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Richard D. Smith

T: 646.428.2611
280 Park Avenue
15th Floor West
New York, NY 10017

Richard Smith is the Managing Partner of the New York office of Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP where he practices with the Mergers and Acquisitions Group. His practice focuses on corporate transactions, mergers and acquisitions, private equity, and capital markets. He has represented clients in M&A and strategic transactions involving banking, sponsor finance, healthcare, technology, telecom, mortgage, broker-dealer, mining, insurance, trade processing, investment advisory, asset management, real estate, energy, entertainment, shipping, market maker, servicing, and commodities businesses. His M&A experience also includes counseling financial institutions with regard to fairness opinions and advisory engagements. He has also advised several clients on M&A related disputes and arbitrations.

Mr. Smith is a member of the Board of Advisors of the Institute for Law and Economics at the University of Pennsylvania. Mr. Smith is also a member of the Duke Law School Global Financial Markets Center Advisory Board.



  • Represented a large financial institution on the sale of its equity investment in a healthcare company 
  • Advised an investment bank on several advisory engagements 
  • Advised a large financial institution on its investment in warrants issued by a biotech company
  • Advised a large financial institution on its investment in warrants issued by a technology start-up
  • Represented a public company on its acquisition of a private communications company
  • Advised a large financial services corporation on the sale of several portfolios of equity investments

Previous Professional Experience

  • Previous experience at international law firms (Reed Smith, Allen & Overy, Sullivan & Cromwell), most recently Partner at Reed Smith
  • Head of M&A and Investment Banking Legal (Americas) at Barclays
  • Associate General Counsel, Goldman Sachs
  • Assistant Economist, Federal Reserve Bank of New York

Professional Activities

  • Board of Advisors, Institute for Law and Economics, University of Pennsylvania
  • Faculty member, Practicing Law Institute