Mergers & Acquisitions

We have a comprehensive mergers & acquisitions practice representing buyers and sellers in both public and private company strategic transactions, as well as financial sponsor transactions. We have served as lead counsel in more than 300 transactions ranging in size from $20 million to more than $15 billion in the last four years.

In recent years, our corporate M&A practice has been recognized by The M&A Advisor with a M&A Deal of the Year award in the following categories:

Additionally, the firm was recognized as a finalist in four different categories in 2015.

Our mergers & acquisitions experience spans most major industries and most major markets. Services we provide include:

  • Advising public and private companies, boards of directors and special committees on legal issues related to the consideration of strategic alternatives.
  • Advising private equity firms and their platform companies in connection with mergers and acquisitions and financing activities.
  • Negotiating mergers, tender offers and stock and asset purchases and divestitures (both tax-free and taxable).
  • Structuring spinoffs and recapitalizations, management buyouts and other going-private transactions.
  • Counseling directors on hostile transactions and takeover preparedness, including shareholder rights plans and change of control agreements.
  • Executing cross-border M&A transactions for multi-national clients in conjunction with our globally recognized international referral network, Lex Mundi.

Attorneys from our other practice groups are routinely involved in our M&A engagements to provide clients a full range of service in due diligence, risk analysis, tax structuring, employee benefits, executive compensation, real estate, environmental and intellectual property.

Our corporate M&A practice consists of more than 85 M&A attorneys, including nearly 40 experienced partners and a large group of talented and dedicated associates. The firm’s M&A attorneys are heavily involved with the American Bar Association, for example one of our partners previously chaired the Business Law Section of the American Bar Association (ABA), another served as a past Chair of the ABA Business Law Section’s Mergers and Acquisitions Committee, and one of our M&A attorneys previously served as editor of the ABA’s Deal Points publication. Our attorneys bring a practical, creative, and business-minded approach to an increasingly complex M&A environment, with an emphasis on project management, cost efficient staffing and client-driven results.

  • Representation of J. Knipper and Company, Inc. – one of the largest suppliers of end-to-end pharmaceutical samples management services and a Court Square portfolio company – and its affiliates, including KnippeRx, in its acquisition of Eagle Pharmacy – a Florida-based full-service, direct-to-patient (DTP) pharmacy. This strategic transaction for KnippeRx will expand the company’s pharmacy programs, scale and automation capabilities.

    We represented J. Knipper and Company, Inc. - one of the largest suppliers of end-to-end pharmaceutical samples management services and...
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    Client Type: Private Company
  • Representation of the independent Special Committee of Strategic Storage Trust IV, Inc. (SST IV), in connection with a definitive agreement to merge SST IV and SmartStop Self Storage REIT, Inc., (SmartStop) in an all-stock transaction valued at $370 million

    We represented the independent Special Committee of Strategic Storage Trust IV, Inc. (SST IV), in connection with a definitive agreement...
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    Client Type: Public Company
  • Representation of Addus HomeCare Corporation (Nasdaq: ADUS), the nation’s largest public provider of personal home care and support services, in its definitive agreement to acquire Queen City Hospice, LLC, and its affiliate Miracle City Hospice, LLC for a cash purchase price of $192.0 million

    We represented Addus HomeCare Corporation (Nasdaq: ADUS), the nation’s largest public provider of personal home care and support services, in...
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    Client Type: Public Company
  • Representation of Addus HomeCare Corporation (Nasdaq: ADUS), the nation’s largest public provider of personal home care and support services, in its acquisition of County HomeMakers, Inc., a Pennsylvania-based personal care operator with 800 employees in 22 locations serving over 1,000 clients

    We represented Addus HomeCare Corporation (Nasdaq: ADUS), the nation’s largest public provider of personal home care and support services, in...
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    Client Type: Public Company
  • Representation of Merchants & Marine Bancorp, Inc., a full-service state-chartered community bank with 13 branch offices across the Mississippi and Alabama Gulf Coast, in its acquisition of the Mobile, Alabama branch of Bank OZK (Nasdaq: OZK

