Ward and Smith, P.A. is pleased to announce that Benji Taylor Jones has joined the firm as a member of the firm’s robust business practice. Jones comes to Ward and Smith from Smith Anderson, where she has practiced law since being admitted to practice in 1998. Jones will be based in the firm’s Raleigh office.
“Benji will be a tremendous asset to our business law team. She was attracted by Ward and Smith’s unique culture, and we’re happy that she decided to come onboard. Our clients will benefit from her knowledge of securities, M&A, crowdfunding and other capital-raising approaches,” said Co-Managing Director Ken Wooten.
Jones 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 has been focusing her practice on crowdfunding and fin-tech financings. She 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.
Jones also 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.