Stu represents public and private companies in the areas of mergers & acquisitions, securities law, banking regulation, capital formation, and commercial contracts. He regularly represents financial institutions and their holding companies in mergers and other strategic combinations, both as buyers and sellers. Additionally, in his transactional practice, Stu has significant experience advising banks on branch acquisitions and divestures, bank regulatory applications, private placements of securities, recapitalization transactions, and a wide range of general corporate governance matters. He frequently provides strategic regulatory advice to community banks as they grow and expand their business, both organically and through acquisition.

Stu is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where he received his B.A., with highest distinction, and his J.D., with honors. During law school, he served as Articles and Notes Editor for the North Carolina Banking Institute Journal and was a scholarship recipient from UNC School of Law’s Center for Banking and Finance.

Prior to joining the firm, he practiced with Gaeta & Eveson, P.A. in Raleigh and in the Charlotte office of Bryan Cave LLP. Before entering the legal profession, Stu worked for two large public corporations in the consumer packaged goods industry.

  • North Carolina State Bar
  • North Carolina Bar Association
  • North Carolina Bankers Association, Affiliate Member
  • South Carolina Bankers Association, Affiliate Member