Kris Kemp advises public and private companies on strategic merger and acquisition transactions, securities offerings and compliance matters. In addition, he works closely with private equity firms, portfolio companies and venture-backed companies on investments, recapitalizations and other transactions. His corporate practice also includes providing capital structure advice to emerging and growth companies.
Kris is ranked in Chambers USA as a Band 1 corporate/mergers and acquisition attorney in Tennessee. According to Chambers USA, interviewees describe Kris as a “Highly respected practitioner with extensive M&A and capital markets experience. He has a noted specialty in venture capital matters and plays a lead role on a number of the firm’s most significant transactions. ‘He is excellent; very attentive and very responsive.’ ‘He is highly analytical and very good at breaking down deal structures.'” (from Chambers USA 2021) In addition to being recognized by The Best Lawyers in America® from 2010 to 2023 for Mergers and Acquisitions Law; Securities/Capital Markets Law and Securities Regulation; Kris has also been recognized by Best Lawyers as the Nashville Securities Regulation “Lawyer of the Year” (2023) and the Nashville Securities/Capital Markets Law “Lawyer of the Year” (2020).
While Kris’s clients include a significant concentration within the healthcare sector, he also regularly works with companies in a number of other industries including financial services, insurance, and retail. His practice involves a broad spectrum of corporate and securities matters, including:
Tennessee Bar Association — Business Law Executive Council, Chair (2013-2016); Business Corporations Act Subcommittee (2011-2015)
Nashville Capital Network — Board of Directors
American Health Law Association (AHLA)
Representation of Warp Speed Holdings LLC, a rapidly growing mortgage and technology enabled mortgage solutions company, in its recapitalization from MVB Bank, a subsidiary of MVB Financial Corp (Nasdaq: MVBF), for $48 million.
Representation of ModivCare (Nasdaq: MODV), a technology-enabled healthcare services company, in its acquisition of Guardian Medical Monitoring, LLC, a remote patient monitoring and alert company, from its parent company, Guardian Alarm. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.
We represented Tractor Supply Company (Nasdaq: TSCO) in their agreement to acquire Orscheln Farm and Home, a family-owned farm and ranch retailer.
Creation of the corporate structure for Mosaic Changemakers – our team helped the new organization obtain tax exempt nonprofit status and transfer the program to a new entity, and provided advice for formation and business practices
We represented Dean Solon, the founder of Shoals Technologies Group, Inc. (backed by Oaktree Capital), a leading solar-power components maker, in connection with Shoals’ initial public offering (IPO) of 88.5 million shares of Class A common stock for a total net proceeds of more than $2.2 billion. The shares began trading on the Nasdaq Global Market under the symbol “SHLS” on January 27, 2021. Bass Berry & Sims has represented Shoals since the 2016 recapitalization transaction with Oaktree Capital.
Representation of J. Knipper and Company, Inc. – one of the largest suppliers of end-to-end pharmaceutical samples management services and a Court Square portfolio company – and its affiliates, including KnippeRx, in its acquisition of Eagle Pharmacy – a Florida-based full-service, direct-to-patient (DTP) pharmacy. This strategic transaction for KnippeRx will expand the company’s pharmacy programs, scale and automation capabilities.
We represented West Virginia Mutual Insurance Company (WVMIC), the only member-owned medical liability insurance company in West Virginia, in its sale to MagMutual Insurance Company, one of the leading providers of medical professional liability insurance in the country. WVMIC will become MagMutual’s Mid-Eastern Region, adding support to policyholders and expanding their geographic footprint in West Virginia, Ohio and Kentucky.
Chambers USA — Corporate/M&A (2013-2022)
Best Lawyers® — Nashville Securities Regulation “Lawyer of the Year” (2023); Nashville Securities/Capital Markets Law “Lawyer of the Year” (2020)
The Best Lawyers in America© — Mergers and Acquisitions Law; Securities/Capital Markets Law; Securities Regulation (2010-2023)
Martindale-Hubbell — AV Preeminent® Peer Review Rated
North Carolina State College of Humanities and Social Sciences — Distinguished Alumnus Award