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In June 2016, AmSurg Corp. and Envision Healthcare Holdings, Inc. (Envision) announced they have signed a definitive merger agreement pursuant to which the companies will combine in an all-stock transaction. Upon completion of the merger, which is expected to be tax-free to the shareholders of both organizations, the combined company will be named Envision Healthcare Corporation and co-headquartered in Nashville, Tennessee and Greenwood Village, Colorado. The company's common stock is expected to trade on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol: EVHC. Bass, Berry & Sims served as lead counsel on the transaction, led by Jim Jenkins. Read more.

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Bass, Berry & Sims Expands Services to Healthcare Industry with Addition of Top Department of Justice Attorney John Kelly

January 13, 2012

New Washington, D.C. Office to Provide Clients with Compliance and Government Investigations Support

Nashville, Tenn. (January 13, 2012) - Bass, Berry & Sims PLC is pleased to announce the addition of John Kelly, a former top U.S. Department of Justice official, as a partner in the firm's Compliance and Government Investigations Practice. Kelly will be the managing partner in the firm's Washington, D.C. office. He has extensive experience with complex federal and state investigations and litigation matters related to healthcare fraud and abuse, the False Claims Act, white collar crime, the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, and regulatory and compliance issues.

Kelly most recently was a partner at Fulbright & Jaworski, L.L.P., following a distinguished record of service with the Department of Justice where he held a number of prestigious leadership positions including serving in the Criminal Division's Fraud Section as the Assistant Chief for Health Care Fraud. He also served as the Chief of Staff and Deputy Director of the Executive Office for U.S. Attorneys, where he worked closely with senior leadership within the 94 U.S. Attorneys' Offices, the Department of Justice, and various federal agencies including HHS-OIG, FBI, and DEA. Prior to joining DOJ, Kelly gained extensive trial and investigation experience as an Assistant United States Attorney in New York State.

"John Kelly's arrival, and the growth of our new Washington, D.C. office, is of immense value to our current and future clients in Nashville – the nation's top for-profit healthcare market – as well as our healthcare clients nationally in this historic time of change," said Keith Simmons, managing partner of Bass, Berry & Sims PLC.

"John brings an insider's knowledge of the Beltway that will have a direct and beneficial impact on our clients who are so directly affected by legislative and regulatory decisions made at the federal level," added Simmons.

"It is an honor to now be a part of this prestigious law firm," said Kelly. "Bass, Berry & Sims has a stellar client list and I welcome the opportunity to represent their interests in the nation's capital."

Bass, Berry & Sims has distinguished itself for service to healthcare clients at every level, including service to hospitals, pharmaceutical companies, home health, and physician practice management companies. The healthcare practice, including more than 100 lawyers, provides unsurpassed depth in government investigations and enforcement, compliance, regulatory and operational matters, mergers and acquisitions, and joint ventures and syndications.

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