Robert A. Crawford


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  • State University of New York at Buffalo Law School, JD, summa cum laude, Articles Editor, Buffalo Law Review, 2008
  • Georgia Institute of Technology, BS, Computer Science, 2001
  • New York
  • North Carolina

Member, North Carolina Bar Association

Member, Mecklenburg County Bar

Member, Association for Corporate Growth

Rob’s practice is focused on advising public and private companies with respect to general corporate matters, including structuring and forming business enterprises, mergers and acquisitions, early and late stage equity investments, and mezzanine and senior debt investments.  Rob also provides outside general counsel to clients and senior executives, assisting with regulatory compliance, corporate governance and complex commercial contract matters.  Rob has handled transactions for clients operating across a wide range of industries, including transportation, manufacturing, software, food and beverage, insurance, banking, energy and retail, in both U.S. and foreign jurisdictions.

While earning his law degree from the University of Buffalo Law School, Rob was a recipient of the prestigious ALI/ABA Scholarship and Leadership Award. Prior to joining McGuireWoods, Rob practiced corporate law at the headquarters of a large international law firm in New York City.

Rob is also an active participant in the Charlotte Chapter of the Association for Corporate Growth as well as the Charlotte Chamber of Commerce.

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Robert A Crawford
T: +1 704 343 2264F: +1 704 353 6155201 North Tryon Street
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Charlotte, NC 28202-2146

Represented the founders of a data analytics company in the sale of a controlling interest to a family-based investment firm with over $1 billion AUM.

Represented an SEC registered investment adviser in an affiliate’s $750 million acquisition of a group of companies operating in the aircraft leasing industry across 17 countries.

Represented a private equity growth capital fund in its first buyout transaction of a software company valued in excess of $55 million.

Represented one of the largest privately-held U.S. transportation companies in its simultaneous acquisition of a shipping company and logistics company collectively valued in excess of $250 million.

Represented an information technology staffing company in its $90 million sale to a U.S.-based private equity firm.

Represented founder of startup software company in its initial seed round of fundraising.

Represented a group of companies engaged in the high-end metal fabrication business in a $40 million sale to a U.S.-based private equity firm.

Represented U.S.-based private equity firm in its $50 million carveout acquisition of U.S. and Canadian facilities from one of the largest records management companies in the world.

Represented a private equity fund in its $140 million investment, in the form of convertible preferred equity and subordinated debt, in a master limited partnership engaged in the midstream agricultural transportation and handling business, and subsequent equity and debt recapitalization.

Represented one of the largest carpet manufacturers in the U.S. in its $18 million carveout sale of its needle punch division.

Represented a private equity fund in its $65 million acquisition of a controlling interest in a business engaged in the development, management and operation of distributed solar energy facilities.

Represented a private equity firm in the sale of a portion of its portfolio of supermarket companies to one of the largest privately-held companies in the U.S.

Represented a private equity firm in its $32 million acquisition of an insurance and vehicle service warranty company.

Represented a portfolio company of one of the largest private equity firms in the world in its acquisition of the assets of three U.S.-based companies engaged in the experiential marketing business.

Represented a private equity firm in its $54 million acquisition of a leading supplier of new and refurbished parts for computer numerical control systems for the machine tool industry.

Represented a Fortune 100 financial services organization in numerous minority equity and mezzanine debt investments in various companies throughout the U.S. and Europe.

Represented a venture capital fund in its preferred stock investment in a boutique pet boarding business.

Represented a private equity buyout fund in its acquisition of a casual restaurant chain with owned and franchised locations throughout the southeastern U.S.

Represented a private equity firm in its acquisition of a private building manufacturer and distributor.

Represented a private equity mezzanine fund in numerous portfolio acquisitions and divestitures.

Represented a large national bank in various interbank lending transactions, ranging in value from $10 million to $350 million.

Represented a publicly-traded retailer in refinancing its existing $100 million credit facility.

Represented a Fortune 100 company in its internal restructuring, formation and dissolution of numerous subsidiaries.

Named to "North Carolina Rising Stars," Business/Corporate, Super Lawyers, Thomson Reuters, 2017
Author, "Private Label Food & Beverage: Ripe for Consolidation?," Food Manufacturing, April 27, 2017
Co-author, "More Essential Than Ever: Insurance In Food Co. M&A," Law360, March 30, 2016