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Margaret N. Rosenfeld

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Erin Rivera
Phone: 919.838.2087


Margaret Rosenfeld has corporate and securities law experience both within the United States and internationally. She leads Smith Anderson's Blockchain Technology and International Law practices. Her practice includes public company reporting, corporate governance, public offerings and private placements of securities for issuers and investment funds, initial coin offerings, token generation events, investor-side representation into financings, corporate investigations (internal and government), mergers and acquisitions, and intellectual property protection and licensing as well as general corporation representation. Margaret is one of two female attorneys in North Carolina to be ranked within the category of Corporate/M&A law by Chambers USA: Americas Leading Business Lawyers.

With respect to public company representation, Margaret has assisted public companies, underwriters and directors with initial public offerings on numerous stock exchanges in the United States and internationally, public reporting requirements both pre- and post-Sarbanes-Oxley, corporate governance issues and internal and external corporate investigations, including interaction with the Securities and Exchange Commission, the NYSE, and Nasdaq. She also has broad experience assisting start-up and growth companies as well as mature companies with legal, business and strategic planning, from contractual assistance such as with licensing agreements, distribution agreements, franchise agreements, employment agreements and joint venture agreements to assistance with public and private debt and equity financing. She is particularly known for assisting companies facing transformative changes as they balance legal and business concerns. 

Before joining Smith Anderson in 2001, Margaret practiced corporate, finance and securities law with Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer in London, the United Kingdom and Frankfurt, Germany and with Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison in Tokyo, Japan. 

In December 2013, Margaret was appointed the Honorary German Consul for Eastern North Carolina by the U.S. State Department and the Federal Republic of Germany, which involves representing the interests of German companies in North Carolina and North Carolina companies in Germany as well as assisting U.S. and German citizens in some legal and consular issues related to Germany. In November 2015, she was elected Chair of the N.C. Consular Corps, the entity representing honorary consuls from over 20 countries. 

  • Founding Member, Women in Blockchain International
  • Member, American Bar Association
  • Member, Board of Governors and Past President, Association for Corporate Growth, Triangle Chapter
  • Member, Executive Committee of the German American Chamber of Commerce, Triangle Chapter
  • Member, New York Bar Association
  • Former Southeast Representative, New York Bar Association’s Committee on Securities Regulation
  • Member, North Carolina Bar Association
  • Appointed Member, Executive Council, International Law and Practice Section of North Carolina Bar Association
  • Member, Wake County/Tenth Judicial District Bar Association
  • Member, Society of Corporate Secretaries and Governance Professionals, Inc.
  • Co-Chair, Smith Anderson Diversity Committee
  • Past Vice-President, Business and Professional Woman, Raleigh Chapter
  • Past Vice-President and Past Board Member, National Association of Corporate Directors, Triangle Chapter
  • Past Board Member, United Arts Council, Raleigh and Wake County
  • Past Board Member, The Woman’s Institute
  • Former Co-Chair, Build Invest Grow (BIG) Forum (2013)
  • Former Chair, ACG's Capital Conference, North Carolina (2014)
  • Former Executive Committee Member, British American Council, Triangle Chapter (2012 - 2014)
  • The Best Lawyers in America©, Banking and Finance Law, Corporate Law, Securities/Capital Markets Law (2013-2019)
  • Chambers USA: America's Leading Business Lawyers, Corporate/M&A (2013-2018)
  • North Carolina Super Lawyers (2014-2018)
  • Business Leader Magazine’s 2012 Top 50 Entrepreneur Award
  • Triangle Business Journal's 2008 Women in Business Award
  • Triangle Business Journal's 2006 "40 Under 40" Leadership Award
  • Order of the Coif, George Washington University
  • Senior Projects Editor, The George Washington University Law Review
  • Phi Beta Kappa, Rutgers University
  • Speaks and reads German at an intermediate level and has a basic knowledge of spoken Japanese



