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William R. Robinson

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Cheryl Baber
Phone: 919.838.2023


Will focuses his practice on corporate law, data use, and mergers and acquisitions.

Prior to joining Smith Anderson in 2017, Will worked for Bloomberg in New York as a business journalist covering mergers and acquisitions. As a news reporter Will interviewed lawyers, bankers, and business executives about major Wall Street transactions and market trends. Having returned to his home state of North Carolina to practice law, Will now enjoys the opportunity to assist clients with their important transactions.

Will is also a Certified Information Privacy Professional/United States (CIPP/US) and Certified Information Privacy Professional/Europe (CIPP/E), demonstrating his strong foundation in U.S. privacy laws and international data transfers.

  •  M&A Editorial Advisory Board, Law360 (2022)

  • Audit & Finance Committee, Eno River Association (Durham, NC)
  • International Association of Privacy Professionals
    • Certified Information Privacy Professional/Europe (CIPP/E)
    • Certified Information Privacy Professional/United States (CIPP/US)
  • North Carolina Bar Association
  • Best Lawyers®, "Ones to Watch," Mergers and Acquisitions Law (2022-2023))
  • Executive Articles Editor, Alaska Law Review
  • Editor in Chief, The Duke Chronicle



  • Represented the largest privately-held U.S. manufacturer, seller and distributor of Pepsi-Cola beverages on its acquisition of a soft drink distribution and sales business.
  • Represented a North Carolina bank and its parent on an approximately $220 million merger with another bank, which offered a higher price than the bank’s existing merger agreement with another company.
  • Represented a leading genome editing company dedicated to improving life in its $145.4 million initial public offering of 9,085,000 shares of common stock at a public offering price of $16.00 per share.
  • Advised a life sciences company on its acquisition of a clinical manufacturing facility for an undisclosed amount.
  • Advised a global contract research organization and drug development services company in a definitive agreement to acquire a provider of decentralized and traditional clinical trial-related services.
  • Advised a commercial drone, software and analytics company in an agreement to purchase the assets of a professional drone pilot network company.
  • Advised a leading provider of financial software and information products to U.S. financial institutions in a reverse triangular merger with a private equity-backed company.
  • Advised a protein bar manufacturer in a definitive agreement to be acquired by a global wellness products company.
  • Advised a leading contract research organization in a definitive agreement to acquire a provider of contract research, clinical and regulatory and other consulting services.

News & Publications


Speaking Engagements


  • Co-Presenter, "Law School for the CFO," CFO Leadership Council Roundtable and Happy Hour, Raleigh, N.C.
  • Co-Presenter, "Preparing for the Upcoming 10-K and Proxy Season," Securities Law Breakfast Series, N.C. Biotechnology Center, Durham, N.C. and Smith Anderson Offices, Raleigh, N.C.

Bar & Court Admissions

  • North Carolina


Duke University School of Law, J.D., 2017

Duke University, B.A., Public Policy Studies, 2011

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