Charleston, WV
600 Quarrier Street
Charleston, WV 25301
T: (304) 347-1121
F: (304) 343-3058

J.D., Washington & Lee University School of Law 

B.B.A., Accounting, University of Notre Dame 

  • Supreme Court of Appeals of West Virginia
  • Supreme Court of North Carolina
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Benjamin R. Thomas

Partner

Benjamin Thomas focuses his practice in the areas of mergers and acquisitions and commercial and financial services. He is experienced in advising businesses on various structural matters related to acquisitions and entity formation and general corporate governance matters.

Ben's merger and acquisition practice involves structuring, documenting, and managing mergers, acquisitions, reorganizations, and other corporate transactions.

He also provides general corporate services to all sizes of businesses, including assistance with business formation, commercial lease and contract review, and venture capital and other private financing.

Ben serves as a member of the board of directors of the Kanawha County Public Library, the Charleston Area Alliance, and the Chemical Alliance Zone. 

He is a member of the Churchill Centre, a group focused on educating new generations on the leadership, statesmanship, vision, courage and boldness of Winston Churchill.

Professional Highlights

  • Leadership West Virginia, Class of 2011

Assisted with the completion of the following banking transactions:

  • A registered common stock rights offering;
  • The issuance of common stock in connection with private equity investment in public clients;
  • The acquisition of certain bank branches in Northern West Virginia;
  • The acquisition of certain bank branches in Southern West Virginia;
  • The acquisition of a bank holding company and its bankers subsidiary headquartered in Charleston, South Carolina with an approximate transaction value of $1.1 billion;
  • The acquisition of a bank holding company and its Virginia banking subsidiary, with an approximate transaction value of $300 million;
  • The acquisition of a Virginia bank holding company and its Virginia subsidiary bank having a presence in northern Virginia and Washington, D.C., with an approximate transaction value of $912 million;
  • The acquisition of a Virginia bank holding company and its Virginia subsidiary bank having a presence in the northern Virginia suburbs of Washington, D.C., with an approximate transaction value of $490 million;
  • The acquisition of a privately held community bank headquartered in Washington, D.C., with an approximate transaction value of $269 million;
  • The sale of a West Virginia bank holding company and its West Virginia subsidiary bank having a presence in southwestern West Virginia and southwestern Virginia, with an approximate transaction value of $43 million;
  • The sale of a bank holding company and its West Virginia banking subsidiary, with an approximate transaction value of $28.5 million;
  • The acquisition of a Virginia bank holding company and its Virginia subsidiary bank having a presence in northwestern Virginia, with an approximate transaction value of $22 million; 
  • The acquisition of a Kentucky bank holding company, with an approximate transaction value of $21 million; and
  • The sale of a West Virginia community bank in southern West Virginia, with an approximate transaction value of $7.4 million.

Assisted with the completion of the following acquisition or divestiture transactions:

  • The sale of the stock of a building materials company;
  • The sale of the stock of plastics manufacturing business;
  • The lease of a hospital facility to a successor operation and assignment of related assets and liabilities;
  • The sale of two wind farm projects; and
  • The sale of the stock of an employee benefits third-party administrator.
  • Named to The Best Lawyers in America ® (Banking and Finance Law), 2022
  • Recognized by West Virginia Super Lawyers as a Rising Star, 2014-present
  • The State Journal's 2019 Generation Next: 40 Under 40
  • West Virginia Bar Association
  • North Carolina Bar Association
  • Member, Board of Directors, Charleston Area Alliance
  • Member, Board of Directors, Kanawha County Public Library
  • Member, Churchill Centre
  • Member, Board of Directors, Chemical Alliance Zone