Chris Masterson is an associate in the global finance group at Sidley Austin in the Palo Alto office. Mr Masterson represents major institutional lenders, borrowers and sponsors in a range of complex financing and lending transactions, including single-bank loans, syndicated facilities, acquisition finance, structured finance transactions and securitisations. He has particular experience in venture debt financing, cross-border lending matters, lending to technology and growth companies, marketplace lending and FinTech-related matters. Mr Masterson has published, spoken and advised clients on a range of lending issues including the Uniform Commercial Code, structuring of cross-border loans, intellectual property as collateral, blockchain and FinTech-related financing matters. Mr Masterson received his JD cum laude from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law and attended New York University’s Leonard N Stern School of Business for his undergraduate studies, graduating magna cum laude with a BSc in economics and a BSc in finance.