Nicholas J. Bakatsias

Phone (336) 478-1121


Nick Bakatsias has a broad-based business and corporate transactional practice which includes assisting businesses and individuals with capital formation matters, complex joint venture transactions, mergers and acquisitions, corporate reorganizations, private equity ventures, and private placement offerings and related capital raising efforts.  Much of his practice is dedicated to strategic business planning for his clients and preparing joint venture agreements, shareholder agreements, LLC/partnership operating agreements, private placement memoranda, purchase contracts, noncompete agreements, finance documents, and similar business contracts necessary for the implementation of such strategic plans.

Negotiating complicated joint venture transactions with complex tax issues is also a focus of Nick’s legal practice.  “I enjoy working through the many complicated business and tax issues inherent a complex transaction to arrive at the best solution for our clients.”

Having grown up working in restaurants owned and operated by his family, Nick has a special interest in assisting closely held businesses. In fact, he says it was Carruthers & Roth’s knowledge of, and experience with, closely held businesses that first attracted him to the firm.

  • Duke University, B.S., Summa Cum Laude (2002)
  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, J.D. (2005)
  • University of Miami, LL.M. (2006)

Representative Cases

  • Negotiated and closed the sale of a client’s thirty-nine retail stores and related wholesale operations in a $150 million transaction.
  • Assisted a family-owned business sell its retail tire sale business to a publicly traded corporation in a $87 million transaction.
  • Advised a multi-family housing developer in structuring multiple complex joint venture projects with a national REIT investment fund involving consideration in excess of $140M.
  • Assisted a real property developer client raise over $42 million in connection with a private placement offering conducted in accordance with Rule 506(b) of Regulation D of the Securities Act of 1933.
  • Advised a closely-held medical equipment manufacturer in connection with the rollup of its of business with a large private equity group involving consideration of over $25 million.
  • Obtained innocent spouse relief from the Internal Revenue Service for a client thereby relieving her from close to $300,000 of tax liabilities.
  • Helped a closely-held regional perfusion services company sell its business to a national healthcare competitor for more than $7 million.
  • Restructured a multi-million dollar restaurant conglomerate in its efforts to recapitalize and streamline governance of more than 10 restaurants.
  • Assisted an entrepreneur with the business and tax planning involved in opening, purchasing and selling numerous independent pharmacies and nutritional centers throughout North Carolina.
  • Helped a multinational corporate client refinance a $120 million multicurrency revolving credit facility secured by collateral in the United States.
  • Assisted a closely-held medical supply company sell its business to a national healthcare equity group for more than $28 million.