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During his more than two decades of practice, Cal Smith has been involved in numerous high profile M&A and other corporate transactions for public companies, including spin-offs and related strategic initiatives designed to unlock value for his clients.

Cal also has extensive experience counseling boards of directors, CEOs and other C-Suite executives with respect to strategic alternatives, activist defense, fiduciary duties and corporate governance matters, including engaging with institutional investors and other key governance constituencies. Cal was Corporate Secretary of Georgia-Pacific Corporation when it was acquired by Koch Industries, Inc. in a deal valued at $21 billion. Cal’s practice also involves significant capital markets-related work.

Cal is recognized by Chambers USA, The Best Lawyers in America and Legal 500 as a leading lawyer in the Corporate/M&A/Governance categories. He has also been named a BTI Client Service All-Star, as well as a winner of Lexology’s U.S. Client Choice Award for M&A and General Corporate.

Presentations and Speaking Engagements

  • Co-Chair, “Negotiated Corporate Acquisitions,” Georgia Bar/ICLE Seminar, 2016 (Atlanta, GA)
  • Presenter, “Special Committee Overview: A Guide for Corporate Counsel,” Corporate Counsel Institute, December 2008 (Atlanta, GA)
  • Presenter, “Corporate Governance Update” and “Form 8-K and other Disclosure Issues,” Glasser Legal Works' SEC Hot Topics Institute, Winter 2006 (Atlanta, GA)
  • Presenter, “The Continuing Quest for the Risk-Free MD&A in the Sarbanes-Oxley Environment”, SEC Institute's 20th Annual National Reporting Conference, August and November, 2004 (San Francisco, CA and San Diego, CA)
  • Presenter, “Accelerated and Enhanced 8-K Current Disclosure” and “Preparing the New MD&A”, Glasser Legal Works' SEC Hot Topics Institute Fall 2004 (Atlanta, GA)
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Credentials

J.D., Emory University

B.A., Wake Forest University

Georgia

Atlanta Bar Association

State Bar of Georgia

2018 BTI Client Service All-Star


BTI, 2018

Named by Chambers USA as one of the leading Corporate/M&A lawyers in the State of Georgia

Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America in Mergers & Acquisitions Law

Named a “BTI Client Service All-Star”

Winner of the U.S. Client Choice Award for M&A and General Corporate as determined by International Law Office and Lexol

Selected as a Super Lawyer by Law & Politics and Atlanta Magazine for M&A excellence

Named to Georgia Trend magazine's Legal Elite

Selected as one of the top 14 young Atlanta lawyers “On the Rise” by The Fulton County Daily Report

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Recognition

2018 BTI Client Service All-Star


BTI, 2018

Named by Chambers USA as one of the leading Corporate/M&A lawyers in the State of Georgia

Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America in Mergers & Acquisitions Law

Named a “BTI Client Service All-Star”

Winner of the U.S. Client Choice Award for M&A and General Corporate as determined by International Law Office and Lexol

Selected as a Super Lawyer by Law & Politics and Atlanta Magazine for M&A excellence

Named to Georgia Trend magazine's Legal Elite

Selected as one of the top 14 young Atlanta lawyers “On the Rise” by The Fulton County Daily Report

Matters

Representation of Energizer in its $2 billion carve-out acquisition of Spectrum Brands’ global battery business.

Representation of the special committee of the board of directors of comScore in activist campaign by Starboard Value.

Representation of Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen, Inc. in its $1.8 billion sale to Restaurant Brands International, Inc.

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Representation of Energizer in its $2 billion carve-out acquisition of Spectrum Brands’ global battery business.

Representation of the special committee of the board of directors of comScore in activist campaign by Starboard Value.

Representation of Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen, Inc. in its $1.8 billion sale to Restaurant Brands International, Inc.

Representation of Lindsay Goldberg LLC affiliates Crown Paper Group Inc. and Golden West Packaging Group LLC in several strategic transactions including, most recently, Golden West’s acquisition of Heritage Solutions Inc., Capital Corrugated Inc., PackageOne Inc., Package Innovators Corporation and their co-owned captive sheet feeder, Cal Sheets LLC.

Representation of Mueller Water Products, Inc. in its $315 million sale of its Anvil International division.

Representation of Beazer Homes USA, Inc. in a number of capital market transactions, totaling over $2.0 billion.

Representation of Ingersoll-Rand Corporation’s security business in its spin-off from Ingersoll-Rand.

Representation of Bowater Incorporated in its $8 billion merger with Abitibi-Consolidated Inc. and representation of AbitibiBowater Inc., in a number of financing transactions; including its issuance of $413 million of senior secured notes and a concurrent exchange offer of $293 million in senior unsecured notes.

Representation of The Home Depot, Inc. in multiple roll-up acquisitions since 2004.

