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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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Regulation A+

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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Felix R. Dowsley, III


(615) 742-6228 TEL
(615) 742-2728 FAX

Felix R. Dowsley, III


(615) 742-6228 TEL
(615) 742-2728 FAX
(615) 742-6228 TEL
(615) 742-2728 FAX

Felix Dowsley focuses his practice on structuring complex debt transactions. In 30 years of practice, Felix has developed deep knowledge of the debt market and understands what is "market" for deal terms from both the lender and borrower perspective. In the last three years alone, he has negotiated approximately $4.2 billion in debt transactions for public companies, regional and national lenders, and large corporate and middle market borrowers.

Felix's practice spans many industries, including real estate investment trusts (REITs), healthcare, energy, hospitality, professional sports, government contracting, manufacturing, logistics, wholesale/retail and restaurants and includes assisting clients with:

  • Secured and unsecured syndicated loan facilities
  • Subordinated and mezzanine financings
  • Asset-based loans
  • Construction and project financings
  • Work-outs and restructures of credit facilities
  • Sale and leasing of commercial real estate

Felix is known for his practical and goal-oriented approach to helping clients navigate an ever-changing and increasingly competitive business environment. In addition to his commercial finance and real estate work, he also collaborates with the firm's Corporate & Securities Practice Group on deals that involve complex financing issues.

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Chambers USA — Banking & Finance (2010-2017); Real Estate (2003-2010)

Best Lawyers in America® — Nashville Project Finance Law "Lawyer of the Year" (2018); Nashville Commercial Transactions/UCC Law "Lawyer of the Year" (2017, 2014); Nashville Securitization and Structured Finance Law "Lawyer of the Year" (2014); Nashville Commercial Finance Law "Lawyer of the Year" (2013)

Best Lawyers in America® — Banking and Finance Law; Commercial Finance Law; Commercial Transactions/UCC Law; Project Finance Law; Public Finance Law; Real Estate Law; Securitization and Structured Finance Law (2003-2018)

Lawdragon 3000 Leading Lawyers in America

Mid-South Super Lawyers (2006-2010, 2014-2017)

Nashville Business Journal "Best of the Bar" (2011-2012)

Nashville Post "Nashville's 101 Top Lawyers" (2011)

Nashville Post "In Charge" (2012-2013)

Tennessee Law Review — Member (1983-1984)


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