Thomas I. Lyon

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3605 Glenwood Avenue, Suite 500
Raleigh, NC 27612

Thomas I. Lyon

A recognized leader in his field and in the community, Tom is a member of Manning Fulton's corporate section. His practice includes mergers and acquisitions and other strategic corporate transactions. With an emphasis on middle-market companies, Tom’s clients benefit from his experience representing companies in their full life cycle of business transactions. 

Tom has been listed in Business North Carolina magazine's Legal Elite (2006, 2008, 2012-2014) and North Carolina Super Lawyers (2006-2008). He is a frequent speaker and writer on issues ranging from mergers and acquisitions to corporate governance.


  • University of Kentucky (J.D., cum laude, 1998)
  • University of North Carolina (B.S.B.A., with distinction, 1995) Beta Gamma Sigma

Admitted to Practice

  • State of North Carolina

Specific Matters

Recent Transactions

  • Represented inventory management system software company in sale to international buyer
  • Represented cell tower service company and emergency recovery company in sale to investor backed group
  • Represented family office in acquiring majority interest in multiple investments
  • Represented Eastern North Carolina private aviation company in securities offering
  • Represented Western North Carolina recycled paper manufacturer in financing and expansion projects
  • Represented investor group in acquisition of craft beer festival and media company
  • Represented multistate mitigation and restoration company in joint venture with publicly traded company
  • Represented multistate retail company in an investment by DC-based private equity fund

Mergers & Acquisitions

  • Represents buyers, sellers and investors in complex buyout and strategic transactions
  • Represented managed hosting company in the acquisition of competitors in North Carolina and Massachusetts, the financing of operations and acquisitions, and the $140,000,000 sale to a private equity fund and ultimate $310,000,000 sale to a publicly traded company
  • Represented advanced control technology company in formation, financing and sale to a publicly traded technology company
  • Represented distribution company in connection with the sale of Caribbean operations
  • Represented pharmaceutical services company in $56,000,000 sale to private equity fund
  • Represented Northern Virginia technology company in its sale to a West Coast venture-backed company
  • Represented holding company in the acquisition of a robotics technology company, the financing of its worldwide operations through U.S. and U.K. asset-based lenders and sale to a publicly traded Japanese company
  • Represented investment group in its acquisition of restaurant equipment distributor and the financing of its acquisition
  • Assisted ATM leasing and placement company with the sale of division to private equity-backed buyer
  • Represented health care software company in its sale to a publicly traded technology company
  • Represented waste management company in its sale to Goldman Sachs-backed private company
  • Represented European-based conglomerate in the acquisition of manufacturing companies and intellectual property assets in the U.S. and Latin America
  • Represented multistate restoration and mitigation company in sale to Chicago-based private equity fund
  • Represented North Carolina-based franchisor with more than $100,000,000 in annual system sales to private equity fund
  • Represented product manufacturing and distribution company in sale to Boston-based private equity fund
  • Represented high-profile consumer products company in sale to West Coast private equity company
  • Represented Google analytics company on sale to technology company

Corporate Law, Corporate Finance and Securities

  •  Serves as outside general counsel for companies in various industries, including data centers, internet infrastructure, software, manufacturing, distribution, finance and service related businesses
  • Represented New York-based investment group in its $30,000,000 investment in a Texas virtual data center and managed services company
  • Represented stormwater management company in connection with investment by private equity fund
  • Represented plant maintenance software company with international operations in connection with investment by private equity fund
  • Represented New York-based investment group in its investment in Iowa cloud computing (IaaS) company
  • Represented New York-based investment group in its investment in a Texas cloud computing security software (SaaS) company

Professional Activities

  • Association for Corporate Growth, RTP Chapter
    • Judge, 2010, 2011 ACG Cups (investment banking competition at Kenan-Flagler Business School)
  • American Bar Association
    • Business Law Section
  • North Carolina Bar Association
    • Business Law Section
  • Greater Raleigh Chamber of Commerce
    • Graduate of Leadership Raleigh (2002)
  • “Legal Elite” and “Young Gun” (Corporate Law), Business North Carolina, 2006, 2008, 2012, 2013, 2014 
  • North Carolina Super Lawyer (Corporate Law, Mergers & Acquisitions), 2006-2008
  • “40 Under 40” award from Triangle Business Journal in 2003 for business and community leadership

Community Activities

  • Band Together
    • Co-Founder
    • Co-Chair - Advisory Board (2012-present)
    • Board of Directors (2001-2012)
  • Goodwill Community Foundation/Goodwill Industries of Eastern North Carolina
    • Board of Directors (2005-present)
    • Secretary (2006-present)
  • Previous Community Activities and Leadership Roles
    • Church of the Apostles (Officer, Leadership Council)
    • Stop Hunger Now (Director)
    • Prison Match (Director)
    • Boys & Girls Club of Wake County (Director)
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