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Phone: 919.821.6744
Fax: 919.821.6800
djolley@smithlaw.com

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  • North Carolina

Education

University of North Carolina, J.D., with honors, 1987

University of North Carolina, M.B.A., 1987

University of North Carolina, B.A., 1983

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Byron B. Kirkland

Partner
  • 150 Fayetteville Street, Suite 2300
    Raleigh, North Carolina 27601
  • Phone: 919.821.6682
  • Fax: 919.821.6800

A corporate and securities lawyer for over 28 years, Byron Kirkland has extensive experience in private equity and venture capital transactions; public offerings; domestic and international mergers and acquisitions; and general corporate law and securities matters. He represents public and private companies across diverse industry sectors including information technology, clean technology, medical device, biotechnology, pharmaceutical, communications and manufacturing.

Byron also has an active venture capital and private equity fund practice, representing venture capital and private equity funds. He regularly assists funds with their portfolio company investments, acquisitions and fund formation matters.

Additionally, Byron is the leader of the Firm's Private Equity practice group and is Chair of the Firm's Policy and Planning Committee.

Professional & Community Affiliations

  • American Bar Association
    • Past Member, Business Law Section Council
  • Fellow, American Bar Foundation
  • American Counsel Association
  • North Carolina Bar Association
    • Past Chair, Young Lawyers Division
    • Past Chair, Securities Regulation Committee
  • Director, Board of Directors, North Carolina Technology Association
  • Director, Board of Directors, The Miracle League of the Triangle, Inc.
  • Director, Board of Directors, United Way of the Greater Triangle
  • Wake County Bar Association
  • Past Member, Board of Visitors, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • Past Member, Board of Directors, Council for Entrepreneurial Development

Honors & Awards

  • The Best Lawyers in America©, “Lawyer of the Year,” Raleigh Securities/Capital Markets Law (2011, 2016)
  • The Best Lawyers in America©, Corporate Law, Mergers & Acquisitions Law, Securities / Capital Markets Law, Venture Capital Law (2007-2017)
  • The Best Lawyers in America©, “Lawyer of the Year,” Raleigh Mergers & Acquisitions Law (2013)
  • Business North Carolina Legal Elite, Business (2013)
  • Chambers USA: America’s Leading Business Lawyers, Corporate/M&A (2004-2016)
  • North Carolina Super Lawyers (2006-2016)
  • Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent Rated

Experience

  • Represented affiliated multidisciplinary engineering, investigation and construction companies in a sale of assets process involving multiple potential buyers, culminating in the sale of substantially all of their assets to a wireless network services company.  
  • Represented a publicly traded company and leading provider of end-to-end spend management solutions in its sale of the company to a leading technology-focused private equity firm for approximately $509 million.
  • Advised an investment company in a definitive agreement to purchase the outstanding equity interests of the largest independent blender and packager of lubricants to the automotive, agriculture, commercial and heavy duty markets in North America. 
  • Represented privately held distributor and supplier of original automotive equipment and aftermarket replacement products in its merger with a publicly traded leading provider of automotive aftermarket parts and accessories in a transaction valued at $2.04 billion.

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