Ryan Thomas is the chair of the firm’s Private Equity Team and co-chair of the Healthcare Private Equity Team. As mergers and acquisitions (M&A) and securities counsel to numerous national companies and private equity firms, Ryan Thomas has closed over $60 billion in M&A transactions, and approximately $80 billion in overall transactions, including both the largest domestic LBO, and the largest private equity-backed IPO at the time. Ryan’s practice focuses on public and private companies within the healthcare, media, retail, government services, life sciences and technology industries, among others. Ryan also advises management, boards and special committees on shareholder activism, corporate governance and public company disclosure matters.
Ryan has been recognized by The M&A Advisor on multiple occasions, including receiving the “M&A Deal of the Year” award in the $50 million to $100 million category as part of his work on behalf of Luminex Corporation (Nasdaq: LMNX) and being named an “M&A Deal of the Year” finalist in the over $1 billion category as a part of his work on behalf of Engility, Inc. (NYSE: EGL) in connection with its merger with TASC, Inc., a KKR and General Atlantic portfolio company. Ryan is active in the leadership of the ABA’s M&A and Business Law Committees, serving as editor of the Deal Points publication and the executive editor for M&A content of Business Law Today. He served as a primary contributing author for the chapter titled “Exploring Strategic Alternatives and Responding to Unsolicited Approaches—Starting the Process” in the ABA’s The Role of Directors in M&A Transactions: A Governance Handbook for Directors, Management and Advisors (2019 edition). Ryan has been extensively quoted and published on M&A matters and high profile deals in leading national media such as The Wall Street Journal Pro Private Equity, The Business Lawyer, The Corporate Board, Executive Counsel, Marketwatch.com, Los Angeles Times, TheStreet.com, GlobeSt.com, Associated Press, Bloomberg News and others.
Ryan’s practice involves:
Association for Corporate Growth, Tennessee Chapter — Board Member
American Health Law Association (AHLA)
American Bar Association — Business Law and M&A Committees
Representation of Triple Tree Capital Partners and Vestar Capital Partners in the merger of their respective portfolio companies, The Emily Program and Veritas Collaborative.
Representation of Grant Avenue Capital, a healthcare-focused middle-market private equity firm, in its acquisition of Hearts for Hospice, LLC a full-service Utah hospice and home health agency, and Abode Healthcare, Inc., a home health care provider.
Representation of Sound Inpatient Physicians, Inc., a physician-founded and led organization providing services across the acute episode of care in its acquisition of Southwest Pulmonary Associates, LLP, a critical care and pulmonary medicine group based in Texas.
Chambers USA — Corporate/M&A (2019-2021), Recognized Practitioner (2017-2018)
Who’s Who Legal — Corporate: Corporate Governance (2018-2021); Corporate: Mergers & Acquisitions (2018-2021)
Acritas Stars — Independently Rated Lawyer (2019-2020)
IFLR1000 — Notable Practitioner (2019-2021)
M&A Advisor “Industrials Deal of the Year (Over $1B)” (2019)
M&A Advisor “Healthcare/Life Sciences Deal of the Year ($50 MM to $100MM)” (2019)
M&A Advisor “Turnaround Healthcare & Life Sciences Deal of the Year” (2019)
M&A Advisor “Corporate/Strategic Deal of the Year ($1B-$5B)” Finalist (2019)
M&A Advisor “Consumer Discretionary Deal of the Year ($50MM-$100MM)” Finalist (2019)
M&A Advisor “Corporate/Strategic Deal of the Year ($75MM-$100MM)” Finalist (2019)
M&A Advisor “40 Under 40” Finalist (2012)
M&A Advisor “M&A Deal of the Year” Finalist (2015)
M&A Advisor “M&A Deal of the Year” (2012)
Mid-South Super Lawyers “Rising Star” (2011-2014)
Vanderbilt Journal of Transnational Law — Editor
Phi Beta Kappa