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North Carolina


University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, J.D., with honors, 1994, Order of the Coif; Member, North Carolina Law Review, 1992-93

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, B.S., 1991


John Herring concentrates his practice on corporate finance and acquisition transactions, primarily from the perspective of the investor and resulting portfolio companies, with a particular focus on leveraged buy-out transactions involving multiple tranches of debt and equity capital.

He regularly advises BDCs, SBIC funds and other investment funds in the structuring, negotiation and documentation of their debt and equity investments and financings.

John's investment experience includes unitranche, second lien, and secured or unsecured mezzanine loans, as well as structured equity. It also includes control and non-control buy-outs, in addition to minority equity co-investments and kickers. He has extensive experience in the structuring and negotiation of multi-tranche intercreditor arrangements.

John also represents private funds in connection with their fund formation and management activities, including SBIC funds, as well as serving as general counsel to private investment platforms and groups. His practice includes work on organizational and governance matters, limited liability and other equityholder agreements, capital and debt structures, joint ventures and various contractual matters.

John currently serves as chair of the firm’s Private Credit Practice Group.

Honors & Awards



News & Events




  • Selling Companies to Private-Equity Groups
    June 2006
    Business North Carolina, Law Journal


Professional Affiliations

  • Association for Corporate Growth - Charlotte Chapter, President, 2011-12; Board of Directors and Programming Committee, 2007-present 
  • UNC Chapel Hill Law School, Council for Entrepreneurial Law, 2000-02
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