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  • J.D., Duke University School of Law, 2006; magna cum laude; Order of the Coif
  • B.A. History, Davidson College, 2002; magna cum laude; Phi Beta Kappa
  • North Carolina, 2009
  • U.S. District Court for Western District of North Carolina, 2010
  • Georgia, 2007
  • U.S. District Court for Northern District of Georgia, 2011
100 North Tryon Street
Suite 4700
Charlotte, NC 28202-4003

William (Will) S. Smoak, Jr.

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Will Smoak represents private equity sponsors and their portfolio companies, strategic acquirors, business founders and high net worth individuals, and management teams in a broad array of M&A and general corporate activities. Will draws on 15 years’ experience to achieve cost-effective, business-driven solutions to a client’s transactional and operational goals.

Will’s practice primarily focuses on structuring, negotiating and executing lower- and middle-market M&A deals for both buyers and sellers. He also has significant experience in closing cross-border transactions and working productively with foreign counsel. Will has achieved successful results for large national companies, small business owners, and private equity sponsors alike in a broad range of industries, including health care, professional services, real estate brokerage, value-added distribution, alternative finance, and business and industrial services.

Will strongly believes that a relationship built on rapport and trust with a business’s principals, as well as with opposing counsel and counterparties, is critical to positive outcomes. He also believes that a firm understanding of the economic value drivers of a business, as well as industry- and company-specific operational and competitive risks, is key to protecting a client’s legal interests in the transaction context. Will caters to clients who demand incisive and common sense problem-solving, and who expect their lawyer to draw upon the institutional resources and the market experience of a full-service law firm to meet their time-sensitive legal needs in an efficient manner.

Of Note

  • North Carolina Super Lawyers Rising Stars, 2014-2020
  • Business North Carolina Legal Elite, Business Law, 2016
  • Member, Myers Park United Methodist Church

  • Board Member, Roof Above (formerly Men’s Shelter of Charlotte), 2011-2019; Governance Committee Chair, 2014-2019
  • Board Member, Charlotte Speech & Hearing Center, 2011-2018; Board Chair, 2015-2016
  • Board Member, YMCA of Greater Charlotte, Simmons Branch, 2008-2013
  • Member, United Way of Central Carolinas, Young Leaders Council, 2008-2013

Representative Matters

  • Represented Capital Vision Services, a management services organization affiliated with over 600 MyEyeDr. optometry practices, in connection with dozens of practice acquisitions, including transactions in Arkansas, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Maryland, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, and Wisconsin.
  • Represented Carousel Capital Partners in connection with its recapitalization of Palmetto Infusion Services, L.L.C., one of the nation’s largest independent ambulatory infusion center operators.
  • Represented HEPACO, LLC, a portfolio company of Gryphon Investors, in its acquisitions of Emergency Response & Training Solutions, Inc., Environmental Management Specialists, Inc., and The Evergreen Group, Inc.  Under Gryphon Investors’ ownership, HEPACO has grown to be one of the country’s leading environmental contractors, with more than 850 employees and 45 locations across the Eastern United States.  Involvement with HEPACO has included serving as outside general counsel to the business, providing advice on executive employment matters, commercial contracting matters, and regulatory matters.
  • Represented Jensen Hughes, Inc., a portfolio company of Gryphon Investors, in its domestic acquisitions of Cygna Energy Services, Russell Phillips & Associates (RPA), Technical Response Planning Corporation, and Hillard Heintze, LLC.  Served as U.S. counsel on Jensen Hughes’ acquisitions of Jeremy Gardner Associates Ltd. (UK), SaFire (South Korea), IFIC Forensics (UK), and L2 Fire Safety (Finland).  Jensen Hughes provides life safety and risk mitigation services from more than 90 locations around the globe, with a focus on code consulting, fire protection engineering, forensics and risk analysis.  Involvement with Jensen Hughes has included providing advice to the business on executive employment matters and incentive compensation plans.
  • Represented KLH Capital, a private equity firm serving businesses and entrepreneurs in the lower middle-market, in connection with its recapitalization of Insulations, Incorporated, an industrial contractor specializing in insulation, fireproofing, heat tracing, refractory and abatement services.
  • Represented Monitor Clipper Partners, a middle-market private equity firm, in connection with its sale of North Mill Capital, LLC, a provider of alternative working capital and ABL financing, to Solar Senior Capital Ltd., and its sale of North Mill Equipment Finance, LLC, an “application only” lender for small-ticket equipment loans and leases, to Wafra Capital Partners.
  • Represented CBRE Group, Inc. (NYSE: CBRE) in connection with multiple acquisitions, including New England Fiber, Inc. (a leading telecommunications and network infrastructure advisory services firm), Noveen Consulting (a consulting firm focused on assisting healthcare facility owners to improve the economics of owning and operating healthcare facilities), Florida Valuation Group (a commercial real estate appraisal firm), REATA Real Estate (a full-service real estate firm serving clients throughout South and Central Texas), and CBRE | MEGA (one of the largest full-service real estate firms in Omaha, Nebraska).
  • Represented ITE Management L.P. in connection with its acquisition (through special purpose affiliated entities) of railcars and railcar leases from subsidiaries of ECN Capital Corporation (TSX: ECN).
  • Represented the founders of 10 Foot Wave, a Charlotte-based company specializing in the design, creation, deployment and management of digital signage media networks, in a sale of the business to Spectrio, LLC, a portfolio company of Bertram Capital.
  • Represented Quad-C Management, Inc. in connection with the sale of its investment in Colibri Group, a leading national provider of online learning solutions to licensed professionals in regulated end markets, to Gridiron Capital, LLC.
  • Represented Succession Capital Partners in connection with its acquisition of A-1 Sewer & Drain, a full-service provider of residential and commercial plumbing solutions in the Hampton Roads, Virginia area.
  • Represented the founders of Flat Rock Global, LLC, an alternative asset manager focused on yield driven investment strategies, in connection with formation, governance and capital raising matters.
  • Represented the founding family of a North Carolina based furniture design and manufacturing business in connection with a sale to (and equity reinvestment in) an existing portfolio company of a Hartford, Connecticut based private equity firm.
  • Represented a closely-held group of companies (franchisees of one of the country’s largest retail furniture firms) with respect to a minority equity private placement.
  • Represented numerous corporate management teams (including public company executives) in respect of negotiating and structuring employment and equity participation arrangements with private equity acquirors.

Professional Affiliations

  • North Carolina Bar Association
  • State Bar of Georgia
  • Mecklenburg County Bar Association
  • Delaware Chancery Court – Law Clerk to Hon. Stephen P. Lamb (2006 – 2007)