Chris Couch’s practice includes advising banks and other financial institutions on regulatory and operational matters, on compliance with banking and lending laws, rules, and regulations, and in commercial lending transactions. In this role, he counsels regional and community banks with respect to deposit operations, payment systems, treasury management products, consumer regulatory regimes, and new services offerings, including electronic and mobile banking. Chris also represents financial institutions, finance companies, and private investors in commercial loan transactions, direct and indirect lending programs, and loan purchases and sales.
Chris advises privately held businesses and start-ups in all aspects of entity formation, corporate finance, corporate governance, and mergers and acquisitions. He counsels technology, consumer products, real estate, and manufacturing clients in structuring their businesses to attract private capital and to maximize exit potential, and advises fund sponsors and institutional investors in fund formation and deployment.
Chris has previously served as general counsel for an alternative energy company that developed private equity-backed industrial projects. In that role, he represented the company in connection with private equity providers and directed legal matters and strategy related to facility development, financing, and construction; product commercialization; and corporate and commercial transactions.