Michael E. Slipsky
Contact Information

301 Fayetteville Street
Suite 1900
Raleigh, NC 27601

t: 919.783.2851
f: 919.783.1075


University of North Carolina, JD, 2004, cum laude

Order of the Coif

Comments Editor, North Carolina Law Review

University of Utah, BS, 2001, cum laude

Phi Kappa Phi

Professional and Community Activities

North Carolina Lawyers for Entrepreneurs Assistance Program (NC LEAP), Committee member

Boomerang Youth, Inc., Chair, Corporate Governance Committee

North Carolina Bar Association, Young Lawyers Division, Law-Related Education Committee, Co-chair, 2008 – 2009

North Carolina Bar Association, Co-chair, “Participate” Working Group of the 4All Task Force, 2007 – 2008

Wake County Bar Association

Notable Accomplishments

Ranked among Super Lawyers magazine’s North Carolina “Rising Stars” (Mergers & Acquisitions), 2012-2017

Jurisdictions Licensed

North Carolina


Prior Legal Experience

Prior to joining Poyner Spruill, Mike was an Associate with Dechert LLP in Philadelphia from 2004 to 2005.


Mike is an attorney in the Business Organizations group and has practiced with the firm since 2005. He focuses his practice on mergers, acquisitions, divestitures, and other significant business transactions for companies across a broad range of industries, including professional sports franchises. Additionally, he has experience advising clients in the entertainment industry on a wide variety of matters, including the negotiation of talent agreements, location agreements, and studio and equipment rental agreements for television and film productions. Mike has also represented issuers in a substantial number of private securities offerings, including several independent production companies in connection with their film financing activities.

Representative Experience

  • Represented seller in a strategic investment in a mortgage lending company
  • Represented buyer in a $142.5 million equity purchase of a building products company
  • Represented seller in an $18.5 million asset sale and equity rollover of a strategic communications agency
  • Represented buyer in the acquisition of a North American Soccer League franchise
  • Represented pharmaceutical company in a worldwide license to a global pharmaceutical company of a biomarker for the risk of Alzheimer’s Disease
  • Represented a vaccine developer in a Series B Preferred Stock Offering
  • Represented seller in a $110 million strategic acquisition of a consumer electronics company
  • Represented seller in a $21 million asset sale of a sporting goods manufacturer
  • Represented seller in a $5.8 million asset sale of an industrial machinery and equipment wholesaler
  • Represented seller in a $29.6 million strategic acquisition of a medical practice
  • Represented a multi-national corporation in a $750 million private placement and exchange offer of corporate debt
  • Represented borrower in a $8.25 million mezzanine debt financing transaction of a global footwear supplier
  • Represented a venture capital fund as purchaser in a series of emerging technology-related strategic investments totaling in excess of $20 million
  • Represented a biopharmaceutical company as purchaser in a $160 million strategic acquisition
  • Review, draft and negotiate various agreements, including, among others, consulting agreements, fractional ownership agreements for corporate aircraft, limited liability company operating agreements, shareholder agreements and stock and asset purchase agreements
  • EUE / Screen Gems LTD
  • Trailblazer Studios
  • Torchmedia
  • Studio ELM
  • Spark Productions
  • Relativity
  • North Carolina FC
  • North Carolina Courage
  • Mindcrack
  • The Hive
  • Level Path Productions
  • Centerline Digital
  • Baby Makes 3


We pride ourselves on developing lasting relationships with our clients. We have been working with some of our clients since their formation, and others for over 10 years. Drawing on more than 40 years of combined experience in diverse practice areas, as well as the knowledge of other attorneys within our firm, we have the unique ability to provide our clients with a full range of legal counsel that extends beyond the field, studio, or stage.