Clare M. Lewis Associate

Clare represents venture capital and private equity fund investors, as well as emerging growth and middle market companies, generally and in connection with mergers and acquisitions, equity financings, corporate governance, fund formations and other specialist matters. Having represented companies, investors, and lenders, as well as both financial and strategic buyers and sellers, Clare has experience with many sides and aspects of capital raising, strategic partnering and mergers and acquisitions.

Clare advises emerging-growth and early-stage companies, particularly in the technology space, as they work to advance their business objectives and goals. She works to provide value beyond legal services by facilitating introductions for clients and through networking opportunities.  She regularly represents institutional investors, venture capitalists and angel investors making private equity, venture capital, and early stage investments.  She routinely works with capital providers, including family offices, in all levels of the capital stack to advise on middle market deals across a breadth of industries.

Clare is the Director of the Entrepreneurial Law Clinic at the University of Virginia School of Law, where she teaches corporate law and entrepreneurship. She holds the CIPP/US certification as a Certified Information Privacy Professional from the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP).  Clare also contributes to the Password Protected blog which covers data privacy and security news and trends.

Prior to joining McGuireWoods, Clare was an associate in Technology Investment Banking at Wells Fargo Securities and held FINRA Investment Banking Series 79 and 63 Licenses.

While attending law school, Clare served as judicial intern to the Hon. Shira Scheindlin of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York. She served as treasurer of the JD/MBA Society and was a member of the Darden Capital Management Club and the Finance Club while earning her MBA. At the University of Virginia, she was awarded First Place Maas Prize from the French Department.

Experience

Mergers & Acquisitions

Representation of private equity fund in connection with its purchase of a portfolio company in the food sector; aggregate transaction value of approximately $300 million.

Representation of private equity fund in connection with its purchase of an automated technologies portfolio company in the life sciences and food and beverage sectors; aggregate transaction value of approximately $95 million.

Representation of private equity fund in purchase of healthcare and senior services franchises; aggregate transaction value of approximately $100 million.

Representation of a healthcare publishing technology services company in auction sale of Inc. 500 SAAS subsidiary to private equity fund; aggregate transaction value of approximately $50 million.

Representation of multi-national conglomerate in purchase of SAAS company; aggregate transaction value of approximately $20 million.

Representation of a leading multi-state engineering and architectural services firm in a merger with architectural services firm.

Representation of private equity fund in connection with numerous buy-side acquisitions and sell-side transactions in the wireless communications space.

Representation of consolidated portfolio company sale to a private equity fund and subsequent continuing representation of the portfolio company in its continued add-on acquisitions.

Representation of private equity fund in connection with the acquisition of a restaurant franchise.

Representation of a Fortune 50 financial services company in connection with its acquisition of an artificial intelligence / SaaS company; aggregate transaction value of approximately $50 million.

Representation of leading independent private equity manager with numerous buy-side acquisitions of lower middle–market, growth-oriented companies.

Representation of a leading specialty chemicals company in connection with a carve-out of a specialty division and sale to a strategic buyer aggregate transaction value of approximately $50 million.

Representation of a leading software and services company and five international subsidiaries in auction sale to strategic buyer, a portfolio company of a leading middle market private equity firm; aggregate transaction value of approximately $15 million.

Representation of a travel services company owned by a private equity fund in an add-on acquisition.

Representation of a leading energy company in connection with numerous wind energy acquisitions and sales, and employment and contract compliance.

Representation of restaurant franchisor in connection with multiple buy-side and sell-side transactions.

Representation of a leading multi-media company in connection with its acquisition of a print media target.

Representation of a leading electric car company in connection with the purchase of a strategic acquisition.

Representation of a travel services company owned by a private equity fund in an add-on acquisition; aggregate transaction value of approximately $15 million.

Representation of a SAAS cybersecurity company in its sale to an Inc. 500 strategic buyer.

Representation of a private equity fund in its co-investment in a business services SAAS company and advise on additional future add-on acquisitions.

Representation of a leading accounting firm in connection with the purchase of a software company.

Representation of a leading energy company in connection with the sale of a biofuels company to a strategic buyer.

Representation of a university-affiliated hospital in its acquisition of a medical care practice.

Representation of a media and publishing company in the purchase of a strategic add-on acquisition.

Representation of a leading education company in the purchase of a strategic add-on acquisition.

Representation of a leading education company in its sale to a strategic buyer.

Representation of private equity fund in purchase of an alliance of independent optometrists.

Representation of private equity fund in purchase of leading beverage manufacturer.

Representation of a leading accounting firm in connection with the purchase of multiple software and services companies.

Representation of manufacturing company in connection with the purchase of an add-on acquisition.

Representation of a travel services company owned by a private equity fund in additional add-on acquisitions.

