Corporate & Securities

Public and private companies of all sizes across a variety of industries turn to Bass, Berry & Sims for counsel on a wide range of corporate matters, including mergers, acquisitions and dispositions, capital markets transactions, executive compensation issues, corporate governance and shareholder activism. We serve as primary corporate and securities counsel to more than 35 public companies and have assisted many more in a number of high-profile, high-stakes engagements.

Chambers USA researchers have concluded that our corporate team is a “Preeminent group highly recommended for its expertise in big-ticket M&A transactions, including a significant amount of cross-border matters. Also has a wealth of experience advising on private offerings and shareholder activism issues. Maintains an enviable reputation for its work in major healthcare deals and also highly regarded for its work in the energy, technology, retail and financial services spheres. Additionally, the firm has extensive expertise in advising public companies and their executive boards on sophisticated corporate and securities matters, with further noteworthy expertise in private equity.” (from Chambers USA 2020) During the Chambers research process, one client admired the group for being “very knowledgeable, thorough and very conscious of what we need them to do – and they manage their priorities very well” while another source appreciated that the team “provides a New York level of expertise and skill, but at smaller market rates, which is really valuable.” (from Chambers USA 2020) Previous editions of Chambers reported “Their commitment is second to none” and “They go toe to toe on expertise with New York firms.” (from Chambers USA 2018) and “The firm’s performance was outstanding. I’d put them up there with the big firms globally – some of the finest attorneys I’ve seen.” (from Chambers USA 2015) Chambers ranked us in the highest tier in Corporate/M&A in the state of Tennessee for 18 consecutive years, with 10 of our corporate lawyers receiving individual rankings in 2020.

Our Corporate & Securities attorneys are leaders in industry organizations and have been recognized for their significant contributions to clients and for their accomplishments. One of our partners is a past Chair of the 4,000-member American Bar Association (ABA) Business Law Section Mergers and Acquisitions Committee, and other members of our group have led numerous committees, subcommittees and task forces within the ABA’s Business Law Section. In addition, more than 20 attorneys were recognized in corporate categories in Best Lawyers in America® 2019 and Corporate Board Member has ranked us for 11 consecutive years as the #1 corporate law firm in the Nashville metropolitan area.

  • 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

    We represented Groups360, a platform that simplifies bringing people together for meetings and events, in its acquisition of IDEM Hospitality,...
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    Client Type: Private Company
  • We represented Shelby County Schools (SCS) Board in a transaction to secure funding bringing laptop computers to nearly 95,000 students in the District. By providing nearly 95,000+ new devices and WiFi access to students in the District, each student will have the proper materials to participate in online learning this year. Students are scheduled to have a laptop or tablet by November 2020. The investment in students, which was announced on June 16, is historic step for the District in bridging the digital divide and builds upon the ongoing Equity in Action Plan, which aims to ensure all students have the same access to academic supports.

    COVID-19 highlighted the lack of internet access and technology for many students and families in Memphis, Tennessee. This deal is part of a broader $37 million plan to enable all students to learn online.  The transaction was formed through a lease-purchase agreement with Microsoft and Hewlett Packard. The funding included federal coronavirus relief dollars through the CARES Act Fund, as well as government bonds from Shelby County and the City of Memphis.

    We represented Shelby County Schools (SCS) Board in a transaction to secure funding bringing laptop computers to 95,000+ students in...
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  • Representation of Southern Ear, Nose, and Throat and Allergy (SENTA) Partners, an ENT and allergy management services organization, in its affiliation with Piedmont Ear, Nose, Throat & Related Allergy, a medical and surgical ear, nose and throat practice based in Atlanta, Georgia

    We represented Southern Ear, Nose, and Throat and Allergy (SENTA) Partners, an ENT and allergy management services organization, in its...
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    Client Type: Private Company
  • Representation of Frankston Packaging Company, a full-service manufacturer of custom and stock packaging solutions, in its Acquisition of Paco Label Systems, a supplier of flexible packaging and pressure-sensitive labels

    We represented Frankston Packaging Company, a full-service manufacturer of custom and stock packaging solutions, in its acquisition of Paco Label...
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    Client Type: Private Company
  • Representation of Lineagen, Inc., a provider of molecular diagnostics services for individuals showing clinical presentations consistent with neurodevelopmental disorders, in its sale to Bionano Genomics, Inc. (Nasdaq: BNGO), a genome analysis company providing tools and services to scientists and clinicians conducting genetic research and patient testing, for $9.6 million

    We represented Lineagen, Inc., a provider of molecular diagnostics services for individuals showing clinical presentations consistent with neurodevelopmental disorders, in...
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    Client Type: Private Company
  • Representation of AutoZone, Inc. (NYSE: AZO) in a public offering of $600,000,000 of 1.650% Senior Notes due 2031.

