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Adams and Reese Columbia Office Partner in Charge Rob Bethea was featured in the Columbia Business Report's 2015 Book of Lists among the "Influential Leaders You Need to Know." The Columbia Business Report Book of Lists provides readers with listings of hundreds of the hottest area companies in their fields, by ranking. The key decision makers, along with their titles and complete contact information, are profiled in the publication.

Adams and Reese Partner Rob Bethea has been appointed to the South Carolina Venture Capital Authority by Governor Nikki R. Haley. Bethea will serve the appointment through July 2017.

Practicing law since 1996, Bethea is ranked by Best Lawyers (by BL Rankings, LLC) in Corporate, Mergers and Acquisitions, and Tax Law. His practice focuses on business transactions including startups, mergers, stock and asset acquisitions, recapitalizations, taxation, business contracts and agreements, succession planning, franchising, securities and company finance. He advises clients on tax consequences of business decisions and options. He also plans and structures transactions in close coordination with clients’ accountants, bankers, and other advisors.

Bethea was recently appointed to the South Carolina Venture Capital Authority by Governor Nikki R. Haley. The South Carolina Venture Capital Authority program was created to attract new venture capital investments to the State. The VCA has partnered with four venture capital funds that are willing to invest in companies looking to locate or expand within the state.

Bethea currently serves on a committee of practitioners that is reviewing, revising, and making recommendations to the South Carolina legislature regarding amendments to the South Carolina Limited Liability Company Act. From 2006 to 2009, he served as a member of the USC School of Law faculty teaching an advanced course in South Carolina Limited Liability Companies.

In the community, Bethea is a graduate of the Greater Columbia Chamber of Commerce’s Leadership Columbia program. He has also served on the Discovery Council Board for EdVenture Children’s Museum and the Hammond School Alumni Board.