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Christopher B. Tillson

Partner
+1.305.539.3372
Fax +1.305.358.7095

Mr. Tillson is a corporate lawyer dedicated to providing companies and investors with the business and legal advice necessary to achieve their most ambitious objectives. He is an expert in the area of commercial transactions, advising companies with respect to the documentation and negotiation of the purchase and sale of products and services throughout all stages of the global supply chain.

Mr. Tillson’s experience is vast in scope, having represented companies at all stages of growth, from startup to multinational Fortune 500 companies with global operations, and including numerous sectors of the global economy, including consumer goods, consumer services, energy, financials, industrials, information technology, and telecommunications. Many of his corporate clients are active participants in the global supply chain, from manufacturers and suppliers, to distributors and direct retailers.

Mr. Tillson has negotiated and documented transactions in over 50 countries throughout the regions of Latin America, Asia Pacific, Europe, the Middle East, and Africa. In addition, Mr. Tillson counsels individuals and family offices as they acquire and accumulate assets, manage their businesses and investments, and seek to preserve and protect their wealth. He has particular expertise in the region of Latin America, having lived and studied in the region, and having worked throughout the region for most of his career.

Mr. Tillson drafts and negotiates in fluent Spanish and is proficient in Portuguese, a strategic advantage which, when combined with his cultural knowledge and experience, positions him well to advise on both the inbound and outbound sides of transactions and investments involving Latin America and the United States.

Professional Background

Mr. Tillson has been with K&L Gates since 2005 and was promoted to Partner in 2012.

Achievements

  • 2012 Honoree, 40 Under 40 Outstanding Lawyers of Miami-Dade County, benefitting the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation
  • Member of Latin America practice group recognized by Chambers and Partners, Corporate/M&A: Latin America-wide
  • Florida SuperLawyer Rising Star 2009

Professional/Civic Activities

  • Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce
  • Venezuelan-American Chamber of Commerce
  • Chile-US Chamber of Commerce
  • Bolivian-American Chamber of Commerce, Chair, Miami Chapter
  • UCLA Bruins of South Florida, Co-Founder
  • Georgetown University Alumni Club of Miami
  • Ex-Alumnos de la Universidad Iberoamericana en Miami, Co-Founder
  • The Florida Bar, International Law Section
  • Fundación Manos del Sur

Speaking Engagements

  • Host, Smart Immigration Strategies for Latin American Investors, Miami, June 28, 2018.
  • Chairperson, Mexican International Renewable Energy Congress (MIREC), Mexico City, May 28-29, 2014, providing opening remarks to conference attendees, introducing conference’s keynote speaker, Senator David Penchyna Grub, Director of the Energy Commission of Mexico, and moderating a panel on Renewable Projects for Private Off-Takers in Mexico.
  • Host and Moderator, Bolivian Trade Mission 2009, co-sponsored by the Bolivian-American Chamber of Commerce, AeroSur, the Visit USA Committee and the U.S. Embassy in Bolivia.
  • Host and Moderator, Bolivian Trade Mission 2012, co-sponsored by the Bolivian-American Chamber of Commerce, the American Chamber of Commerce in Bolivia and the Chamber of Exporters of Santa Cruz, Bolivia (CADEX).
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Additional Information

