Jessica West focuses her practice on diverse corporate and commercial transactions, including debt and equity financings, private equity investments, investment fund formations, mergers and acquisitions and other complex commercial transactions. Jessica has significant experience representing private equity funds and public and private companies on corporate, finance and M&A transactions across numerous industry sectors. She also regularly counsels clients on regulatory, corporate, partnership, commercial and related matters.

Areas of Focus



  • Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch® in America
    • Leveraged Buyouts and Private Equity Law (2021-2024)
    • Banking and Financial Law (2023-2024)
    • Corporate Law (2023-2024)
  • North Carolina Super Lawyers, Rising Star (2022-2023)
  • Triangle Business Journal’s 2021 “40 Under 40” Leadership Award
  • Articles Editor, North Carolina Journal of International Law and Commercial Regulation


  • Summer Extern for Senior Judge W. Earl Britt, U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina


  • University of North Carolina, J.D., with honors, 2011
  • Sotheby’s Institute of Art – London, M.A., with merit, 2006
  • Duke University, B.A., magna cum laude, with distinction, 2005
    • Phi Beta Kappa

Bar & Court Admissions


  • Director, Artspace, Inc. (2014-2020)
  • Board of Directors, United Arts Council (2019-Present)


  • Advised a private equity fund in its acquisition of a leading provider of staffing resources to the biotechnology, pharmaceutical and medical device companies for clinical trial needs.
  • Advised a privately held leading manufacturer of beverage and foodservice equipment in its sale to a public company for $108 million in cash.
  • Assisted provider of workforce solutions in its $1,357,690 preferred stock and warrant equity raise.
  • Advised a provider of workforce solutions on the sale of a business division for $500,000.
  • Advised a private equity fund and small business investment company in connection with a $35 million senior secured subordinated debt investment in a specialty hair care products company.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Advised a publicly traded health information technologies and clinical research company in its sale of a consulting line of business.
  • Advised a private equity fund in its acquisition of a specialty pharmaceutical company.


Jump to Page

This website uses cookies to enhance your browsing experience and improve functionality. To learn more, you may view our Privacy Policy. By continuing to browse Smith Anderson's website, you are accepting our use of cookies in accordance with our privacy policy.