Representation of a leading energy company in connection with a sell-side transaction of one of its wind projects and its potential sale.

Representation of construction and building materials company in connection with a sale of its assets to a strategic buyer.

Representation of a payments company in connection with is acquisition by a private equity company.

Representation of clothing company in connection with its sale to a strategic buyer.

Representation of leading financial buyer in connection with its acquisition of a recovery solutions company.

Representation of private equity fund in connection with its data privacy diligence of multiple portfolio companies in the software and manufacturing technologies sectors.

Representation of a software automation company in connection with its sale to a financial buyer.

Representation of a asset management company in connection with its sale to a financial buyer.

Representation of an investment advisor in connection with its sale to a financial buyer.

Representation of restaurant and brewery in its sale to a strategic buyer.

Representation of an educational software company in its sale to a strategic buyer.

General Securities, Private Equity, Venture Capital and Corporate Law Matters

Representation of a university-based e-learning technology company in successive multistate angel investor financings and ongoing employee equity planning and strategic partnering contracts and add-on acquisitions.

Representation of a leading alternative energy development holding company in entity formations, executive equity plans, successive venture capital financings, and corporate and tax planning for various portfolio companies operating in wind, biofuels, utility-scale and distributed solar, and other energy sectors.

Representation of a leading scientific and medical publishing technology services company in connection with mezzanine debt financings, corporate reorganization, reverse stock split, new subsidiary formations, executive equity planning, tax planning and major customer development and license agreements.

Representation of leading green chemistry and personal care company in connection with a corporate reorganization and debt refinancing transaction, executive equity planning, recapitalization, tax planning and development and other contract issues.

Representation of a mezzanine lender in debt offerings with warrants to numerous middle-market healthcare companies.

Representation of a private equity firm in its second fund formation ($50 million) and structuring, securities, corporate and tax-planning of multiple fund entities.

Representation of a leading middle-market private equity firm in its initial fund formation and structuring, securities, corporate and tax-planning of multiple fund entities.

Representation of numerous other private equity firms in connection with fund formation and structuring, securities, corporate and tax-planning of multiple fund entities.

Lead counsel on a convertible debt offering of a leading alternative energy biofuels company.

Lead counsel on a convertible debt offering of an emerging healthcare company, entity formations, and strategic partnering contracts.

Lead counsel on a convertible debt offering of an emerging life sciences company and general corporate work.

Representation of a global project management company in connection with acquisitions, debt financing, and joint ventures.

Lead counsel on a Series A offering of an emerging consumer product goods company.

Lead counsel on a Series C offering of a healthcare company.

Lead counsel on a Series A offering of a financial services company.

Lead counsel on a Series C offering of a life sciences company.

Lead counsel for a convertible debt offering of a digital media company.

Lead counsel for a Series Seed investment in a restaurant chain.

Representation of information technology company in connection with an early-stage financing and general corporate work.

Representation of beverage company in connection with an early-stage venture capital investment and general corporate work.

Representation of a nutritional supplements company in connection with an early-stage angel investment and general corporate work.

Representation of an alternative energy company in connection with general corporate work and executive compensation.

Representation of venture capital fund in connection with various Series A-B capital raises for portfolio companies in the technology sector.

Lead counsel on a Series A offering of a green waste e-recycling business and its development of a waste-to-energy project.

Representation of leading home lending finance company in connection with its purchase and refinance loan programs.

Representation of numerous venture capital clients in initial and follow-on fund formations.

Representation of numerous emerging growth companies in series seed stage financings.

Representation of a leading chemicals company in connection with succession planning, stock transfers and other general corporate work.

Representation of a top five leading bank in connection with due diligence and other related work.

Representation of an artificial intelligence company in connection with general corporate work and regulatory compliance.

Representation of a leading venture capital firm in its second fund formation and structuring, securities, corporate and tax-planning.

Representation of a leading real estate firm in its fund formation and structuring, securities, corporate and tax-planning.

Representation of a leading private equity firm in its fund formation and structuring, securities, corporate and tax-planning.

Representation of restaurant franchise in connection with debt private placement.

Representation of early stage ecommerce company in connection with its potential sale.

Representation of video production company in connection with general corporate work and contract negotiations.

Representation of biotech company in connection with general corporate work and executive compensation matters.

Representation of orthodontic supplier company in connection with general corporate work and regulatory compliance.

Representation of a leading battery company in connection with early stage financings and general corporate work.

  • University of Virginia Darden School of Business, MBA, 2011
  • University of Virginia School of Law, JD, 2011
  • University of Virginia, BA, 2005

Member, Membership Committee, Charlottesville Business Innovation Council

Member, Virginia Bar Association

Member, American Bar Association

Member, University of Virginia Alumni Association

Member, The Entrepreneurship Society

Member, The National Society of Colonial Dames of America

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  • Virginia
  • French
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