Robinson Bradshaw Elects Four New Shareholders



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Jan. 5, 2021

Robinson Bradshaw is pleased to announce four new shareholders: Amit Bhagwandass, John W. Forneris, Matthew G. Lenora and Jared B. Taylor.

Bhagwandass is a transactional lawyer whose practice focuses on leveraged finance and other debt financing transactions. His experience includes representing business development companies, small business investment companies, private funds, and other lenders and investors in a wide range of financing transactions, including leveraged buyouts and acquisition financings, recapitalizations, working capital financings, subordinated and mezzanine facilities, equity investments, and loan workouts and restructurings.

Bhagwandass earned both his law degree with high honors and his bachelor’s degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Forneris practices in the areas of estate planning, estate administration and tax planning. He assists clients with the development of wealth transfer strategies that achieve the clients' personal and financial goals while minimizing the tax and costs associated with the transfer of wealth to younger generations. Forneris also works with clients to preserve and maximize the value of their wealth through the formation of family limited liability companies and charitable gift planning. He is certified by the North Carolina State Bar as a specialist in estate planning and probate law.

Forneris earned his law degree magna cum laude from Wake Forest University and his bachelor’s degree from the University of Virginia.

Lenora's practice focuses on a broad range of corporate and transactional areas, including startups, technology, venture capital, securities, private equity, and mergers and acquisitions. His practice spans the life cycle of a company from idea stage, continuing through the initial corporate formation, and expanding to include a variety of business matters as the company matures. Lenora also represents individual investors, venture capital investors, angel funds and private equity investors in connection with their equity investments.

Lenora earned both his law degree and his Master of Laws from Duke University. He received his bachelor’s degree with highest honors from the University of Oklahoma.

Taylor’s transactional and corporate practice covers a range of commercial transactions, focusing on private equity acquisitions and dispositions, other mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures and debt financings. He has represented public and private companies and private equity groups in numerous industries, including software, e-commerce, information and analytics, insurance, health care and manufacturing, and has counseled clients on matters relating to corporate governance.

Taylor earned his law degree from Columbia University as a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar and his Master of Laws with merit from King’s College. He received his bachelor’s degree with distinction from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

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