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The M&A Advisor Winner 2017The M&A Advisor announced the winners of the 16th Annual M&A Advisor Awards on Monday, November 13 at the 2017 M&A Advisor Awards. Bass, Berry & Sims was named a winner in the two categories related to the following deals:

M&A Deal of the Year (from $1B-$5B) – Acquisition of CLARCOR Inc. by Parker Hannifin Corporation

Corporate/Strategic Deal of the Year (over $1B) – Acquisition of BNC Bancorp by Pinnacle Financial Partners

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It seems that lately there has been a noticeable uptick in Regulation A+ activity, including several recent Reg A+ securities offerings where the stock now successfully trades on national exchanges. In light of this activity, we have published a set of FAQs about Regulation A+ securities offerings to help companies better understand this "mini-IPO" offering process, as well as pros and cons compared to a traditional underwritten IPO.

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David Cox


(615) 742-6299 TEL
(615) 742-2864 FAX

David Cox


(615) 742-6299 TEL
(615) 742-2864 FAX
(615) 742-6299 TEL
(615) 742-2864 FAX

David Cox advises owners, executives and boards of emerging and growth companies in key corporate events, such as capital formation, private equity transactions, acquisitions and change in control transactions. David has advised on more than 400 transactions for private and public companies throughout the United States, including pioneers in their industry such as American HomePatient, Berlitz, Central Parking, ClinTrials and Pharmerica.

His representation covers a broad range of healthcare sectors, with particularly deep experience advising laboratory testing and life sciences, medical distribution and health software companies. A substantial portion of his representation also involves clients in financial services and financial technology and software. He also has advised clients in numerous other industries including retail services, logistics and distribution, technology and energy.

David's practice includes:

  • Mergers & Acquisitions – Advising clients on M&A transactions, including auction processes and representing both private equity and strategic buyers and sellers. Typically, his focus is on middle market transactions up to $1 billion.
  • Private Equity – Counseling private equity backed companies, with a particular focus on navigating the interplay between private equity/venture capital investors and portfolio company executive teams.
  • Board and Executive Advisory – Representing board of directors, special committees and individual executives of both public and private companies, including special situations such as going private transactions, special committee representation, audit committee investigations and takeover transactions.
  • Special Healthcare M&A Counsel- Providing specialized healthcare M&A support to private equity firms, coordinating with national and international transaction counsel, utilizing an approach designed to provide the client and its other advisors with seamless access to deep healthcare industry knowledge and experience.

Prior to joining Bass, Berry & Sims, David was a shareholder and executive committee member at Harwell Howard Hyne Gabbert & Manner, P.C.


Nashville Bar Association

Tennessee Bar Association

Texas Bar Association 

American Bar Association

American Health Lawyers Association (AHLA)


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Additional Experience

Additional representative experience (prior to joining Bass, Berry & Sims PLC)

  • Sale of laboratory software company to private equity sponsor
  • Acquisition by leading PE sponsored onsite clinic operator of an onsite/near site clinic operator
  • Healthcare counsel for acquisition of health software provider of automation to contract therapy market
  • Management representation in rollover in a PE firm to PE firm sale of a national distribution company
  • Sale of national financial services print and remit and software company by PE firm
  • Acquisition of solar energy field monitoring company by strategic solar buyer
  • Formation and funding of specialty lending company
  • Venture capital funding for business focused on alternative revenue opportunities for hospital systems
  • Sale of southwestern pathology laboratory company to strategic buyer
  • Auction process for sale of public medical device company
  • Special counsel on sale of national durable medical equipment supplier by PE firm
  • Healthcare counsel on acquisition of long-term care operations by strategic buyer
  • Sale of western toxicology laboratory company to PE consortium
  • Auction process for acquisition of hospital-based clinical laboratory company
  • Auction process for sale of specialty pipe manufacturer for energy and water projects
  • Capital formation for dental service organization
  • Refinancing transaction for national specialty medical distribution company
  • Healthcare counsel in auction process for acquisition of national occupational health screening and testing company
  • Healthcare counsel for acquisition of healthcare software company focused on 340B Program compliance

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Chambers USA – Corporate/M&A (2005-2017)

Martindale-Hubbell — AV Preeminent® Peer Review Rated

Best Lawyers in America® – Corporate Governance Law; Corporate Law; Mergers & Acquisitions Law; Securities/Capital Markets Law (2005-2018)


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