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James H. Cheek, III

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Nashville
(615) 742-6223 TEL
(615) 742-2723 FAX

James H. Cheek, III

Member

Nashville
(615) 742-6223 TEL
(615) 742-2723 FAX

In more than 40 years of practice, Jim Cheek has advised a wide variety of public companies in the areas of corporate governance, mergers and acquisitions, private equity transactions and securities offerings. From his office in Nashville, Tennessee, he has been at the center of significant national transactions, including the largest domestic leveraged buyout in the history at the time, of a healthcare company. He routinely represents boards of directors and special committees of boards in matters involving activist shareholders and strategic decisions.

Jim has an active regulatory practice, advising companies in need of an independent review of regulatory policies and procedures. He led a team of Bass, Berry & Sims attorneys after the firm was engaged as the Regulatory Auditor of the New York Stock Exchange from 2005 to 2013. Jim has earned a national reputation in corporate and securities law and has been recognized by Chambers USA as an "exceptional practitioner" who is "the best of the best."

In more than 40 years of practice, Jim Cheek has advised a wide variety of public companies in the areas of corporate governance, mergers and acquisitions, private equity transactions and securities offerings. From his office in Nashville, Tennessee, he has been at the center of significant national transactions, including the largest domestic leveraged buyout in the history at the time, of a healthcare company. He routinely represents boards of directors and special committees of boards in matters involving activist shareholders and strategic decisions.

Jim has an active regulatory practice, advising companies in need of an independent review of regulatory policies and procedures. He led a team of Bass, Berry & Sims attorneys after the firm was engaged as the Regulatory Auditor of the New York Stock Exchange from 2005 to 2013. Jim has earned a national reputation in corporate and securities law and has been recognized by Chambers USA as an "exceptional practitioner" who is "the best of the best." (from Chambers USA 2013) Working closely with senior executives, as well as directors of some of the nation’s largest public companies, his practice involves:

  • Guidance on capital raising and merger and acquisition activities. 
  • Guidance on corporate governance and corporate legal compliance.
  • Representation of special committees of boards of directors of public companies in going private, internal investigation and derivative litigation matters.
  • Representation of public companies in successful joint ventures, spin offs and other complex corporate reorganization matters.
  • Representation of numerous private companies in merger and acquisition and financing transactions.
  • Counsel for the independent directors of mutual funds.

In addition to his corporate and securities law practice, Jim is a faculty member at Vanderbilt University Law School where he serves as Professor of Practice and teaches a course on representing public companies. Jim is also a frequent lecturer at national CLE programs on securities regulation and corporate governance.

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Memberships

American Bar Association (Special Consultant to the Corporate Laws Committee; Co-chair, Coordinating Task Force on Financial Markets and Institutions, Business Law Section, 2009-2011; Co-chair, Delaware Business Law Forum 2009-2012; Chair, National Task Force on Corporate Responsibility, 2002-2003; Chair, Section of Business Law, 1998-1999; Chairman, Committee on Federal Regulation of Securities, 1987-1991)

Nashville Bar Association

American Health Lawyers Association (AHLA)

American Law Institute

Practicing Law Institute Annual Securities Regulation Institute, National Advisory Committee Member

National Association of Securities Dealers, Chairman, Legal Advisory Board, 1996-1998

New York Stock Exchange, Regulatory Auditor, 2005-2013; Chairman, Legal Advisory Committee, 1989-1992

Securities and Exchange Commission Historical Society, Board of Advisors

San Diego Securities Regulation Institute, Executive Committee Member; Chairman, 2001—2004

Metropolitan Nashville Airport Authority, Chairman, 2003-2013

Jesus College, Cambridge University, former faculty member

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Accolades

Best Lawyers in America®: 2014 Nashville Corporate Governance Law Lawyer of the Year; 2013 Nashville Corporate Law Lawyer of the Year; 2011 Nashville Leveraged Buyouts and Private Equity Lawyer of the Year; 2009 and 2010 Nashville Best Corporate Lawyer

Best Lawyers in America® (1987-2015): Corporate Governance Law; Corporate Law; Leveraged Buyouts and Private Equity Law; Mergers & Acquisitions Law; Mutual Funds Law; Securities / Capital Markets Law; Securities Regulation

Chambers USA - Star Individual for Corporate/M&A

The Legal 500

Lawdragon 500

Lawdragon 3000 Leading Lawyers in America

Lawdragon 500 Dealmakers

Who's Who Legal

International Who's Who of Corporate Governance Lawyers

International Who's Who of Capital Markets Lawyers

International Who's Who of Mergers and Acquisitions Lawyers

Nashville Business Journal "Best of the Bar" 2011-2014

Mid-South Super Lawyers

Top 100 Tennessee Mid-South Super Lawyers 2011

Nashville Post "Nashville's 101 Top Lawyers" 2011

Nashville Post "In Charge" (2012-2014)

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