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Michael P. Williams


Mike Williams serves as outside general counsel for large and small clients across the country with a wide range of business needs in a variety of industries.

Professional Biography

Mr. Williams focuses on representing private companies and individuals in general corporate matters, securities offerings, mergers and acquisitions, contract negotiation and preparation, and compliance.

Corporate/Securities/Mergers & Acquisitions/Commercial Real Estate

Mr. Williams assists his clients with every aspect of the corporate lifecycle, from pre-planning and formation all the way through exit. Mr. Williams' clients trust him to be their outside advisor, to counsel on legal, as well as strategic and business-related decisions. Several areas of Mr. Williams' practice include, but are not limited to: assisting with the pre-planning, formation and governance of all types of legal entities; capital raising of all sizes and nature, with an emphasis on private placement securities offerings; mergers and acquisitions (both buy-side and sell-side, and equity and asset deals) and the structuring of simple and complex transactions; reviewing and counseling borrowers with respect to financing transactions (institutional as well as private lenders); syndications; public offerings and the related reporting requirements; real estate transactions; and intellectual property. Mr. Williams also has experience drafting offering documents and related agreements for public and private real estate investment trusts (REITs) and business development companies (BDCs).

Mr. Williams' represents clients in a broad spectrum of industries, including the following industries: consumer packaged goods, food services, cannabis, fitness, entertainment, hospitality, securities, textiles, technology, real estate and real estate conservation.


Mr. Williams is staying at the forefront of the evolving legal landscape connected to the cannabis industry, both at the federal and state level. Mr. Williams' focus is on the corporate and regulatory components of the legalization of medical and recreational marijuana and marijuana-derived CBD (cannabidiol) oil. This includes the impact on state and municipal licensing, corporate structuring and formation, real estate, raising capital and potential employment issues.


Using his prior industry and business experience, Mr. Williams counsels individuals and business entities in the music, film, television and video game industries. Mr. Williams helps his clients with general corporate structuring, implementation and governance, project financing, protection of intellectual property and the negotiation, drafting and review of contracts, including but not limited to the following types of agreements: talent, distribution, appearance, non-disclosure, licensing, management and booking.

  • Prepared prospectus, other offering documents, ancillary agreements and ongoing reporting compliance for publicly registered non-traded REIT that registered $1.1 billion of securities with the SEC.

  • Drafted private placement memorandum and related agreements for private real estate investment trust, for a $200 million raise.

  • Lead associate for a BDC client for a $3.5 million senior secured first lien note and warrant purchase.

  • Performed all legal work in connection with publicly released independent documentary (music and video licensing, copyright registration, negotiation of distribution contract with largest independent film distributor, personal appearance waivers, etc.).

  • Negotiated and drafted artist management agreement for national talent agency.

  • Advised a cannabis start-up in California on cultivation, manufacturing and distribution.

  • Represented a company seeking a Class 1 or Class 2 low-THC oil production license, which included full cultivation and manufacturing into oil, in the highly regulated state of Georgia.

  • Member – Atlanta Bar Association
  • Member – State Bar of Georgia
  • Member – American Bar Association
  • Member – National Association of Record Industry Professionals (NARIP)
  • Named a Best Lawyers in America® "Ones to Watch" in Corporate Law and Mergers and Acquisitions Law (2021, 2022); Real Estate Law and Securities/Capital Markets Law (2022)


  • Georgia State University College of Law, J.D., 2013, cum laude
  • University of Georgia, B.B.A. in Finance, 2009


  • Georgia, 2014

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