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Chris Groll

Partner

555 17th Street, Suite 3200, Denver, CO 80202

Clients rely on Chris Groll’s more than 20 years of sophisticated deal experience and her pragmatic approach to guide them through mergers and acquisitions and general business issues.

Chris represents both buyers and sellers in a variety of M&A transactions and acts as outside general counsel for several privately held companies. Her experience also includes venture capital financings, private debt and equity financings, and ESOP transactions.

Leveraging her business and industry acumen, Chris works with owners and executives to evaluate and make strategic decisions about forming new entities and establishing business relationships. She also counsels clients on day-to-day business and contract matters.

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Experience

Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Strategic Acquisitions, Dispositions, and Asset Exchanges
  • Joint Venture Arrangements
  • Private Equity Transactions
  • ESOP Transactions
  • Reorganizations
  • Exit Strategies
Emerging Growth and Venture Capital
  • Formation
  • Financing
Corporate Counseling and Transactions
  • Business Succession Planning
  • Commercial Contracts
  • Corporate Governance
  • Counseling to Management and Boards of Directors
  • Nonprofit Organizations

Client Results

Building Materials Industry Transactions
  • Holcim (US) Inc. and Related Entities

    • Holcim (US) Inc. (HUS) and its affiliates in their dispositions of slag cement facilities in New Jersey and Illinois; cement terminals in Michigan, New York, Minnesota, Ohio, Illinois and Massachusetts; and a cement plant in Montana. These dispositions were directly related to the global merger between HUS's parent company, Holcim Ltd, and Lafarge S.A.
    • Aggregate Industries Management, Inc. in the sale of certain of its ready-mix and aggregates assets located in Indiana, Wisconsin, Nevada, New Hampshire and Massachusetts.
  • Colas Inc. and Related Entities

    • Colas Inc. and its affiliates in an asset sale and asset exchange transaction involving assets located in Michigan, North Carolina, Wyoming, Nebraska, and South Dakota.
    • Strawser Construction Inc., a subsidiary of Colas Inc., in its sale of an asphalt manufacturing and storage plant located in Mt. Pleasant, Tennessee.
    • Simon Contractors, a subsidiary of Colas Inc., in its acquisition of substantially all of Willits Company, Inc.'s aggregate assets and real property.
    • Simon Contractors, a subsidiary of Colas Inc., in its sale of a liquid asphalt cement terminal, an emulsion plant, a polymer-modified asphalt cement plant, associated leases, and other property located in Laramie County, Wyoming.
Food and Beverage Industry Transactions
  • Odell family members in the sale of a controlling interest in Odell Brewing Company, Inc. to existing management and a newly formed employee stock ownership plan (ESOP).

  • Stacked Wines LLC, dba StackTek, in its general corporate matters.

Manufacturing Industry Transactions
  • Scott’s Liquid Gold-Inc. in its acquisition of the Prell®, Denorex® and Zincon® brands from Ultimark Products, Inc.

  • Spyder Active Sports, Inc. in the sale of its stock to a subsidiary of Authentic Brands Group LLC.

  • A privately held manufacturer of cable connectors in the sale of substantially all of its assets for an undisclosed price. 

  • An international manufacturer of polyethylene and polyvinyl chloride piping in the sale of two of its subsidiaries in separate transactions.

Real Estate Industry Transactions
  • Taos Ski Valley, Inc., in its sale of the New Mexico ski area to Rio Hondo Holdings, LLC.

Technology, Communications and Media Industry Transactions
  • Sharp Shooter/Spectrum Venture, L.L.C. in the disposition of 100% of its membership interests to Magic Memories (USA) Ltd.

  • HydroBio Inc. in the placement of $3,000,000 of its Series A Preferred Stock.

News

Speaking Engagements

Education

Bar Admissions

Recognition

  • Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business, Corporate/M&A, 2012-2018
  • The Best Lawyers in America© Corporate Law 2016-2019; Venture Capital Law, 2013-2019
  • The Legal 500, Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Colorado Super Lawyers®, Business/Corporate Law, Mergers & Acquisitions, 2010-2018
  • Martindale-Hubbell® AV Preeminent®, Level 5 Rating
  • Member of winning team and $25,000 donation prize at Women in Law Hackathon, a team pitch competition designed to generate innovative ideas that tackle recruitment, advancement, and retention of experienced women in law firms, sponsored by Diversity Lab.

Professional and Civic Affiliations

  • Colorado Bar Association, Member
  • American Bar Association, Member
  • Meals on Wheels, Volunteer
  • Capitol Hill Community Services Soup Kitchen, Volunteer
  • Brothers Redevelopment Paint-A-Thon, Volunteer
  • Association for Corporate Growth Denver, former member, Board of Directors
  • Can Do Multiple Sclerosis, former member, Board of Directors
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