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Lee M. Kirby, Jr.

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Bertha Dixon
Phone: 919.838.2035
bdixon@smithlaw.com

Overview

Lee Kirby has broad experience in the domestic and international finance, corporate and energy activities of corporate clients, banks and not-for-profit entities, with particular emphases on sophisticated financial transactions and corporate combinations. He regularly represents clients in the life science, manufacturing, distribution, technology, health care, energy and banking industries. Lee is currently head of the Commercial Team and co-chair of the Energy Practice Group (including Renewable Energy) at Smith Anderson, and prior to joining the firm in 1995, he practiced in the New York offices of Cravath, Swaine & Moore and King & Spalding.

  • Member, American Bar Association
  • Member, North Carolina Bar Association
  • Member, Wake County Bar Association
  • Board of Directors of Artsplosure, Inc.
  • Past Vice President of Board of Trustees of the Baptist Retirement Homes of North Carolina, Incorporated
  • Past President, Boylan Heights Association
  • Former VISTA Volunteer
  • Chambers USA: America’s Leading Business Lawyers, Banking & Finance (2014-2017)
  • The Best Lawyers in America©, Banking & Finance Law, Corporate Law (2011-2018)
  • Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent Rated

Experience

Experience

  • Represented a global provider of biopharmaceutical development services and commercial outsourcing services in $2.225 billion senior secured revolving and term loan credit facilities for purpose of refinancing outstanding indebtedness and payment of significant dividend, and subsequent $250 million term loan and revolving credit facility add-on transaction and repricing amendments
  • Represented a holding company in dividend recapitalization utilizing a new $300 million senior secured term loan
  • Represented a multinational manufacturer and supplier to the papermaking industry in $280 million multi-currency senior secured credit facilities and $240 million senior notes offering
  • Represented a major convenience store chain in $480 million senior secured revolving and term loan credit facilities and $250 million senior notes offering for purpose of refinancing outstanding indebtedness including redemption of outstanding senior subordinated notes
  • Represented clinical technology provider in going-private transaction utilizing $445 million senior secured credit facilities and $250 million senior notes offering
  • Represented global provider of biopharmaceutical development services and commercial outsourcing services in going-private transaction utilizing $1.2 billion senior secured credit facilities and $480 million senior subordinated notes offering
  • Represented global provider of biopharmaceutical development services and commercial outsourcing services in series of transactions for the monetization of revenue streams from approved pharmaceuticals
  • Represented the largest electric utility in the United States in series of acquisitions relating to power generation, including gas, wind and solar
  • 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 family-owned national customized food service company in asset based financing transactions, including a $260 million revolving credit facility and an $80 million securitization of receivables
  • Represented a major regional hospital in series of tax-exempt bond transactions
  • Represented the largest electric utility in the United States in financing of $250 million expansion of smart grid capabilities through utilization of federal grant
  • Represented the largest electric utility in the United States in $478 million revolving credit facility
  • Represented shareholders of a major food service and distribution company in the sale of all shares to subsidiary of large publicly-traded holding company

News & Publications

News

Events & Webinars

Events

  • Speaker, "Going Global: An International Panel Discussion," Cary, N.C.
    04.2016
  • Speaker, "Accessing the Debt Markets," VACO Raleigh's Continuing Professional Education Series, Raleigh, N.C.
    03.2014

Bar & Court Admissions

  • North Carolina
  • New York

Education

Harvard Law School, J.D., cum laude, 1986

Carleton College, A.B., magna cum laude, 1978

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