Durham

Diamond View II, Suite 130, 280 South Mangum Street, Durham, NC 27701

(919) 787-8880

Raleigh

3605 Glenwood Avenue, Suite 500, Raleigh, NC 27612

(919) 787-8880

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 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, 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, data center, e-commerce, business services, manufacturing, and distribution industries.

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)- 2006-2008
  • “40 Under 40” award from Triangle Business Journal (2003) for business and community leadership

Representative Transactions

  • Represented multistate mitigation and restoration company in joint venture with publicly traded company
  • 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 pharmaceutical services company in $56,000,000 sale to private equity fund
  • 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 North Carolina-based franchisor with more than $100,000,000 in annual system sales to private equity fund
  • Represented high-profile 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 New York-based investment group in its $30,000,000 investment in a Texas virtual data center and managed services company

Community Engagement

Band Together– 2001 to Present

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

Goodwill Community Foundation/Goodwill Industries of Eastern North Carolina – 2005 to Present

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