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In June 2016, AmSurg Corp. and Envision Healthcare Holdings, Inc. (Envision) announced they have signed a definitive merger agreement pursuant to which the companies will combine in an all-stock transaction. Upon completion of the merger, which is expected to be tax-free to the shareholders of both organizations, the combined company will be named Envision Healthcare Corporation and co-headquartered in Nashville, Tennessee and Greenwood Village, Colorado. The company's common stock is expected to trade on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol: EVHC. Bass, Berry & Sims served as lead counsel on the transaction, led by Jim Jenkins. Read more.

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Inside the FCA blogInside the FCA blog features ongoing updates related to the False Claims Act (FCA), including insight on the latest legal decisions, regulatory developments and FCA settlements. The blog provides timely updates for corporate boards, directors, compliance managers, general counsel and other parties interested in the organizational impact and legal developments stemming from issues potentially giving rise to FCA liability.

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Leslie M. Ford

Associate

Nashville
(615) 742-7791 TEL
(615) 248-4254 FAX

Leslie M. Ford

Associate

Nashville
(615) 742-7791 TEL
(615) 248-4254 FAX
Nashville
(615) 742-7791 TEL
(615) 248-4254 FAX

Leslie Ford has been actively involved in $6 billion worth of financing transactions in the last five years, with more than $400 million in the healthcare industry. Serving a diverse client list, Leslie represents institutional lenders, private equity investors, public and private borrowers and issuers in secured and unsecured financing transactions. She has represented REIT clients in the negotiation of debt arrangements and routinely represents private equity funds both in acquisition financings as borrowers and in mezzanine financings as lenders.

Leslie's success with her commercial practice extends to the collaboration with attorneys in the Corporate & Business Practice Group.

Leslie Ford has been actively involved in $6 billion worth of financing transactions in the last five years, with more than $400 million in the healthcare industry. Serving a diverse client list, Leslie represents institutional lenders, private equity investors, public and private borrowers and issuers in secured and unsecured financing transactions. She has represented REIT clients in the negotiation of debt arrangements and routinely represents private equity funds both in acquisition financings as borrowers and in mezzanine financings as lenders.

Leslie's success with her commercial practice extends to the collaboration with attorneys in the Corporate & Business Practice Group. Her practice involves:

  • Commercial Finance – Representing clients in secured and unsecured financing transactions including syndicated credit facilities, acquisition financings, first and second lien credit facilities, high-yield corporate notes, asset-based financings, mezzanine financings, equipment financings, construction loans, loan workouts and restructurings.
  • Corporate Transactions – Representing clients in negotiating and documenting public offerings and Rule 144A offerings of debt securities and convertible debt securities.

By thinking creatively with her clients, Leslie works to close deals with successful outcomes that go beyond the numbers to the broader business objectives. For borrowers and issuers, this means strategic and efficient access to capital while maintaining maximum operational flexibility in debt arrangements. For lenders, it means effectively managing risk while simultaneously entering into a successful, mutually beneficial relationship with the borrower.

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Tennessee Bar Association — Business Law Section; Health Law Section

Leadership Healthcare

National Association of Industrial and Office Properties (NAIOP)

American Health Lawyers Association (AHLA)

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Mid-South Super Lawyers "Rising Star" (2013-2015)

Tennessee Law Review — Editor-in-Chief

Phi Beta Kappa

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