Colby W. Smith counsels clients in business law matters, with an emphasis on public and private merger and acquisition transactions and securities and investment transactions. He represents seed, institutional, and strategic investors in investment and portfolio company transactions. He also focuses on counseling public and private Pennsylvania registered corporations on corporate governance and transactional matters. Colby represents clients in a variety of industries, including technology, healthcare, manufacturing, aerospace and defense, retail, and consumer products.
Colby was named a 2015 40 Under 40 by The M&A Advisor and a 2014 Lawyer on the Fast Track by The Legal Intelligencer. He received the 2013 Association for Corporate Growth (ACG) New York Champion’s Award for Cross-Border Deal of the Year (more than $250 million).
He serves as chair of the Philadelphia office Pro Bono Committee.
Mr. Smith’s significant transactional representations (in addition to general day-to-day corporate and securities offerings and compliance representations) include:
Representation of a publicly traded service and tire automotive aftermarket company in a sale transaction.
Representation of a defense, security and aerospace company in its acquisition of an intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance provider.
Representation of pharmaceutical distributor in connection with the sale of its pharmacy automation business.
Representation of a publicly traded provider of information technology solutions for the hospital and retail industries in a sale transaction.
Representation of a healthcare services company in a carve-out divestiture of its pharmaceutical and specialty packaging line of business.
Representation of a technology company in its carve-out divesture of a defense and aerospace technology business.
Representation of a life and fire safety security solutions provider in a variety of acquisition and divesture transactions.
Representation of a private equity fund in various acquisition and divestiture transactions of manufacturing, transportation and business services companies.
Representation of an international specialty pharmaceutical packaging company in its sale transaction.
Representation of a security products and services company in a variety of acquisition transactions of software services companies.
Representation of a glass container manufacturing company specializing in food and liquor in its sale transaction with an international manufacturing conglomerate.
Representation of minor league baseball franchises in stadium development initiatives and acquisition/divesture transactions.
Representation of an investment services firm in its carve-out acquisition of a software services line of business.
Representation of a managed health care company in a joint venture transaction for the provision of healthcare services.
Representation of a private equity fund in its carve-out acquisition of a plastic packaging manufacturer specializing in cheese and meat packaging products.
Representation of a medical device company in its acquisition of a specialty technology company; Representation of an insurance company in a joint venture transaction for software services and support.
Representation of a software documentation provider in its carve-out acquisition of a software portfolio; Representation of a government services firm in its sale transaction with an international management consulting firm.
Representation of a publicly traded consumer products company in a sale transaction.
Rutgers University School of Law, Camden, 2004, J.D., With Highest Honors
Hobart College, 1997, B.A.
Awards and Affiliations
Listed, Acritas Star Lawyer (2017)
Named, 2015 40 Under 40, M&A Advisor
Named, 2014 Lawyer on the Fast Track, The Legal Intelligencer
Noted in The Legal 500 for Mergers and Acquisitions (2014 & 2015)
Recipient, ACG New York Champion's Award, Cross-Border Deal of the Year (Over $250M) (2013)
Listed, Pennsylvania Super Lawyers, Rising Star (2008 & 2015)
Recipient, Rutgers School of Law, Camden, Paul C. Ireton Memorial Award (2004)
Former Articles Editor, Rutgers Law Journal
Member, Pennsylvania Bar Association
Member, Board of Directors, Public Interest Law Center