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Michael P. Saber

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Tracy Benning
Phone: 919.821.6654
tbenning@smithlaw.com

Overview

Mike works with companies on their corporate transactional activity, including mergers and acquisitions, venture capital, capital-raising financings, technology transactions and other mission critical matters.  

He co-leads the firm’s Life Sciences and AgTech industry practice groups, and often works with pharmaceutical, biotechnology, precision agriculture, medical device and animal health companies.  Mike also regularly counsels entrepreneurial and closely-held businesses from start-up through growth stages in industries ranging from gaming to retail to technology.

  • Council for Entrepreneurial Development (CED)
    • Board of Directors and Executive Committee (2015-Present)
    • Secretary (2016-Present)
  • North Carolina Bar Association
  • Wake County Bar Association
  • Past Director, Association for Corporate Growth, RTP Chapter
  • Founding Director, National Association of Corporate Directors, RTP Chapter
  • Past President, Temple Beth Or, Raleigh, NC
  • The Best Lawyers in America©, Biotechnology Law; Corporate Law; Mergers & Acquisitions Law; Securities/Capital Markets Law; Venture Capital Law (2010-2018)
  • "Lawyer of the Year," Biotechnology Law, in Raleigh by The Best Lawyers in America© (2015)
  • Business North Carolina Legal Elite 
  • Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent Rated 
  • North Carolina Super Lawyers (2011-2017)

Experience

Experience

  • Lead counsel to a venture capital-funded genome editing company in a worldwide partnership, worth up to $1.6 billion, including an upfront payment of $105 million, with a global, publicly-traded pharmaceutical company to develop and commercialize allogeneic chimeric antigen receptor (CAR) T cell therapies for multiple cancers. The transaction was awarded the 2016 Life Science sector Deals of Distinction™ award by the Licensing Executives Society.
  • Represented a private ag biotech company in a $400 million sale to public ag bio company in a cash and milestone-based transaction
  • Advised leading global healthcare services company in acquisition of specialty laboratory and diagnostics products company
  • Represented second and third generation owners in sale of their interests in family-owned industrial company in structured finance transaction
  • Advised a leading healthcare services provider in the $60 million cash acquisition of a global sourcing company
  • Represented a drug development company in $60 million late stage venture capital raising preferred stock financing (largest such deal in the Southeast at the time)
  • Represented the special board committee of portfolio company of large private equity fund in connection with financing transaction
  • Advised a global CRO business in the staged acquisition of the leading interactive response technology provider for $75 million in value
  • Advised a leading CRO in Asia in the acquisition of CRO assets in the United States

  • Represents institutional investors in portfolio company financings, including seed financings of technology, life sciences and ag biotech companies 
  • Represented a healthcare IT company in connection with $100 million bid for strategic target in auction process and in multiple other acquisitions
  • Represented a leading travel management company in multiple strategic acquisitions, including its purchase of the assets of a Canadian travel management company
  • Represents a manufacturer dealer network in strategic acquisitions for cash and stock of family-owned businesses for expansion and consolidation of network
  • Represented a large contract research organization in strategic acquisition of global consulting firm
  • Represents ESOP companies and trustees in sell-side and buy-side transactions

News & Publications

News

Publications

  • Contributor, “Middle Market M&A: Handbook for Investment Banking and Business Consulting,” Wiley Finance, 2012

Bar & Court Admissions

  • North Carolina
  • Pennsylvania

Education

Emory University, J.D., 1989

Columbia University, A.B., 1984

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