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Amy Meyers Batten

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Kathy Barden
Phone: 919.821.6634
kbarden@smithlaw.com

Overview

Amy Batten has over 25 years of experience in counseling public companies on complex securities laws and heads Smith Anderson’s Public Companies practice group. She works closely with executives and boards of directors, assisting with day-to-day compliance and advising on strategic corporate and capital raising transactions. Amy has advised many of the region’s largest and growing public companies, including Quintiles IMS Holdings, Inc. and Cree, Inc., among others, and previously spent time in house with IBM Corporation.

Amy has served as primary outside counsel for issuers conducting primary offerings and facilitating secondary offerings from private equity sponsor shareholders in a wide variety of offering structures, including, among others, initial public offerings, fully marketed underwritten offerings, confidentially marketed shelf takedowns, bought deals, PIPEs and registered and private notes offerings.

In addition to providing securities advice, Amy regularly counsels public companies on governance structuring and best practices, conducts board and committee self-assessments and general corporate matters, and has substantial experience with mergers, acquisitions and other core corporate transactions.

  • North Carolina Bar Association
  • Wake County Bar Association
  • Board of Trustees, Ravenscroft School
  • Co-Chair of the Smith Anderson Corporate Group
  • Practice Leader, Smith Anderson Public Companies Group
  • Smith Anderson Policy & Planning Committee
  • Co-Chair of the Smith Anderson Lawyer Development Committee
  • Former Co-Chair and Current Member of the Smith Anderson Recruiting Committee
  • Board of Directors, Carolina Ballet, 2001-2004
  • Chambers USA: America's Leading Business Lawyers, Corporate/M&A (2015-2017; one of only two women in North Carolina)
  • Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent Rated
  • The Best Lawyers in America©Securities/Capital Markets Law (2009-2018)

Experience

Experience

  • Advised a multinational Fortune 500 provider of product development and integrated healthcare services in its merger with a NYSE-listed global information and technology services company, creating a leading information and tech-enabled healthcare service provider. The equity market capitalization of the joined companies was more than $17.6 billion at closing
  • 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, as well as subsequent secondary offerings
  • Advised a leading timberland REIT in connection with its $207 million public offering
  • 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 global biopharmaceutical services company in connection with a tender offer for its outstanding $525 million senior notes
  • Represented a global biopharmaceutical services company in connection with a private equity transaction that reconstituted the company's ownership and provided liquidity to its existing security holders
  • Represented global solid state LED lighting and semiconductor manufacturing company in $434 million public offering of common stock
  • Advised a publicly traded supplier of water and water dispensers in an agreement to acquire by merger a publicly traded competitor for $263 million in cash and stock
  • 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 the largest electric utility in the United States in tender offer for outstanding contingent value rights
  • Represented major convenience store chain in connection with a tender offer and consent solicitation with respect to outstanding senior secured notes
  • Represented over ten public companies in regular 1934 Act compliance, securities filings and corporate governance matters

News & Publications

Publications

Events & Webinars

Events

  • Speaker, SEC Reporting Breakfast Club, Dixon Hughes Goodman LLP, Raleigh, N.C.
    June 2016 and December 2016
  • Co-Presenter, "Preparing for 10-K and Proxy Season," Smith Anderson's Securities Law Series, Raleigh, N.C.
    01.2016
  • Guest Speaker, Business Economics of Law Firm Practice Seminar, Duke University School of Law, Durham, N.C.
    2008-2014

Bar & Court Admissions

  • North Carolina

Education

Duke University, J.D., with honors, 1992

University of Pennsylvania, The Wharton School of Business, B.S., cum laude, 1989

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