    We represented Merchants & Marine Bancorp, Inc., a full-service state-chartered community bank with 13 branch offices across the Mississippi and...
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    Client Type: Private Company
  • Representation of Triage Consulting Group, a healthcare revenue integrity company in its acquisition by Revint Solutions, a leader in technology-enabled revenue integrity solutions for healthcare providers

    We represented Triage Consulting Group, a healthcare revenue integrity company in its acquisition by Revint Solutions, a leader in technology-enabled...
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    Client Type: Private Company
  • Representation of Twin River Worldwide Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: TRWH) in its definitive agreement to acquire Jumer’s Casino & Hotel, from Delaware North Companies Gaming & Entertainment, Inc., for $120 million in cash

     

    We represented Twin River Worldwide Holdings, Inc. in its definitive agreement to acquire Jumer's Casino & Hotel, from Delaware North...
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    Client Type: Public Company
  • Representation of Premise Health, the country’s largest direct health care provider and OMERS Private Equity portfolio company, in its acquisition of CareHere, another leading operator of wellness centers for self-funded organizations. The acquisition of CareHere, brings Premise Health’s revenue to approximately $1 billion annually and increases its geographic footprint to more than 850 centers across 45 states and Guam. The combination will allow Premise Health to deliver improved outcomes and enhance health care for employer populations.

    We represented Premise Health, the country’s largest direct health care provider and OMERS Private Equity portfolio company, in its acquisition...
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    Client Type: Private Company
  • We served as lead counsel to Triple Tree Capital Partners, Noro Moseley Partners and SSM Partners in the formation of its holding company, Riva Health Holdings, Inc., a newly formed holding company that facilitated the merger of Revel and NovuHealth.

    We served as lead counsel to Triple Tree Capital Partners, Noro Moseley Partners and SSM Partners in the formation of...
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    Client Type: Private Company
  • 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

    We represented MSouth Equity Partners, a private equity firm with a focus on lower middle market management buyouts, in its...
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    Client Type: Private Company
John R. Adgent
Associate
Shayan A. Ahmed
Associate
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
Al Bright, Jr.
Member
Laura R. Brothers
Member
Curtis Capeling
Member
James H. Cheek, III
Member
Bo R. Cook
Associate
Elizabeth  A. Cook
Associate
David Cox
Member
Michael G. Dashefsky
Member
J. Page Davidson
Member
K. Stewart Day
Associate
Kevin H. Douglas
Member
Kristin C. Dunavant
Counsel
R. Todd Ervin
Member
Greg Everett
Associate
D. Lee Flaherty
Associate
John L. Fuller
Member
Ali Gallagher
Associate
B. Riney Green
Member
Sarah E. Guthrie
Associate
Mary Lindsey Hannahan
Associate
Andrew Hard
Associate
Brad L. Hart
Associate
Jonathan T. Hasebe
Senior Corporate Attorney
Grant Hauss
Associate
S. Ryan Hoffman
Member
D. Scott Holley
Member
Michael J. Holley
Member
Lauren B. Huddleston
Associate
Angela Humphreys
Member
Tyler Huseman
Associate
J. James Jenkins, Jr.
Member
Chris Johnson
Associate
Kris Kemp
Member
Jay H. Knight
Member
Eric J. Knox
Member
Michael R. Kuffner
Member
Howard H. Lamar III
Member
Philip M. Lewis
Member
James R. Litzow
Associate
Mark Manner
Member
David W. Marshburn
Associate
Richard F. Mattern
Member
R. Davis Mello
Associate
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
Cynthia Y. Reisz
Member
Whitney Robinson
Associate
Brian L. Sims
Member
J. Paul Singleton
Associate
Jonathan D. Stanley
Member
Greg Stevens
Senior Counsel
W. Benjamin Tarpley
Associate
Oscar L. Thomas
Counsel
Ryan D. Thomas
Member
Shelley R. Thomas
Member
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