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Mergers and Acquisitions

As one of the foremost corporate law firms in North Carolina, we have a deep roster of accomplished mergers and acquisitions lawyers, with approximately half having come from national and international firms. But we offer far more than technical expertise executing deals; we are distinguished in the value we add through our informed judgment, strategic insight, innovation, creativity and complete commitment to your business success.

The complexity of the issues involved in corporate transactions, and the significant outcomes hanging in the balance, require not only deep knowledge of the law, but also the sophistication to use that knowledge creatively to negotiate solutions that make the most practical business sense. We configure our teams to best suit your needs and are well-equipped to manage such diverse matters as private and public acquisitions of all sizes, leveraged buy-outs, divestitures, joint ventures, strategic alliances, licensing and defensive planning. We guide a wide range of clients at different stages in the business cycle with make-it-or-break-it mergers including start-ups, growing mid-size companies and large corporations.  

Our Mergers and Acquisitions practice is one of only three in North Carolina to be ranked “Band 1” by Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business, the highly-regarded publication’s best ranking. Additionally, we have more lawyers individually ranked by this publication than any other practice in the State. The Mergers and Acquisitions practice is more than 30-lawyers strong, enabling us to staff each deal with individuals who are hand-picked for the situation. Also on our team are former C-level executives and in-house counsel who add to our perspective and breadth of experience. Our proven expertise and demonstrated ability to seamlessly steer several matters at a time position our firm on par with our national and international competitors, as well as with firms much larger in size. We are proud to help shape the Research Triangle Park as a global marketplace with the characteristic commitment, service and astute capabilities of our firm. Click HERE to view our M&A brochure.

  • Mergers and acquisitions 
  • Product-line acquisitions and divestitures 
  • Distressed mergers and acquisitions
  • Leveraged buy-outs 
  • Going-private transactions 
  • Joint ventures 
  • Strategic alliances
  • Licensing
  • International issues 
  • Transaction planning and strategy
  • Compliance with state and local regulatory requirements 
  • Tax, benefits, environmental and other issues

Click HERE to view our M&A brochure detailing our experience.





Since January 2016, Smith Anderson has advised clients in more than 300 transactions representing approximately $30 billion in value, including mergers, acquisitions and divestitures; real estate development and construction; life sciences and health care; technology and intellectual property; debt finance; private equity and mezzanine finance; initial public offerings; growth companies and venture capital; and fund formation. The following provides a comprehensive overview of some of our clients' key business transactions in 2016. Highlights include: 

  • Over 60 Mergers, Acquisitions and Public Offerings totaling approximately $22 billion, including the representation of Quintiles in its merger with IMS Health Holdings.
  • Over 60 Life Sciences and Health Care transactions, including an immuno-oncology partnership worth up to $1.6 billion for genome editing company Precision BioSciences.
  • Over 70 Debt Finance and more than 50 Private Equity and Mezzanine Finance transactions totaling more than $4 billion.
  • Over 100 Real Estate and Construction matters totaling more than $2 billion
  • Over 60 Technology and Intellectual Property transactions totaling more than $3 billion, including the representation of Southern Company and PowerSecure, Inc. in their strategic alliance with Bloom Energy Corporation.

Our firm is fortunate to have worked on a wide array of transactions with a diverse group of clients. CLICK HERE to expand the image below, which lists some of our clients and their business transactions in 2016.

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