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Bass, Berry & Sims Bolsters Corporate Practice in Memphis with Addition of Oscar Thomas

January 22, 2016

Thomas Rejoins Firm After Serving Eight Years as General Counsel and Business Development Executive for Medical Device Manufacturer

Memphis, Tenn., (January 22, 2016) – Bass, Berry & Sims PLC is pleased to announce that Oscar Thomas has rejoined the firm's Memphis office in a Counsel position after serving as vice president, business affairs for MRI Interventions, Inc., a publicly traded medical device manufacturer formerly based in Memphis. Thomas was with Bass, Berry & Sims from 1999-2008, and he played a pivotal role in the launch of the firm's Memphis office. With more than two decades of legal experience in both law firm and in-house settings, Thomas focuses his practice on counseling clients in complex commercial transactions. 

"After several years of Oscar providing business and legal guidance in an in-house capacity, we are excited to welcome him back to the firm," said Richard Spore, managing partner of Bass, Berry & Sims' Memphis office. "Through his leadership roles both in-house and with our firm, Oscar has experience serving clients on the broad spectrum of matters essential to the success of their business."

During his eight years with MRI Interventions, Thomas closed financings totaling more than $50 million and played a leading role in taking the company public in 2012. His responsibilities at MRI Interventions included implementing financing strategies and structuring financing transactions, including equity, debt and unit offerings; structuring, negotiating and documenting strategic partnerships; negotiating all commercial agreements; preparing the company's SEC reports; overseeing the company's risk management program; managing all litigation matters; managing the company's extensive portfolio of U.S. and foreign patents; and negotiating and documenting the company's inbound and outbound licensing arrangements.

At Bass, Berry & Sims, Thomas will focus his practice on counseling clients in various types of business transactions, including mergers and acquisitions, equity and debt offerings, joint ventures and strategic alliances, and intellectual property licensing. 

Thomas earned his undergraduate and law degrees from the University of Mississippi. 

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