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Envision to Sell to KKR for $9.9 Billion

We represented Envision Healthcare Corporation (NYSE: EVHC) in its definitive agreement to sell to KKR in an all-cash transaction for $9.9 billion, including debt. KKR will pay $46 per Envision share in cash to buy the company, marking a 32 percent premium to the company's volume-weighted average share price from November 1, when Envision announced it was considering its options. The transaction is expected to close the fourth quarter of 2018. Read more


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Six Things to Know Before Buying a Physician Practice spotlight

Dermatology, ophthalmology, radiology, urology…the list goes on. Yet, in any physician practice management transaction, there are six key considerations that apply and, if not carefully managed, can derail a transaction. Download the 6 Things to Know Before Buying a Physician Practice to keep your physician practice management transactions on track.

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Bet-the-company Litigation Against National HealthCare Corporation

Client Type: Public Company

We were lead counsel for National Healthcare Corporation (NHC) in September 2003 on an emergency basis immediately after a tragic fire at a nursing home facility owned by NHC. More than a dozen residents were killed and many more were injured. In the subsequent litigation, plaintiffs alleged the company was liable for both compensatory and punitive damages for failing to install sprinklers and for other grounds. Thirty of the 32 suits were settled within a year of the event. The remaining 2 claims were later settled in mediation after we obtained summary judgment on plaintiffs' claims for punitive damages on the sprinkler issue.

The fire and its aftermath received significant national and international media attention. Ultimately, the local newspaper, The Tennessean, intervened in this case to challenge a series of protective orders entered by the trial court which restricted the disclosure of unfiled discovery materials and ordered that any discovery materials filed with the court be filed under seal.

In June 2009, the Tennessee Court of Appeals ruled in NHC's favor in a challenge by The Tennessean to the procedures employed by the trial court in balancing the parties' rights to a fair trial against The Tennessean's requests for information. The Court of Appeals wrote an opinion ratifying the trial court's procedures, which likely will be cited as the authoritative opinion on a trial court's inherent powers to manage mass tort or other high publicity litigation.

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