Joseph L. Christensen

Counsel

Joseph L. Christensen

Member 

Practice Focus

Corporate Litigation

Contact

Direct: (302) 468-5967
Fax: (302) 691-6834
Email: jchristensen@mdsulaw.com

Litigation Paralegal

Angela B. Petrillo
Direct: (302) 485-1212
Email: apetrillo@mdsulaw.com
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Joe’s practice revolves around Delaware’s corporate and alternative entity law. Joe litigates in the Delaware Court of Chancery and advises clients in transactional and pre-litigation matters. With a background as an M&A lawyer at a national firm, he brings a wide range of experience to bear. In his litigation practice, Joe represents parties in the full range of business law matters that arise under Delaware law, including post-closing disputes over purchase agreements, fiduciary duty litigation and statutory proceedings.

In his transactional practice, Joe has experience representing public companies, their boards of directors or special committees, private equity firms and private owners in mergers, acquisitions and other transformative transactions on the sell-side, buy-side, investor-side and issuer-side. Joe is also experienced in stockholder activism situations from both the activist and target perspectives. 

In law school, Joseph was a member of the Iowa Law Review.

Select experience:

  • Represented companies, directors, officers, and stockholders in fiduciary duty, corporate control, corporate governance, statutory, advancement, indemnification, books and records, appraisal, and contractual disputes

  • Represented stockholders challenging reclassification of stock designed to retain founder control and, in a separate case, defending founders in a similar situation

  • Represented stockholders and respondents in appraisal actions

  • Represented investment banks in connection with third-party subpoenas and proxy disclosures related to serving as board or committee financial advisor

  • Represented real estate investment trust in sale to public real estate investment trust

  • Represented buyers and targets in acquisitions of asset management businesses

  • Represented board of directors in connection with threatened proxy campaign

  • Represented stockholder activist in successful proxy campaign resulting in settlement and seating of activist stockholder nominees to board of directors

  • Represented various private equity firms in connection with acquisitions of private companies as well as sales of portfolio companies

  • Appointed by the Delaware Family Court as guardian ad litem to two children in custody litigation

Admissions

  • Delaware

  • U.S. District Court for the District of Delaware

 

Education

  • University of Iowa College of Law, J.D.

  • University of Iowa, B.A.

Publications

  • Revlon: The Next Iteration, The Daily Deal (September 23, 2013)

  • Differential Treatment of Stockholders in Third Party Transactions: Effects and Implications Under Delaware Law, The M&A Lawyer (May 2013)

  • Duty Follows Function: Two Approaches to Curing the Mismatch Between the Fiduciary Duties and Potential Personal Liability of Corporate Officers, 27 Notre Dame Journal of Law, Ethics & Public Policy 45 (March 2012)

  • Quasi-Appraisal: The Unexplored Frontier of Stockholder Litigation?, The M&A Journal, (January 2012) – also appeared on the Harvard Law School Forum on Corporate Governance and Financial Regulation, Feb. 24, 2012)

  • Consider the Alternatives, The Deal (May 20, 2011)

  • The Delaware and SEC Proxy Access Regimes, 42 Review of Securities & Commodities Regulation 233 (October 7, 2009 – also appeared on the Harvard Law School Forum on Corporate Governance and Financial Regulation, Nov. 1, 2009)

  • In re Citigroup: The Birth Announcement and Obituary of the Duty of Business Performance Oversight, Bloomberg Law Reports – Corporate Law (June 15, 2009)

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