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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:

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Leigh Walton

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Nashville
(615) 742-6201 TEL
(615) 742-2701 FAX

Leigh Walton

Member

Nashville
(615) 742-6201 TEL
(615) 742-2701 FAX
Nashville
(615) 742-6201 TEL
(615) 742-2701 FAX

With more than 30 years of practice, Leigh Walton has advised a wide variety of public companies in the areas of corporate governance, mergers and acquisitions, private equity transactions and securities offerings.

She led the regulatory team for the nation's leading healthcare provider through the largest domestic leveraged buyout in history at the time. More recently she led the legal team in the spinoff of a public hospital company from a public healthcare provider.

Leigh has helped develop the national healthcare practice at Bass, Berry & Sims. She is known for her ability to blend mergers and acquisitions, securities and healthcare law in furnishing practical advice to a broad range of providers.

With more than 30 years of practice, Leigh Walton has advised a wide variety of public companies in the areas of corporate governance, mergers and acquisitions, private equity transactions and securities offerings.

She led the regulatory team for the nation's leading healthcare provider through the largest domestic leveraged buyout in history at the time. More recently she led the legal team in the spinoff of a public hospital company from a public healthcare provider.

Leigh has helped develop the national healthcare practice at Bass, Berry & Sims. She is known for her ability to blend mergers and acquisitions, securities and healthcare law in furnishing practical advice to a broad range of providers. She works with healthcare clients on:

  • Healthcare Mergers, Acquisitions & Dispositions – Leading acquisitions of hospitals, devising business collaborations among providers, coordinating spinoffs and financing transactions.
  • Healthcare Finance – Coordinating public debt and equity, private placements of securities and private equity investments for issuers, underwriters, sellers and purchasers.
  • Corporate Governance – Advising boards, directors, officers and other executives on governance, disclosure, regulatory and operational concerns; developing innovative responses to the rapidly evolving healthcare regulatory landscape.

Leigh is a past chair of the American Bar Association's Business Law Section Mergers & Acquisitions Committee, which has more than 4,000 members in 40 countries on five continents. She is chair of the Committee's Private Target Merger Agreement Task Force. Leigh is also a member of the Corporate Laws Committee, where she co-chairs the Corporate Director's Guidebook Task Force.

She is a frequent presenter at national health law programs as well as securities regulation and corporate governance lectures including the ABA's Annual Mergers and Acquisitions Institute. Leigh is a member of the Gender Equality Council for the city of Nashville and the YWCA Nashville Fulcrum Society. She also serves on the board of Nashville's independent film organization, the Belcourt Theatre. 

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Memberships

Nashville Bar Association

Tennessee Bar Association 

American Bar Association — Women in Mergers & Acquisitions Task Force, Co-Chair (2015); Mergers and Acquisitions Committee, Chair (2009-2012); Committee on Corporate Laws (1997-2003; 2016-present); Mergers and Acquisitions Committee (1986-present)

American Health Lawyers Association (AHLA)

Nashville Health Care Council — Board of Directors (2008-2010)

Belcourt Theatre — Board of Directors

Convention Center Authority (Nashville, Tennessee)

Council on Gender Equity (Nashville, Tennessee)

YWCA Nashville Fulcrum Society

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Accolades

Chambers USA — Healthcare, Tennessee, Band 1 (2007-2017)

The Diversity Journal's "Women Worth Watching" (2015)

YWCA of Nashville & Middle Tennessee — Academy of Women of Achievement (2015)

Nashville Business Journal — Power 100 (2015-2017)

Best Lawyers of America® — Nashville Health Care Law "Lawyer of the Year" (2015); Nashville Securities / Capital Markets Law "Lawyer of the Year" (2010)

Best Lawyers of America® — Corporate Governance Law; Corporate Law; Health Care Law; Mergers and Acquisitions Law; Securities/Capital Markets Law; Securities Regulation (1995-2018)

Chambers USA — Corporate/M&A, Tennessee, Band 1 (2003-2006)

The International Who's Who of Corporate Governance Lawyers (2005-2014)

The International Who's Who of Merger & Acquisition Lawyers (2009-2014)

Who's Who Legal Corporate: Merger & Acquisition and Corporate Governance

Who's Who in American Law

Lawdragon 500 Leading Lawyers in America (2005-2017), Lawdragon 500 Dealmakers

Lawdragon Legend (2017)

Mid-South Super Lawyers (2006-2017)

Top 100 Tennessee Super Lawyers (2011-2012, 2016)

Top 50 Women Mid-South Super Lawyers (2011-2014, 2016)

Top 50 Nashville Super Lawyers (2012-2013, 2016)

Nashville Business Journal "Best of the Bar" (2011-2013, 2015)

Nashville Medical News "InCharge Healthcare" (2012-2017)

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

Nashville Post "In Charge" — Legal Sector (2012-2016)

American Bar Foundation — Fellow (2009)

Phi Beta Kappa (1972)

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