  • Representation of a sports blockchain start-up that launched the first initial coin offering (ICO) pre-sale on Indiegogo and MicroVentures’ joint global ICO platform and its ongoing preparation for the launch of its public utility coin offering
  • Represented a leading private company provider of pharmaceutical product access support services in its acquisition by a private equity fund in a $206 million reverse triangular merger
  • Representation of a global virtual world gaming and trading platform connecting developers and gamers/consumers regarding its business model, strategic relationships and ICO
  • Representation of a decentralized energy company in the pre-sale of its initial coin offering and its ongoing preparation for the launch of its initial coin offering
  • Represented a private consumer products company in an asset acquisition and related financing
  • Representation of a social media blockchain company in its corporate formation, seed funding using a SAFT and common stock, and preparation for pre-sale of its initial coin offering
  • Represented a public biotherapeutics company in its $23 million acquisition of a private biotherapeutics company and related $60 million financing
  • Represented a private high-tech company in its $1.4 billion sale to a global public company
  • Represented a public telecommunications company in its $780 million going private sale to a private equity consortium
  • Representation of a technology company focused on the use of blockchain data analytics and machine-learning in cryptocurrencies
  • Representation of a blockchain middleware company regarding its business model, strategic relationships and token generation event (TGE)
  • Represented a specialty pharmaceutical company in its stock purchase of a medical device company
  • Represented a developer of medical and cosmetic products in a $5 million registered direct offering of common stock and warrants
  • Represented a public community bank in its $181 million going private sale to private equity group
  • Led a public company audit committee investigation into alleged misconduct of CEO and resulting termination of CEO and self-reporting to the SEC
  • Assisted a public company retail client in avoidance of delisting from Nasdaq, recruitment of management and board members and strategic planning
  • Assisted a developer of medical and cosmetic products in multiple PIPE financings
  • Supervised the listing of a developer of medical and cosmetic products' common stock on the SIX (Swiss stock exchange)
  • Divestiture of an international mobile-messaging business of telecommunications client to a Luxembourg entity
  • Investigation of allegations of FCPA violations in Asian subsidiaries of telecommunications client
  • Investigation of misappropriations at a multinational manufacturer and supplier to the papermaking industry
  • Assisted multiple companies and individuals with responses to insider trading inquiries from the SEC and FINRA
  • Drafted international facilitation agreements between health care service provider and international hospitals
  • Reorganized a public company's international subsidiaries in Latin American, Asia, Europe and the Middle East

News & Publications



  • Raising Capital for the Privately Held Company, February 2008, published by Wake Forest Law School CLE Program
  • Letting the Sun Shine on Executive Pay: How New SEC Disclosure Rules on Executive Compensation will Impact your Company in "Business Leader Magazine" November 2006
  • Don't Blame the Messenger: Implementing Effective Accounting Complaint Procedures and Non-Retaliation Requirements Post-Sarbanes-Oxley, November 2004, published by the Virginia Bar Association
  • Redefining the Roles of the Watchdogs (SEC; SROs; directors and officers; auditors; and securities analysts) in Enron and Beyond: Technical Analysis of Accounting Corporate Governance and Securities Issues, Fall 2002 published by CCH.
  • Money Changes Everything: Examining the Use of Agency Subpoena Power to Monitor the Cost-Effectiveness of Litigation, June/August 1996, The George Washington Law Review

Events & Webinars


  • Speaker, "Fringe or Frontier: How Blockchain Technology Will Transform Every Business,” 79th Annual NCACPA Symposium, Grandover Resort, Greensboro, N.C.
  • Panel Moderator, "Disruptive Financing - Regulatory and Legal Issues to Consider for ICOs and Token Sales," Planet MicroCap Showcase, Las Vegas, Nev.
  • Panel Moderator, "Cryptocurrency and Public Companies: A Deep Dive Into This New Asset Class," Planet MicroCap Showcase, Las Vegas, Nev.
  • Panelist, "Crypto Economics," Association for Corporate Growth Capital Conference, Raleigh, N.C.
  • Panel Moderator, "The ABCs of ICOs," Association for Corporate Growth Capital Conference, Raleigh, N.C.
  • Panelist, "Public Blockchains & ICO Bootcamp: Key Legal and Regulatory Issues You Need to Know Today," CoinAgenda Caribbean Conference, San Juan, Puerto Rico
  • "Upsetting the Table: Women Mentoring Women," Round Robin Discussion, HQ Raleigh, Raleigh, N.C.
  • Panel Moderator, "State of the Emerging Growth Capital Market: Trends in Deal Activity, Pricing and Structuring," Growth Capital Expo 2016, Las Vegas, Nev.
  • Panelist, "The Reg A+ Aftermarket," Growth Capital Expo 2016, Las Vegas, Nev.
  • Proximity Hotel | Greensboro, N.C., 03.18.2015

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Bar & Court Admissions

  • New York
  • North Carolina


George Washington University, J.D., 1997

Rutgers University, B.A., 1992

Konstanz Universität, Konstanz, Germany, Junior Year Abroad, 1991

Hiroo School, Tokyo, Japan, Certificate in Japanese Studies, 1998

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