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John R. Hairr III


John Hairr has more than 26 years of experience advising clients engaged in a full range of domestic and cross-border business transactions, including mergers and acquisitions, auction-type divestitures, spinoffs, restructurings, and alternatives to traditional M&A transactions such as joint ventures and strategic alliances. He also represents companies with regard to the acquisition and sale of distressed businesses including through Section 363 bankruptcy sales.

Mr. Hairr counsels companies regarding debt and equity financings including acquisition financings, and he regularly advises clients with regard to a broad range of general commercial, securities, franchise, and real estate matters.

Mr. Hairr serves clients ranging from FORTUNE 500 corporations, closely-held companies, entrepreneurial start-ups, and local governments. He counsels non-U.S. companies who seek to enter or expand their presence in the U.S. market through acquisitions as well as U.S. companies acquiring or selling businesses overseas. Mr. Hairr represents clients in a wide range of industries including consumer products and services, lighting, automotive, steel, water and utility systems, pharmaceutical, and textiles.

Results By the Numbers

  • 0 Practice Areas included in Chambers 2013: America's Leading Lawyers for Business
  • 0 Attorneys Recognized by Best Lawyers for 2016

Representative Experience

Mr. Hairr’s representative transactional experience includes:

  • Counsel to a U.S. pharmaceutical company regarding the acquisition of a drug portfolio from a multi-national pharmaceutical company as well as the restructuring and spinoff of the acquisition subsidiary
  • Representation of a U.S. pharmaceutical company in connection with the sale via merger of the company to a private equity group
  • Counsel to a chain of retail grocery stores in a series of seven transactions involving the sale of its equity interests in shopping centers to an investment company
  • Representation of a FORTUNE 500 automotive retailer in more than 25 transactions involving the purchase and sale of over 50 automobile dealership businesses and collision repair centers
  • Representation of counties, cities, and other governmental authorities in connection with multiple acquisitions and dispositions of water, distribution, and utility systems
  • Counsel to “stalking horse” and other bidders in connection with business acquisitions pursuant to Section 363 bankruptcy sales
  • Advising a FORTUNE 500 retail company and other multi-national public companies regarding internal restructurings and mergers
  • Counsel to manufacturing companies in securing long-term commodity supply agreements with established and Greenfield mines throughout the world
  • Representation of a closely-held domestic titanium alloy company regarding an investment in the company by a foreign strategic partner
  • Representation of a management team in connection with a management buyout of a domestic steel company and subsequent representation of the company in connection with the sale of its business to a private equity group
  • Counsel to a FORTUNE 500 heavy equipment manufacturing company regarding its acquisition of a domestic logistics business
  • Representation of a closely held medical and athletic products manufacturing company in connection with the sale of its medical products division to a London Stock Exchange-listed strategic buyer
  • Counsel to a publicly held U.S. Christmas ornament manufacturing company in the sale of the company via merger to a strategic buyer
  • Representation of a subsidiary of a FORTUNE 500 bank holding company in connection with its acquisition of an insurance company
  • Counsel to a U.S. subsidiary of a multi-national public company regarding the sale of its quartz manufacturing business to an investment fund portfolio company
  • Representation of a domestic subsidiary of a multi-national textile company in multiple acquisitions and sales of textile businesses and facilities and related acquisition financings

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Honors & Awards

  • Woodward/White’s The Best Lawyers in America in Corporate Law, 2013-2017
  • Martindale-Hubbell AV® Preeminent™ in Business Law; Mergers, Acquisitions and Divestitures; Corporate Law; Commercial Contracts; Venture Capital & Emerging Companies
  • Business North Carolina magazine's "Legal Elite" in Business Law
  • Phi Beta Kappa


  • North Carolina Wildlife Federation, Board of Directors, 2013-present; Chairman of Governance Committee, 2015-present
  • American Bar Association, Member of Task Force of the Business Law Section of the American Bar Association to Develop a Model Shareholders’ Agreement
  • North Carolina Bar Association, Membership Committee, 2010-2012; CLE Curriculum Committee, 2006-2008
  • First Presbyterian Child Development Center, Finance Partner, 2008-present; Board of Directors, 2001-2007
  • Mecklenburg County Bar Foundation, Board of Directors, 2009-present
  • Catawba Lands Conservancy, Co-Chair, Legal Opinion Committee, 2007-present; Business Law Section Council, 2004-2006; Chairman, Business Section Partnership Committee, 1993
  • Lupus Foundation of America, Member, Committee on Commonly Accepted Opinion Practices, 2010-present