Bar Admissions

North Carolina

Education

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, J.D., with honors, 1982, Order of the Coif; Member, North Carolina Law Review, 1981-82; Articles Editor, North Carolina Journal of International Law and Commercial Regulation, 1981-82

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, M.B.A., 1982

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, B.A., 1977

Profile

Haynes Lea practices in the areas of investment management, fund formations and general corporate law. His clients include private fund managers, university endowments, public pension funds, family offices and other institutional investors.

Haynes has created buyout, venture, hybrid and multistrategy funds and funds of funds, handling their private offerings and related securities and tax matters. He has advised fund managers on their investment transactions, internal ownership and governance issues, and Investment Advisers Act registration and compliance. In conjunction with attorneys in the firm's Employment and Labor Practice Group, Haynes has negotiated more than a dozen exits of partners or other high ranking professionals on each side of such departures from the firms.

On behalf of institutional investors, he has negotiated an array of alternative investments in primary funds and secondary transactions and assisted with special structures, including captive funds, separately managed accounts and customized investment platforms. Haynes is also familiar with nonprofit entities' tax exemption, unrelated business taxable income and governance issues. He works out of both the firm's Charlotte and Research Triangle offices.

Honors & Awards

  • Woodward/White, Inc., The Best Lawyers in America, banking and finance, corporate, financial services regulation, leveraged buyouts and private equity, venture capital, 2003-17; Charlotte Leveraged Buyouts and Private Equity Lawyer of the Year, 2014; Charlotte Financial Services Regulation Lawyer of the Year, 2015; Charlotte Venture Capital Lawyer of the Year, 2016
  • North Carolina Super Lawyers, business/corporate, 2008, 2010-17
  • Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business, corporate/M&A, 2010-16  
  • Foundation Fighting Blindness, “Builders of Sight” Award
  • Martindale-Hubbell, AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated

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Affiliations

Professional Affiliations

  • National Association of Public Pension Attorneys
  • Council of Institutional Investors
  • ABA Business Law Section, Committee on Institutional Investors, Steering Committee 
  • UNC Tax Institute, Board of Advisors, 1993-95

Community Affiliations

  • Foundation Fighting Blindness, Board of Directors, 1991-present; Vice-Chairman, 2003-05; Treasurer, 2008-present
  • UNC School of Law Foundation, Inc., Board of Directors, 2004-13
  • Christ Episcopal Church Foundation, Board of Directors, 2005-10; Chairman, 2006-09
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