Gardner Bell counsels clients on corporate and securities issues including mergers and acquisitions, capital markets transactions, and securities matters and filings. He works within a range of industries, including healthcare, senior living and manufacturing.
Gardner graduated from the University of Kentucky College of Law, where he was the Bert Combs Scholar. At the University of Virginia, he received a M.S. from the McIntire School of Commerce with a concentration in financial services and a B.A. from the College of Arts & Sciences. Prior to his legal career, Gardner promoted financial and economic development in Kentucky, Tennessee, Indonesia, India and Ethiopia.
American Bar Association
American Health Law Association (AHLA)
Representation of Addus HomeCare Corporation (Nasdaq: ADUS), the nation’s largest public provider of personal home care and support services, in its definitive agreement to acquire Queen City Hospice, LLC, and its affiliate Miracle City Hospice, LLC for a cash purchase price of $192.0 million
Representation of Twin River Worldwide Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: TRWH) in its definitive agreement to acquire Jumer’s Casino & Hotel, from Delaware North Companies Gaming & Entertainment, Inc., for $120 million in cash
We served as lead counsel to Triple Tree Capital Partners, Noro Moseley Partners and SSM Partners in the formation of its holding company, Riva Health Holdings, Inc., a newly formed holding company that facilitated the merger of Revel and NovuHealth.
Representation of W20 Group, a portfolio company of New Mountain Capital, in its acquisition of starpower, LLC, an entertainment and influencer marketing agency
Representation of Pinnacle Financial Partners(NASDAQ: PNFP) in its $225 Million offering of Series B Non-Cumulative Perpetual Preferred Stock depositary shares
Served as regulatory and deal counsel to BioPlus, a leading national specialty pharmacy, and ProHealth Pharmacy Solutions, a significant provider of infusion pharmacy management services in their sale to CarepathRx a platform company formed by Nautic Partners
Representation of CRH Healthcare, LLC, a quality- and patient-focused operator of urgent care centers, in its acquisition of a membership interest in a Maryland joint venture with Calvert Health System that owns and operates urgent care clinics in the Baltimore area
Representation of Health Velocity Capital as lead investor in a $30 million Series C funding round for HealthJoy, a healthcare consumer benefits platform. In addition to Health Velocity Capital, other participating investors included U.S. Venture Partners, Chicago Ventures, and Epic Ventures
Representation of WellCare Health Plans, Inc., a government-focused managed care provider, in its merger with Centene Corporation (NYSE: CNC) for $17.3 billion
Represented Addus HomeCare Corporation (Nasdaq: ADUS) in four strategic acquisitions and in its underwritten public offering of 2.3 million shares of common stock in 2019.
CALI Awards in Corporate Finance, International Trade Law, Nonprofit Organizations and Constitutional Law II
Kentucky Law Journal — Staff Editor
UK College of Law Legal Writing Competition — Best Appellant Brief
Next Billion Case Writing Competition — Grand Prize Winner