Leslie Ford has been actively involved in over $6 billion worth of financing transactions in the last three years, with more than $1.5 billion in the healthcare industry. Serving a diverse client list, Leslie represents public and private borrowers, private equity investors and financial institutions in secured and unsecured financing transactions. Her practice involves representing clients in various types of financing transactions including syndicated credit facilities, acquisition financings, first and second lien credit facilities, asset-based financings, mezzanine financings, equipment financings, construction loans, workouts and restructurings.
By thinking creatively with her clients, Leslie works to close deals with successful outcomes that go beyond the numbers to the broader business objectives. For borrowers, this means strategic and efficient access to capital while maintaining maximum operational flexibility in debt arrangements. For lenders, it means effectively managing risk while simultaneously entering into a successful, mutually beneficial relationship with the borrower. Leslie’s success with her financing practice extends to include frequent collaboration with attorneys in the Corporate & Securities and Healthcare Practice Groups.
Tennessee Bar Association — Business Law Section; Health Law Section
American Health Law Association (AHLA)
Representation of Louisiana-Pacific Corporation in its offering of $350,000,000 of 3.625% senior notes due 2029.
Representation of i3 Verticals, Inc. (Nasdaq: IIIV), an integrated payment and software solutions provider, in its offering of $138 million aggregate principal amount of 1.00% Exchangeable Senior Notes due 2025, its concurrent amendment to its Amended and Restated Credit Agreement, and its concurrent entrance into exchangeable note hedge and warrant transactions with certain financial institutions. BofA Securities served as the representative of the initial purchasers of the exchangeable notes
Representation of Advanced Diagnostic Imaging Partners, a premier provider of radiology services to Middle Tennessee, in its partnership with Radiology Partners, the largest physician-led and physician-owned radiology practice in the United States
Representation of LucidHealth, a portfolio company of Excellere Partners, in its acquisition of Madison Radiologists
Representation of American Physician Partners (APP), a leader in emergency medicine, hospitalist and intensivist management services, in its acquisition of TruePartners Emergency Physicians, an emergency medicine group based in Wellington, Florida
Representation of American Physician Partners (APP), a leader in emergency medicine, hospitalist and intensivist management services, in its acquisition of Leading Edge Medical Associates (LEMA), a long-standing emergency department management company based in Longview, Texas
Representation of American Physician Partners (APP), a leader in emergency medicine, hospitalist and intensivist management services, in its acquisition of Capital Emergency Physicians, a long-standing emergency department management company based in Jackson, Mississippi
Represented Engility Holdings, Inc. (NYSE:EGL) in its $1.3 billion debt refinancing
Represented a professional sports team in the increase and extension of its syndicated secured credit facility to $101 million with Regions Bank as administrative agent
Served as primary outside counsel to the NHL’s Nashville Predators since 2010.
Mid-South Super Lawyers “Rising Star” (2013-2020)
Tennessee Law Review — Editor-in-Chief
Phi Beta Kappa