Joseph T. Polonsky


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  • The University of North Carolina School of Law, JD, with High Honors, Order of the Coif, Articles Editor, North Carolina Law Review, 2014
  • The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, BA, Political Science and Spanish with a minor in Chemistry, Dean’s List, 2008
  • North Carolina
  • Massachusetts

Member, UNC School of Law Pro Bono Alumni Board

Member, American Bar Association

Member, North Carolina Bar Association

Member, Mecklenburg County Bar Association

  • Spanish

Joey practices corporate law with a concentration on complex business transactions, including mergers and acquisitions and private equity and venture capital investments. He assists private equity clients and their portfolio companies through all phases of their investment process, including leveraged buyouts, recapitalizations, growth equity investments and fund formation.  His practice also includes advising on general corporate matters for public and private companies, including formation and financing activities.

While earning his law degree from the University of North Carolina School of Law, Joey was one of eight members in his graduating class selected for induction into the prestigious Davis Society.  Prior to joining McGuireWoods, Joey practiced at a large law firm in Boston.

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Joey Polonsky
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Charlotte, NC 28202-2146

Representation of a leading food service and support services company in its $350 million acquisition of a majority of the stock of a food and dining management services company.

Representation of the management team of a manufacturer and distributor of air and water filtration products in its $90 million sale to a private equity firm.

Representation of investment advisor in $120,000,000 multijurisdictional aircraft portfolio acquisition.

Representation of private equity client in $72,000,000 acquisition of a member-based doctor alliance serving independent optometric practices.

Representation of private equity client in $54,000,000 acquisition of a manufacturer of private label and specialty braded non-carbonated, non-alcoholic beverages.

Representation of issuer in connection with issuance of $48,000,000 of structured securities.

Representation of public company client in $55,000,000 acquisition of power-generation equipment provider.

Representation of grocery store holding company in acquisition of regional distributor.

Representation of grocery store holding company in minority investments of regional grocery store chains.

Representation of private equity fund in $400 million fund formation.

Author, Not Cutting It: The Fourth Circuit’s Misapplication of Section 4B1.2(a)(2) of the Sentencing Guidelines in Mobley v. United States, 91 N.C. L. Rev. 1437 , 2013
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