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 40 public companies and have assisted many more in a number of high-profile, high-stakes engagements. Our work in the M&A space has been recognized by leading industry organizations, including being named Law Firm of the Year in 2021 by The M&A Advisor at the annual awards event.

Chambers USA researchers have concluded that our corporate team is a “Preeminent group highly recommended for its expertise in big-ticket M&A transactions. 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 2021) During the Chambers research process, one client admired the group saying “The sophistication of the work is certainly very high, and there is a level of attentiveness that I get from them that I don’t get elsewhere.” Another client notes that the team provides “really excellent service,” explaining: “They understand the law, but also what our business needs.” (from Chambers USA 2021) Previous editions of Chambers reported the firm was “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); “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 20 consecutive years (2003-2022), with nine of our corporate lawyers receiving individual rankings in 2022.

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 25 attorneys were recognized in corporate categories in Best Lawyers in America® 2022.

  • Representation of  HCA Healthcare Inc. (NYSE: HCA), one of the nation’s leading healthcare providers, in its investment in VitalConnect®, Inc., a leader in remote and in-hospital wearable biosensor technology. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

    We represented HCA Healthcare Inc. (NYSE: HCA), one of the nation’s leading healthcare providers, in its investment in VitalConnect®, Inc.,...
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    Client Type: Public Company
  • Representation of Gen Cap America’s portfolio company Newman Associates, a supplier of pipe-support systems offering products, tools, and hardware for mechanical, electrical, plumbing and fire-protection contractors, in its sale to NEFCO, a construction supply company providing a broad range of products and services to a large variety of professional contractors. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

    We represented Gen Cap America’s portfolio company Newman Associates, a supplier of pipe-support systems offering products, tools, and hardware for...
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    Client Type: Private Company
  • Offering of $750,000,000 of 4.750% Senior Notes due 2032

    We represented AutoZone, Inc. (NYSE: AZO), the leading retailer and distributor of automotive replacement parts and accessories, in a public...
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    Client Type: Public Company
  • Representation of Protypia, Inc., a proteomics bio analytical company based in Nashville, TN in its sale to Inotiv, Inc., a leading contract research organization specializing in nonclinical and analytical drug discovery and development services and research models and related products and services. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

    We represented Protypia, Inc., a proteomics bio analytical company based in Nashville, TN in its sale to Inotiv, Inc., a...
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  • Representation of Ring2Media, a leading direct response marketing agency specializing in Medicare enrollment, in its sale to Osceola Capital’s portfolio company Quote.com, which connects high-intent insurance shoppers to the world’s best and most trusted brands. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

    We represented Ring2Media, a leading direct response marketing agency specializing in Medicare enrollment, in its sale to Osceola Capital's portfolio...
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  • Representation of Acute Behavioral Health, Inc. in its acquisition of Hallmark Youthcare, the largest short-term residential treatment program in the commonwealth of Virginia. The acquired assets consist of 82 inpatient psychiatric residential treatment facility beds for young people with behavioral and mental health needs. Petra Capital, Harbert Credit Solutions, Elm Creek Partners and Granite Growth Health Partners invested in Acute Behavioral Health to finance the acquisition.

    We represented Acute Behavioral Health, Inc. in its acquisition of Hallmark Youthcare, the largest short-term residential treatment program in the...
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    Client Type: Private Company
  • Representation of TechnologyAdvice, LLC, a Nashville based B2B Agency and buyer matching company in their acquisition of Marc Waring Ventures, a digital resource provider for small businesses. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

    We represented TechnologyAdvice, LLC, a Nashville based B2B Agency and buyer matching company in their acquisition of Marc Waring Ventures,...
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  • Representation of Physicians Immediate Care, a Midwest leader in urgent care and occupational health services, in its sale to WellNow Urgent Care, an urgent care provider nationwide. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

    We represented Physicians Immediate Care, a Midwest leader in urgent care and occupational health services, in its sale to WellNow...
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  • Representation of Prairie Capital’s portfolio company Family Allergy & Asthma, an allergy medical practice headquartered in Louisville, KY, in its Physician Practice Management transaction with Asthma and Allergy Associates of Florida, an allergy and asthma medical practice in Flordia. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

    We represented Prairie Capital's portfolio company Family Allergy & Asthma, an allergy medical practice headquartered in Louisville, KY, in its...
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  • Representation of Tivity Health Inc. (Nasdaq: TVTY), a leading provider of healthy life-changing solutions, in its sale to Stone Point Capital, an investment firm based in Greenwich, Connecticut, with over $40 billion of assets under management. Tivity Health stockholders received $32.50 in cash per share, representing a total transaction value of $2.0 billion. Tivity Health’s common stock ceased trading and will no longer be listed on Nasdaq.

    We represented Tivity Health Inc. (Nasdaq: TVTY), a leading provider of healthy life-changing solutions, in their sale to Stone Point...
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    Client Type: Public Company
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