Holley Succeeds Kevin Douglas to Lead Team of Over 100 Corporate Attorneys

Nashville, Tenn., (January 6, 2022) – Bass, Berry & Sims has appointed Nashville-based member Michael J. Holley as chair of the firm’s Corporate & Securities Practice Group. Holley succeeds Kevin H. Douglas in the role, who will remain active in the practice group of more than 100 attorneys in Memphis, Nashville, and Washington, D.C.

“Michael is a deeply respected attorney at our firm, and we are looking forward to his direction and leadership as he takes the reigns of our nationally renowned Corporate & Securities Practice Group,” said Todd Rolapp, managing partner of Bass, Berry & Sims. “As we look ahead to new challenges and opportunities for our corporate clients in today’s business environment, we also want to send our gratitude to Kevin for the strong and steady leadership that has been instrumental to the practice’s success.”

Bass, Berry & Sims’ Corporate & Securities Practice Group counsels public and private companies of all sizes across industry sectors on a wide range of corporate matters, including mergers, acquisitions and dispositions; capital markets transactions; special purpose acquisition companies (SPACs) and de-SPAC transactions; executive compensation issues; corporate governance; ESG matters; and shareholder activism. The team serves as primary corporate and securities counsel to more than 35 public companies.

The practice has received national recognition for its work, earning accolades from several leading outlets. In 2021, the firm was named Law Firm of the Year by The M&A Advisor. The practice is a mainstay in rankings published by Chambers USA, which has called the practice a “preeminent group highly recommended for its expertise in big-ticket M&A transactions.” The firm has earned the highest tier ranking in Chambers’ Corporate/M&A in the state of Tennessee for 19 consecutive years. In addition, the firm was named #6 Most Active in Healthcare Private Equity Deals (PitchBook League Tables, 2020).

“I have been proud to practice with such a well-respected firm and practice group since joining in 2006, and I am both honored and excited for the opportunity to step into this new role,” said Holley. “Our clients have come to know our team for our commitment to service, to their success and to delivering value for their businesses, and I am looking forward to this opportunity to help continue advancing the legacy the group has earned.”

Holley focuses his practice on representing private equity firms, strategic investors and their portfolio companies in the structuring and execution of leveraged buyouts, joint ventures, private offerings, recapitalizations and mergers and acquisitions. He also advises clients on corporate governance, compliance and other general corporate matters. He is experienced in representing a range of industries, including healthcare services, healthcare information technology, manufacturing and technology. He is a board member for the Nashville Capital Network and is a member of the American Health Law Association.

Holley earned an LL. M. from New York University, a law degree from the University of Mississippi School of Law and a B.A. from the University of Mississippi.

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