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Lee Ann Higgins
Phone: 919.838.6655
Fax: 919.821.6800
lhiggins@smithlaw.com

Practice Areas

Bar & Court Admissions

  • North Carolina

Education

University of North Carolina, J.D., with honors, 1990

North Carolina State University, B.S., Computer Science, 1987

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Robert E. Duggins

Partner
  • 150 Fayetteville Street, Suite 2300
    Raleigh, North Carolina 27601
  • Phone: 919.821.6762
  • Fax: 919.821.6800

Rob Duggins began working with Smith Anderson in 1990. He leads the Firm's Mergers & Acquisitions group and practices corporate law. Rob works with private and public growth companies, including general corporate matters, venture capital financing, acquisitions, commercial contracting, corporate compliance, and intellectual property planning and protection.

Professional & Community Affiliations

  • Member, American Bar Association
  • Member, North Carolina Bar Association
  • Member, Wake County Bar Association
  • Former Member, Board of Directors, Alice Aycock Poe Center for Health Education
  • Elder, past Clerk of Session, Hudson Memorial Presbyterian Church
  • Former Member, Board of Directors, Trinity Academy of Raleigh

Honors & Awards

  • Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business, Corporate/Mergers & Acquisitions (2015-2016)
  • The Best Lawyers in America©Corporate Law; Mergers & Acquisitions Law (2013-2017)
  • North Carolina Super Lawyers (2015-2017)
  • Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent Rated

Experience

  • Represented a global solid state LED lighting and semiconductor manufacturing company in connection with its $850 million sale of a manufacturing division
  • Advised the world’s largest provider of biopharmaceutical development and commercial outsourcing services in its acquisition of a health-information analytics and technology services company focused on healthcare providers
  • Represented a public specialty pharmaceutical company in its $150 million acquisition of a private specialty pharmaceutical company
  • 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
  • Represented a global solid state LED lighting and semiconductor manufacturing company in connection with its strategic alliance with a manufacturer and distributor of specialty lighting control products
  • Advised specialty contract research organization as U.S. counsel in its purchase of a European contract research organization
  • Represented venture-backed laboratory software company in its $30 million acquisition by a global supplier of medical products
  • Advised a privately-held food processing technology company in an agreement to sell the assets of its two wholly-owned subsidiaries for $25 million in cash at closing with a $20 million cash earnout
  • Represented subsidiary of a company focused on investment and collaborative transactions in biopharmaceuticals and related industries in connection with its collaboration agreement with a global pharmaceutical company to conduct multiple clinical trials
  • Represented a human resources computer software company in its $100 million acquisition by a private equity firm
  • Represented an international manufacturer of integrated fueling systems for fueling stations in its strategic collaboration with a specialty software company
  • Represented a global provider of biopharmaceutical development services and commercial outsourcing services in connection with its collaboration agreement with a Fortune 150 company to develop a project management platform
  • Represent a global solid state LED lighting and semiconductor manufacturing company in a wide range of supply, distribution, collaboration and other commercial arrangements with industry partners

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