M&A Advisor Emerging Leader 2019Bass, Berry & Sims attorney Mike Kuffner was named an Emerging Leader in the Legal Advisor category by The M&A Advisor for 2019. Mike was among nearly 120 individuals nationwide to be recognized for their notable accomplishments in business and in service to the community. Mike was one of only 43 legal advisors honored in 2019 and the only advisor from Tennessee included in this year’s list. All the honorees were chosen from a pool of nominees by an independent judging panel of distinguished business leaders.

Mike began practicing law in 2008 and immediately became an integral part of the firm’s team that served as the Regulatory Auditor of the New York Stock Exchange. In this capacity, the team conducted ongoing audits of regulatory policies and procedures, including interviews with regulatory personnel, review of business requirements and functional specifications for automated surveillance technology, IT testing of regulatory controls, and observation of trading activity on the NYSE floor. In the subsequent years, Mike has broadened his practice and serves as counsel in some of the largest and most sophisticated M&A transactions in the southeastern United States.

Mike recently took a lead advisory role in the SERVPRO recapitalization, in partnership with Blackstone. In addition, he was a pivotal member of the team representing HCA Holdings in the largest private equity-backed initial public offering in U.S. history at the time.

“Mike is a valued member of our corporate team. We are proud to join The M&A Advisor in honoring Mike for his leadership and contributions to our firm, the larger legal industry and our community,” said Kevin Douglas, chair of the Corporate & Securities Practice Group at Bass, Berry & Sims.

Bass, Berry & Sims has a national reputation for their corporate and securities practice, which encompasses mergers and acquisitions, private equity, capital markets transactions, corporate governance and shareholder activism. Serving as primary corporate and securities counsel to more than 35 public companies the firm has provided counsel on 150 deals ranging in size from $20 million to more than $15 billion over past two years. The team and our attorneys have been consistently recognized in leading industry outlets, including Chambers USA – ranked as a top corporate firm in Tennessee since 2003 – and was a 2018 M&A Advisor Award recipient for “M&A Deal of the Year ($10MM-$25MM)” and “Healthcare and Life Sciences Deal of the Year (Over $100MM-$1B)” in 2018.

The Annual M&A Advisor Emerging Leaders Awards were created in 2010 to recognize and celebrate the achievements of the outstanding young professionals who have reached a significant level of success while still under the age of 40.

The 10th Annual Emerging Leaders Awards will be held on Tuesday, September 17 at the New York Athletic Club in Manhattan. At the event, The M&A Advisor will introduce the Emerging Leaders Award Winners to the business community and celebrate their achievements. The Awards Gala is a feature of the 2018 Emerging Leaders Summit – an exclusive event pairing current and past Emerging Leaders winners together with their peers and industry stalwarts.