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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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Karen S. Neal

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Nashville
(615) 742-6274 TEL
(615) 742-2774 FAX

Karen S. Neal

Member

Nashville
(615) 742-6274 TEL
(615) 742-2774 FAX
Nashville
(615) 742-6274 TEL
(615) 742-2774 FAX

Karen Neal provides guidance to the majority of counties in Tennessee, along with cities, school districts, utility districts and other authorities with respect to funding public projects. Having drafted the "Tennessee Local Government Public Obligations Law of 1986" – the statutory authority for the issuance of debt by cities and counties in Tennessee – Karen brings a deep understanding of municipal law.

Recognizing the challenges her clients face in response to the public's desire for excellent public infrastructure without increasing tax revenues, Karen helps her clients think strategically about project funding options. Drawing upon her 35 years of experience, she helps clients navigate federal tax and securities laws and Tennessee municipal law.

Karen Neal provides guidance to the majority of counties in Tennessee, along with cities, school districts, utility districts and other authorities with respect to funding public projects. Having drafted the "Tennessee Local Government Public Obligations Law of 1986" – the statutory authority for the issuance of debt by cities and counties in Tennessee – Karen brings a deep understanding of municipal law.

Recognizing the challenges her clients face in response to the public's desire for excellent public infrastructure without increasing tax revenues, Karen helps her clients think strategically about project funding options. Drawing upon her 35 years of experience, she helps clients navigate federal tax and securities laws and Tennessee municipal law. Her practice involves:

  • Serving as bond counsel and issuer's counsel for a variety of governmental purpose issues and exempt facility issues for cities, counties, utility districts, special school districts, public building authorities and airports.
  • Drafting legislation authorizing and amending state statutes authorizing the issuance of municipal debt.
  • Serving as underwriter's counsel to regional and national investment banks and trustee's counsel to national banks on municipal issues.

A former attorney in the Office of the Tennessee Attorney General, Karen has experience working with the State Treasurer's Office, the State Comptroller's Office and the Department of Finance and Administration.

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Nashville Bar Association

Tennessee Bar Association

The District of Columbia Bar

National Association of Bond Lawyers

Tennessee Government Finance Officers' Association

Tennessee Municipal Attorneys' Association

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Best Lawyers in America® — Public Finance Law (2003-2017)

Best Lawyers in America® — Nashville Public Finance Law "Lawyer of the Year" (2014)

Nashville Business Journal "Best of the Bar"

Law Clerk to the Honorable John Nixon, U.S. District Court, Middle District of Tennessee (1980-1982)

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