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Rick Giovannelli

Practice Area Leader - Corporate
Fax +1.704.353.3184

Mr. Giovannelli is a partner in the Charlotte office and focuses his practice on mergers and acquisitions, private equity, corporate finance, including senior debt, mezzanine debt and growth equity, and general corporate matters.

Mr. Giovannelli regularly represents both strategic and financial buyers and sellers of businesses, debt and growth equity investors and other participants in complex buyout, recapitalization and financing transactions.  He also represents other businesses on a variety of strategic, financing, and corporate matters.

Mr. Giovannelli has extensive experience in transactions in many industries, including manufacturing and distribution, telecommunications, health care, life sciences, financial services, technology, media, retail, and services.

Professional Background

Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Giovannelli worked in the general counsel’s office of VNU Business Information Services, Inc. in Alexandria, Virginia and in New York.


  • Best Lawyers in America, 2017 and 2012 Lawyer of the Year, Leveraged Buyouts and Private Equity Law - Charlotte
  • Best Lawyers in America, 2015 and 2018 Lawyer of the Year, Venture Capital Law - Charlotte
  • Best Lawyers in America, Mergers & Acquisition Law, Corporate Law, Leveraged Buyouts and Private Equity Law, Venture Capital Law, 2007-2017, 2019-2020
  • Chambers USA: America's Leading Business Lawyers, Corporate/M&A
  • “Mover and Shaker” award from Business Leader Magazine, 2008
  • North Carolina Super Lawyers, Business/Corporate Law, 2006-2013
  • “40 Under 40” award from Charlotte Business Journal for outstanding achievements in both business and community involvement, 2004

Professional/Civic Activities

  • Association for Corporate Growth (Carolinas Chapter, Board Member, 2003-2008; President, 2006-2007)
  • Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (Charlotte Chapter, Board Member)

Speaking Engagements

  • "Strategic Partnerships: Legacy Technology to New Age Innovation,” Moderator, Lendit Fintech USA, 2018
  • “Winning the Deal without Overpaying”, Panelist, ACG Carolinas Deal Crawl, September 2016
  • “The Current Market for Bids, including Rep & Warranty Insurance,” Moderator, National ACG Intergrowth Conference, 2016
  • “Three-Handed Poker, Counselling the Various Constituencies in Leveraged Buyout Transactions,” North Carolina State Bar Association, Business Law Institute, February 2015
  • “Financial Due Diligence for Business Lawyers,” CLE Presentation, 2016, 2010, 2002
  • Private Equity and Mezzanine Finance Annual Conference, Conference Co-Chair and Moderator of State of the Private Equity Market Panel, 2002-2011
  • “Mezzanine Investments: The View from the Balcony,” Annual Seminar, 2000-2011
  • “Private Equity Activities of Leading Money-Center Banks,” November 2007
  • “Fiduciary Duties of Corporate Directors,” CLE presentation, October 2007
  • “Private Equity 101,” Series of Annual Training Presentations to associates, analysts, principals and partners of several private equity, strategic investing and investment banking clients, 1998-2014
  • Business Innovation and Growth Council Annual Conference, Moderator of Growth Capital and Restructurings Panel, January 2004
  • “Duties of Investors Serving as Directors of Venture Backed Companies,” Research Triangle Park Conference on Venture Capital Financing, February 2002
  • “Investors in the Boardroom,” Spring Venture Conference, May 2000
  • “New players, structures reshape LBO financing,” Charlotte Business Journal, November 2006

Additional Information

  • “New players, structures reshape LBO financing,” Charlotte Business Journal, November 2006
  • Represented Garmin in connection with its acquisition of a division of a fintech company relating to the payments technology used in Garmin wearable devices.
  • Represented Xerox Corporation in several transactions, including its $225 million acquisition of ISG Holdings, Inc. (Stratacare), a leading provider of workers’ compensation medical bill review and clinical care services.
  • Represented Snyder’s-Lance, Inc. in several transactions, including its acquisition of Late July Snacks, a leading manufacturer of better-for-you organic and non-GMO snacks.
  • Represented private equity firm Ridgemont Equity Partners in numerous transactions, including:
    • its acquisition, ownership and ultimate sale of Aurora Parts and Equipment, a distributor aftermarket semi-trailer parts and accessories, which utilizes a proprietary web-based customer interface to facilitate ordering and inventory management;
    • its leveraged acquisition of Allied 100 Group, Inc. and its subsidiaries from Thompson Street Capital Partners. Allied 100 is a distributor of automated external defibrillators (AEDs) and ancillary parts and accessories, as well as a proprietary, SaaS-based medical direction software solution;
    • its leveraged acquisition, investments in and ultimate sale of Hometown Urgent Care, an operator of urgent care clinics in the Midwest; and
    • its majority investment in Gallus Biopharmaceuticals, a contract manufacturer of biologics products for biotech and pharmaceutical companies.
  • Represented CapitalSouth Growth Fund, in numerous transactions, including its leveraged acquisition of Stride Tools Holdings, LLC, a Cleveland, Ohio based manufacturer and designer of specialty hand tools for the HVAC and other industries.
  • Represented five of the largest U.S. commercial banks, Capital One, Fifth Third, PNC, TD, and Wells Fargo, on their strategic investment in Transactis, a leading provider of electronic billing and payment solutions headquartered in New York City.
  • Represented Wells Fargo Corporation in numerous transactions, including the pending disposition of its Global Funds Services Business.
  • Represented Red Ventures, a leading digital marketing services company, in its strategic investment in Ampush, an industry-leading provider of native in-feed mobile advertising on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Pinterest.
  • Represented Bank of America Corporation and its affiliates in numerous strategic transactions, including the spin out of its private equity business via a secondary transfer of portfolio company interests.
  • Represented Plexus Capital, a middle-market institutional investor, in numerous transactions, including its structured debt and equity financing of Scivation, a manufacturer of exercise supplements. 
  • Represented lead equity sponsors in the acquisition of a national group of insurance companies and the subsequent initial public offering for that company.
  • Represented mezzanine debt fund in the financing of more than twenty companies in the telecommunications, media and tech-enabled business services industries.
  • Represented national bank in its strategic debt and equity finance of a commercial mortgage servicing software company.
  • Represented a clearXchange, LLC leading peer-to-peer payment services company in connection with its formation as a joint venture between leading national banks, and its ongoing operations as primary outside counsel.