Bass, Berry & Sims attorney Taylor Ashley was recognized by The M&A Advisor as an Emerging Leader in the Legal Advisory category for 2023.

The M&A Advisor, renowned globally for its recognition and presentation of leading M&A, financing and turnaround professionals, created this recognition awards program to promote mentorship and professional development amongst the emerging leaders of corporate finance and dealmaking industries.

“The Emerging Leaders Awards were born as the ‘40 Under 40 Awards’ in 2010 to recognize and celebrate the achievements of young M&A, financing and turnaround professionals who have reached a significant level of success and made notable contributions to their industry and community. With the challenges undertaken over the past three years, especially through the pandemic and challenging economic uncertainty, the 2023 award recipients join a truly remarkable, global network of outstanding young professionals,” said Roger Aguinaldo, founder and CEO of The M&A Advisor.

Taylor Ashley

Taylor Ashley is a member at Bass, Berry & Sim in the firm’s Nashville office. He counsels clients on mergers, acquisitions, financings, and other strategic transactions. He regularly represents private equity funds and their portfolio companies, as well as other publicly traded or privately held businesses, in various industries including senior living, healthcare, healthcare technology and manufacturing. He has significant experience advising clients on matters related to strategic business transactions; corporate governance; and other general corporate matters.

In addition to his legal practice, Taylor has established himself as a true leader within the firm through his commitment to serving others in various leadership roles. He has served as a Summer Associate Mentor, guiding law students through the summer program; on the Recruiting Committee, helping to recruit and retain talent for the firm; and on the Associate Development Committee, serving as supervising attorney to four associates. Taylor is also active in the firm’s pro bono program, participating in legal advice clinics with our clients where he provided legal advice and limited representation in partnership with local sponsors. His contributions in these capacities and others have been instrumental in the firm’s success and growth.

The 2023 Emerging Leaders Award Winners

The 2023 Award Winners were chosen from a pool of prominent nominees for their notable accomplishments in business and in service to the community. Evaluation and selection of the nominees was completed by an independent judging panel. For a complete list of the 2023 Emerging Leaders award winners click here.

The M&A Advisor will host an Awards Gala in New York City to introduce the Emerging Leaders Award Winners to the business community and celebrate their achievements. The Emerging Leaders Awards Gala is a feature of the 2023 Leadership in Dealmaking Summit on September 19-20, 2023. This exclusive event will pair current and past Emerging Leaders winners together with their peers and industry stalwarts.

Taylor Ashley received his M&A Advisor Emerging Leader Award at the September 2023 event.
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