Colby W. Smith counsels clients in business law matters, with an emphasis on middle-market public and private merger and acquisition (M&A) transactions, including divestitures, carve-outs and asset acquisitions. He represents seed, institutional, and venture capital investors, with a focus on corporate venture capital investing. He also represents private equity funds and their portfolio companies in general business law and transactional matters. Colby represents clients in a variety of industries, including technology, life sciences, healthcare, manufacturing, aerospace and defense, sports and entertainment, retail, and consumer products.
Colby was named a 2017, 2018 & 2019 Acritas Star™, 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.
Colby’s significant transactional representations (in addition to general day-to-day corporate and securities offerings and compliance representations) include:
Calvert Labs, a contract research organization, in its sale to Altasciences.
Triumph Group in the sale of its composites business operations in Milledgeville, Georgia and Rayong, Thailand to Arlington Capital Partners.
Triumph Group in the sale of thermoplastic engineering operations in Red Oak, Texas to Arlington Capital Partners
AmerisourceBergen Corporation, a leading global healthcare solutions company, in a strategic relationship with American Oncology Network, a high-growth medical oncology provider with a focus on supporting the long-term viability of oncology treatment in community-based settings
Reconstruction Experts, a market leader in reconstruction, restoration and remodeling, in its acquisition of Advanced Roofing & Sheetmetal, a provider of commercial and residential roof repair, maintenance and installation services
Carolina Precision Technologies, an industry leading precision contract manufacturer to the life sciences and aerospace industries, in its acquisition of Renchel Tool, a full-service milling, mill/turn and wire machining manufacturer
Bright Greens, a maker of frozen cubes of smoothie concentrate, in a variety of fundraising transactions
AmerisourceBergen in the acquisition of Dymaxium, a company specializing in the exchange of evidence and information between decision makers and life sciences organizations
Linx Partners, a private equity fund specializing in investments in US-based companies in the industrial manufacturing, business services and specialty distribution markets, in its acquisition of Transglobal Services, a full-service land acquisition and surveying company
Talee Bio, a gene therapy company developing the next generation treatment and cures for cystic fibrosis, in its sale to Roivant Sciences
Linx Partners in the sale of its portfolio company, Grammer Transport, a trucking and logistics service provider, to affiliates of Stellex Capital Management and Mill Rock Capital Management
MWI Veterinary Supply Co., a subsidiary of AmerisourceBergen Corporation, in its acquisition of AllyDVM, a software solutions provider specializing in services to veterinary practices
LiquidHub, an IT and business-staffing and consulting firm, in connection with its acquisition by Capgemini, a multinational corporation that provides consulting, technology, professional, and outsourcing services
Repros Therapeutics, a company focused on the treatment of reproductive disorders, in its sale to Allergan plc, a leading pharmaceutical company
Rutgers University School of Law, Camden, 2004, J.D., With Highest Honors
Hobart College, 1997, B.A.
Awards and Affiliations
Recognized, Mergers and Acquisitions Law, Philadelphia, PA, The Best Lawyers in America (2022)
Client Service All-Star, BTI Consulting Group (2020)
Recognized, Acritas Star™ (2017–2021)
Recognized, 40 Under 40, M&A Advisor (2015)
Named, Lawyer on the Fast Track, The Legal Intelligencer (2014)
Recommended, Mergers and Acquisitions, The Legal 500 US (2014–2019)
Recipient, ACG New York Champion's Award, Cross-Border Deal of the Year (Over $250M) (2013)
Rising Star, Pennsylvania Super Lawyers (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