Thomas H. Moody

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  • Overview

    • Business law attorney, providing strategic advice to business owners, investors and technology companies.

      Tom Moody advises business owners, investors and technology companies in a variety of organizational and transactional matters. In his twenty-six year career as a business attorney at Downs Rachlin Martin, Tom has served as counsel to investors and lenders, and has advised small-to-medium sized businesses. Tom is a strategic thinker who advocates fiercely for his clients’ interest, providing clients with guidance on what is reasonable and what is overly aggressive so that transactions are closed efficiently and with an outcome that best serves the clients’ objectives.

      Tom’s practice includes the formation of corporations and LLCs, a wide variety of debt and equity transactions, mergers and business acquisitions, and executive compensation. In 2015, in his role as Chair of the Business Association Section of the Vermont Bar Association, Tom led an effort to substantially revise Vermont's Limited Liability Company Act. That legislation became effective July 1, 2015. In 2016, he led another effort to update Vermont’s business laws. H.723 is a comprehensive re-write of the Vermont Corporations Act provision on mergers, which is being expanded to include conversions and domestications. That bill became law on July 1, 2016. Tom was the principal drafter of the revised corporate merger statute and worked with the House Committee on Commerce and Economic Development to move it through the House and into the Senate.

      Tom recently was awarded the “President’s Award” at the 2015 Vermont Bar Association Annual Meeting for “Extraordinary Efforts and Service to the Business Law Section.” In 2014, Tom was named “Lawyer of the Year” by the Best Lawyers publication.

  • Experience

      • Tom represented private equity firms in numerous convertible debt and preferred stock transactions aggregating over $500 million.
      • Represented New England family office in connection with numerous investments and portfolio management issues.
      • Acted as counsel to individual investors in connection with the acquisition, financing and build-out of numerous start-up businesses.
      • Represented a US industrial products company in a business acquisition and related senior debt, mezzanine debt and equity financings.
      • Advised an international outsourcing company in connection with numerous acquisitions, financings and shareholder matters involving transactions in the United States, India, Australia and in the UK.
      • Aided a US consumer products company in obtaining substantial investment under federal EB-5 financing/immigration program.
      • Assisted a US private equity firm in connection with the formation of offshore investment vehicles.
      • Aided a commercial bank in a $1.4 billion syndicated loan transaction.
      • Served as special counsel to a renewable energy fund in connection with its sale of a portfolio of 22 hydro-electric plants located in the eastern United States.
  • Admissions & Clerkships

    • Vermont, 1990

  • Memberships & Activities

    • Memberships

      • VBA Business Section LLC Act Drafting Committee, Co-chair, 2013-2016
      • VBA Business Section Corporations Act Drafting Committee, Chair, 2016
      • American Bar Association: Uniform Commercial Code Committee, Member, 1990-2016
      • Richard Tom Foundation, Founding Board Member, 2016
      • Lake Champlain Maritime Museum, Advisory Board Member, 2016
      • Lake Iroquois Boaters Association, Founding Board Member, 2016
      • Green Mountain Bicycle Club, Board Member, 1999-2016
      • Burlington Criterium, Race Director, 1999-2016
      • Green Mountain Waterskiers, Member, 2005-2016
      • Catamount Outdoor Family Center, Former Board Member
      • Lake Iroquois Association, Former Board Member

      Activities

      Tom lives in Williston with his partner, Karen. He is an avid cyclist, alpine skier, water skier and sailor. He enjoys building stone walls, making furniture, painting, playing guitar and spending time with his partner and children.

  • Accolades

      • Awarded the “President’s Award” at the 2015 Vermont Bar Association Annual Meeting for “Extraordinary Efforts and Service to the Business Law Section” for leading the drafting, introduction and passage of the 2015 revision of the Vermont Limited Liability Company Act.
      • Named the Best Lawyers® 2014 Corporate Law “Lawyer of the Year” in Burlington, Vermont.
      • Selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© in the fields of Corporate Law, Mergers and Acquisitions, and Venture Capital Law, 2005-2017
      • Selected again by New England Super Lawyers® for recognition in the fields: Business/Corporate, and Mergers and Acquisitions, 2015
      • Chambers and Partners, 2006-2017

Business law attorney, providing strategic advice to business owners, investors and technology companies.

Tom Moody advises business owners, investors and technology companies in a variety of organizational and transactional matters. In his twenty-six year career as a business attorney at Downs Rachlin Martin, Tom has served as counsel to investors and lenders, and has advised small-to-medium sized businesses. Tom is a strategic thinker who advocates fiercely for his clients’ interest, providing clients with guidance on what is reasonable and what is overly aggressive so that transactions are closed efficiently and with an outcome that best serves the clients’ objectives.

Tom’s practice includes the formation of corporations and LLCs, a wide variety of debt and equity transactions, mergers and business acquisitions, and executive compensation. In 2015, in his role as Chair of the Business Association Section of the Vermont Bar Association, Tom led an effort to substantially revise Vermont's Limited Liability Company Act. That legislation became effective July 1, 2015. In 2016, he led another effort to update Vermont’s business laws. H.723 is a comprehensive re-write of the Vermont Corporations Act provision on mergers, which is being expanded to include conversions and domestications. That bill became law on July 1, 2016. Tom was the principal drafter of the revised corporate merger statute and worked with the House Committee on Commerce and Economic Development to move it through the House and into the Senate.

Tom recently was awarded the “President’s Award” at the 2015 Vermont Bar Association Annual Meeting for “Extraordinary Efforts and Service to the Business Law Section.” In 2014, Tom was named “Lawyer of the Year” by the Best Lawyers publication.

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