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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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Mark Manner


(615) 742-6298 TEL
(615) 742-2897 FAX

Mark Manner


(615) 742-6298 TEL
(615) 742-2897 FAX
(615) 742-6298 TEL
(615) 742-2897 FAX

For more than 35 years, Mark Manner has provided counsel to corporate boards, executives and significant shareholders on governance, securities issuances and disclosures, private equity and mergers and acquisitions. He applies his years of experience to effectively navigate complex interpersonal relationships in order to resolve issues and enhance shareholder value. He has substantial experience structuring and negotiating complex mergers, acquisitions, private equity and securities transactions, initial and follow-on securities offerings, venture capital financings and leveraged buyouts.

Mark has earned a national reputation in corporate law and has been recognized by Chambers USA as an "excellent attorney" who "draws upon over 35 years of experience to skillfully handle M&A and private equity transactions, as well as provide in-depth advice on corporate governance matters. They also point out his 'outstanding level of experience' advising on complex healthcare transactions." (from Chambers USA 2016) Working closely with senior management, boards of directors and shareholders, Mark's practice includes:

  • Leadership on corporate governance issues.
  • Guidance on SEC disclosure requirements and filings.
  • Advice related to capital markets issues.
  • Counsel on SEC regulations and compliance.
  • Representation in mergers, acquisitions and other strategic corporate transactions.

Prior to joining Bass, Berry & Sims, Mark was a founding member and served as the managing shareholder at Harwell Howard Hyne Gabbert & Manner, P.C. Previously he worked in Washington, D.C. with the Appellate Section of the Antitrust Division of the U.S. Department of Justice, and served as a Special Assistant U.S. Attorney in Alexandria, Virginia.


Nashville Bar Association

Tennessee Bar Association

American Health Lawyers Association (AHLA)

Life Science Tennessee — Founding Member, Board of Directors (former), Of Counsel

Nashville Health Care Council — Board of Directors (former)

Tennessee Technology Development Corporation — Board of Directors (former)

The Land Trust for Tennessee — Chair, Board of Directors

Dyer Observatory of Vanderbilt University — Adviser

Long Mountain Observatory of Montgomery Bell Academy — Adviser

KELT-North – Survey for Transiting Exoplanets — Team Member


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Additional Experience

Counselor and Senior Adviser to Control Shareholders, Boards of Directors and Executive Management

Mark has advised significant shareholders, senior executive management and boards of directors of public and private companies on corporate governance, securities and debt issuances, strategic acquisitions, proxy and control contests and high level business strategy and implementation. Companies represented include:

  • Diversicare Healthcare Services, Inc.
  • ALS Education, Inc.
  • American Health Companies, Inc.
  • Aegis Health Group, Inc.
  • Tractor Supply Company
  • The Car Park
  • Central Parking Corporation
  • Utah Medical Products, Inc.
  • National Healthcare Corporation (NHC)
  • National Health Investors, Inc. (NHI)
  • Counsel Corporation
  • Pharmerica, Inc.
  • American HomePatient, Inc.
  • Stadtlander Drug Company
  • BioMimetic Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
  • Clintrials Research, Inc.
  • International Clinical Laboratories, Inc.
  • Advocat, Inc.
  • Wessex Corporation
  • Celeris Corp.

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Chambers USA — Corporate/M&A, Healthcare (2005-2016)

Best Lawyers in America® — Nashville Corporate Governance Law "Lawyer of the Year" (2011, 2012, 2014)

Best Lawyers in America® — Corporate Governance Law; Corporate Law; Healthcare Law; Mergers and Acquisitions Law; Securities / Capital Markets Law (1995-2017)

Martindale-Hubbell — AV Preeminent® Peer Review Rated

Nashville Post "In Charge" — Legal Sector (2015-2016)

Mid-South Super Lawyers (2006-2010)

Top 100 Tennessee Super Lawyers (2007, 2009)

Nashville Business Journal "Best of the Bar" (2003-2005, 2012)

Nashville Post "101 Best Lawyers" (2011)

Nashville Business Journal "Healthcare 100" (2004-2007)

Memphis State University Law Review — Editor-in-chief


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