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Kristofer K. Spreen

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Securities & Corporate Finance Attorney in Cleveland, OH

Calfee, Halter & Griswold LLP
1405 East Sixth Street
Cleveland, OH 44114
Phone: 216-622-8826
Fax: 216-241-0816
Selected to Rising Stars: 2013
Licensed in Ohio Since: 2005
Practice Areas: Securities & Corporate Finance, Mergers & Acquisitions
Attorney Profile

Kris Spreen is a Partner with Calfee's the Corporate and Finance practice group, and he serves as a Leader of the Firm's Capital Markets and Public Reporting practice and its Emerging Companies and Venture Capital practice.

For more than 20 years, serving as outside corporate counsel to many public and private companies, Kris has advised clients on a wide variety of corporate, securities, disclosure and governance matters. His transactional experience includes numerous public offerings and other capital markets transactions, as well as a significant number of venture capital financings and M&A transactions. His clients have spanned a diverse array of industries, including banking and financial services, investment banking, manufacturing, health care, medical devices, food and beverage, and software, internet and information technology.

Kris provides practical, solutions-oriented advice by combining experienced legal counsel with a strategic business perspective. He advises boards of directors and management teams on general corporate matters, including SEC compliance, corporate governance, shareholder engagement, formation, financings and mergers and acquisitions. He has represented several of the major U.S. investment banks as underwriters’ counsel in public offerings.

In addition, Kris advises entrepreneurs, startups and emerging companies at various stages of their life cycles. He also has represented venture capital firms and strategic investors when making their portfolio investments.

Kris is a frequent panelist and speaker on corporate governance, public and private capital markets and SEC compliance topics and has been featured in TheCorporateCounsel.netFinancial PoiseDeal Lawyersthe RR Donnelley SEC Hot Topics Institutethe KPMG LLP Audit Committee Institute, and The Tax Lawyer. He is a member of the Board of Advisors of

About Kristofer K. Spreen

First Admitted: 1999, Massachusetts

Professional Webpage:


  • The COVID-19 pandemic has created a myriad of problems for all businesses, but one that’s front and center for many public companies is the question of what to do about their upcoming annual shareholders’ meetings? For companies with December 31 fiscal year-ends, the timing of the COVID-19 crisis’s onset has created a perfect storm of potential disruption for their annual meetings. Many companies already have set their annual meeting dates and mailed their proxy statements. Others are in the final stages of their preparations., COVID-19: What Are the Options for Your Annual Meeting?


  • Smucker’s $750 million public offering of senior notes  
  • Clutterbuck Capital Management investor group’s $17.5 million financing of Straight Path Communications
  • National Bancshares’ $74 million merger with Farmers National Banc Corp  
  • Old National Bancorp’s $175 million public offering of senior notes (underwriters’ counsel)  
  • Smucker’s $3.0 billion acquisition of the Folgers Coffee Business from Procter & Gamble  
  • LNB Bancorp’s $180 million merger with Northwest Bancshares  
  • Invacare’s Rule 144A offerings of senior and convertible notes raising an aggregate of more than $1.3 billion  
  • Over 20 public offerings for Health Care REIT (now Welltower) raising an aggregate of more than $18 billion (underwriters’ counsel)  

Representative Clients

  • Invacare Corporation

Educational Background

  • J.D., Georgetown University Law Center, The Tax Lawyer Notes and Comments Editor, 1999  , 1999
  • B.A., University of Washington, 1996, 1996

Pro bono/Community Service

  • North Coast Angel Fund, Ambassadors Committee Member, 2021
  • Cleveland Public Theatre, Board of Directors Member, 2021

Bar/Professional Activity

  •, Board of Advisors Member, 2021
  • Ohio 
  • Massachusetts  

Industry Groups

  • Banking
  • Entrepreneurs and Emerging Companies
  • Financial Services And Insurance
  • Food And Beverage
  • Health Care
  • Manufacturing & Industrial
  • Medical Devices
  • Pharmaceuticals & Life Sciences
  • Private and Family-Owned Businesses
  • Private Equity
  • Public Companies
  • Software And Information Technology
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Office Location for Kristofer K. Spreen

1405 East Sixth Street
Cleveland, OH 44114

Last Updated: 6/27/2022

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