Rob Rust represents clients on a variety of transactional matters, with a focus on mergers and acquisitions, commercial contract work and joint ventures. Representation includes Fortune 150 companies, private equity clients and privately held entities operating across various industries and market segments, including energy, manufacturing and software development with the scope of such representation encompassing complex domestic and cross-border transactions.

Representative Experience

  • Regularly represents private equity clients in initial platform investments and tuck-in acquisitions involving complex regulatory compliance and earn out obligations, as well as exit events
  • Represents manufacturing clients in a downstream business segment acquisitions and divestitures
  • Regularly represent clients on industry-specific roll-up acquisitions
  • Represented the founders of digital design and development companies in liquidity events
  • Represented a manufacturing client in the $1.45 billion acquisition of a key supplier from a foreign private investment company
  • Represented client in the formation of a Mexican manufacturing joint venture with a Japanese counterparty
  • Represented aerospace company in merger with market segment leader
  • Represented a public utility client on the $1.2 billion acquisition of power generation assets
  • Represented a public utility client and an infrastructure private equity fund in the $600 million sale of a fiber optic cable business
  • Represented a public utility client and a multi-national utility client in the sale of a portfolio of utility services and onsite generation management entities
  • Represented a manufacturing client in connection with the creation of a $660 million European joint venture
  • In addition to representing clients in multiple transactions in Canada and Mexico, cross border experience includes transactions with Asian, European, Central American and South American counterparties



  • Legal 500 US, M&A: Middle-Market, 2023
  • Best Lawyers in America, Corporate Law, 2023-2024
  • Business North Carolina Legal Elite, Corporate, 2023; Hall of Fame: Corporate Law, 2024
  • Member, Phi Beta Kappa
  • Past Member, Envision Board of Directors, 2013-2018
  • Past Member, Vanderbilt Moot Court Board 
  • Past Member, Vanderbilt Journal of Transnational Law
  • Studied abroad at the University of Edinburgh in Edinburgh, Scotland




  • American Bar Association
  • North Carolina Bar Association
  • Georgia Bar Association (inactive)


J.D., Vanderbilt University, 2003

B.A., University of the South, 2000, summa cum laude; with departmental honors

Attended, University of Edinburgh, 1999


  • North Carolina, 2005
  • Georgia, 2003
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