Paul J. Foley

Winston-Salem,  NC  U.S.A.

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Practice Areas

  • Investment Management
  • Securities
  • Business & Finance
  • Real Estate Investment & Development
  • Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Private Equity
  • Government & Regulatory
  • Pension Asset Management
University Queens University of Charlotte, B.A., Business Administration, magna cum laude, 2000
Law SchoolUniversity of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Law, J.D., with honors, 2004
Admitted2005, New York; 2006, District of Columbia; 2010, North Carolina

Paul Foley concentrates his practice in the areas of securities and corporate law, with a particular focus on investment fund formation, investment adviser regulation, and corporate representation, including mergers and acquisitions.

Mr. Foley regularly represents investment advisers, hedge funds, mutual funds, private equity funds, venture capital funds, funds of funds, institutional investors, broker-dealers, financial institutions and other entities with regard to complex federal and state securities regulatory matters.

Investment Fund Formation. Mr. Foley regularly advises clients on structuring, forming, and offering investment funds, including hedge funds, mutual funds, private equity funds, venture capital funds, funds of funds, and real estate funds. He also provides fund managers with ongoing advice regarding investments, transactions, compliance, and securities law matters, including applicable federal and state investment adviser registration requirements. Mr. Foley has assisted fund managers with fund offerings totaling in the billions of dollars.

Investment Adviser Representation. Mr. Foley has extensive experience representing institutional and retail investment advisers with regard to various securities, compliance, and business matters, including drafting and reviewing investment advisory agreements and other material contracts, developing and implementing customized compliance policies and procedures, mergers and acquisitions, and registration on Form ADV. He is also experienced in conducting internal investigations and advising clients with regard to examination and enforcement-related inquiries and investigations by the SEC, self regulatory organizations, and state agencies. In addition, Mr. Foley has assisted clients in obtaining no-action and exemptive relief from the SEC and state agencies. Mr. Foley provides ongoing advice to numerous investment advisers.

Corporate Representation. Mr. Foley also has experience in various corporate and commercial transactions, including complex financings and joint ventures. In addition, he often serves in a general counsel role for private companies and coordinates the outsourcing of legal services for other practice areas such as litigation, intellectual property, real estate, tax, environmental, and employment law.

Prior Experience. Prior to joining Kilpatrick Townsend, Mr. Foley worked in the Securities Department of a Washington, D.C. law firm that is consistently ranked as a top law firm for securities regulation. During law school, he worked at the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of North Carolina and the North Carolina Banking Commission. Prior to attending law school, Mr. Foley worked as a fixed-income analyst on the bond trading floor of a large investment bank where he held his Series 7 and Series 63 securities licenses.

Honors and Recognition. Mr. Foley has been recognized as a "Legal Elite" in 2013 and 2014 for Business Law by Business North Carolina magazine. He has been named a 2012, 2013 and 2014 North Carolina "Rising Star" in the area of Securities & Corporate Finance by Super Lawyers magazine. Mr. Foley was also named one of "40 Leaders Under Forty" in 2012 by Triad Business Journal.

North Carolina State Board of Elections. On May 1, 2013, North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory appointed Mr. Foley to a four year term on the North Carolina State Board of Elections, which is the North Carolina agency charged with overall responsibility for administration of the elections process and campaign finance disclosure. The North Carolina State Board of Elections is the only statutory bi-partisan, quasi-judicial supervisory board in the North Carolina state government. To contact Mr. Foley with regard to matters involving his service on the Board of Elections, please e-mail him at

Professional & Community Activities

Board Member, North Carolina State Board of Elections

Board Member, Securities Regulation Committee of the North Carolina Bar Association

Board Member, Southeastern Hedge Fund Association

Committee Member, Hedge Funds Care Southeast

Board Member and General Counsel, Big Brothers Big Sisters Services, Inc.

Board Member, Winston-Salem Hospice Foundation

Board Member, Winston-Salem Heart Ball

Former General Counsel, North Carolina Republican Party (2011-2013)

 (Also at New York, NY Office)


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SEC Provides No-Action Relief for M&A Brokers
Matthew S. Chambers,Paul J. Foley,Katherine A. McCurry,Jeffrey T. Skinner,Thomas W. Steed, March 6, 2014
On January 31, the staff of the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) issued a no-action letter (“No-Action Letter”) [1] permitting an “M&A Broker”, under certain circumstances, to facilitate mergers, acquisitions, business sales, and business combinations...

SEC Releases 2014 Exam Priorities
Matthew S. Chambers,Paul J. Foley,Andrew B. Sachs,Jeffrey T. Skinner, January 17, 2014
On January 9, 2014, the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) announced its 2014 examination priorities (the “Exam Priorities”) as part of the SEC’s National Examination Program (the “NEP”) to foster communication with both investors and registered...
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Paul J. Foley

1001 West Fourth Street
Winston-SalemNC 27101-2400


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