Charles S. Baldwin IV

Charles S. Baldwin IV

Brooks, Pierce, McLendon, Humphrey & Leonard LLP

Recognized since 2012

Wilmington, North Carolina

Practice Areas

International Trade and Finance Law

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Based in the Port City, Charles Baldwin uses his broad experience in cross-border transactions to advise businesses on international law, venture capital and transactional matters. He also serves as Village Attorney for the Village of Bald Head Island, providing counsel on contract, construction, environmental, municipal and regulatory issues.

Charles has diverse experience in international and transportation law and is recognized as one of the state’s leading attorneys in these areas. Charles represents corporations on a variety of cross-border issues, including imports, exports, cargo claims and Federal Maritime Commission matters. Charles has always had an interest in international business and cultures, and continues to be a frequent speaker on topics related to business law and international trade.

He has a diverse corporate practice, advising businesses in the technology, pharmaceutical, health care, medical device, manufacturing, port facility, and transportation industries, among others, and on a myriad of venture capital and transactional issues. He regularly counsels clients on matters related to start-ups, private equity, and mergers and acquisitions. He is an angel investor and executive committee member of Wilmington Investor Network, LLC. Charles enjoys helping clients achieve their goals by solving and simplifying complex legal issues. He is a frequent speaker and writer on business law.

Charles’ unique practice includes serving as Village Attorney for the Village of Bald Head Island in North Carolina. Bald Head is the southernmost of North Carolina’s cape islands, and 10,000 of the island’s 12,000 total acres have been set aside as nature preserves. Given the island’s diverse environment, Charles counsels island leaders on the numerous environmental and regulatory issues that arise.

    Articles & Presentations

    • Moderator, “Financing Best Practices: A Series of Successes and Failures," Southeast medTech Forum, Raleigh, NC, May 2019
    • Speaker, "Structuring Cross-Border Transactions," UNCW Cameron School of Business 35th Annual Business Week, March 2019
    • Speaker, "Structuring Cross-Border Commercial Transactions: Negotiating and Drafting Key Deal Terms," Strafford Publishing webinar, December 2018
    • Presenter, "Going Global: Key Issues in International Law and Trade," UNCW Business Week, Wilmington, NC, March 2018
    • Co-author (with Ryan Fairchild), "Contracts and Dispute Resolution in Sales of Goods to US Customers," GGI Insider, November 2017
    • Presenter, "International Law & Transaction," Pamlico County/FTPC "Going Global" seminar, Oriental, NC, March 2017
    • "Everything You Wanted to Know About Import/Export Laws - But Were Afraid to Ask,", presented to the North Carolina Association of CPAs Business and Industry Spring Conference, 2015
    • "What is Crowd Funding," Legal Alert, March 2012
    • International Litigation: A Guide to Jurisdiction, Practice and Strategy, 4th Revised Edition, Martinus Nijhoff Publishers, 2010
    • International Civil Dispute Resolution, 2nd Edition, Thomson/West publishing, 2008
    • "Practice Before the Clerk in North Carolina," North Carolina Bar Association, 2003
    • "Virtual Jurisdiction: Personal Jurisdiction Based Upon Electronic Contacts," NC Bar Association International Law Section newsletter, Vol. 8, No. 1, 1999
    • "Protecting Confidential and Proprietary Commercial Information in International Arbitration," 31 Tex. Int'l L.J. 451, 1996

    • 115 North Third Street, Suite 301
      P.O. Box 2460
      Wilmington, NC 28402
    • American University, MA, graduated 1995
    • American University, J.D., graduated 1993
    • The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, BA, graduated 1990
    Bar Admissions
    • North Carolina, United States
    • District of Columbia, United States
    • University of North Carolina - Member, Board of Visitors

    Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America® 2024 for work in:
    • International Trade and Finance Law
    Special Focus:
    • COVID-19
    • Certified Global Business Professional (CGBP) designation from the National Association of Small Business International Trade Educators
    • AV Rated by Martindale-Hubbell
    • Permanently recognized by his peers for inclusion in Business North Carolina's "Legal Elite" Hall of Fame in Business Law
    Additional Areas of Practice:
    • Corporate Law
    • Health Care Law
    • Litigation - Construction
    • Mergers and Acquisitions Law
    • Municipal Law
    • Real Estate Law
    • Transportation Law
    • Technology Law

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