Smith Anderson managing partner Gerald Roach has been named to Business North Carolina’s 2019 Power 100 list for the second year in a row. The Power 100, highlighting 100 of the state’s most influential business and nonprofit leaders making an impact on the broader community, are named each year based largely on input from North Carolina business professionals, as well as the publication’s staff's collective knowledge from many years of covering the state’s economy.
The 2019 Power 100 profile describes Gerald as the “leader of the largest Triangle-based law firm” where he advises on mergers and capital raisings totaling billions of dollars. Gerald is also praised in his role as chairman of the board of trustees at his alma mater, Wake Forest University, and leading a multimillion-dollar fundraising campaign at his church.
When asked about North Carolina’s key challenge, Gerald responded, “The state is a national leader in economic growth, and that is going to continue over the next decade. Our challenges are to take advantage of that growth in a way that benefits rural counties as well as urban ones, provide infrastructure for growth, and have business leaders involved in promoting bipartisanship to enable N.C. to put its best foot forward.”
According to the Q&A, Gerald shared what he most enjoys about his work is “the people I work with inside and outside the firm and the platform Smith Anderson provides to be involved in other interests that matter.”
Gerald’s law practice involves domestic and international mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, corporate governance matters, public company securities, private financings, technology law and advising boards of directors and special committees. He regularly represents public and private growth companies and private equity firms with their general corporate needs and domestic and international transactions. Gerald is a highly credentialed corporate law attorney, ranked in numerous top legal publications, including the BTI Client Service All-Stars list, Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business and The Best Lawyers in America©.
Review Business North Carolina’s full Power 100 list here.