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Peter Smith provides counsel on the full gamut of corporate and securities law matters, including regularly advising on U.S. and international mergers and acquisitions, public and private debt and equity financings and restructurings, joint ventures and initial public offerings.

Over the years his experience has ranged from structuring multi-billion dollar public tender offers and mergers to assisting investors, corporations and others in planning, financing and implementing leveraged buyouts and other acquisition programs, with a special focus on innovative strategies and structures. Mr. Smith also represents financial institutions, issuers and others in corporate restructuring and financing transactions, both public and private, and counsels public companies and their management on securities regulation and compliance matters. He has advised a number of private investment funds regarding formation and organizational matters as well as shareholder activism and other activities.

Mr. Smith regularly speaks and writes on a variety of corporate and securities law subjects, and has been recognized in Legal 500 US for M&A and corporate finance expertise.

Certain Representative Clients and Matters

  • Representation of Del Monte Pacific Ltd. in its recent $1.7 billion acquisition of the consumer food business of Del Monte Foods Co.
  • Representation of FCB Financial Holdings (formerly Bond Street Holdings), a new bank holding company, and its de novo federally chartered bank subsidiary Florida Community Bank, N.A., from their initial formation and structuring through the raising of approximately $750 million in equity capital and successive acquisitions which have created the largest independent bank in Florida, and FCB’s recently completed initial public offering and listing on the New York Stock Exchange.
  • Representation of John Catsimatidis' United Refining Company and affiliates in the acquisitions of a major biodiesel facility and heating oil assets of Metro Fuel and affiliates, and of assets of the heating oil business of Direct Energy.
  • Representation of Scientific Games Corporation in numerous strategic acquisitions and dispositions including, among others, the initial acquisition of SGC's principal predecessor business, the acquisitions of IGT Online Entertainment Systems, Global Draw (U.K.) and other companies, joint ventures with Roberts Communications and others, and the disposition of Scientific Games Racing, as well as successive common and preferred equity, high-yield debt and bank financing transactions.
  • Representation of Tyco International in a series of multibilliondollar acquisitions including CIT, AMP, and U.S. Surgical.

J.D., Columbia Law School, 1978
  • Editor, Journal of Law and Social Problems
  • Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar
A.B., cum laude, Harvard University, 1975
  • Whitaker Scholar
New York, 1979
U.S.D.C., Southern District of New York, 1979
U.S.D.C., Eastern District of New York, 1979
    -New York State Bar Association
    -American Bar Association