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John D. Allison

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Mr. Allison is a partner in the Charlotte office and represents clients in a variety of complex transactions, including mergers, acquisitions, divestitures, and joint ventures. As the operations of his clients have spread overseas, he has also been involved in international projects. Mr. Allison has experience handling international matters in over 30 foreign countries that involved issues relating to the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, U.S. export control laws, antiboycott laws, bank guarantees, international treaties and conventions, Incoterms, dealer protection laws, currency exchange controls, and other matters impacting cross-border transactions.

Professional Background

Mr. Allison served as law clerk to the Honorable Robert F. Chapman, Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals, 1991-92.


  • Best Lawyers in America, Corporate Law, International Trade and Finance Law, Project Finance Law, Mergers and Acquisitions Law, 2008-2019
  • Best Lawyers in America, 2018 Lawyer of the Year, Mergers and Acquisitions Law - Charlotte
  • Best Lawyers in America, 2015 Lawyer of the Year, International Trade and Finance Law - Charlotte
  • North Carolina Super Lawyers, Business/Corporate Law, 2006 - 2009, 2013-2014

Speaking Engagements

  • “International Business Opportunities – Keys to a Successful Start,” Panelist, The Presidents’ Forum of Charlotte, December 2011.
  • “International Joint Ventures,” Association of Corporate Counsel Charlotte Chapter Meeting, October 2010.
  • “International Joint Ventures,” NC Bar Business Law and Corporate Counsel Section Joint Annual Meeting, February 2009.
  • “Select Legal Issues to Consider in Export Transactions,” North Carolina World Trade Association, Carolina West Chapter Meeting, July 2008.
  • “Maximizing Global Partnerships,” Panelist, NC Council for Entrepreneurial Development (CED) Globalization 2008 Conference, February 2008.
  • “Joint Ventures and Strategic Alliances,” NC Bar Business Law Section Annual Meeting: International Law Considerations for Corporate Counsel & Lawyers, February 2006.
  • Represented a French company in the acquisition of the assets of a line of business of a regulated U.S. company with operations in domestic and foreign jurisdictions and the concurrent establishment of a joint venture with respect to a different line of business.
  • Represented a French company in acquisitions of companies in Texas and Minnesota in the software and technical support industry where in each case the majority shareholder remained an officer to continue running the operations. Each acquisition involved complex earnout provisions to drive closer alignment of the businesses of the acquired companies with that of the buyer.
  • Represented a U.S. public company in its acquisition of a manufacturer with multiple operating divisions and joint ventures in Europe, Asia and the Middle East.
  • Represented a public company in more than 30 acquisitions over a period of a few years as part of its acquisitive “roll-up” in the equipment rental industry.
  • Represented a multinational provider of technology services and products headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, in its approximately $100 million acquisition of the electric grid storage division of a electric battery maker, with the seller retaining its automotive battery business. The transaction involved complex intellectual property licensing arrangements and a joint venture to develop an electric grid storage business in the People’s Republic of China.
  • Represented the shareholders of a Florida company in the food distribution business in its sale to another distribution company. The seller had operations and subsidiaries throughout the Caribbean.
  • Represented one of the largest U.S. utilities in its acquisition of two 20-megawatt California solar projects from a publicly-traded Australian renewable energy developer and in its acquisition of a 20-megawatt solar project in North Carolina.
  • Represented one of the five largest national banks in the staged acquisition of a hedge fund company. The acquisition involved complex regulatory issues and put/call provisions in a joint venture agreement.
  • Represented a personnel outsourcing company in its merger with a subsidiary of a national bank. The merger required the approval of the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency and involved the conversion of multiple classes of stock and options into cash and options to acquire registered securities.
  • Represented a Carolinas-based transportation services company in establishing a joint venture with a diversified Venezuelan conglomerate in conjunction with the acquisition and operation of a large transportation facility in Venezuela.
  • Represented one of the five largest national banks in outsourcing its retail remittance processing services business. The transaction involved the divestiture of processing centers throughout the nation, where the employment of the personnel located at those sites was preserved as they were transferred to the buyer/outsourcing vendor. The document-intensive negotiations involved complex issues relating to employment matters, transition services, service level agreements, preservation of customer relationships, technology refreshes, privacy, intellectual property rights and other matters.
  • Represented a U.S. company in the development and construction of a large commercial free trade zone facility from a "greenfield" site in the Caribbean. This $290 million project involved establishing a series of joint ventures with a consortium of local business leaders, limited recourse project financing, shareholders agreements (for multiple classes of stock), design/build and turnkey contract with a French construction consortium, technology licenses, and management and operations agreements.
  • Represented a multi-national company in the drafting and negotiating of a joint venture agreement with a Canadian company for nuclear fuel handling systems.
  • Represented an engineering services company in a series of limited liability company joint ventures with various third parties for the joint pursuit of projects each with an aggregate value in excess of $100 million.
  • Represented a Carolinas-based transportation services company in establishing a joint venture with a diversified Venezuelan conglomerate in conjunction with the acquisition of a marine terminal operating company in Venezuela.
  • Represented a U.S. company in the drafting and negotiating of a joint venture agreement with a South African business for the purpose of pursuing South African government privatization opportunities.
  • Represented the lead private equity company in the acquisition by multiple parties, with management roll over, of an equipment rental company. The acquisition required a series of shareholders and operating agreement, stock purchase agreement, management agreement, employment agreements and senior financing.