Bradley S. Austin Partner

Brad's practice focuses on mergers and acquisitions, entity formation, corporate finance and lending, and general corporate work. He regularly represents private equity funds, independent sponsors, family offices, and businesses by assisting with all aspects of structuring, financing, negotiation and consummation of business formations, acquisitions and dispositions.

He also represents financial institutions, mezzanine lenders, equity providers, borrowers and issuers in connection with a variety of financing transactions including structured financings, revolving credit facilities, asset-based financings, syndicated loans and other credit facilities.

Brad’s transactional experience extends across various industries, including food and beverage, franchisee/franchisor, healthcare, consumer products, financial services, manufacturing, and technology, among others.

Brad leads the Firm’s regional independent sponsor roundtable group in the Southeast. He is also a Certified Public Accountant.

While earning his law degree from Wake Forest University School of Law, Brad was a member of the Moot Court Board.


Represented private equity fund in the restructure and buy-out of controlling interest in joint venture and negotiation of complex multi-party licensing agreement concerning nationally branded merchandise.

Represented private equity fund in its divestiture of restaurant chain with owned and franchised locations throughout the southeastern U.S.

Represented private equity fund in its divestiture of engineering services provider.

Represented international public food service company in its divestiture of a business unit to a private equity fund.

Represented publicly traded manufacturing company in a debt restructuring to redeem $120 million of senior secured notes with proceeds of a first lien credit facility of $150 million and second lien credit facility of $30 million.

Represented publicly traded retailer in a refinancing of its existing $100 million credit facility.

Represented franchisee of national restaurant concept in acquisition of existing franchise business.

  • Wake Forest University School of Law, JD, Managing Editor, Wake Forest Law Review, 2006
  • The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Master of Accounting, 1999
  • The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, BS, Business Administration, 1998

Member, American Institute of Certified Public Accountants

Member, North Carolina Association of Certified Public Accountants

Member, American Bar Association

Member, North Carolina Bar Association

Member, Board of Directors, Loaves & Fishes

  • North Carolina
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of North Carolina

Named to "40 Under 40," Charlotte Business Journal, 2015

Named to "North Carolina Rising Stars," Mergers and Acquisitions, Super Lawyers, Thomson Reuters, 2015, 2016

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