Chris has almost two decades of experience as a trusted legal, financial, and strategic adviser for private funds (private equity, venture capital, real estate, hedge), financial sponsors, sovereign wealth funds, emerging growth companies, and high net worth individuals with complex business and legal interests across the globe. As an attorney, Chris specializes in M&A, private equity, VC, real estate, private fund formation/governance, and general corporate matters. He has served as a private equity professional (Merrill Lynch) and co-founded a private equity firm (J&W Partners). He currently serves on the board of a public company in Europe and continues to advise various private companies, including startups, on corporate and strategic matters. At Merrill Lynch, Chris served as Vice President, Head of Legal Execution and Transaction Management for the Global Principal Investment Desk (Asia ex-Japan) and its sponsored USD 2.65 billion Asian real estate investment fund, overseeing all the legal matters relating to investment activities (real estate investment & finance, private equity investments, M&A) and operations. Chris also has had broad international exposure throughout his career, has worked on various cross-boarder transactions, and been based out of Hong Kong, Tokyo, Beijing, and Seoul. In addition to his legal work, Chris is a prolific writer and speaker on various legal and financial topics.