Christopher Austin


Christopher Austin

Areas of Practice

Christopher Austin, a partner in the firm’s Technology Companies Practice, focuses on venture capital, securities and business law and has extensive experience in venture capital financings, mergers and acquisitions, public offerings, and securities law compliance. Mr. Austin represents both private and public technology companies. He joined Goodwin Procter in 2010.

Work for Clients

Mr. Austin has been counsel to numerous software, internet, health care IT, social media and other technology companies from incorporation through venture funding and final exit, including advising on venture financings, initial public offerings, mergers and acquisitions, intellectual property issues, IT outsourcing arrangements, joint ventures and other matters. A significant portion of his practice is capital markets work for investment banks, having represented market leaders such as BankAmerica Merrill Lynch, Deutsche Bank, Goldman Sachs, JPMorgan and Morgan Stanley in connection with public offerings and follow-on offerings of technology companies. He also has worked for leading venture capital firms in connection with their investments in technology, biotech and medical device companies.

Professional Activities

Mr. Austin is a member of the Boston, California and American Bar Associations.

Professional Experience

Prior to joining Goodwin Procter, Mr. Austin was a partner at Ropes & Gray, where he practiced for 16 years, including three years in its San Francisco office.

Bar and Court Admissions

Mr. Austin is admitted to practice in Massachusetts and California.

Education

J.D., Yale Law School, 1992

B.A., University of Washington, 1989 (magna cum laude)