Tim Goettel handles complex acquisitions and divestitures across a range of industries, advises clients on significant corporate governance matters, and represents issuers in public and private offering and financing transactions. He also works on insurance guaranty association matters.

Tim has worked in the energy, financial services and information technology industries, among others. In the course of his transactional practice, he has worked with other practice areas to resolve a wide range of issues, including international tax matters, antitrust concerns, open source software and other intellectual property rights issues, employee benefits and tax issues involved in spinning companies out of controlled groups, complicated transition service arrangements, and regulatory approvals and related contractual allocation of risks and responsibilities. Tim also provides general counsel advice in connection with insurance guaranty association matters. 

Prior to joining Smith Anderson, Tim practiced for 24 years with a large national law firm. 

Areas of Focus



  • Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business, Corporate/M&A (2008-2024)
  • The Best Lawyers in America®
    • Corporate Law (2012-2024)
    • Mergers & Acquisitions Law (2012-2024)
  • North Carolina Super Lawyers (2013-2021)
  • Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent Rated


  • University of Virginia School of Law, J.D., 1987
  • Duke University, B.A., magna cum laude, 1983

Bar & Court Admissions


  • Member, American Bar Association
  • Member, North Carolina Bar Association
  • Past Director, Wake Education Partnership, Literacy Council of Wake County, and Builders of Hope, Inc.


  • Advised a leading worldwide interactive entertainment and gaming company in a $1.25 billion strategic investment by leaders in the technology, financial, sports and entertainment communities.
  • Represented a Nasdaq-listed bank holding company in its assumption of all customer deposits and certain other liabilities, and acquisition of substantially all loans and certain other assets, of a bridge bank, as successor to the failed bank subsidiary of a Nasdaq-listed bank holding company, from the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, as receiver for the bridge bank.
  • Represented a NYSE-listed energy company in a strategic alliance with an on-site power generation systems company for repowering a 30 megawatt project involving distributed generation systems at two sites.
  • Advised a sporting goods distributor in its acquisition of fishing and hunting goods and marine products inventory from secured lenders of another sporting goods distributor.
  • Advised a company specializing in video game and software development in a definitive agreement to acquire a company that developed a presence-based social networking platform connecting users online through live video on mobile and desktop apps.
  • Advised an online gaming company in a definitive agreement to acquire an online 3-D modeling company.

  • Advised an online gaming company in an acquisition of a UK-based pioneer in the "kidtech" market.

  • Advised a multinational Fortune 500 provider of product development and integrated healthcare services in its merger with a NYSE-listed global information and technology services company, creating a leading information and tech-enabled healthcare service provider. The equity market capitalization of the joined companies was more than $17.6 billion at closing.
  • Represented a NYSE-listed energy company in a strategic alliance with an on-site power generation systems company to integrate an energy platform with smart storage solutions, including an initial 50 megawatt project involving distributed generation systems at over 150 sites.
  • Represented a leading international developer of video games and game engine software in significant minority investment by a Chinese internet company.
  • Represented the largest electric utility in the United States in multi-billion-dollar strategic merger and over $10 billion of public stock and debt offerings.
  • 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 a national consumer goods distributor in a management sponsored leveraged recapitalization and in subsequent acquisitions.
  • Represented a New York Stock Exchange listed company in the formation of a new publicly traded holding company to facilitate acquisitions and diversification.
  • Represented an internet technology company in acquisitions of several web sites and an India-based social networking software developer.
  • Represented an insurance guaranty association in connection with life and health insurer insolvencies and ongoing general counsel matters.
  • Represented a private equity fund in its acquisition of a leading digital patient recruitment company.



Events & Programming

  • Speaker, "Lessons Learned: A Conversation with Seasoned Company Advisors," RTP CFO Forum, Raleigh, N.C.
    Speaking Engagement
  • Panelist, "Three-Handed Poker: Counseling the Various Constituencies in Leveraged Private Equity Acquisitions," 2015 Business Law Institute, Pinehurst, N.C.
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