Lori Smith represents foreign and domestic companies at all stages of development from formation and early and growth stage companies to multi-national public companies. Her practice includes representation of both companies and investors in diverse industries including, technology, media, fashion and textiles, financial services, food and beverage, sports, specialty chemicals and insurance. Lori has more than 25 years experience handling corporate and commercial transactional work for her clients, as well as acting as outside general counsel managing all of their other legal needs. She has significant experience representing emerging technology companies and venture capital and angel investors in connection with early and growth stage financings and strategic transactions.
Lori represents public and private companies in the negotiation of mergers and acquisitions, leveraged buyouts, equity and debt financings, private placements, strategic alliances, partnerships and joint ventures. She also advises companies on various legal issues impacting their ongoing business operations, such as governance issues, shareholder and board of directors matters, operational agreements such as consulting, licensing, manufacturing, distribution and supply agreements, employment matters, protection of intellectual property rights and the transitional issues that arise in the transfer of management and control in closely held corporations.
Lori frequently speaks at events focused on the technology and investment communities in New York. She has moderated or participated as a panelist in panel discussions for the MIT Enterprise Forum and for several years has served as a judge for business plan and pitch competitions at Pace University’s Lubin School of Business. She has spoken on such diverse topics as what investors look for in evaluating a business plan, preparing a company for private equity or venture capital investment, unleashing business growth through change management and exploring mergers and acquisitions, IPOs and alternative exit or liquidity strategies in the current economic environment.
Prior to joining White and Williams, Lori was a partner at Sedgwick LLP. In addition she was previously a partner at Goodwin Procter LLP.
While in law school, Lori was a senior editor of Law and Contemporary Problems.