Lee Kiser represents companies and their founders, sponsors, and management teams in their most meaningful matters, with a particular emphasis on mergers and acquisitions, recapitalizations, reorganizations, corporate governance matters, and other commercial transactions.  He has extensive transactional experience ranging from sales of family-owned businesses to multibillion-dollar mergers throughout a number of different industry sectors. 

Lee strongly believes that a deep understanding of his clients' businesses is critical to providing practical and common-sense legal advice.  Lee enjoys helping his clients identify and navigate through new market opportunities and risks.      

Lee graduated from the University of South Carolina School of Law and Presbyterian College. While at law school, he was Executive Articles Editor for the South Carolina Law Review, was a member of both Order of the Coif and Order of the Wig & Robe, and earned CALI Awards for Excellence in corporate taxation, federal income taxation, and criminal procedure.  Lee was a three-year letterman in football at Presbyterian College. 

Lee is a shareholder in Maynard Nexsen’s Greenville, South Carolina office.

Outside Maynard Nexsen

Outside of the office, Lee enjoys spending time with his wife and two young girls, watching college football, and keeping up with financial markets. 



Lee has represented:

  • Multiple private equity-owned portfolio companies, in add-on acquisitions and ongoing general corporate and contractual matters
  • Multiple owners of lower- and middle-market businesses, in capital raises and sales to strategic and financial buyers
  • A public bank holding company, in its $3.6 billion merger of equals with another public bank holding company
  • A public bank holding company, in its $1.7 billion merger with another public bank holding company
  • A public bank holding company, in its $1.4 billion merger with another public bank holding company
  • Multiple other banks and bank holding companies, in mergers and acquisitions
  • A defense contractor, in a $140 million sale to a private equity buyer
  • A non-bank lender, in its $100 million acquisition by a Canadian public company
  • A non–bank lender, in sales of common and preferred equity to a public REIT and other institutional investors
  • An air cargo logistics company, in a $90 million cross-border sale of the company
  • A non–bank lender, in financings and sales of loan participation interests to an institutional credit fund.



  • Recognized by Chambers USA, Corporate/M&A, South Carolina (2024)
  • Recognized by TALK Greenville Magazine, Top Lawyers, 2023 
  • South Carolina Super Lawyers Rising Star, Mergers & Acquisitions (2022, 2024)
  • Mergers & Acquisitions Top 10 Middle-Market Deals of the Year (2021)
  • Greenville Business Magazine "Legal Elite of the Upstate," Banking and Finance (2022-2023), Business Organizations (2022-2023), Mergers and Acquisitions (2019–2020, 2022-2023), Securities (2022)




  • State Bar: South Carolina
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