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Randy advises businesses and their owners on U.S. and cross-border corporate and commercial transactions from offices in North Carolina and Washington, D.C. Typical clients are emerging and middle-market companies, including closely-held businesses, from the Southeastern United States and from Latin America, Europe and Asia. He serves as outside U.S. general counsel to many of his domestic and foreign based clients.
Through over 30 years of law firm and in-house practice, Randy has gained extensive experience in representing manufacturers (in industries such as furniture, textiles, motor vehicles, construction equipment, OEM/parts suppliers, commercial building supply, chemicals, medical products and consumer products) and service providers (in industries such as broadcasting, software development, design and testing, and insurance services).
Randy’s practice areas include cross-border negotiated transactions; domestic and international mergers and acquisitions; joint ventures and strategic alliances; international business negotiations; general corporate advising; domestic and international corporate formation and reorganization; cross-border procurement, supply and sales agreements; and global supply chain legal requirements.
Randy has significant, in-country experience in Mexico and China. He also cultivates and maintains extensive connections with leading law firms and legal practitioners in countries around the world to efficiently serve the cross-border business law needs of U.S. domestic clients.
Corporate and Securities
Mergers and Acquisitions
Supply Chain Management
2001 -- Present. Since January, 2001, Randy has practiced as a partner at Womble Carlyle. He co-founded the firm's office in Greensboro, North Carolina in July, 2001. Randy has served as a member of the firm's Management Committee and as the Managing Partner of the firm's Greensboro office. He also maintains an office in Washington, D.C.
1995 -- 2000. Randy was an officer and member of the legal staff of Burlington Industries, Inc. (his last post was as Associate General Counsel, Corporate Secretary and General Counsel for Mexican Operations). During his five-plus years there, Burlington was transforming itself from a domestic manufacturer to a global supplier of finished textile products. Randy was responsible for the company's transactional needs in three main areas:
(1) the sale of non-core U.S. manufacturing businesses and assets, like an office furniture manufacturer, a fiberglass textile manufacturer, and a captive chemicals manufacturer;
(2) Burlington's international expansion, consisting of
a. the establishment of greenfield operations like Burlington's $225 million three-plant project in Morelos, Mexico and single plants in Chihuahua and Guanajuato, Mexico (requiring assistance in economic incentives, land acquisition, zoning, business and environmental permitting, utilities, construction and corporate structure),
b. the acquisition of manufacturing facilities (like the purchase of a jeans manufacturing plant and the establishment of a complementary warehouse and distribution facility in Aguascalientes, Mexico), and
c. the establishment and expansion of manufacturing and technology joint ventures with partners or facilities in India, Italy, Mexico and the United States; and
(3) the company's ongoing financing needs (including its revolving and secured principal financings of up to $850 million, a receivables financing facility of $225 million, cross-border revolving lines of credit of up to $100 million, cross-border secured project financings and several domestic project financings).
1985 -- 1995. Randy began his practice in 1985 representing in-bound foreign clients as an associate in the Washington, DC office of Winston & Strawn. In 1988, he moved to the Washington, DC office of Piper & Marbury where he worked on in-bound mergers and acquisitions for large British construction concerns and domestic clients. In 1993, Randy returned to North Carolina and Womble Carlyle (where he had clerked during law school) and focused on in-bound mergers and acquisition work for European clients and transactional needs of domestic clients.