Triangle Business Journal has named Smith Anderson Partner Amy Batten to its 2022 class of “Women in Business” award recipients, recognizing her “dynamic and outstanding” leadership and established track record of significant accomplishments in business and community service.
“This year’s class of honorees represent the best in professional accomplishment, leadership and community engagement,” said Jason Christie, TBJ market president and publisher. “We applaud their efforts for what they have done and continue to do in the Triangle and beyond.”
Amy has more than 25 years of experience in counseling public and private companies on complex securities laws, is chair of the firm’s Management Committee and co-leads Smith Anderson’s Corporate and Public Companies practice groups. 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 served as lead counsel for issuers in both public and private offerings in a wide variety of offering structures. 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.
Amy has served on almost every committee at Smith Anderson, including the firm’s Recruiting and Lawyer Development committees. She has helped evolve the firm’s attorney development committee into one that puts a strong emphasis on the mentorship of rising lawyers. Amy has also helped “drive the bus” in Smith Anderson’s Diversity and Inclusion efforts, which are a pillar of the firm’s strategic plan, and she has been a leader and supporter in the Smith Anderson Women’s Affiliate Group (SWAG), which is dedicated to leadership, mentorship and community service.
Outside of the office, Amy is board chair at Ravenscroft School and works with the Head of School in shaping board agendas and interfacing on areas where the board has oversight. And similarly to how Amy worked tirelessly during the pandemic to help Smith Anderson adjust and retool to challenging and changing circumstances as they unfolded, she has done the same for Ravenscroft. Throughout the pandemic, Amy has collaborated closely with the Head of School as Ravenscroft moved classes online, then re-opened in a hybrid structure in 2021 before fully reopening in 2022.
From her Smith Anderson leadership to her community leadership, Amy’s talents know no limit: She is a mother and a world traveler, too. As one colleague described Amy: “She’s a Wonder Woman.”
“We are thrilled with this much-deserved honor,” said Byron Kirkland, managing partner at Smith Anderson. “Amy’s years of outstanding leadership have helped shape our firm into what it is today.”
2022 represents the 25th year that TBJ has honored Women in Business. View the list of honorees here.