A seasoned corporate attorney with more than 30 years of experience, Howard Lamar helps clients navigate significant corporate events, including mergers and acquisitions, various types of corporate finance transactions and corporate governance issues, including challenges from activist shareholders. He works with boards of directors, senior management of public and private companies, entrepreneurs, family offices, and early-stage growth companies.
Howard’s practice includes:
Prior to attending law school, Howard spent three years with Bank of America (formerly, and during the time he was there, NCNB) where he was a corporate lending officer in NCNB’s Corporate and International Banking Group.
Nashville Bar Association
American Bar Association — Business Law Section
American Health Law Association (AHLA)
Representation of Haven Behavioral Health, who operates acute care behavioral hospitals across the country, in its acquisition of WW IOP, LLC, a Boise, ID outpatient mental health clinic. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.
Representation of Sisk Motor Company, a provider of automobile sale and purchase services, in its sale to White Automotive Group, a family-owned group of automotive dealerships. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.
Representation of American Paper & Twine Company, a distributor of janitorial, packaging, food service, safety and office products, in its sale to Imperial Dade, a distributor of food service packaging and janitorial supplies. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.
Representation of American Paper & Twine Company, a distributor of janitorial, packaging, food service, safety and office products, in its acquisition of an office supply business in Tupelo Mississippi and surrounding areas. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed
Representation of MSouth Equity Partners, a private equity firm with a focus on lower middle market management buyouts, in its acquisition of iBenefit Communication, a benefit communication, engagement, and enrollment services company
Representation of Groups360, a platform that simplifies bringing people together for meetings and events, in its acquisition of IDEM Hospitality, a Singapore-based platform to help hoteliers maximize revenue from their meetings, events and group business
Representation of BRC Recovery in its recapitalization with private investment firms, Veronis Suhler Stevenson (VSS) and NewSpring Health Capital
Representation of Cracker Barrel Old Country Store, Inc. (Nasdaq: CBRL) in its $36M acquisition of Maple Street Biscuit Company, a fast-casual restaurant with 28 company-owned and five franchised locations across seven states
Representation of The Bakery Companies, a baked goods manufacturer, in its sale to Arbor Investments
Chambers USA — Corporate/M&A (2005-2022)
Best Lawyers® — Nashville Leveraged Buyouts and Private Equity Law “Lawyer of the Year” (2022, 2020, 2018, 2013); Nashville Securities and Capital Markets Law “Lawyer of the Year” (2021, 2015); Nashville Securities Regulation “Lawyer of the Year” (2017); Nashville Corporate Law “Lawyer of the Year” (2011)
The Best Lawyers in America© — Corporate Governance Law; Corporate Law; Health Care Law; Leveraged Buyouts and Private Equity Law; Mergers and Acquisitions Law; Securities/Capital Markets Law; Securities Regulation; Venture Capital Law (2003-2023)
Nashville Business Journal “Best of the Bar” (2011-2012, 2014-2015, 2020)
Mid-South Super Lawyers (2006-2019)
Business Tennessee “Best 150 Lawyers in Tennessee”
Nashville Post “Nashville’s 101 Top Lawyers” (2011)
M&A Advisor Awards — M&A Deal of the Year (2012)