  • Universidad Iberoamericana, Mexico City (1995)
Commercial Transactions
  • Represented leading supplier of audio, control and power management systems in distribution agreements in each of Colombia and Mexico.
  • Represented a leading distributor of beauty and cosmetic products with respect to the negotiation and documentation of an exclusive distribution agreement with a leading supplier for the distribution of supplier’s products throughout the Caribbean and Mexico.
  • Represented US parent company and its Argentine subsidiary in the negotiation and documentation of a manufacturing and sales agreement.
  • Advised Mexican subsidiary of US parent company with respect to a master products and services agreement regarding the supply of products and the provision of related supply chain services to a leading operator of wireless telecommunication services in Mexico.
  • Represented leading clothing manufacturer in multi-store retail license agreement with local store operators in each of Belize, Honduras, El Salvador, Guatemala, Nicaragua, Costa Rica and Panama.
  • Advised US parent company and multiple subsidiaries throughout the Caribbean with respect to a master products and services agreement concerning the supply of products and the provision of related supply chain services to a leading operator of wireless telecommunication services in the Caribbean.
  • Represented global manufacturer of digital display mounting and mobility products in dealer agreements in each of Argentina, Chile, Colombia, Honduras and Peru.
  • Represented US parent company and its subsidiary in the negotiation and documentation of joint venture in Colombia and Panama.
  • Represented a US company and its Argentine subsidiary with respect to a master products and services agreement concerning the supply of products and the provision of related supply chain services to a leading operator of wireless telecommunications services in Argentina.
  • Represented a distributor of telecommunications products in the negotiation and documentation of a global distribution agreement with a manufacturer, including the agreement’s regional amendment for Latin America.
  • Represented US parent company and its Singapore subsidiary in the negotiation and documentation of joint venture in Malaysia.
  • Represented US parent company and multiple Latin American subsidiaries in the negotiation and documentation of agreement with major operator of wireless services throughout Latin America with respect to the sale of technology products in multiple Latin American countries.
  • Represented US company in the negotiation and documentation of a distribution agreement with a leading manufacturer of smart phones with respect to sales and distribution throughout the region of Latin America.
  • Advised US parent company and its Mexican subsidiary with respect to sale of Mexican company to Panamanian purchaser.
  • Represented US parent company and its Singapore subsidiary in the negotiation and documentation of joint venture in Thailand.
  • Represented US parent company and its Argentine subsidiary in the negotiation and documentation of a distribution agreement with a leading manufacturer of telecommunications products.
  • Represented US parent company and its Peruvian subsidiary in the negotiation and documentation of a sales agreement with Peru’s leading wireless operator.
  • Represented US parent company and its Singapore subsidiary in the negotiation and documentation of joint venture in Bangladesh.
  • Advised US parent company and its Venezuelan subsidiary with respect to the distribution of satellite television set top boxes and related consumer premises equipment in Venezuela.
  • Advised US wireless services company with respect to integrated supply chain services agreement with leading wireless telecommunications operator in Russia.
  • Advised US wireless services company with respect to professional services agreement with leading wireless telecommunications operator in Mexico.
  • Represented US parent company and its South African subsidiary in the negotiation and documentation of joint venture in Namibia, Africa.
  • Advised US wireless services company with respect to strategic marketing alliance and services agreements with leading marketing agencies in Mexico, Brazil, Venezuela and Argentina.
  • Advised high net worth individual in connection with his acquisition of Latin American soccer club.
  • Represented US parent company and its Singapore subsidiary in the negotiation and documentation of joint venture in Turkey.
  • Advised US parent company and its Australian subsidiary with respect to supply chain optimization and strategic sourcing agreements with leading Australian wireless operator.

Corporate Finance Transactions

  • Advised US corporation with respect to the negotiation and documentation of a syndicated USD100M Letter of Credit Facility Agreement with the New York branch of a leading German bank.
  • Advised US corporation with respect to the negotiation and documentation of a USD100M Receivables Discount Facility Agreement with a leading financial institution.
  • Advised US parent company and its Australian subsidiary with respect to AUD100M trade receivables and standby letter of credit facility agreement with leading Australian bank.
  • Advised US parent company and its Argentine subsidiary with respect to USD70M receivables purchase agreement with leading Argentine financial institution.
  • Advised US parent company and its Australian subsidiary with respect to AUD52M receivables purchase agreement with leading Australian bank.
  • Advised US parent company and its Mexican subsidiary with respect to USD50M revolving credit facility with leading Mexican bank.
  • Advised US parent company and its Brazilian subsidiary with respect to USD37M credit facility with leading Brazilian bank.
  • Advised US parent company and its Mexican subsidiary with respect to USD25M credit facility with leading Mexican bank.
  • Advised US parent company and its Australian subsidiary with respect to AUD24M receivables purchase agreement with leading Australian bank.
  • Advised US parent company and its Argentine subsidiary with respect to USD20M revolving credit agreement with leading Argentine bank.
  • Advised US parent company and its Hong Kong subsidiary with respect to USD10M trade finance facility with leading Hong Kong financial institution.
  • Advised US parent company and its Singapore subsidiary with respect to USD10M trade finance facility with leading Singapore financial institution.
  • Advised US parent company and its Turkey subsidiary with respect to USD10M credit agreement with leading Turkey financial institution.
  • Advised US parent company and its South African subsidiary with respect to USD7.5M general short term banking facility with leading South African bank.
  • Advised US parent company and its Turkey subsidiary with respect to USD5M credit facility agreement with Turkey subsidiary of leading US bank.
  • Advised US parent company and its Malaysia subsidiary with respect to a USD4M multi-currency trade finance facility with Malaysia subsidiary of leading US bank.
  • Advised US parent company and its Vietnam subsidiary with respect to USD2.5M trade finance facility with leading Vietnam financial institution.