Patrick Daugherty directs a corporate, M&A, finance, financial regulatory, and fintech practice devoted to capital formation, innovation, and return of and on investment. He leads teams of lawyers that provide the particular array of services needed by each client day-to-day and has helped clients monetize billions of dollars in sweat equity. He also leads the firm’s blockchain task force. As a confidential adviser, Patrick helps clients resolve sensitive legal matters out of court, quickly and quietly.
Corporate, M&A and Finance Practice
Patrick manages relationships with clients in diverse industries such as health care, financial services, fintech and manufacturing, creating and managing teams of lawyers to service each client.
In particular, Patrick directs multi-disciplinary teams of lawyers in planning and executing tender offers, exchange offers, restructurings, recapitalizations, mergers, stock purchases, asset purchases, divestitures, LBOs, MBOs, and “going private” transactions. He also plans and executes public and private offerings of equity, debt and hybrid securities occupying every rung of a company’s capital structure, throughout its entire life cycle: from “angel” or “seed” investment and “Series A” preferred stock to the IPO, PIPE and secondary offerings, as well as mezzanine, convertible, exchangeable, and high-yield and high-grade debt issues. With help from other experts, Patrick organizes hedge funds, commodity trading funds, and private equity funds.
Patrick participates in both private and public change-of-control transactions, advising bidders, activist investors, targets, independent directors, financiers, and financial advisors. An early example was the unsolicited bid by Kuhlman Corporation for Communication Cable, where he guided Kuhlman in the first successful attempt by any bidder to acquire a target company while complying with North Carolina’s anti-takeover laws. He represents both buyers and sellers in private equity transactions and has been chosen to provide outside general counsel services to portfolio companies of several private equity firms.
Patrick conducted the research that justified the SEC’s adoption of Rule 144A and has helped foreign and domestic companies raise money in that particular market. He also worked on the SEC team that created Regulation S and has used his knowledge of the relevant rules, practices and market participants to help companies tap off-shore capital markets.