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Cynthia Wells
Phone: 919.821.6679
Fax: 919.821.6800
cwells@smithlaw.com

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  • North Carolina

Education

Wake Forest University, J.D., cum laude, 1982

Wake Forest University, B.A., cum laude, 1980

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Gerald F. Roach

Managing Partner
  • 150 Fayetteville Street, Suite 2300
    Raleigh, North Carolina 27601
  • Phone: 919.821.6668
  • Fax: 919.821.6800

Gerald Roach's practice involves public company securities, domestic and international mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, corporate governance matters, private financings, technology law, and advising boards of directors and special committees.

Gerald regularly represents public and private growth companies and private equity firms with their general corporate needs and domestic and international transactions. He has been involved in numerous transactions valued at over $10 billion in the last five years.

Gerald was named Managing Partner in January 2016 for a three-year term. Previously, Gerald served for 15 years as Chair of the Firm's Policy and Planning Committee and Team Leader of the Corporate Practice. 

Professional & Community Affiliations

  • American Bar Association
  • Fellow, American Bar Foundation
  • American Counsel Association
  • Past Chair, North Carolina Bar Association, Business Law Section
  • Wake County Bar Association
  • Past Member, Board of Directors, Council for Entrepreneurial Development
  • Chair, North Carolina Biotechnology Center Nominating and Governance Committee
  • Member, Board of Directors, North Carolina Biotechnology Center (Audit Committee; Executive Committee; Nomination Committee)
  • Past Member, North Carolina Commission on Business Laws and the Economy
  • Past Member, Board of Directors, Triangle Chapter of the Association for Corporate Growth
  • Vice Chairman, Board of Trustees, Wake Forest University (Advancement & Communications Committee; Audit & Compliance Committee; Committee on Trustees; Executive Committee; Finance Committee; Health Affairs Committee)
  • Member, Board of Directors, Wake Forest University Health Sciences (Academic Affairs Committee; Audit & Compliance Committee; Bylaws Committee; Executive Committee; Health System Operations & Quality Committee)
  • Past Member, Wake Forest University Leadership Boards (Parents’ Council (Past President), Alumni Council, Law Alumni Council, Leadership Board)
  • Elder, White Memorial Presbyterian Church

Honors & Awards

  • Named, Leader in the Field, Band One, Corporate/M&A, Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business (2004-2016)
  • Named, "Lawyer of the Year," Mergers & Acquisitions Law, in Raleigh by The Best Lawyers in America© (2012, 2014)
  • Named, “Lawyer of the Year,” Corporate Law, in Raleigh by The Best Lawyers in America© (2013)
  • Named, "Lawyer of the Year," Securities Law, in Raleigh by The Best Lawyers in America©(2010)
  • Named, "Lawyer of the Year," Corporate Law, in Raleigh by The Best Lawyers in America© (2009)
  • Listed, The Best Lawyers in America©, Corporate Law, Mergers & Acquisitions Law, Securities / Capital Markets Law, Securities Regulation, Venture Capital Law (2003-2017)
  • Named, Top Business Lawyer in North Carolina, Business North Carolina (2009)
  • Listed, North Carolina Super Lawyers (2006-2016)
  • Named, Business North Carolina's Legal Elite, Business Law (2004-2016)
    • Hall of Fame since 2009
  • Named, one of "50 to Watch in Business," Triangle Business Journal (2013)
  • Recognized, among one of four North Carolina lawyers, International Who’s Who of Business Lawyers in Corporate Governance
  • Recognized, only North Carolina lawyer in the Mergers and Acquisitions area, International Who’s Who of Business Lawyers
  • Recognized, among one of six North Carolina lawyers, International Who’s Who of Capital Markets Lawyers
  • Named, one of “Ten to Watch: Attorneys That Have an Impact on North Carolina Business,” Triangle Business Journal
  • Martindale Hubbell AV Preeminent Rated

Experience

  • 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 global provider of biopharmaceutical development services and commercial outsourcing services in its $1.1 billion initial public offering and listing on the New York Stock Exchange
  • Represented a global solid state LED lighting and semiconductor manufacturing company in its $435 million common stock offering
  • Represented a drug biotechnology company in its $500 million acquisition
  • Represented a venture capital funded agricultural biotechnology company in its $400 million acquisition by a European based ag-chemical company
  • Represented a global provider of biopharmaceutical development services and commercial outsourcing services in its multi-billion-dollar going private transaction and subsequent private equity transaction
  • Represented technology, life sciences, manufacturing, bank, service, and ag-bio companies in public offerings of common stock
  • Represented a global solid state LED lighting and semiconductor manufacturing company in its $525 million acquisition of an outdoor LED lighting company
  • Represented the special committee of a public bank holding company in connection with repurchase of outstanding shares from large stockholder
  • Represented a global biopharmaceutical services company with its $525 million offering of senior notes and a related holding company reorganization and spinoff of a subsidiary to its shareholders
  • Represented a multinational manufacturer and supplier to the papermaking industry in connection with a private placement of $240 million of senior notes and subsequent exchange offer for registered notes
  • Represented a national multimedia advertising company in its $350 million acquisition of an online advertising company
  • Represented a leading producer of construction aggregates in multiple acquisitions
  • Represented a global biopharmaceutical services company in connection with numerous strategic acquisitions
  • Represented the special committee of a bank holding company in connection with the acquisition of another bank holding company
  • Represented a life science venture fund in fund investment
  • Served as counsel for North Carolina’s first biotechnology initial public offering (IPO)

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