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Leigh Walton

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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.

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 providing 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. 

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 providing 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 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 immediate 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 currently an Adjunct Professor at Vanderbilt University Law School and 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, the Northwestern University School of Law's Securities Regulation Institute, and the New York City Bar Association's Annual Institute on Corporate, Securities and Related Aspects of Mergers and Acquisitions. She is a member of the Board of Directors of the Nashville Entrepreneur Center and serves as Counsel to the Nashville Chamber of Commerce.

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Nashville Bar Association

Tennessee Bar Association 

American Bar Association; Mergers and Acquisitions Committee, Chair, 2009-12; Committee on Corporate Laws, 1997-2003; Mergers and Acquisitions Committee, 1986-present; Corporate Practice Committee, 1998-present

American Health Lawyers Association (AHLA)

Nashville Health Care Council, Board of Directors, 2009-2010

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Accolades

Best Lawyers of America® (2010 Nashville Securities Lawyer of the Year)

Chambers USA

The International Who's Who of Corporate Governance Lawyers

The International Who's Who of Merger & Acquisition Lawyers

The International Who's Who of Business Lawyers

Who's Who in American Law; Lawdragon 500

Lawdragon 500 Leading Lawyers in America

Lawdragon 500 Dealmakers

Mid-South Super Lawyers 2006-2013

Top 100 Tennessee Mid-South Super Lawyers 2011-2012

Top 50 Women Mid-South Super Lawyers 2011-2013

Top 50 Nashville Mid-South Super Lawyers 2012-2013

Nashville Business Journal "Best of the Bar"

Nashville Medical News InCharge Healthcare 2012-2013

Nashville Post "Nashville's 101 Top Lawyers" 2011

Nashville Post "In Charge" 2012-2014

American Bar Foundation, Fellow

Phi Beta Kappa

Order of the Coif

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