I derive great personal and professional satisfaction from structuring, drafting, negotiating and closing business deals. Even though my clients are often business entities, ultimately it’s about the people involved and their goals and objectives are paramount. I approach each matter with that in mind.

Mr. Felton concentrates his practice in the areas of corporate, LLC and partnership formation and operations, mergers and acquisitions, securities law, reorganizations, joint ventures, employment law, and the financing of transactions through both public and private equity and debt.  He often serves as outside “in house” counsel, providing general legal advice on both day-to-day issues and major complex problems.

Mr. Felton’s clients range from entrepreneurial start-ups to established middle market companies operating in a diverse variety of industries, including manufacturing, technology, food & beverage, real estate, construction and healthcare, as well as service industries. Mr. Felton also represents issuers and underwriters in public and private offerings and counsels clients concerning corporate governance and SEC compliance issues.

Honors & Awards

  • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America© (a trademark of Woodward/White, Inc.) in the Mergers & Acquisitions Law, Corporate Law and Securities/Capital Markets Law practice areas (1994 – present)
  • Selected by Best Lawyers® (a trademark of Woodward/White, Inc.) as 2016 Woodbridge "Lawyer of the Year" in Mergers & Acquisitions Law; as 2013 Woodbridge "Lawyer of the Year" in Corporate Law; as 2012 Woodbridge "Lawyer of the Year" in Mergers & Acquisitions Law
  • Listed in Chambers USA - America’s Leading Lawyers for Business (a publication of Chambers and Partners) in the Corporate/M&A practice area (2003 – present)
  • Listed in New Jersey Super Lawyers (a Thompson Reuters business) in the Mergers & Acquisitions practice area (2005 – present)
  • Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Rated AV® Preeminent (a trademark of Internet Brands, Inc.) (2001 – present)

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Representative Matters

  • Representation of a manufacturer in the $75 acquisition of a competitor with six business locations
  • Representation of an industrial company in a $22 million acquisition
  • Sale of a publicly traded company through an auction process
  • Sale of a local distribution company in a $6 million transaction
  • Sale of a medical device company to a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson for $50+ million  
  • Representation of a consumer products company in the $75 million sale of its business to a private equity firm
  • Sale of a dairy to Dean Foods in a $15 million transaction
  • Representation of an Italian food distribution company in the $60 million sale of its business to Vistar Corporation
  • Representation of a global industrial packaging firm in its acquisition of a major manufacturer and supplier of fiber drum technologies for the agricultural and chemical markets
  • Sale of the assets of the leading producer of barware and wine-related accessories in a $69.5 million transaction
  • Representation of a New Jersey-based commercial lender in a restructuring of financing through the New Jersey Economic Development Authority. Negotiations between the bank, the EDA and the IRS were complicated by the borrower’s breaching of certain requirements of the Internal Revenue Code relating to industrial revenue bonds
  • Served as New Jersey counsel to an AmLaw 100 firm in its representation of a Top 10 national homebuilder in several public debt offerings valued at $200-350 million
  • Served as New Jersey counsel to an AmLaw 100 firm in its representation of a construction materials New York Stock Exchange company in connection with its hostile takeover of another New York Stock Exchange company
  • Served as New Jersey counsel to an AmLaw100 firm in connection with a $325 million bond offering registered with the Securities and Exchange Commission
  • Representation of a number of gasoline station owners in connection with their respective purchases of approximately two dozen locations throughout New Jersey. Total value of transactions ranged from $25-40 million
  • Representation of a regional cooperative in the retail restaurant industry with over 2000 franchise members in thirteen U.S. states, in connection with a merger with three other regional cooperatives.  The resulting entity represents all U.S. distribution east of the Mississippi River
  • Representation of a medical electronic billing company in its sale to a Texas-based medical products/services company for $22 million plus an earn-out
  • Representation of a client in its acquisition of a specialty food distributor for $8 million

Uniquely NJ

  • Board of Directors, New Jersey Chamber of Commerce
  • Board of Directors (past Chair), New Jersey State Bar Association: Business Law Section
  • Member, Association for Corporate Growth New Jersey Chapter
  • Member, Middlesex County Bar Association
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More Activities & Experience

  • Member, American Bar Association; Business Law Section
  • Research Editor, Rutgers Law Review (1980-81)

Presentations & Speaking Engagements

Publications & Alerts

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Departments

Education

Rutgers University School of Law, Newark, J.D., 1981

Rutgers College, B.A., 1978

Bar Admissions

  • New Jersey, 1981         
  • U.S. District Court, District of New Jersey, 1981
  • U.S. Tax Court, 1983

W. Raymond Felton Ranked in Chambers USA 2016 W. Raymond Felton Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Rated AV Preeminent W. Raymond Felton Listed in Best Lawyers W. Raymond Felton Best Lawyers Lawyer of the Year 2016 W. Raymond Felton Best Lawyers Lawyer of the Year 2013 W. Raymond Felton Best Lawyers Lawyer of the Year 2012

A description of the standard or methodology on which the accolades are based can be found HERE. No aspect of this advertisement has been approved by the Supreme Court of New Jersey.