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Patricia Gibson
Phone: 919.838.2093
Fax: 919.821.6800
pgibson@smithlaw.com

Practice Areas

Bar & Court Admissions

  • North Carolina

Education

Duke University, J.D., 1998

University of Utah, B.S., 1994

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Geoffrey W. Adams

Partner
  • 150 Fayetteville Street, Suite 2300
    Raleigh, North Carolina 27601
  • Phone: 919.821.6738
  • Fax: 919.821.6800

Geoff Adams has broad experience representing banks and other financial institutions with regard to banking and regulatory matters; representing commercial banks, institutional mezzanine funds and other lending institutions, corporations, not-for-profit entities, and other private parties in a wide variety of commercial loan, mezzanine, acquisition, venture and other finance transactions; representing publicly traded and private companies in mergers and acquisitions; and counseling clients with regard to banking, commercial and corporate law issues.

Professional & Community Affiliations

  • Board of Advisors, UNC School of Law Center for Banking and Finance
  • North Carolina Banker’s Association
  • North Carolina Bar Association
    • Chairman, Business Law Section Task Force on Modernization of North Carolina Banking Law
  • Wake County Bar Association
  • James B. Duke Society
  • Hospice of Wake County, Inc.
    • Vice-President, Board of Directors, 2010-2011
    • Board of Directors, 2005-2011
  • United States Marine Corps Reserves from 1990-1998, Sergeant
    • Received the National Defense Service Medal
    • Received the Selected Marine Corps Reserve Medal
    • Received the Navy and Marine Parachutist Insignia

Honors & Awards

  • The Best Lawyers in America©, “Lawyer of the Year,” Raleigh Banking and Finance Law, 2016
  • The Best Lawyers in America©, Banking and Finance Law, 2013-2017

Experience

Banking

  • Represented the special committee of a publicly-traded bank holding company in connection with its $645 million acquisition of another bank holding company. The transaction was the largest bank holding company merger in the Southeast, and the third largest nationally, in 2014
  • Represented a publicly-traded bank holding company in its $110 million acquisition of another publicly-traded bank holding company (profiled in the Triangle Business Journal as one of the top 10 transactions of the year in the Research Triangle area)
  • Represented a publicly-traded bank holding company in a $180 million recapitalization transaction
  • Represented a North Carolina community bank in multiple bank acquisitions, asset, line of business and branch purchase and sale transactions ranging from $7 million to $101 million
  • Represented the special committee of a bank holding company in connection with its $23 million acquisition of another bank holding company
  • Represented a registered investment advisor in connection with its reorganization into North Carolina’s first LLC public trust company
  • Represented a North Carolina community bank in connection with a formal supervisory action by the Federal Reserve

Finance

  • Represented a commercial bank in a wide range of financing transactions with venture capital backed borrowers ranging from $1 million to $20 million
  • Represented an institutional mezzanine fund publicly-traded business development company in a wide range of financing transactions with its private equity partners, including first lien, second lien, unsecured mezzanine, and unitranche debt investments ranging from $6 million to $32 million
  • Represented a national bank in $123 million senior term loan
  • Represented a publicly-traded specialty pharmaceutical company in $60 million senior secured term loan
  • Represented a global full-service digital contract research organization in a senior secured revolving credit facility, senior subordinate secured mezzanine term loan, junior mezzanine secured term loan and seller unsecured term loan aggregating $28 million in connection with its acquisition of a contract research organization
  • Represented an e-procurement solutions company in a $30 million senior secured revolving credit facility
  • Represented multiple start-up and growth companies in various industries in connection with secured and unsecured revolving and term loan credit facilities with high-tech commercial banks and other lending institutions ranging from less than $1 million to $7 million
  • Represented a global pharmaceutical company in $40 million secured seller financing in connection with $105 million sale of certain products
  • Represented a not-for-profit continuing care retirement community in a $54 million first mortgage revenue bond offering

Mergers and Acquisitions

  • Represented a medical device company with the $200 million sale of its business to a Canadian publicly-traded company (profiled in the Triangle Business Journal as one of the top 10 transactions of the year)
  • Represented a medical software company in its $20 million acquisition of a joint venture between two Fortune 50 companies
  • Represented a financial software company in connection with the $23 million sale of its business to a Fortune 1000 financial data services company
  • Represented a pet products company in connection with the $28 million sale of its business to one of the largest U.S. private companies
  • Represented a global provider of biopharmaceutical development services and commercial outsourcing services in its $45 million acquisition of a private healthcare market information company

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