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Sean M. Jones

Administrative Partner (Charlotte)
+1.704.331.7406
Fax +1.704.353.3106

Sean Jones is Administrative Partner in the Charlotte office and focuses his practice on securities, mergers and acquisitions, and corporate law. Mr. Jones represents a broad range of public and private companies in a variety of securities, merger and acquisition, and financing matters. His experience extends across a number of industries ranging from traditional manufacturing and distribution businesses to information services and technology companies.

Mr. Jones also has extensive corporate governance experience and regularly advises public companies and their boards of directors. In addition to lecturing and authoring articles for seminars and presentations, Mr. Jones served as an Adjunct Professor at North Carolina Central University School of Law from 2006 through 2011 where he taught an advanced business law seminar.

Achievements

  • Best Lawyers in America, 2017 Lawyer of the Year, Securities/Capital Markets Law – Charlotte
  • Best Lawyers in America, 2016 Lawyer of the Year, Securities Regulation – Charlotte
  • Best Lawyers in America, 2015 Lawyer of the Year, Leveraged Buyouts and Private Equity Law – Charlotte
  • Best Lawyers in America, Corporate Governance Law, Corporate Law, Leveraged Buyouts and Private Equity Law, Mergers and Acquisitions Law, Securities/Capital Markets Law and Securities Regulation, 2014 – 2016
  • Best Lawyers in America, Corporate Governance and Compliance Law, Corporate Law, Mergers & Acquisitions Law, and Securities Law, 2008 – 2013
  • Best Lawyers in America, Corporate Governance and Compliance Law, and Securities Law, 2007
  • North Carolina Super Lawyers, Securities and Corporate Finance Law, 2006 and 2009 – 2016
  • Chambers USA: America's Leading Business Lawyers, Corporate/M&A, 2009 – 2016

Professional/Civic Activities

  • Member, Legal Services of Southern Piedmont, Board of Directors
  • Member, Mint Museum of Art, Board of Directors (Current Board Chair)
  • Member, Mint Museum, Board of Trustees
  • Member, University of Tennessee College of Law Alumni Council
  • Former Board Member, The Light Factory
  • 50-Mile Multiple Sclerosis Challenge Walk, 2005-2006 and 2013-2015
  • Member, North Carolina Bar Association, Business Law Section, Legal Opinion Committee
  • Adjunct Professor, North Carolina Central University School of Law (Advanced Business Law Seminar), 2006-2011

Speaking Engagements

  • Guest Lecturer on Securities and M&A matters at University of Tennessee College of Law, February 2010  
  • “Director Responsibilities and Liabilities,” National Association of Corporate Directors Annual Directors College, October 2009 and November 2010
  • “SPECIAL REPORT – Bailing Out Underwater Options Takes Deft Approach,” co-authored article with Mike Denny, Charlotte Business Journal, January 2009
  • Guest Lecturer on Securities Laws at UNC Kenan-Flagler BusinessSchool, November 2007 and March 2008  
  • “Corporate Responsibility And Governance” and “Attorney Reporting-Up Requirements,” Sarbanes-Oxley Act Lorman Seminar, September 2007  
  • “Recent Developments in Legal Opinions,” Kennedy Covington Business Law CLE, April 2007  
  • “Section 409A - Executive Compensation Disclosure Rules: Update and Review,” Audio Conference co-hosted with Mark Busch and Michel Vanesse, February 2007  
  • “Corporate Responsibility And Governance,” Sarbanes-Oxley Act Lorman Seminar, September 2006  
  • “Securities Law for Tax Lawyers,” Fifth Annual North Carolina/South Carolina Tax Section Workshops, May 2006  
  • “ISS Proxy Voting Guidelines: 2006 Updates for Equity Plans and Executive Compensation,” Carolinas Chapter of the National Association of Stock Plan Professionals, March 2006  
  • “Going Public and Other Securities Issues,” presentation at Private Equity and Mezzanine Finance Annual Conference, November 2005  
  • “Letters of Intent and Commitment Documents,” CLE presentation with David Batty, August 2005  
  • “High Yield Debt Offerings,” CLE presentation with Mike Denny, May 2005  
  • “Structuring the Financing Commitment for a Leveraged Acquisition,” presentation with David L. Batty for UNC School of Law Seminar, The Art of Advising Emerging Growth Companies, November 2004  
  • “Going Private Transactions,” CLE presentation, October 2004  
  • “Legal Opinions,” CLE presentation with Richard Brown, March 2004
Securities Matters
  • Represented molecular diagnostics company focused on colorectal cancer screening technology in multiple follow-on public equity offerings.
  • Represented leading provider of purified bottled water, self-serve filtered drinking water and water dispensers in its $115 million initial public offering and $78 million follow-on equity offering.
  • Represented a leading global provider of three-dimensional modeling, rapid prototyping and rapid manufacturing technology in a PIPE transaction.  
  • Represented a publicly-traded bottling company in a $165 million exchange offer of a new series of senior notes for two series of outstanding debentures.  
  • Represented a publicly-traded bottling company in its $150 million and $100 million senior note offerings.  
  • Represented an investment bank as initial purchaser in a variety of high-yield debt offerings, including a $150 million offering of senior subordinated notes by a cable television and radio broadcasting company and a $125 million offering of senior notes by an agricultural products merchant.  
  • Represented issuers and dealer-managers in tender offer and consent solicitation transactions, including a $111 million fixed spread tender offer involving a leading specialty retailer of premium video products, brand name appliances and audio products, and a $150 million tender offer involving a cable television and radio broadcasting company.
  • Represented selling stockholders in a variety of public offerings.  
Merger and Acquisition Matters
  • Represented private equity sponsor in the sale of a leading provider of critical business and financial data on publicly traded and private companies to an international stock exchange and financial information company.
  • Represented shareholders of a furniture design and manufacturing business in connection with the sale to, and rollover investment in, an existing portfolio company of a private equity buyer.
  • Represented private equity sponsor in the sale of the leading provider of safety equipment for the motorsports industry to a private equity buyer.
  • Represented members of management in a going private transaction involving a full-service metal fabrication company.  
  • Represented the leading online lending exchange in its $734 million acquisition by another public company.  
  • Represented buyer in the acquisition of a Massachusetts-based distributor of stored energy products.
  • Represented private equity sponsor in the acquisition of a provider of industrial engineering, operations and performance management services.  
  • Represented leading provider of safety equipment for the motorsports industry in the acquisition of an Italian auto racing helmet manufacturer.