Claud v.S. "Lex" Eley is a partner in Crowell & Moring's Corporate Group and has more than two decades of international transactional, private equity, venture capital, and general corporate experience. Lex focuses his practice on domestic and international mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, and business transactions. He has represented clients in global and regional transactions in the Americas, Europe, Asia, and Africa, and serves as global transactional counsel for a number of clients.

Lex began his career representing manufacturing clients, particularly in pulp, paper, forest products, and packaging, and while his practice has expanded to include many other industries, including government contractors, cybersecurity, information technology, consumer products, mining and minerals, and automotive, he continues to be very active in traditional manufacturing industries for a number of long-standing clients. Lex's work for his clients is heavily weighted toward mergers and acquisitions, but has covered virtually all legal disciplines touching on his client's businesses. Lex served as outside general counsel to a pan-European paper and forest products company for a number of years while he was resident in Europe.

Lex advises early stage companies in the myriad issues these companies face in obtaining capital and bringing products and services to market, often in the cybersecurity and government contracting sector. Lex has developed and implemented various exit strategies enabling clients to monetize their investments through mergers, divestitures, and public offerings, and has implemented numerous corporate restructurings, reorganizations, and recapitalizations.

Representative Matters

  • Serves as outside general counsel to Rekor Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ:REKR) including in connection with M&A transactions, fundraisings and other matters.
  • Advised TT Electronics plc in connection with the acquisition of a government contracting business located in Covina, California producing power electronics for aerospace and defense customers.
  • Advised the owners of Iten Defense LLC, a manufacturer of high-performance composite armor products for the law enforcement and military protective markets, in connection with the sale of the company to a private equity firm.
  • Advised Olam International Limited in connection with the acquisition of one of the world’s leading suppliers of premium green chiles, jalapenos and enchilada sauces and the acquisition of a leading U.S. producer of dehydrated onions.
  • Advised ST Engineering Hackney, Inc. in a sale of assets including prototype vehicles and related designs, tooling, parts, and intellectual property in connection with the United States Postal Service procurement of prototypes for a next generation postal delivery vehicle to Workhorse Group, Inc.
  • Advised Paladin Healthcare Capital, a Los Angeles-based private equity firm, in the purchase of Hahnemann University Hospital and St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children in Philadelphia from Tenet Healthcare Corporation for $170 million, as well as affiliated physician group practices and other related healthcare entities.
  • Advised Sonoco Products Company (NYSE: SON), one of the world's largest diversified global packaging companies, on the acquisition of family-owned Weidenhammer Packaging Group, headquartered in Hockenheim, Germany, for US $383 million. The transaction was subject to regulatory review in Germany, the United Kingdom, and Russia. Weidenhammer Packaging operated 13 production facilities in ten countries. Sonoco added the 1,100 employees of the Weidenhammer organization to its nearly 20,000 employees working in 335 operations in 33 countries, serving some of the world's best-known brands in some 85 nations.
  • Advised the Virginia Center for Innovative Technology in connection with the formation and operation of MACH37™, America's premier market-centric cybersecurity accelerator. The Accelerator is designed to facilitate the creation of the next generation of cybersecurity product companies through an intensive 90-day program created to launch cyber startups. MACH37™'s unique program design places heavy emphasis on the validation of product ideas and the development of relationships that produce an initial customer base and investment capital.
  • Represented a well-known venture capital fund in connection with the formation of a portfolio company to initiate a roll-up of operators of data center collocation and “meet me room” facilities, involving equity contributions in excess of $100 million by the venture capital firm and its co-investors.
  • Represented a U.S. automaker in its divestiture of the global operations of two luxury automotive brands to a conglomerate from a developing country for approximately US $2.3 billion. The transaction also involved extensive automotive technology licensing, transition services, and long-term component supply arrangements.
  • Represented a global Russian mining and minerals enterprise in connection with its US $6.5 billion acquisition (initially hostile) of a Canadian-listed mining and minerals company in the then largest cross-border acquisition ever made by a Russian company.
  • Represented a major Russian automotive manufacturer in connection with the purchase of an operating automotive assembly line (including all relevant intellectual property rights) in the Detroit area from a "Big Three" U.S. automaker, the dismantling of the assembly line, its shipment to Russian, and its reassembly for production in Russia.
  • Represented a global Russian mining and minerals enterprise in connection with its US $408 million acquisition of the global nickel mining and refining operations of a U.S. public company.
  • Represented a North American business management outsourcing solutions company in a number of transactions, including its acquisition of a leading supplier of business process solutions for document outsourcing, billing, and marketing; the sale of its Canadian operations; and various financing and other transactions.
  • Represented Sonoco Products Company (NYSE: SON), one of the world's largest diversified global packaging companies, in connection with the creation of a pan-European joint venture involving more than 40 industrial facilities in 18 European countries and the subsequent purchase of the interest held by the joint venture partner.
  • Represented global multi-level direct seller of personal care and nutritional products in all aspects of its European, Eastern European, and Russian expansion, including review of direct selling structure under local law, establishment of international corporate structure, response to and resolution of government investigations and negotiation of product manufacturing agreements.


  • College of William & Mary, B.A.
  • Emory University School of Law, J.D.


Admitted to practice: District of Columbia, New York, Virginia

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"Emerging Trends and Considerations in Gov Con M&A," Back Together Again for OOPS 2022, Washington, D.C. (May 16, 2022). Speakers: Christian N. Curran, Lex Eley, Michael E. Samuels, and Allison Skager.
"Poison Pill: A Strategic Defense, But Not Quite A Magic Pill," GrowthStudio (May 2, 2022). Authors: Lex Eley, Matthew Moisan, and Debbie Lin
DEAL NOTE: Crowell & Moring Advises Olam Food Ingredients in its Acquisition of Leading US Chile Pepper Business (December 21, 2020)
Firm News / Announcement
"COVID-19 Considerations in Private M&A," Corporate Alert (April 23, 2020). Contacts: Lex Eley, Simon Evers, Amanda Kwagala
Client Alert / Newsletter
DEAL NOTE: Crowell & Moring Represents Rekor Systems in Sale of Subsidiary AOC Key Solutions (April 15, 2020)
Firm News / Announcement
"Payers, Providers, and Patients – Oh My!: Private Equity Investing in Health Care," Podcast: Payers, Providers, and Patients – Oh My! (July 24, 2019). Contacts: Lex Eley, Joe Records, Payal Nanavati
Client Alert / Newsletter
Regulatory Practice Across Borders: New Rules of Doing Business Washington Lawyer (August 1, 2017)
Press Coverage
Groupon Insists It's 'Business As Usual' At LivingSocial-For Now Washington Business Journal (November 27, 2016)
Press Coverage
Crowell & Moring Hires Ex-Reed Smith Global Deals Pro Law360 (October 13, 2016)
Press Coverage
Experienced International Corporate Partner Lex Eley Joins Crowell & Moring (October 10, 2016)
Firm News / Announcement

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