W. Chris Coleman
McAfee & Taft
Two Leadership Square
211 N. Robinson
Oklahoma City, OK 73102
Tel: (405) 552-2234
Chris Coleman’s practice encompasses a broad range of business transactions and general representation of business entities, including public and private securities offerings and public company reporting; mergers, acquisitions, divestitures and financing; forming, structuring and capitalizing new entities; reorganizing and recapitalizing existing entities; and business contracts.
Over the course of his career with McAfee & Taft, Chris’ client list has included businesses engaged in virtually every major industry, including manufacturing, energy, real estate, financial services, engineering services, software, food manufacturing and distribution, retail and communications. While Chris’ recent focus has been assisting clients in mergers and acquisitions, as both buyer and seller, and investment transactions, representing both private equity investors and the companies seeking investors, his role has also been to oversee all of the legal needs of many of these clients. This role has ranged from negotiating business contracts and relationships to overseeing litigation strategies, and from evaluating incentive programs and exit strategies to structuring and negotiating workouts and business restructurings.
This broad base of experience, combined with the ability to identify and fully understand client needs and pull together the expertise of other legal specialties within the firm, have proved invaluable to clients requiring highly integrated legal solutions to complex legal matters.
Honors & Awards
Chris’ expertise has earned him inclusion in Chambers USA Guide to America’s Leading Lawyers for Business, The Best Lawyers in America (business organizations; closely held companies and family businesses law; corporate compliance law; corporate governance law; corporate law; mergers and acquisitions law; securities/capital markets law; securities regulation; venture capital law) and Oklahoma Super Lawyers. He was named by Best Lawyers as “Oklahoma City Corporate Governance and Compliance Lawyer of the Year” for 2011, “Oklahoma City Securities/Capital Markets Lawyer of the Year” for 2012, “Oklahoma City Corporate Governance Lawyer of the Year” for 2016, “Oklahoma City Corporate Compliance Lawyer of the Year” for 2017 and 2019, “Oklahoma City Securities Regulation Lawyer of the Year” for 2018, “Oklahoma City Venture Capital Lawyer of the Year” for 2018 and 2021, “Oklahoma City Closely Held Companies and Family Businesses Lawyer of the Year” for 2020, and “Oklahoma City Business Organizations Lawyer of the Year” for 2021, honors only given to a single lawyer in each legal specialty in each market.
McAfee & Taft’s Business Transactions and Finance lawyers provide a full range of transactional and finance-related services. Our lawyers work as a team to provide a comprehensive, full-service approach to meeting our clients’ needs for transactional business representation that has been the hallmark of our practice throughout the firm’s history. For more than 60 years, the goal of McAfee & Taft has been to provide outstanding service and value to our business clients.
The firm’s corporate and business lawyers have been perennially top-ranked in Oklahoma by the publishers of the prestigious Chambers USA Guide to America’s Leading Lawyers for Business since its debut edition, and the firm holds the distinction of having the most individual attorneys named to Chambers USA, The Best Lawyers in America, and Oklahoma Super Lawyers/Rising Stars in business law categories.
Our clients come from all walks of life and include individuals, public and private corporations of all sizes, limited liability companies, partnerships and other forms of limited liability business organizations, private and public foundations, and other organizations involved in or contemplating any type of business or commercial transaction. We regularly advise clients regarding general contract matters; supply and distribution agreements; real estate acquisition, development, management and finance; investor and investment banking relations; licensing and franchising; deferred compensation and other executive benefit plans; credit facilities and lending transactions; dissolution; and other matters. We also represent lenders and equity investors as they participate in the economic growth of the region by funding the acquisition of business enterprises, construction projects, and all types of related corporate finance activities.
By rigorously maintaining the highest standards of legal excellence, the Oklahoma-based law firm of McAfee & Taft has grown to become one of the largest and most respected full-service business practice law firms in the region.
Since our inception in 1952, McAfee & Taft has distinguished itself as an industry leader in providing clients with creative and innovative strategies for meeting their business and legal needs. In the early 1950’s, co-founder Kenneth E. McAfee was instrumental in registering the nation’s first drilling fund with the Securities and Exchange Commission. A few years later, co-founder Richard G. Taft filed the registration of what is believed to be the first domestic fund used specifically for the purpose of oil exploration in a foreign country.
This tradition of providing innovative and aggressive legal representation continues to this day. For 70 years, clients have counted on McAfee & Taft’s multi-disciplinary approach to problem-solving, along with the depth and talent of its dedicated attorneys and support staff, to create comprehensive, customized legal solutions.