Eric B. AmstutzMEMBER

Eric Amstutz concentrates his practice in advising businesses; the negotiation, drafting and analysis of complex agreements, including business mergers, acquisitions, dispositions, joint ventures and spin-offs; corporate and board governance issues; insolvency-related matters; equity and debt securities offerings; government-private sector transactions; and business practice assistance in litigation.

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  • Mergers and Acquisitions
  • Joint Ventures and Public-Private Partnerships
  • Corporate
  • Shareholder Oppression
  • Outside General Counsel
  • Securities and Corporate Finance
  • Bankruptcy, Insolvency and Creditor's Rights
1978, J.D. Yale Law School
1975, B.A. Swarthmore College, with highest honors, Phi Beta Kappa
1971 Groton School, summa cum laude
  • Advised several public companies and their boards of directors respecting mergers, acquisitions, spin-offs, proxy contests, tender offers, debt and equity securities issuances, exchange offers, corporate governance, related party transactions, syndicated bank financings, distressed financial circumstances and SEC filings.
  • Represented the developer of Greenville’s downtown 15,900 seat arena (now known as the Bon Secours Wellness Arena) in structuring the private-public relationship and negotiating the primary contracts and financing documents.
  • Represented the private developer in negotiating the development, program management and construction management agreement with the School District of Greenville County for its $1 billion facilities construction program.
  • Represented non-controlling owners of a nationally-known real estate resort development company in their purchase of the controlling owners’ equity interests and resale of all equity interests to a third party purchaser in settlement of a minority shareholder oppression lawsuit.
  • Represented the independent directors of a corporate owner and operator of several high-end golf course properties in the corporation’s senior debt restructuring efforts.
  • Represented a director, officer, majority owner and guarantor in the Chapter 11 proceeding of a product distributor.
  • Represented a significant manufacturer in outsourcing a portion of its operations and subsequently in unwinding the outsourcing relationship.
  • Part of the Wyche team that represented ESOP participants in ERISA class action against plan fiduciaries and others, which resulted in significant settlement for the benefit of class members.
  • Part of the Wyche team that represented South Carolina Senate and state government utility oversight agency in litigation against major electric utility concerning abandoned nuclear power plant.
1980–Present Wyche, P.A.
1979–80 Law Clerk, Hon. Potter Stewart, Associate Justice, United States Supreme Court
1978–79 Law Clerk, Hon. Gerhard A. Gesell, United States District Court for the District of Columbia
  • United States Supreme Court, 1985
  • South Carolina Bar, 1981
  • District of Columbia Bar, 1980 (currently inactive)
  • South Carolina State and Federal Courts
  • Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals
  • Corporate/Transactional Practice Group Leader, 2002-2012
  • United Way, Financial Stability Council, Member, 2010-2018; Strategic Investment Committee, Vice Chair 2018-present
  • Greenville Local Development Corporation, Member of Board of Directors, 1997-2011; President, 1999–2002
  • The Peace Center Foundation (Greenville’s Performing Arts Center), Member of Board of Trustees, 1985–2001; Member of Executive Committee, 1990–2001; President and Chairman, 1996–1998; Treasurer, 1985–1995; Chairman of Finance Committee, 1988–1995
  • Community Foundation, Grants Review Committee, Member, 2011
  • Phillis Wheatley Association, Member of Board of Directors, 2006–08; Member of Finance Committee, 2006–08
  • Greenville Symphony Association, Member of Board of Trustees, 2000–06; Chairman of Long Range Planning Committee, 2002–06; Chairman of Governance Committee, 2004–06
2020 Named “Greenville Best Lawyers Corporate Lawyer of the Year”
2015 Named “Greenville Best Lawyers Corporate Governance Law Lawyer of the Year”
2012 – Present Recognized as “Legal Elite” by the Greenville Business Magazine
2012 – Present Listed in South Carolina Super Lawyers
2005 – Present Listed in Chambers USA
2005 – Present Listed in Best Lawyers in America
2009 Named “Greenville Best Lawyers Corporate Lawyer of the Year”
2006 Greenville Symphony Association Outstanding Board Member Award