    We represented AutoZone, Inc. in a public offering of $600,000,000 of 1.650% Senior Notes due 2031. Underwriters included J.P. Morgan...
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    Client Type: Public Company
  • We represented Mid-America Apartments, L.P., the operating partnership of Mid-America Apartment Communities, Inc., in a public offering of $450,000,000 of...
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    Client Type: Public Company
  • Representation of Synchronous Health, Inc., a behavioral health provider that combines telehealth and artificial intelligence, in its investment from Adventist Health a faith-based, nonprofit integrated health system serving more than 80 communities on the West Coast and Hawaii

    We represented Synchronous Health, Inc., a behavioral health provider that combines telehealth and artificial intelligence, in its investment from Adventist...
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    Client Type: Private Company
  • Representation of Gen Cap America, Inc. in the acquisition of Eastern Business Forms, Inc., a designer and manufacturer of diagnostic sample collection devices for governments and private companies around the globe

    We represented Gen Cap America, Inc. in the acquisition of Eastern Business Forms, Inc., a designer and manufacturer of diagnostic...
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    Client Type: Private Company
  • Representation of My Retirement Account Services, LLC, a platform for the custody of cryptocurrencies in IRAs and other retirement accounts, in its merger with Kingdom Services Holdings, LLC

    We represented My Retirement Account Services, LLC, a platform for the custody of cryptocurrencies in IRAs and other retirement accounts,...
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    Client Type: Private Company
Marc E. Ackerman
Counsel
John R. Adgent
Associate
Shayan A. Ahmed
Associate
Martha B. Allard
Counsel
Richard W. Arnholt
Member
Taylor J. Ashley
Member
Wilmoth H. Baker, IV
Associate
Jaime L. Barwig
Member
Gardner B. Bell
Associate
Scott W. Bell
Member
Nicholas M. Bessette
Associate
Susan K. Bilbro
Counsel
Robert L. Brewer
Member
Al Bright, Jr.
Member
Laura R. Brothers
Member
Emily A. Burrows
Associate
Curtis Capeling
Member
James H. Cheek, III
Member
Stefanie Colletier
Associate
Meredith Edwards Collins
Associate
Bo R. Cook
Associate
Elizabeth  A. Cook
Associate
David Cox
Member
Alexandria Wood Davenport
Associate
J. Page Davidson
Member
K. Stewart Day
Associate
Ali Deatherage
Associate
Kevin H. Douglas
Member
Kristin C. Dunavant
Counsel
R. Todd Ervin
Member
Greg Everett
Associate
Curtis L. Fisher
Member
D. Lee Flaherty
Associate
Lara A. Flatau
Member
John L. Fuller
Member
Harry L. Goldsmith
Senior Advisor
B. Riney Green
Member
Sarah E. Guthrie
Associate
Mary Lindsey Hannahan
Associate
Andrew Hard
Associate
Chelsea L. Harrison
Associate
Brad L. Hart
Associate
Jonathan T. Hasebe
Senior Corporate Attorney
Grant Hauss
Associate
Michael R. Hill
Member
S. Ryan Hoffman
Member
Johnathan D. Holbrook
Associate
D. Scott Holley
Member
Michael J. Holley
Member
Lauren B. Huddleston
Associate
Angela Humphreys
Member
Tyler Huseman
Associate
J. Patrick Huston
Associate
Chris Johnson
Associate
Kris Kemp
Member
Jay H. Knight
Member
Eric J. Knox
Member
Michael R. Kuffner
Member
Howard H. Lamar III
Member
Robins H. Ledyard
Member
Philip M. Lewis
Member
James R. Litzow
Associate
Mark Manner
Member
David W. Marshburn
Associate
George H. Masterson
Member
Richard F. Mattern
Member
R. Davis Mello
Associate
Bryan W. Metcalf
Member
Lori B. Morgan
Member
Jennifer H. Noonan
Member
Jason Northcutt
Member
Andrea N. Orr
Member
J. Allen Overby
Member
Todd R. Overman
Member
Janice Parmar
Senior Healthcare Attorney
Tatjana Paterno
Member
Oliver H. Peglow
Attorney
Sarah M. Pelham
Associate
Frank M. Pellegrino
Member
Dillon Reid
Associate
Whitney Robinson
Associate
Todd J. Rolapp
Managing Partner
Sehrish Siddiqui
Member
Susan V. Sidwell
Member
Brian L. Sims
Member
J. Paul Singleton
Associate
Jonathan D. Stanley
Member
Greg Stevens
Senior Counsel
W. Benjamin Tarpley
Associate
T. Stephen C. Taylor
Member
G. Scott Thomas
Member
Oscar L. Thomas
Counsel
Shelley R. Thomas
Member
Rodrigo N. Valle
Associate
Timothy Van Hal
Associate
Sara Vance
Associate
David R. Venturella
Associate
Kurt Vincent
Associate
Tyler H. Wadlington
Associate
F. Mitchell Walker, Jr.
Member
Julie C. Walker
Senior Corporate Attorney
Leigh Walton
Member
Brian K. Wilke
Associate
Price W. Wilson
Member
Taylor K. Wirth
Associate
Lora A. Wuerdeman
Associate