Holland & Knight LLP issued the following announcement on Aug. 7.
Richard Smith has joined Holland & Knight's New York office as a partner in the firm's Corporate, M&A and Securities Practice Group. Mr. Smith's practice focuses on corporate transactions, mergers and acquisitions, private equity and capital markets. Previously, he was with Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough, where he was managing partner of the New York office.
"Richard has a sophisticated practice and impressive client base," said Amy Leder, co-head of Holland & Knight's Northeast Corporate, M&A and Securities Practice Group and executive partner of the firm's New York office. "He is a significant addition to our team and will help to further expand our transactional practice and presence in the Northeast region."
Mr. Smith has represented clients in M&A and strategic transactions involving banking, mortgage, sponsor finance, healthcare, technology, telecom, broker-dealer, mining, insurance, investment advisory, asset management, real estate, energy, infrastructure, entertainment, shipping, financial services, transportation management, market maker, servicing and commodities businesses. His M&A experience also includes counseling financial institutions with regard to fairness opinions and advisory engagements. Mr. Smith's capital markets work encompasses a broad range of global and domestic securities offerings and financings, liability management, regulatory advice and covered bonds. He has also advised several clients on M&A-related disputes and arbitrations.
"Holland & Knight has an outstanding reputation in the New York market as well as globally," said Mr. Smith. "This reputation, combined with the firm's strong network of offices and highly collaborative culture, provides the perfect platform for me to elevate and optimize my practice and client relationships."
Mr. Smith received a J.D. degree from Duke University School of Law and a B.A. degree in economics from Haverford College. He currently is a member of the board of advisors of the Institute for Law & Economics at the University of Pennsylvania and Duke Law's Global Financial Markets Center advisory board.
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