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Miranda R. Miller

Attorney
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Jacqueline Williams
Phone: 919.838.2050
jwilliams@smithlaw.com

Overview

I practice corporate and securities law, with an emphasis on representing private equity and venture capital investors, mezzanine lenders, and entrepreneurs in the formation, financing and general representation of early-stage start-ups, private growth and technology and life science companies. In addition, my mergers and acquisitions practice includes representation of business entities in connection with Hart-Scott-Rodino filings and anti-trust planning.

I grew up outside of New York City and moved to the Bay Area for college, where I discovered amazing food (thank you Alice Waters).  Outside of the office, my love of cooking (and eating) has led me to value fresh, local and delicious ingredients and farmers who grow the ingredients. I have been fortunate to be able to combine my interests in helping entrepreneurs and increasing the availability of good food as an advocate for urban farming. I serve on the board of directors of Raleigh City Farm (most recently as the chairman), a small non-profit organization in downtown Raleigh, with just under an acre of land tended to by a farmer-entrepreneur. I also have my own sustainable urban backyard farm replete with six chickens, a vegetable patch and fruit trees, which supply my family and colleagues with fresh peaches and figs in the summer. 

Prior to joining Smith Anderson in 2001, I practice in the Raleigh office of an international law firm headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia and at one of the 20 largest global law firms in New York.

  • American Bar Association
  • New York Bar Association
  • North Carolina Bar Association
    • Volunteer, NC LEAP (North Carolina Lawyers for Entrepreneurs Assistance Program), a project of the North Carolina Bar Association and the NCBA Foundation that provides free legal services to low-wealth entrepreneurs starting or expanding their businesses
    • Volunteer, Legal Aid Lawyer on the Line, a pro bono partnership between N.C. Legal Aid and the N.C. Bar that provides legal assistance to indigent clients
  • Raleigh City Farm, Chairman, Board of Directors
  • Wake County Bar Association

The Best Lawyers in America©, Venture Capital Law (2019, 2020)

Experience

Experience

  • Represented a national venture capital firm in a $1.35 billion secondary sale of securities in 31 portfolio companies
  • Represented a global contract research organization (CRO) in restructuring, $12.7 million equity financing and acquisition
  • Advised a SaaS company in its sale to a data integration public company
  • Represented a global contract research organization (CRO) in acquisition of services company for up to $28 million and $6 million preferred equity financing
  • Represented a global contract research organization (CRO) in $60 million equity and secured debt financing
  • Represented the institutional shareholders in connection with the $143 million sale of a global provider of outsourced development services to the pharmaceutical, biotechnology and medical device industries
  • Represented a global solid state LED lighting and semiconductor manufacturing company in connection with its announced agreement for its $850 million sale of assets to a publicly traded German semiconductor company. The transaction was terminated before completion due to regulatory considerations
  • Advised a semiconductor and LED company on the divestiture of its lighting products business unit for an initial cash payment of $225 million plus the potential to receive an earn-out payment based on the business’s post-closing performance
  • Represented a regional venture capital fund in formation of life science portfolio company and Series A equity financing
  • Represented a specialty pharmaceutical company in a $120 million merger with a subsidiary of a publicly-traded international pharmaceutical company
  • Advised a publicly traded health services company in the acquisition of a health services division of a privately held company for $105 million in cash
  • Represented a biopharmaceutical-focused private equity firm in formation of portfolio company and $25 million Series A equity financing
  • Represented various lenders in equity co-investments in portfolio companies
  • Represented a life science company in equity and debt financings, providing general corporate advice, including advice on equity compensation
  • Represented a company in $25 million in preferred stock financing by major financial investor
  • Represented a medical device maker in start-up matters and equity financing
  • Represented a national venture capital fund in multiple early stage investments in technology and life science portfolio companies
  • Represented a life science company in $50 million mezzanine financing
  • Represented a regional venture capital firm in Series B financing in specialty pharmaceutical company
  • Represented lender in wind-down of distressed portfolio company
  • Represented early stage health care information company in Series A financing
  • Represented major health insurance company's private investment arm in early stage investment in health care technology company
  • Represented agbio company in all stages of equity financing, beginning with Series A round and culminating in its acquisition by global ag bio entity  
  • Advised a private equity fund in its acquisition of a specialty pharmaceutical company

News & Publications

Speaking Engagements

Events

  • CLE titled, Art of the Venture Deal: Debt Financing for Early-Stage Companies, series hosted at Smith Anderson’s office, Raleigh, N.C., November 2013
  • CLE titled, Art of the Venture Deal: Financing alternatives for start-up companies, series hosted at Smith Anderson's office, Raleigh, N.C., November 2012

Bar & Court Admissions

  • North Carolina
  • New York

Education

Columbia University, J.D., 1994

University of California, Berkeley, B.S., 1986

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