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Kim Bayless

Of Counsel
t: 252.972.7117

In connection with Kim's broad transactional experience, he helps clients expand their businesses through distributorships, licenses, and franchises.

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Kim has developed a general commercial practice over the past 40 years. He has extensive experience in buying and selling businesses and assisting clients in operating their ongoing enterprises.

Areas of Focus

+Business Organizations & Transactions

  • Act as lead counsel on buying and selling businesses
  • Negotiate and draft business contracts, such as leases, employment agreements, and software licenses
  • Organize corporations and limited liability companies for business operations
  • Provide business and succession planning, such as shareholder agreements
  • Review and advise franchisors and franchisees on contracts and relations involved in franchised businesses
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  • Represented a franchisee in the sale of a multi-unit system operating in several states.
  • Represented a purchaser in the acquisition of a regional franchise business.
  • Negotiated many franchise and related documents for new franchisees.
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University of Toledo College of Law, J.D., 1977

Ohio University, B.A., 1974

+Professional & Community Activities

Board of Directors, Rocky Mount Chamber of Commerce, 2010
Board of Trustees, Rocky Mount Academy

+Notable Accomplishments

Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America in corporate law, 2023

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