Wake Forest University, J.D., cum laude, 2006, Order of the Coif; John Thomas Byrum Scholar; Symposium Editor, Wake Forest Law Review, 2005-06
North Carolina State University, B.S., magna cum laude, 2003, John T. Caldwell Alumni Scholar
Matt Efird represents entrepreneurs, small and middle market companies, private fund managers and institutional investors in a variety of matters, from initial formation and general corporate affairs to private capital raising, private investment, and mergers and acquisitions transactions.
His work includes representing sponsors in the formation and offering of private funds, including funds of funds, venture capital funds, private equity funds and real estate funds. Matt also represents financial and strategic investors, including endowments, funds of funds, hospitals and government entities, in connection with investments in private funds and companies.
He counsels emerging growth companies through each stage of the company's life cycle, including initial formation, equity and convertible debt financings, and corporate governance and private securities laws compliance matters.
Matt also has extensive experience advising clients in the sports and entertainment industry, and in particular, has represented numerous motorsports teams, drivers, crew chiefs, sponsors and agents. His experience includes drafting, negotiating and interpreting sponsorship agreements in professional golf, football, basketball, baseball and motorsports; driver agreements; athlete management agreements; personal services and endorsement agreements; and license agreements.
Honors & Awards
- North Carolina Super Lawyers, North Carolina Rising Star, entertainment and sports, 2012-16
- Charlotte Business Journal, Charlotte’s Forty Under 40, 2016
Private Investment, Capital Raising, and Mergers and Acquisitions
Represented a health care company in connection with a strategic venture capital investment in an early-stage health care company.
Represented a radio electronics business in connection with a sale to a private equity-owned sports and entertainment business.
Represents a public company in connection with the negotiation of a multiparty joint venture with a competitor to acquire a supplier in Brazil.
Represented an early-stage entertainment ticketing software company in a Series Seed round of equity funding.
Represented the owner of a professional sports agency in connection with a sale to a European-based competitor agency.
Represented an early stage e-commerce apparel business in connection with its sale to a large Indian e-commerce platform.
Fund Formation and Investment Management
Represents a large university endowment fund in connection with the formation of a joint venture real estate fund and a direct co-investment related thereto.
Represented a multifamily office in connection with the formation and offering of a multistrategy platform of private funds.
Represents a real estate firm in connection with the recapitalization and restructuring of two portfolios of commercial office and industrial properties.
Represents a large university endowment fund in connection with its portfolio investments in private equity funds, venture capital funds, real estate funds and energy funds.
Sports and Entertainment
Represented a large NASCAR team through the reorganization of the team and formation of a complex joint venture with the owners of another professional sports franchise.
Represented a major national sponsor in connection with a long-term sponsorship of a Major League Baseball team.
Represented a young professional motorsports driver in connection with the negotiation and documentation of a long-term development program supported by a major automotive manufacturer and multiple NASCAR teams.
Represents an artisanal craftsman in the negotiation of a joint venture with an e-commerce platform for the development of a reality television show.
News & Events
- May 8, 2019
- April 18, 2018
- June 13, 2016
- Feb. 26, 2016
- Jan. 27, 2016
- Jan. 26, 2016
- Jan. 21, 2015
- Jan. 21, 2014
- Jan. 2, 2014
- June 19, 2013
- Six Shareholders Among State’s Top 100 Attorneys, Two in Top 10Jan. 18, 2013
- Seven Shareholders Among State’s Top 100 Attorneys, Two in Top 10Jan. 23, 2012
- Nov. 20, 2006
Hilton Charlotte Center City
222 E. Third St.
Charlotte, NC 28202April 10, 2018
Hyatt Regency Indianapolis
1 S. Capitol Ave.
Indianapolis, IN 46204April 19, 2017
Charlotte School of Law
201 S. College St. #400
Charlotte, NC 28244April 12-13, 2016
- Journal of Business and Intellectual Property Law Symposium
Wake Forest University School of Law
Worrell Professional Center, Room 1312
1834 Wake Forest Road
Winston-Salem, NC 27106Feb. 5, 2016
4600 Roush Place
Concord, NC 28027Aug. 20, 2014
Hyatt Place Charlotte Downtown
222 South Caldwell Street
Charlotte, North CarolinaApril 8-9, 2014
50 W. Washington Street
Indianapolis, IndianaApril 9-10, 2013
Hyatt House Charlotte/Center City
435 East Trade Street
Charlotte, North CarolinaApril 10-11, 2012
The Ritz Carlton
210 East Trade Street
Charlotte, North CarolinaFeb. 2, 2011
- March 31, 2014Sports Business Journal
- Valuation of Sponsorship Opportunities in SportsJune 2009Entertainment Law & Finance
- North Carolina Motorsports Association and North Carolina Motorsports Foundation, Board Member
- The Racing Attorney Conference, Planning Committee, Member
- North Carolina Bar Association, Sports & Entertainment Section Council, Chair, 2013-14; Vice-chair, 2012-13; CLE Chairman, 2010
- Myers Park Presbyterian Church, Malawi Outreach Committee, Co-chair, 2014-16
- Double Oaks Child Development Center, Board of Directors, 2008-12