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Venture Capital


By its nature, venture capital is dynamic, carrying potential for both significant risk and high reward. Having experienced, capable legal counsel can make the difference for venture funds, strategic investors, start-ups and emerging growth companies alike. As the largest business and litigation law firm headquartered in North Carolina’s world-famous Research Triangle Park area, we have a long track record of venture capital success in our region and beyond.

With considerable experience on both sides of the venture capital aisle, we have a sophisticated understanding of the goals, concerns, ambitions and perspectives of all parties involved in venture capital deals. We offer not just skilled legal analysis, but also practical business advice on venture capital fund formation and strategic, financial and corporate investor representation and financing arrangements.

We also have decades of experience in representing emerging growth and start-up companies and assist our clients in all aspects of their expansion and development. Our Firm has special expertise in venture capital financing transactions. With particular expertise in information technology, clean technology, drug discovery, biotech, medical devices, health care and other life sciences, we have represented both investors and companies alike in a wide range of venture-capital transactions. When your business’s evolution requires it, we also offer seasoned counsel on mezzanine financing, other private equity, and mergers and acquisitions.

Our highly capable team members include lawyers with corporate, securities and fund experience at major national and international law firms. As a full-service business law firm, we offer assistance in such related areas as Securities, Tax, Mezzanine Finance, Intellectual Property, Corporate Governance and Compliance, Employment, Labor and Human Resources, Employee Benefits and Executive Compensation, Government Relations, Corporate Relocations and Expansions, Mergers and Acquisitions, and Corporate and Securities Litigation.


  • Corporate formation and initial organizational documents
  • Employment and non-competition agreements
  • Stock option planning and administration
  • Strategic alliances and joint ventures
  • Mergers and acquisitions 
  • Intellectual property planning, protection and licensing
  • Venture capital and angel financings
  • Tax strategies and counseling

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2016 Closed Transactions

2016 Closed Transactions

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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