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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


Haynes Lea practices in the areas of investment management, fund formations, venture capital, nonprofit organizations and general corporate law. His clients include private fund managers, university endowments, public pension funds, family offices and other institutional investors, as well as closely held businesses and nonprofit organizations.

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, governance and succession 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 admissions and exits of partners or other high-ranking professionals on each side of such arrivals and 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.

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Professional Affiliations

  • National Association of Public Pension Attorneys
  • American Bar Association Business Law Section, Committee on Institutional Investors, Steering Committee, 2009-15
  • UNC Tax Institute, Board of Advisors, 1993-95

Community Affiliations

  • Foundation Fighting Blindness, Board of Directors, 1991-present; Vice-Chairman, 2003-05; Treasurer, 2008-20; Secretary, 2020-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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