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Richard K. Schell

Retired of Counsel
Charlotte | 704.372.9000

Rich Schell counseled clients on a wide range of general business law issues and focused principally on acquisition, divestiture, joint venture, venture capital, and finance transactions. He represented foreign and domestic entities, both public and private. His clients were engaged in a variety of manufacturing, distribution, direct sale, publishing, retail, and service activities.

Representative Experience

  • Represented sellers, buyers, and other parties in negotiated transactions, including stock and asset acquisitions and dispositions, mergers, and other similar transactions.
  • Counseled clients in the structuring of acquisition-related corporate finance, including advice regarding debt and equity securities.
  • Represented international and domestic joint ventures and joint venture participants.
  • Advised borrowers, financial institutions, and other lenders in secured and unsecured transactions.
  • Experienced in general commercial and business representation, including the organization and structure of corporations and partnerships, and the negotiation of the relative rights of and among investors, management, and employees.

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Honors & Awards

  • The Best Lawyers in America in Corporate Law, 2007-2023; Mergers and Acquisitions Law, 2008-2023
  • Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers in Corporate/Mergers & Acquisitions, 2014-2015
  • North Carolina Super Lawyers, 2009
  • Martindale-Hubbell AV® Preeminent™ in Mergers; Acquisitions & Joint Ventures; Venture Capital & Emerging Companies; Business Law
  • Phi Beta Kappa


  • American Bar Association, Member, Committee on Commonly Accepted Opinion Practices, 2010-present
  • North Carolina Bar Association, Co-Chair, Legal Opinion Committee, 2007-present; Business Law Section Council, 2004-2006; Chairman, Business Section Partnership Committee, 1993
  • Arts & Science Council, Board of Directors, 2019-2022
  • North Carolina Outward Bound, Board of Directors, 2009-present
  • Parker Poe, Board of Directors, 2001-2007