Practices & Industries

Corporate

We understand the challenges our clients face in today’s ever-changing landscape. We know that they need to respond quickly and efficiently to those challenges to make the most out of every crisis and every opportunity.

Parker Poe’s Corporate Practice Group is more than a legal resource. We combine broad legal experience with practical, business-focused advice to build a partnership with each client. Whether it is completing an acquisition, raising capital or meeting the next SEC deadline, we continuously strive to provide the best service and the best value to our clients.

Our attorneys come from diverse backgrounds and many bring experience from law firms and corporations throughout the country. The depth and breadth of our practice includes public and private companies ranging from FORTUNE 100 and multinational corporations to entrepreneurial start-ups and some of the oldest continuously operating companies in our communities. We also represent a variety of capital providers, such as investment banks, private equity firms and venture capital funds.

Business Transactions – We understand that important business transactions can demand significant time and resources. Our goal is to help manage those demands and produce optimal results in every transaction. We work regularly with public and private companies for whom acquisitions and divestitures are a major strategic focus, as well as financial and entrepreneurial buyers and sellers of businesses. Our wealth of experience across a broad range of business transactions and related activities allows us to be valued team members from term sheet to closing.

Attorneys in our international business practice regularly counsel foreign clients who seek to enter or expand their presence in the U.S. through acquisitions, as well as U.S. companies acquiring or selling businesses overseas.

Securities and Corporate Governance – The pace of change in today’s business world makes effective leadership and execution crucial. Our Securities & Corporate Governance Group represents public and private companies, financial intermediaries and investors throughout the United States and internationally in connection with all types of securities law compliance, corporate governance and capital markets transactions.

Experience Highlights

Our business transactions services include:

  • Traditional mergers, acquisitions and divestitures
  • Auction-type divestitures, from both seller and bidder perspectives
  • Leveraged acquisitions and related financing, including senior debt, mezzanine funding and equity financing
  • Client roll-up and build-up strategies, including techniques for the efficient and cost effective completion of a high volume of industry specific acquisitions
  • Alternatives to traditional M&A transactions, including joint ventures, strategic alliances, consortiums and cross-licensing agreements
  • Acquisitions involving insolvent or distressed companies
  • Other aspects of business transactions, including tax planning, legal due diligence investigations, drafting and negotiating transaction documents and obtaining antitrust and other regulatory clearances

Our lawyers have extensive experience advising public and private companies, Boards of Directors and special committees regarding all aspects of corporate governance and compliance, including compliance with:

  • Sarbanes-Oxley Act
  • Dodd-Frank Act
  • NYSE and NASDAQ rules
  • SEC and FINRA rules
  • Enterprise Risk Management and corporate compliance programs
  • Board fiduciary duties
  • Investor relations
  • Periodic SEC reporting
  • Proxy solicitations and annual meetings
  • Section 16 reporting
  • Rule 10b-5 plans
  • State securities laws

Our capital market experience covers a full range of capital raising, business and financial transactions, including:

  • Public and private sale and exchange of debt and equity securities, including initial public offerings and Rule 144A offerings
  • Multi-level financings that combine debt and equity securities with secured and unsecured bank financings
  • Negotiated and contested control transactions on behalf of both bidders and targets
  • Going private transactions, management buyouts and other divestitures implicating the fiduciary responsibilities of officers and of directors (including special committees)
  • Tender offers, proxy contests and other change of control techniques
  • Development and marketing of derivative products
  • General representation of emerging growth companies, including early-stage and venture finance
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Elizabeth J. Brady

Special Counsel

t 864.253.6109 V-Card Email

George T. Brady III

Partner

t 919.835.4489 V-Card Email

Vanessa L. Clark

Associate*

t 704.335.6635 V-Card Email

T. Alexander Evins

Spartanburg Office Managing Partner

t 864.253.6101 V-Card Email

L. Elizabeth Gibbes

Partner

t 843.727.2687 V-Card Email

Kevin B. Gottehrer

Partner

t 704.335.9532 V-Card Email

Albert E. Guarnieri

Partner

t 704.335.9888 V-Card Email

John R. Hairr III

Partner

t 704.335.9070 V-Card Email

R. Douglas Harmon

Partner

t 704.335.9020 V-Card Email

John C. Jaye

Partner

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William G. Pappas

Partner

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A-J Secrist

Partner

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Roy L. Smart III

Partner

t 704.335.9031 V-Card Email

Jordan D. Temple

Associate

t 704.335.9869 V-Card Email

Donald P. Ubell

Partner

t 704.335.9024 V-Card Email

Edward W. Wellman, Jr.

Partner

t 704.335.9048 V-Card Email

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