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As head of the Firm’s Mergers & Acquisition practice group, Tom assists companies with mergers and acquisitions and other strategic corporate transactions.  He works with clients to implement their growth and development strategies by structuring, negotiating and closing complex business transactions.

About

With more than 20 years of experience, Tom has extensive experience in helping companies grow through domestic and international mergers and acquisitions, private equity investments, corporate finance and strategic business transactions.  He often serves in the capacity as outside general counsel to his clients; advising boards, executive management, private equity funds, and family offices on a variety of business and legal issues.  He has experience representing clients in a broad range of industries, including the software, cloud computing, e-commerce, business services, manufacturing, and distribution industries.

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Credentials

Education

  • University of Kentucky – J.D. – 1998 – Cum Laude
  • University of North Carolina – B.S. in Business Administration – 1995 – With Distinction – Beta Gamma Sigma

Admitted to Practice

  • North Carolina

Professional Activities

  • Association for Corporate Growth – 2007 to Present
    • Member
    • RTP Chapter Judge, 2010, 2011 ACG Investment Banking Cups
  • American Bar Association Business Law Section, Member
  • North Carolina Bar Association Business Law Section, Member
  • Greater Raleigh Chamber of Commerce
    • Leadership Raleigh- 2001 to 2002
  • “Legal Elite” and “Young Gun” (Corporate Law), Business North Carolina- 2006, 2008, 2012, 2013, 2014
  • North Carolina Super Lawyers (Corporate Law, Mergers & Acquisitions)- 2006-2021
  • The Best Lawyers in America, (Closely Held Companies and Family Businesses Law and Corporate Law)- 2019-2021
  • “40 Under 40” award from Triangle Business Journal (2003) for business and community leadership

Representative Transactions

2020 Transaction Highlights:

  • Lead counsel in over $400,000,000 in M&A transactions in 2020
  • Represented Raleigh-based distribution company in sale to strategic purchaser
  • Represented New York-based family office-backed company in multiple buy-side M&A transactions in Northeast US and investment from Northeast US private equity fund
  • Represented Durham-based manufacturing company in multiple acquisitions as part of company’s vertical integration strategy
  • Represented high profile consumer products company in sale to North Carolina private equity company
  • Represented regional North Carolina greenscapes company in investment from North Carolina private equity company

Other Representative Transactions:

  •  Represented Raleigh-based managed hosting company in the acquisition of competitors, the $140,000,000 sale to private equity fund, and ultimate $310,000,000 sale to publicly traded company
  •  Represented Research Triangle Park-based pharmaceutical services company in $56,000,000 sale to private equity fund
  • Represented Eastern North Carolina-based distribution company in sale to strategic purchaser for approximately $300,000,000
  •  Represented Research Triangle Park-based 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 Carrboro-based franchisor with more than $100,000,000 in annual system sales to North Carolina family office
  • Represented high-profile Durham-based consumer products company in $50,000,000 sale to West Coast private equity company
  • Represented European-based conglomerate in the acquisition of manufacturing companies and intellectual property assets in the U.S. and Latin America
  • Represented Raleigh-based telecommunications provider to hospitality industry in $110,000,000 sale to West Coast private equity fund
  • Represented Durham-based stormwater management services company in investment by family office and sale to Northeast US-based private equity fund

Community Engagement

Band Together– 2001 to Present

  • Co-Founder
  • Board of Directors- 2001 to 2012
  • Co-Chair – Advisory Board – 2012 to 2017

Goodwill Community Foundation – 2005 to Present

  • Board of Directors- 2006 to Present
  • Secretary- 2006 to Present

Raleigh Young Life – 2021 to Present

  • Committee Member – 2021 to Present

Previous Community Activities and Leadership Roles

  • Church of the Apostles (Officer, Leadership Council)
  • Goodwill Industries of Eastern North Carolina (Director, Officer)
  • Boys & Girls Club of Wake County (Director)

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