Charles Smith

Managing Partner, Pegasus Intellectual Capital Solutions
(312) 961-0398

Charles Smith, Managing Partner, is the founder of Pegasus Intellectual Capital Solutions. He and the firm are dedicated to crafting creative solutions to the financial challenges facing businesses, and to preserving and increasing shareholder value within a corporate finance and capital markets context.

He is industry agnostic, assists executives and business owners in capital raising; mergers acquisitions; advising on restructuring, reorganization and bankruptcy; and executing shareholder value maximization strategies.

He is proficient in quantitative methods, accomplished in industry analysis, a thought leader on the effect of corporate governance in privately held companies by the logarithmic growth of technology, and is the resident expert in the active food and agriculture MA space, driven by China’s growth, and technology. During his 35 years in investment and commercial banking, Charles has crafted creative solutions to many intractable problems.

His achievements have included:

  • Financing the first and only hostile takeover of a company by its employees in U.S. history.

  • Structuring a $132mm PV monetization of royalty payments for a major U.S. company that was capital constrained.

  • Structuring the first-ever intercreditor agreement providing for ratable treatment between the bank debt and public debt that later became the industry standard, in his co-agented bank financing for Del Monte Corporation leveraged buyout from RJ Reynolds and subsequent refinancing.

  • Crafted the first-of-its kind global split up of a company (Del Monte Corporation) to reduce an acquisition bridge loan, including the licensing of the IP to the three resulting geographic entities: North America, Europe, and Far East.

  • Organizing the first-ever foreign bank blocking vote/joint legal representation negotiating group in U.S. bankruptcy history, holding $350mm of a $1 billion senior bank claim.

  • Conceiving of and chairing the committee for the first-ever sale of equity, prior to a bankruptcy plan vote, in U.S. bankruptcy history, to Apollo Management lead by Leon Black, and negotiated against Wilbur Ross, in one of the largest bankruptcies in U.S. history.

Charles was an instructor of Marketing at the University of Iowa, graduated cum laude from Iowa State University of Science and Technology, received his MBA with concentrations in Finance and Marketing from the University of Iowa, is a member of the Alliance of Merger and Acquisition Advisors, Association for Corporate Growth, Alpha Zeta, the Licensing Executives Society, the Intellectual Property Owners Association, the Knowledge Management Institute, the Association for Information Management, The Human Capital Institute, The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi and Mensa.


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