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Smith, Anderson, Blount, Dorsett, Mitchell & Jernigan, LLP

Agriculture & Rural Affairs

Band 4Global Market LeadersGlobal 2021 View ranking table

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What the team is known for

Smith Anderson is a respected North Carolina-based firm which is particularly appealing to clients for its strong focus, experience and specialist industry knowledge within the agribusiness sector. The firm offers:
• Experience helping US-based growth companies with the globalisation of agricultural research and agritech products through partnerships, licensing and distribution agreements with larger international corporations.
• Expertise in agribusiness-related M&A, joint ventures and corporate matters.
• A particular focus on agritech and biotech, and has close relationships with major universities and multinational agribusiness companies with a base in the North Carolina Research Triangle.
• Well regarded for its expertise in IP litigation.

Strengths

One client praises the team as "great business advisers with great experience." The source also highlights the firm's international capabilities: "They're not a global firm but they have the right relationships and it works for us as a client. They have relationships with firms there and they manage it, and identify the specific provisions we need looking at by a foreign lawyer."

Another client says: "When it comes to licensing and deals, they’re the people I want at the table with me. They do a great job understanding the smallest detail while still keeping the big picture in mind. They think strategically about how each step in the negotiation positions me for my long-term goal. I am very pleased with the work they did on our international deals."

Notable practitioners

Jason Brege, Michael Saber and John Therien, based in Raleigh, North Carolina, co-head the firm's agritech practice and are key contacts.

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