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Bart A. Norman

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Sharon Haselden
Phone: 919.838.2024


Bart Norman has broad experience in the corporate and finance activities of public and private companies and is currently the co-head of the Finance group at Smith Anderson. His experience includes syndicated and commercial loans, high-yield senior and subordinated debt offerings, mezzanine finance and financing for start-up and growth companies. He also represents clients in mergers and acquisitions and other complex commercial transactions and regularly counsels clients with regard to commercial and corporate law issues.

Bart has been honored with recognition by clients and peers in such ranking publications as Chambers USA and North Carolina Super Lawyers. According to sources interviewed by Chambers USA on the quality of Bart’s service, he exhibits "great analysis, skill and judgment" (Chambers USA 2014).

  • Member, Smith Anderson Policy and Planning Committee
  • Co-Chair, Smith Anderson Lawyer Development Committee
  • Member, Chair of Audit Committee, Member of Executive and Finance Committees, Board of Directors, Rise Against Hunger (founded as Stop Hunger Now)
  • Past Member, Secretary, Chair of Governance Committee, Board of Directors, Transitions LifeCare (founded as Hospice of Wake County, 1979)
  • Past Member, Board of Directors, Staff of Hope, Inc.
  • Past Chair of the Finance Committee and Elder, Kirk of Kildaire Presbyterian Church
  • North Carolina Bar Association
  • Wake County Bar Association
  • Chambers USA: America’s Leading Business Lawyers, Banking & Finance (2014-2017)
  • North Carolina Super Lawyers Rising Star, Securities and Corporate Finance



  • Represented a public contract research organization (with significant private equity ownership) in a series of syndicated loan financings and high yield note offerings, including in connection with its going-private transaction and subsequent IP; in a $1.95 billion senior secured credit facility and an $800 million senior notes offering; and in more than $5 billion of multicurrency senior secured revolving credit facilities, term loans and senior notes to finance a portion of an approximately $20 billion merger of equals
  • Represented a wholesale sporting goods distribution company in its $165 million cross-border senior secured credit facility
  • Represented an agricultural manufacturer and its affiliates in a $248 million senior secured credit facility to finance working capital and acquisitions
  • 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 telecommunications company in leveraged buyout utilizing $363.9 million senior secured term loan facilities
  • Represented a holding company in dividend recapitalization utilizing a new $300 million senior secured term loan
  • Represented a medical products supplier in $350 million senior unsecured revolving credit facility
  • 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 a clinical technology provider in going-private transaction utilizing $445 million senior secured credit facilities and $250 million senior notes offering
  • Represented a special purpose entity in $250 million royalty stream monetization
  • Represented a publicly-traded specialty pharmaceutical company in $60 million secured term loan
  • Represented a mezzanine lender in $25 million senior subordinated finance transaction and related intercreditor agreement with senior lender
  • Advised a privately-held food processing technology company in an agreement to sell the assets of its two wholly-owned subsidiaries for $25 million in cash at closing with a $20 million cash earnout

News & Publications

Events & Webinars


  • Speaker, Accessing the Debt Markets, VACO Raleigh's Continuing Professional Education Series, Raleigh, NC, March 24, 2014

Bar & Court Admissions

  • North Carolina


University of North Carolina, J.D., with honors, 2002

Princeton Theological Seminary, M.Div., 1999

North Carolina State University, B.A., cum laude, English, 1994

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