Chris Alberti founded Taconic Alliance LLC in 2001 after he returned from China as a Managing Director with Morgan Stanley, having served as head of investment banking at China International Capital Corporation (www.cicc.com.cn), Morgan Stanley’s banking joint venture with China Construction Bank.  He has extensive experience advising companies in finance, real estate, healthcare services, and joint ventures.   He is an internationally recognized expert in cross-border alliances and joint ventures between United States and Chinese companies and a leading pioneer in healthcare services in China. 

 

  

Legal Education and Experience

Boards and Activities

·      Western Academy of Beijing, Board of Trustees (Member 2007-12; Chair 2009-12)

·      Williams College, Robert Gaudino Memorial Foundation (Chair, 2002-04)

·      Massachusetts Public Employee Retirement Administration Commission

·      Massachusetts Pension Reserve Investment Management Board

·      Church of the Advent (Vestry 1997-98, 2000-02)

·      The Aloha Foundation (Chair, Development Committee)

Work Experience

·      Founder, Taconic Alliance LLC, 2001 to present

·      Senior Advisor, Sino-Ocean Land Holdings Limited, Senior Living Business Center (July 2014 to December 2015; Beijing)

·      Co-Founder, Cascade Senior Living (first foreign-invested senior living company in China; Beijing, Shanghai)

·      Principal, Colony Capital LLC, 2004-09 (real estate private equity; Beijing, India, Los Angeles, New York)

·      Managing Director, Morgan Stanley & Co (Beijing; New York City)

·      Finance Director, Executive Office for Administration and Finance, Governor William F. Weld (Boston)

·      Lehman Brothers Kuhn Loeb (1983-1991; New York City)

He returned to China in early 2009 as a Principal of Colony Capital, a major real estate private equity group, to lead China and India investments.  When Colony exited Asia in 2009 during the financial crisis, Mr. Alberti co-founded the first foreign-invested senior living company in China, Cascade Healthcare.  He negotiated a joint venture between Cascade and Sino-Ocean Land, a leading Chinese property company, and later joined senior management at Sino-Ocean’s senior living business, Senior Living L'amore.  He successfully changed Senior Living L'amore's business model and negotiated an innovative operating joint venture with a “Top Ten” U.S. senior living provider. 

He is currently advising major Chinese investors and healthcare services companies in the formation of senior living management companies, the development of large senior living projects, and the negotiation of joint ventures with leading international senior living providers.

He formed Taconic Alliance with the goal to develop best practices in forming alliances and joint ventures.  “Taconic” was taken from the Taconic Range in Western Massachusetts (seen in the accompanying pictures), symbolizing unity and harmony, and “Alliance” summed up the mission of the new company, to forge better alliances.  

Mr. Alberti saw the potential for utilizing mediation techniques in forming alliances and joint ventures.  Prof. Sanders of Harvard Law School agreed and accepted Mr. Alberti into his Mediation Workshop in the Summer of 2001.  Since then, Mr. Alberti has applied the mediator’s tool chest in all business negotiations, “Mediating the Front End of the Deal.”™

Mr. Alberti returned to the United States in February 2016.  Commercial mediation is a natural expansion of his business activities as he has successfully applied mediation techniques in business for 15 years.

·      Williams College, B.A. 1975 (Phi Beta Kappa; Magna Cum Laude with Honors in Religion (major))

·      Philips Exeter Academy, Diploma 1971

 

General Education

·      Columbia Law School, J.D., 1978 (Harlan Fisk Stone Scholar; Parkhurst Fellow; Adolf A. Berle Fellowship)

·      Law Clerk to Hon. Harold R. Medina, United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit

·      Associate, Debevoise & Plimpton, 1979-83)

·      Member of the Bar in Massachusetts and New York

·      Affiliate, Boston Law Collaborative (David Hoffman, Esq., Collaborative Lawyer and Mediator)

 

Mediation Training

·      New York State Bar Association, Commercial Mediation Training, March 2016

·      Harvard Law School, Program for the Instruction of Lawyers, Mediation Workshop (Prof. Frank Sander), June 2001

Born in Syracuse, NY; raised in Pittsfield and Lenox, Berkshire County, Western Massachusetts