Mitch Walker focuses on representation of public companies and underwriters in public offerings and in mergers and acquisitions. Mitch works with boards of directors, officers, executives, special committees, loan issuers and underwriters on matters from the financial services, food and beverage, real estate and retail sectors.
His practice involves:
Representation of Ryman Hospitality Properties, Inc. (NYSE: RHP) in various refinancing transactions in September and October 2019, which successfully refinanced almost $2 billion in indebtedness. Refinancing transactions for Ryman included:
• The private placement of $500 million aggregate principal amount of 4.750% senior notes due 2027.
• A tack-on private placement of an additional $200 million aggregate principal amount of 4.750% senior notes due 2027.
• A tender offer for Ryman’s outstanding $350 million 5.00% senior notes due 2021 and a redemption of such notes not tendered.
• The extension of the maturity dates of Ryman’s existing $700 million revolving credit and $200 million term loan A to March 31, 2024, and March 31, 2025, respectively, the increase of the $200 million term loan A to $300 million, and the increase of the accordion feature under Ryman’s credit agreement from $500 million to $600 million.
Representation of Christie Cookie Co., a Nashville-based gourmet cookie bakery, in its sale to Rich Products Corporation, a multinational food products corporation
CoreCivic acquired Time to Change, Inc.
Represented Warner Music Group in the sale of its interest in Word Entertainment
Represented the underwriters in Corrections Corporation of America’s at the market public offering of up to $200,000,000 shares of common stock
Represented underwriter, Wells Fargo Securities, in Corrections Corporation of America’s public offering
Represented Ryman Hospitality Properties in a 2015 144A offering of $400 million aggregate principal amount of 5.00% senior notes
Represented The Chefs’ Warehouse, Inc. (NASDAQ:CHEF) in its acquisition of substantially all of the assets and certain equity interests of Del Monte Capitol Meat Co. and its affiliated companies
Represented United Natural Foods in its acquisition of all of the stock of Tony’s Fine Foods
Represented The Chefs’ Warehouse in its acquisition of substantially all the assets of Allen Brothers, Inc.
Chambers USA — Corporate/M&A (2004-2019)
Best Lawyers® — Nashville Corporate Compliance Law “Lawyer of the Year” (2020); Nashville Leveraged Buyouts and Private Equity Law “Lawyer of the Year” (2015); Nashville Securities Regulation “Lawyer of the Year” (2013, 2012); Nashville Mutual Funds Law “Lawyer of the Year” (2012); Nashville Securities/Capital Markets Law “Lawyer of the Year” (2011)
The Best Lawyers in America© — Corporate Compliance Law; Corporate Governance Law; Corporate Law; Leveraged Buyouts and Private Equity Law; Mergers and Acquisitions Law; Mutual Funds Law; Securities/Capital Markets Law; Securities Regulation (2003-2020)
Who’s Who Legal Corporate: Merger & Acquisition
Lawdragon 3000 Leading Lawyers in America
Mid-South Super Lawyers (2006-2009, 2011-2018)
Nashville Post “Nashville’s 101 Top Lawyers” (2011)
Nashville Business Journal “Best of the Bar” (2011-2012)
Phi Delta Phi
Patrick Wilson Scholar in Law (1979-1982)
Vanderbilt Law Review — Member (1980-1982)