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Donna Anderson
Phone: 919.838.2069
Fax: 919.821.6800
daanderson@smithlaw.com

Practice Areas

Bar & Court Admissions

  • North Carolina

Education

University of North Carolina, J.D., high honors, 2003

  • Executive Articles Editor, North Carolina Law Review
  • Staff Member, North Carolina Law Review
  • Order of the Coif

Wake Forest University, M.S. in Accountancy, 1998

Wake Forest University, B.S. in Accountancy, magna cum laude, 1998

Clerkships

  • Clerked for the Honorable James A. Beaty, Jr., United States District Judge for the Middle District of North Carolina
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Heyward D. Armstrong

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  • 150 Fayetteville Street, Suite 2300
    Raleigh, North Carolina 27601
  • Phone: 919.821.6619
  • Fax: 919.821.6800

Heyward Armstrong joined Smith Anderson in July 2006, where his practice focuses on corporate and securities law, including advising companies and their officers and directors on public company securities compliance, public and private offerings, mergers and acquisitions, divestitures and corporate governance matters. These matters involve a variety of industries, including a focus on the pharmaceutical, biotech and other life sciences areas. 

Before joining Smith Anderson, Heyward practiced law at the international law firm of Dechert LLP in London, England, where his practice focused on advising U.S. and non-U.S. private investment funds and fund managers on a broad range of legal issues arising under U.S. federal and state securities laws and regulations. 

Before working in London, Heyward clerked for the Honorable James A. Beaty, Jr., United States District Judge for the Middle District of North Carolina.

While in law school, Heyward interned with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s Division of Enforcement, where he assisted in cases involving accounting fraud, insider trading and other securities law violations.

Prior to attending law school, Heyward was employed as a Senior Accountant with Ernst & Young LLP in Raleigh, N.C., in its Assurance and Advisory Business Services group, where he supervised the planning and completion of audits of a number of public and private companies. He is licensed as a Certified Public Accountant.

Professional & Community Affiliations

  • American Institute of Certified Public Accountants
  • North Carolina Association of Certified Public Accountants
  • North Carolina Bar Association
  • Member and Past Chair, Symposium Conference Committee, North Carolina Association of Certified Public Accountants
  • Graduate of the Greater Raleigh Chamber of Commerce 30th Class Leadership Raleigh Program (2015)
  • Member, Board of Directors, The Center for Volunteer Caregiving
  • Former Member, Finance Committee, Hudson Memorial Presbyterian Church

Honors & Awards

  • Silver Medal, North Carolina CPA exam, May 1998

Experience

  • Represented an international health care group and its U.S. specialty pharmaceutical company subsidiary in obtaining multinational rights to three cardiovascular drugs from a large public pharmaceutical company for $264 million in cash at closing, up to $480 million in milestone and royalty payments, and the assumption of up to $50 million in milestone payment obligations
  • 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 and subsequent secondary offerings totaling approximately $3 billion
  • Represented a public specialty pharmaceutical company in its $150 million acquisition of a private specialty pharmaceutical company
  • Assisted a global pharmaceutical contract manufacturing and development company with its $30 million subscription rights offering
  • Represented a leading provider of open source enterprise IT products and services in its acquisition of a provider of open source integration and messaging
  • Represented a global solid state LED lighting and semiconductor manufacturing company in connection with its $525 million stock acquisition of a manufacturer and distributor of commercial lighting products
  • Assisted a global pharmaceutical contract manufacturing and development company with the registration of its shares under the Securities Exchange Act
  • Represented a global provider of biopharmaceutical development services and commercial outsourcing services with its $525 million offering of senior notes and a related holding company reorganization and spinoff of a subsidiary to its shareholders
  • Represented a private specialty pharmaceutical company in its reverse merger acquisition of a Nasdaq-listed specialty pharmaceutical company
  • Represented a global provider of biopharmaceutical development services and commercial outsourcing services in connection with a private equity transaction that reconstituted the company’s ownership and provided liquidity to its existing security holders
  • Represented a leading supplier of aggregates and heavy building materials in its $420 million sale of its California cement business

News

Publications

In re Estate of Lunsford and Statutory Ambiguity: Trying to Reconcile Child Abandonment and the Interstate Succession Act, 81 N.C. L. REV. 1149 (2003), which has been cited approvingly by the North Carolina Court of Appeals and the North Carolina Supreme Court

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