of the Denver Business Journal, Women in Law. Congratulations to our attorneys, and thank you to the Denver Business Journal for focusing our attention to the important role they possess in our community.

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