Representation of  Georgia-Pacific Corporation in numerous transactions including:

The $810 million sale of Georgia-Pacific Corporation's building products distribution business to an affiliate of Cerberus Capital Management L.P.;

The $56 million sale of Georgia-Pacific Corporation's shortline railroads to Genesee & Wyoming Inc.;

The $790 million sale by Georgia-Pacific Corporation of a controlling interest in Unisource Worldwide Inc. to an affiliate of Bain Capital Partners, LLC;

The exchange of plywood plants and an oriented strand board plant between Georgia-Pacific Corporation and Louisiana-Pacific Corporation;

The spin-off and subsequent merger of Georgia-Pacific Corporation's timber business with Plum Creek Timber Company Inc.; and

The $850 million sale by Georgia-Pacific Corporation of a portion of its North American commercial tissue business to Svenska Cellulosa Aktiebolaget SCA (Publ). 

Representation of Gray Television, Inc. in the $515 million purchase of 15 television stations from Stations Holding Company Inc.

Matters

Representation of Energizer in its $2 billion carve-out acquisition of Spectrum Brands’ global battery business.

Representation of the special committee of the board of directors of comScore in activist campaign by Starboard Value.

Representation of Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen, Inc. in its $1.8 billion sale to Restaurant Brands International, Inc.

See more
Icon close

Close

Matters

Representation of Energizer in its $2 billion carve-out acquisition of Spectrum Brands’ global battery business.

Representation of the special committee of the board of directors of comScore in activist campaign by Starboard Value.

Representation of Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen, Inc. in its $1.8 billion sale to Restaurant Brands International, Inc.

Representation of Lindsay Goldberg LLC affiliates Crown Paper Group Inc. and Golden West Packaging Group LLC in several strategic transactions including, most recently, Golden West’s acquisition of Heritage Solutions Inc., Capital Corrugated Inc., PackageOne Inc., Package Innovators Corporation and their co-owned captive sheet feeder, Cal Sheets LLC.

Representation of Mueller Water Products, Inc. in its $315 million sale of its Anvil International division.

Representation of Beazer Homes USA, Inc. in a number of capital market transactions, totaling over $2.0 billion.

Representation of Ingersoll-Rand Corporation’s security business in its spin-off from Ingersoll-Rand.

Representation of Bowater Incorporated in its $8 billion merger with Abitibi-Consolidated Inc. and representation of AbitibiBowater Inc., in a number of financing transactions; including its issuance of $413 million of senior secured notes and a concurrent exchange offer of $293 million in senior unsecured notes.

Representation of The Home Depot, Inc. in multiple roll-up acquisitions since 2004.

Representation of  Georgia-Pacific Corporation in numerous transactions including:

The $810 million sale of Georgia-Pacific Corporation's building products distribution business to an affiliate of Cerberus Capital Management L.P.;

The $56 million sale of Georgia-Pacific Corporation's shortline railroads to Genesee & Wyoming Inc.;

The $790 million sale by Georgia-Pacific Corporation of a controlling interest in Unisource Worldwide Inc. to an affiliate of Bain Capital Partners, LLC;

The exchange of plywood plants and an oriented strand board plant between Georgia-Pacific Corporation and Louisiana-Pacific Corporation;

The spin-off and subsequent merger of Georgia-Pacific Corporation's timber business with Plum Creek Timber Company Inc.; and

The $850 million sale by Georgia-Pacific Corporation of a portion of its North American commercial tissue business to Svenska Cellulosa Aktiebolaget SCA (Publ). 

Representation of Gray Television, Inc. in the $515 million purchase of 15 television stations from Stations Holding Company Inc.

Credentials

J.D., Emory University

B.A., Wake Forest University

Georgia

Atlanta Bar Association

State Bar of Georgia

2018 BTI Client Service All-Star


BTI, 2018

Named by Chambers USA as one of the leading Corporate/M&A lawyers in the State of Georgia

Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America in Mergers & Acquisitions Law

Named a “BTI Client Service All-Star”

Winner of the U.S. Client Choice Award for M&A and General Corporate as determined by International Law Office and Lexol

Selected as a Super Lawyer by Law & Politics and Atlanta Magazine for M&A excellence

Named to Georgia Trend magazine's Legal Elite

Selected as one of the top 14 young Atlanta lawyers “On the Rise” by The Fulton County Daily Report

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Recognition

2018 BTI Client Service All-Star


BTI, 2018

Named by Chambers USA as one of the leading Corporate/M&A lawyers in the State of Georgia

Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America in Mergers & Acquisitions Law

Named a “BTI Client Service All-Star”

Winner of the U.S. Client Choice Award for M&A and General Corporate as determined by International Law Office and Lexol

Selected as a Super Lawyer by Law & Politics and Atlanta Magazine for M&A excellence

Named to Georgia Trend magazine's Legal Elite

Selected as one of the top 14 young Atlanta lawyers “On the Rise” by The Fulton County Daily Report