Bass, Berry & Sims was recommended as a United States firm for "Mergers, Acquisitions and Buyouts – M&A – Middle-Market (sub-$500M)" by The Legal 500 United States 2014 guide. The eighth annual edition of The Legal 500 United States compiled research from law firms, peers and clients nationwide to recommend the top law firms in various categories. According to the guide:
"Bass, Berry & Sims PLC has a particular focus on the middle market, with experience including advising public and private companies, boards of directors, and special committees on the consideration of strategic alternatives, the negotiation of mergers, tender offers, stock and asset purchases and divestitures, spin-offs and recapitalizations, and management buyouts and other going-private transactions. It also has significant experience acting for directors on hostile transactions and takeover preparedness, including shareholder rights plans and change of control agreements. The M&A practice is complemented by a strong public company corporate governance capability."