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Robert E. Duggins

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Lee Ann Higgins
Phone: 919.838.6655
lhiggins@smithlaw.com

Overview

Rob Duggins leads the firm’s Mergers & Acquisitions group and practices corporate law.  He has advised public and private buyers and sellers in a variety of industries, notably pharmaceutical services, technology and electronics, and regularly advises boards of directors on related matters of corporate governance. His recent experience includes both domestic and cross-border work in acquisitions, divestitures and joint ventures.

Rob also advises sell-side clients on strategic planning and preparations in advance of potential acquisitions and has worked with and advised multiple buy-side clients on developing systematic programs to leverage efficiencies across multiple acquisitions and to integrate and harmonize execution between in-house legal departments and transaction lawyers from the firm. 

In addition to his M&A practice, Rob is the partner in charge of Smith Anderson’s Knowledge Management program and the firm’s Corporate partner in charge of pricing and client service.

  • Member, American Bar Association
  • Member, North Carolina Bar Association
  • Member, Wake County Bar Association
  • Former Member, Board of Directors, Alice Aycock Poe Center for Health Education
  • Elder, past Clerk of Session, Hudson Memorial Presbyterian Church
  • Former Member, Board of Directors, Trinity Academy of Raleigh
  • Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business, Corporate/Mergers & Acquisitions (2015-2018)
  • The Best Lawyers in America©Corporate Law; Mergers & Acquisitions Law (2013-2019)
  • North Carolina Super Lawyers (2015-2018)
  • Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent Rated

Experience

Experience

  • Advised a publicly traded, global tobacco company on its $50 billion merger with another major publicly traded tobacco company
  • Advised a semiconductor and global solid state LED lighting manufacturing company in an agreement to purchase the assets of the radio frequency (RF) power business of a publicly traded semiconductor company for €345 million in cash
  • 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 the world’s largest provider of biopharmaceutical development and commercial outsourcing services in its acquisition of a health-information analytics and technology services company focused on healthcare providers
  • Represented a public specialty pharmaceutical company in its $150 million acquisition of a private specialty pharmaceutical company
  • Represented a global solid state LED lighting and semiconductor manufacturing company in connection with its $525 million stock acquisition of a manufacturer and distributor of commercial lighting products
  • Represented a global solid state LED lighting and semiconductor manufacturing company in a Hong Kong joint venture to sell mid-power lighting class LED packaged products
  • Represented a global solid state LED lighting and semiconductor manufacturing company in connection with its strategic alliance with a manufacturer and distributor of specialty lighting control products
  • Advised specialty contract research organization as U.S. counsel in its purchase of a European contract research organization
  • Represented venture-backed laboratory software company in its $30 million acquisition by a global supplier of medical products
  • 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
  • Represented subsidiary of a company focused on investment and collaborative transactions in biopharmaceuticals and related industries in connection with its collaboration agreement with a global pharmaceutical company to conduct multiple clinical trials
  • Represented a human resources computer software company in its $100 million acquisition by a private equity firm
  • Represented a leading provider of pharmacy-based patient care solutions and medication synchronization services to independent and chain pharmacies in its approximately $41 million sale of the company to a publicly traded buyer
  • Represented an international manufacturer of integrated fueling systems for fueling stations in its strategic collaboration with a specialty software company
  • Represented a global provider of biopharmaceutical development services and commercial outsourcing services in connection with its collaboration agreement with a Fortune 150 company to develop a project management platform
  • Represent a global solid state LED lighting and semiconductor manufacturing company in a wide range of supply, distribution, collaboration and other commercial arrangements with industry partners

News & Publications

News

Events & Webinars

Events

  • Guest Lecturer, "Life Cycle of an M&A Deal," University of North Carolina School of Law (2017, 2018)
  • Co-Presenter, "The Untapped Power of Bylaws to Protect Your Company and Preparing a Well-Organized M&A Due Diligence Process to Sell Your Company or Buy Another," VACO CPE Series, Raleigh, N.C.
    06.2015
  • Presenter, "Mergers & Acquisitions: The Accountant’s Role from Start to Finish," the NCACPA 73rd Annual Symposium
    11.2012

Bar & Court Admissions

  • North Carolina

Education

University of North Carolina, J.D., with honors, 1990

North Carolina State University, B.S., Computer Science, 1987

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