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:
- Mergers & Acquisitions – Advising sellers and buyers in both public and private company transactions and has represented clients in numerous private equity and venture-backed purchase and sale transactions, including public and private debt and equity placements.
- Private Equity – Advising private equity and venture capital fund sponsors and portfolio companies in a broad range of strategic transactions, recapitalizations and restructurings.
- Public Company Advisory – Representing both NYSE- and Nasdaq-listed companies on a variety of corporate governance, SEC compliance matters and in capital market transactions.
- Special Healthcare M&A Counsel – Providing specialized healthcare M&A support to private equity firms, coordinating with national and international transaction counsel, utilizing an approach designed to provide the client and its other advisors with seamless access to deep healthcare industry knowledge and experience.
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)
Media Mentions & Firm News
Chambers USA — Corporate/M&A (2013-2023)
The Legal 500 — M&A Powerlist: USA Region (2023)
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 (2010-2024)
Martindale-Hubbell — AV Preeminent® Peer Review Rated
North Carolina State College of Humanities and Social Sciences — Distinguished Alumnus Award