Benji Taylor Jones

Corporate and Securities Attorney for Growing Public and Private Companies
919.277.9142 919.277.9177
btjones@wardandsmith.com
Post Office Box 33009, Raleigh, NC 27636-3009

Corporate attorney Benji Taylor Jones recently joined the Raleigh office of Ward and Smith.  She has been a trusted counselor to numerous private and public companies in a variety of corporate and securities law matters for nearly two decades. Most recently, she’s been focusing her practice on crowdfunding and fin-tech financings.  Benji played a critical role in the passage of North Carolina’s intrastate crowdfunding exemption (NC PACES). She represented the only platform offering peer2peer real estate loans under Regulation A and the first NC company to conduct a Regulation Crowdfunding campaign under Title III of the JOBS ACT. Benji is on the forefront of crowdfunding offerings in North Carolina.

Additionally, Benji advises public and private companies on a broad spectrum of legal issues affecting businesses. She regularly represents clients in public equity and debt offerings, traditional private placements and repurchase programs, public company securities compliance, corporate formation and governance, early stage financing for start-up and growth companies, mergers and acquisitions and strategic contracting.
 
Benji teaches as an adjunct professor and as a guest lecturer at local area universities and law schools. She regularly speaks and writes on crowdfunding, the JOBS Act, and related matters. While in law school, Benji was on the staff and editorial board of the Columbia Law Review, externed for the Honorable Shira Schiendlin of the Southern District of New York, worked at Cleary, Gottlieb, Steen and Hamilton in New York City, and clerked for the Italian law firm of Ughi e Nunziante in Rome.

Education

  • Columbia University, J.D., Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar, 1998
  • New York University, M.A., 1996
  • Southern Methodist University, B.F.A., 1991

Representative Experience

  • Represented first North Carolina company to launch a Title III Regulation Crowdfunding offering
  • Advised a real estate micro-lending crowdfunding platform in qualification with the SEC and NASAA of Tier 1 Regulation A offering  
  • Counseled a global provider of biopharmaceutical development services and commercial outsourcing services in its $1.1 billion initial public offering and listing on the New York Stock Exchange
  • Advised a global CRO business in the staged acquisition of the leading interactive response technology provider for $75 million in value
  • Counseled a leading international developer of video games and game engine software in significant minority investment by a Chinese internet company
  • Represented a global biopharmaceutical services company with its $525 million offering of senior notes and a related holding company reorganization and spinoff of a subsidiary to its shareholders
  • Represented a global solid state LED lighting and semiconductor manufacturing company with the acquisition of a privately held company (valued at approximately US $200 million) and related fairness hearing before the Securities Division of the North Carolina Secretary of State
  • Counseled a global biopharmaceutical services company in connection with a private equity transaction that reconstituted the company’s ownership and provided liquidity to its existing security holders
  • Advised a multinational manufacturer and supplier to the papermaking industry in connection with a private placement of $240 million of senior notes and subsequent exchange offer for registered notes
  • Represented a major convenience store chain with a refinancing of senior credit facilities and tender offer and consent solicitation of outstanding senior secured notes
  • Advised a venture capital funded agricultural biotechnology company in a $400 million sale to public company in a cash and milestone based transaction

Benji is also a regular speaker and author. Some recent articles and appearances include:

Honors and Distinctions

Recognized with the "Editor's Choice" Award, WRAL's TechWire Annual Awards, 2017

Professional and Community Affiliations

  • American Bar Association
  • North Carolina Bar Association
  • Wake County Bar Association
  • Member on the board of directors of several non-profit arts organizations

Admitted to Practice

North Carolina

About Me

Don't be surprised if you are out at a Triangle theater production, and happen to spot me on the stage. I sometimes perform, and enjoy it immensely.

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