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Layla DotsonLumpkin

PartnerLayla.Lumpkin@ThompsonHine.com
Chicago

O 312.998.4281

Layla DotsonLumpkin

Partner

Focus Areas

Examples of Layla’s experience include:

Emerging Companies & Venture Capital

  • Represented startups in initial corporate or limited liability company formation and exchange/conversion into a Delaware corporation
  • Represented $125 million venture capital fund client in portfolio company convertible debt and early to late stage equity investments and IPO and M&A exits
  • Represented $500 million venture capital fund client in portfolio company convertible debt and early to late stage equity investments, typically as lead investor
  • Represented $70 million venture capital fund client in portfolio company SAFE, convertible debt and early stage equity investments
  • Represented a venture capital fund as lead investor in its investment in a consumer products company
  • Represented technology enabled specialty clothing company in its Series Seed financing
  • Represented health and beauty products company in its convertible debt and Series A financings led by a corporate venture capital investor
  • Represented a social networking platform in its SAFE financing
  • Represented a technology client in its convertible note financing
  • Represented a cannabis client in its convertible note financing
  • Represented a strategic investor in its Series B investment in an AI software company

Fund Formation

  • Represented a $65 million venture capital fund in its final fund closing
  • Represented a $50 million fund in the formation of second venture capital fund
  • Represented a leading Midwest venture capital fund in the formation of its second venture capital fund
  • Represented a debt fund in its formation of a bridge financing fund

Mergers and Acquisitions

  • Represented a public company buyer in its $11 million asset acquisition of a commercial real estate company
  • Represented a chain of over 25 pharmacies in its $25 million sale to a strategic buyer
  • Represented medical equipment manufacturer in its $17 million sale to a private equity buyer
  • Represented operating company in its acquisition of pizza manufacturer and retailer
  • Represented a specialty cooling client in its $35 million bid to sell the company
  • Represented a private equity buyer in its $300 million add-on acquisition of a specialty battery manufacturer
  • Represented a public company buyer in its $600 million stock purchase of an electrical parts manufacturer
  • Represented a franchisee in its sale of a specialty fitness franchise
  • Represented a distributor of manufacturing equipment and products in the $7.4 million sale of a portion of its assets to its primary supplier
  • Represented a document storage company in the sale of its electronic document storage business to a strategic buyer
  • Represented a specialty financing company in its $60 million sale of the business to a private equity buyer
  • Represented a private equity fund in the acquisition of a specialty supply company
  • Represented a regional health insurance provider in its $22 million sale to a strategic buyer

Outside General Counsel

  • Served as outside general counsel to and drafted, reviewed and negotiated commercial contracts for companies in various industries

Commercial Lending & Specialty Finance

  • Represented commercial lenders in initiating and extending asset-based loans to finance working capital and transactions and refinance existing debt. Loan values ranged from approximately $5 million to $25 million
  • Represented a specialty financing company in capital lease financing transactions
  • Panelist, “The State of Middle Market M&A,” The Chicago Bar Association Learning Catalog webcast, May 2022
  • Panelist, “Female Founders: The Blueprint,” Rice Business Women In Leadership Conference 2022, February 2022
  • Panelist, “Resolving Conflicts of Interest in Private Equity and Venture Capital Transactions: When They Arise and What to Do,” ABA’s Business Law Section Annual Meeting, September 2021
  • Presenter, “Technology, Protection vs. Collaboration (Protecting What You Are Building),” iTEC Conference Houston, November 2018
  • Leadership Council on Legal Diversity (LCLD), Fellow, 2022
  • Illinois Emerging Lawyer in Closely & Privately Held Business, Mergers & Acquisitions, and Securities & Venture Finance Law, Law Bulletin Media Leading Lawyers, 2020, 2021, 2022
  • Named to The National Black Lawyers Top 40 Under 40, 2018

Professional Associations

  • American Bar Association
  • Texas State Bar Association
  • Women’s Association of Venture & Equity (WAVE)

Community Activities

  • The Junior League of Houston, Inc.

Education

  • Northwestern University School of Law, J.D., 2011,

    articles editor, Journal of Law and Social Policy

  • Florida A&M University, B.S., 2006,
    magna cum laude

Bar Admissions

  • Illinois
  • Texas