Christopher Janssen
Christopher Janssen

Chris Janssen

Managing Director and Global Head of Transaction Opinions

Chris Janssen joined the firm in 1994. He is a managing director in the Chicago office and Head of The Duff & Phelps Opinions practice of Kroll, practice, which provides independent financial advice to boards of directors and special committees on M&A, spin-offs, dividends, stock buybacks, restructurings and financing transactions.

Chris specializes in providing fairness opinions, solvency opinions and business valuations for public and private companies and their boards of directors. Chris’ experience includes:

  • Advising the boards of directors of Winnebago Industries, American Midstream Partners, CommScope, Boulder Specialty Brands, and Patriot Coal on acquisitions.
  • Advising the boards of directors of Air Products, Xerox, WestRock, W.R. Grace, Darden, Baxter, JDS Uniphase, Harvard Biosciences, Murphy Oil Corporation, Sears Holdings, Cardinal Health, American Standard, Bentley Pharmaceuticals, Cendant, and Tyco on spin-off transactions;
  • Advising the boards of directors of portfolio companies of ABRY Partners, Golden Gate Capital, Stone Point Capital, Bain Capital, Hellman & Friedman, Sycamore Partners, and The Blackstone Group on leveraged dividend transactions;
  • Advising the boards of directors of KLA-Tencor, Rockwood Holdings, Choice Hotels International, Delphi Automotive, Unisys, and Realogy on dividend and stock repurchase transactions;
  • Advising the special committee of the board of directors of Andatee China Marine Fuel Services Company, National Investment Managers, and Eagle Point Software on going-private transactions

Prior to joining the firm, Chris was a commercial lender with the Northern Trust Company in Chicago. 

Chris holds an MBA in finance and marketing from Northwestern University's J.L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management and a BA in economics from Northwestern University. He is a FINRA Series 7 and 63 registered representative. 

 

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Dating App Grindr Is Set to Go Public Via a De-SPAC Transaction Valued at $2.1 Billion. The Duff & Phelps Opinions Practice of Kroll Rendered a Fairness Opinion to Tiga Acquisition Corp. in Connection with Its Proposed Merger with Grindr Group, LLC.
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