Will Joyner concentrates his practice in the areas of general business and corporate law, mergers and acquisitions, private equity and venture capital financings, securities regulation and complex commercial agreements. He regularly represents public companies, large nonprofit organizations and closely-held middle market businesses in a variety of large and complex transactions. Mr. Joyner also enjoys working with emerging growth and technology companies, both on the company side and the investor side. Mr. Joyner has significant additional transactional experience, including public and private securities offerings, economic development transactions, and technology transfer and licensing arrangements. In addition, he often serves in a general counsel role for private companies and coordinates the outsourcing of legal services for other practice areas such as litigation, tax, intellectual property, environmental, and employment law.

Mr. Joyner is also a frequent speaker and panelist at CLE programs and other seminars. His recent speaking engagements have reflected the breadth and depth of his transactional experience, covering topics such as management of complex middle-market transactions, venture capital and M&A trends in the Southeast, and becoming an investor-ready entrepreneur.

Mr. Joyner is very active in the community and has served in many key leadership positions. Mr. Joyner's business and community accomplishments were recognized when he was named one of the Triad area's "Movers & Shakers" for 2010 by Business Leader Magazine. He was also named to Business North Carolina's 2015 and 2017 "Legal Elite" in the area of Business Law. Mr. Joyner was recognized in The Best Lawyers in America® for Corporate Law and Securities/Capital Markets Law in 2019 and the six years immediately preceding. He was also named a 2017 "Greensboro Lawyer of the Year" in the area of Securities/Capital Markets Law by The Best Lawyers in America®. Mr. Joyner was listed in the 2018 and the five immediately preceding editions of Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business for Corporate/Mergers & Acquisitions. In addition, Mr. Joyner was named one of the Triad Business Journal's "40 Leaders Under 40" in 2007. He was recognized as a North Carolina “Super Lawyer” for Business/Corporate Law in 2019 and the three years immediately preceding by Super Lawyers magazine. Mr. Joyner is AV® rated by Martindale-Hubbell.*

* CV, BV, and AV are registered certification marks of Reed Elsevier Properties Inc., used in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedure's standards and policies.


Represented Hanesbrands Inc. in the acquisition of Alternative Apparel, a marketer of “better apparel” basics, in an all-cash transaction valued at approximately $60 million.

Represented a long-established supplier of seals, O-rings and other custom machine parts in connection with the sale of its business to a UK-based public company.

Represented Miracles In Sight, one of the largest eye banks in the U.S., in its acquisition of the eye banking assets and operations of LifePoint, Inc., a provider of organ and tissue donor services to hospitals throughout South Carolina.

Represented MedCost, LLC, an integrated benefits solutions company offering customized programs to help employers lower their health plan costs and provide more affordable benefits for their employees, in its acquisition of Virginia Health Network, a Preferred Provider Organization (PPO).

Represented a publicly traded, NYSE-listed company, in connection with the sale of one of its business divisions to a strategic purchaser and the related entry into long-term supply agreement with the purchaser.

Represented angel fund in connection with Series A preferred stock investment in privately-held biotechnology company.

Represented a privately-held company in connection with a leveraged recapitalization transaction involving private equity sponsor, mezzanine lender and senior lender. Selling shareholders received a combination of cash, earn out notes and roll-over equity interests in the transaction.

Represented a Chinese public company in connection with its equity investment in a U.S. venture-backed software company.

Represented a towing services company in connection with a serial acquisition program and multiple private placements of securities.

Represented a major institutional investor in connection with over 30 investments, with an aggregate value of nearly $3 billion, in various private investment funds, including private equity funds, venture capital funds and real estate funds.  

Regularly represents one of the largest U.S. professional associations on a wide range of corporate governance, commercial contract and transactional matters.

Represented Bioptigen, Inc., a technology leader in the field of optical coherence tomography (OCT), in its acquisition by Leica Microsystems, Inc., a global leader in microscopy and imaging systems and a subsidiary of Danaher Corporation.

Represented an early-stage nanotechnology company in connection with a Series A preferred stock financing transaction.

Represented a North Carolina art museum foundation in connection with pro bono matters.

Represented the Whitaker Park Development Authority (WPDA) in connection with agreements with R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company for the donation of Reynolds’ Whitaker Park manufacturing facility to WPDA for economic development purposes.

Represent numerous buyers and sellers of renewable energy projects in purchase and sale transactions.

Represented ISP Sports in its acquisition by IMG Worldwide Holdings to form IMG College, an approximately $500 million business unit, as the leading college sports media rights company in the country.


Wake Forest University School of Law, J.D. (1996) Order of the Coif, cum laude

Babcock Graduate School of Management, Wake Forest University, M.B.A. (1996)

Princeton University, A.B. (1992)


North Carolina (1996)

Professional & Community Activities

Old Town Club, Current Club Secretary, Former Board Member

Winston-Salem Business, Inc., Board Member

Old Salem Museums and Gardens, Board Member

Winston-Salem Tech Council, Executive Committee Member (Past Chair)

Creative Corridors Coalition, Board Member

Flywheel Foundation, Board Member

Downtown Winston-Salem Partnership, Former Board Member

Stratford Rotary Club, Former Board Member

Mental Health Association in Forsyth County, Former President

North Carolina Bar Association, Former Member of Business Law Section Council

Wake Forest Law Review, Executive Editor (1995-1996)

American Bar Association, Business Law Section, Member

North Carolina Bar Association, Business Law Section, Member


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