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RALEIGH, N.C.—Womble Carlyle has added a new element to its offerings with the creation of the Strategic Initiatives Group (SIG). SIG is a business consulting practice focused on helping companies to identify and secure corporate development opportunities, create or acquire mission-critical facilities like data centers and production plants, and solve business challenges along the way. Anchoring this expansion is long-time industry deal maker and thought leader Rhett Weiss, who has joined the firm as SIG’s Managing Director.
SIG has been created to help clients around the globe make informed business decisions and negotiate their corporate development, acquisition/disposition, expansion/consolidation, and location/relocation projects. Working with companies to get their deals done, SIG can augment a client’s capabilities in these areas, among others:
SIG can represent clients confidentially in sensitive strategic pursuits, negotiations, and transactions. Depending on the project’s scope, SIG can involve Womble Carlyle’s Economic Development Team, other law practice teams, and Government Relations Team to provide a full range of services, with total coordination and integration throughout the project. Weiss and his team also can represent an economic development organization on selected projects.
Weiss brings a wealth of top-level corporate development and economic development experience, including serving as Google’s Senior Team Leader for Strategic Development. At Google, Weiss led and negotiated global infrastructure development and acquisition projects, including for Google’s legendary data centers.
Weiss also has served as Chairman and CEO of DEALTEK, Ltd., which he founded in 1999. He is the inventor and patent holder of web-based DEALS® software, which DEALTEK markets. Previously, he directed a corporate expansion and relocation consulting practice at a Big 4 firm, practiced law at a major international law firm, and served as a bank COO.
“Having done business as a client with Womble Carlyle for several years, I know first-hand that the firm has an outstanding platform to provide high value-added, end-to-end business and legal representation on strategic transactions, globally,” Weiss said.
“Rhett has more than 30 years of experience directing companies in large-scale, global economic development issues,” said John Hunter, a leader of Womble Carlyle’s Economic Development Team. “He now brings that same big-picture perspective to guiding the firm’s clients as they make key decisions that will impact their businesses for decades to come.”
“Rhett brings to Womble Carlyle tremendous experience in strategic planning for companies -- particularly highly innovative technology companies. His proven success and keen business acumen is a winning addition to our Firm overall and specifically to our economic development team. Our clients have an opportunity to work with one of the best, and I'm absolutely thrilled to have him at Womble Carlyle,” said Stephanie Yarbrough, a leader of Womble Carlyle’s Economic Development Team and the former Director of Economic Development for the City of Charleston, S.C.
In addition, Weiss has an extensive background in entrepreneurship and innovation. He has assisted numerous startups and scale-ups, and has presented around the world on entrepreneurial negotiations, deal-making, and innovation. He also led the Entrepreneurship and Innovation Institute at Cornell University as its first Executive Director and served as a Cornell faculty member.
Weiss is co-author of the book The Entrepreneurial Engineer: How to Create Value from Ideas. He is based in Womble Carlyle’s Raleigh office.