Clark H. Lacy is a member of the Firm’s Corporate and Business Practice Group. Over the past four years, Clark’s practice has focused on the areas of partnership and corporate tax planning, mergers and acquisitions, equity and executive compensation agreements, corporate governance, securities, entity formation and structuring, commercial transactions, and business succession planning. Clark represents privately-held businesses and their owners in a wide-range of industries, including medical device manufacturers, commercial real estate developers, and restauranteurs.

Clark frequently advises his clients on tax-efficient and innovative solutions that preserve and enhance the values of their businesses while minimizing risk. Clark provides innovative and responsive structures to address issues arising during the entire life-cycle of his clients’ businesses, including choice-of-entity issues; debt and equity capitalization; operating agreements, bylaws, and other governing documents; employment agreements and noncompetes; equity and executive compensation; exit transactions; and succession planning.

  • Tax Law Review (New York University School of Law)
  • Wilf Tax Scholarship (New York University School of Law)
  • Student Works Editor, South Carolina Law Review (University of South Carolina School of Law)
  • Victor A. Michalewitz Excellence in Legal Writing Award (University of South Carolina School of Law)
  • Order of the Coif
  • Order of the Wig and Robe
  • CALI Awards:
    • Bankruptcy
    • Commercial Law
    • Criminal Procedure
    • International Business Transactions
    • Partnership/LLC Tax
    • Wills, Trusts and Estates
    • Secured Transactions
  • Represented family-owned commercial real estate business in $40 million joint venture with private equity fund.
  • Represented medical devise business in $13 million equity private placement, ~$14 convertible debt private placement, operation of stock option plan, institution and operation of restricted stock plan, and general corporate governance.
  • Represented buyer in structuring acquisition vehicle and acquiring multi-location restaurant.
  • Represented data analytics business in the energy sector in negotiating and securing multi-million dollar master services agreement with international oil and gas firm.
  • Represented privately-held body shop in a $20 million asset sale to a private-equity backed international body shop firm.
  • Represented solar energy developer in negotiating and tax analysis of +$20 million solar farm.
  • Represented family office in drafting and preparing operating agreement for family office LLC.
  • Represented multiple privately-held businesses and their owners with tax planning, equity compensation, organizational, shareholder, and employment matters.
  • Represented multiple privately-held businesses with redemptions, equity sales, mergers and acquisitions, and other equity extraction and business expansion plans.

Publications

  • LLC Managers Beware: N.C. Responsible Person Liability, Tax Assessments, Vol. 33, No. 1 (N.C. Bar Ass’n Tax Section Oct. 2013) (Co-Authored with Christopher E. Hannum)
  • The Witch’s Brew: Nigerian Schemes, Counterfeit Cashier’s Checks, and Your Trust Account, 61 S.C. L. Rev. 753 (2010)
  • Carden v. Aetna Life Insurance Company, 559 F.3d 256 (4th Cir. 2009), 61 S.C. L. Rev. 601 (2010)