Richard W. Viola


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  • St. John's University, JD, Member, St. John’s Law Review, Associate Managing Editor, American Bankruptcy Institute Law Review, 1993
  • Villanova University, BS, cum laude, 1990
  • New York
  • North Carolina

Rick is the former chair of the firm’s Securities Department (2009-2017) and former co-chair of the firm’s Mergers and Acquisitions, Securities and Corporate Services Department prior thereto. His practice historically has consisted of representing public and private companies in securities transactions, mergers and acquisitions, and general corporate matters. He has primary experience in corporate finance transactions, including public offerings and private placements of debt and equity securities, representing issuers, underwriters, placement agents and selling stockholders. He regularly represents financial institutions and other public company issuers in connection with liability management transactions involving trust preferred and other hybrid securities and senior, subordinated and secured debt securities, including tender offers, consent solicitations, redemptions, repurchases and exchanges.

He also represents companies of all sizes in M&A transactions, including stock and asset purchases, and tender offers. He counsels public companies with ongoing business issues, including Exchange Act reporting and corporate governance matters.

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Richard W Viola
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Representation of an issuer in connection with the establishment of a shelf registration statement and medium term note program and subsequent sales of more than $50 billion of securities pursuant to that registration statement.

Representation of an issuer in connection with a $6.9 billion convertible preferred stock offering.

Representation of an issuer in connection with the issuance of $1.5 billion of hybrid securities and the subsequent remarketing.

Representation of a financial institution as selling stockholder in connection with the private placement of $3 billion preferred stock of a large South American company. The transaction received the IFLR Equity Deal of the Year award.

Representation of a financial institution in connection with its $19.3 billion public securities offering of Common Equivalent Securities. The transaction received the IFLR Debt & Equity Linked Deal of the Year award.

Representation of a major financial services institution in a $3.9 billion exchange offer of common stock for outstanding depositary shares/interests on preferred stock.

Representation of a Charlotte-based bank holding company in a $1.1 billion sale to a large national bank holding company.

Representation of a major financial institution in its acquisition of a publicly held credit card processing company in a cash merger valued at $1.6 billion.

Representation of an acquirer in connection with a $625 million tender offer for a public company.

Representation of a Charlotte-based publicly held community bank in its $100 million acquisition of another publicly held community bank via a cash and stock merger.

Representation of the North Carolina Department of Insurance in connection with the proposed conversion of Blue Cross Blue Shield to a for-profit entity.

Advice to reporting companies regarding regulatory obligations including compliance with Sarbanes-Oxley Act and related matters.

Selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America, Securities/Capital Markets Law, Securities Regulation, Woodward/White, Inc., 2010-2012, 2014-2017

Speaker, "SEC focus on non-GAAP financial measures," SEC Compliance and Disclosure Update, McGuireWoods LLP SEC Practice Complimentary Webinar Series, April 19, 2016
Panelist, Delaware Corporate Law Update with Former Chief Justice Myron Steele, McGuireWoods Complimentary Presentation, January 14, 2015
Speaker, "SEC Priorities for 2014," SEC Compliance and Disclosure Update, McGuireWoods LLP SEC Practice Complimentary Webinar Series, April 22, 2014
Moderator, "Opportunities for Roll Up and Going Public Options: Challenges and Strategies That Work For Healthcare Businesses," 11th Annual Healthcare and Life Sciences Private Equity and Finance Conference, McGuireWoods LLP and McGladrey LLP, February 25-26, 2014