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 Family Legacy, LLC and Harpeth Hills Memory Gardens, Inc. in their sale to Park Lawn Corporation (TSX: PLC), a company that provides goods and services associated with the disposition and memorialization of human remains

    We represented Family Legacy, LLC and Harpeth Hills Memory Gardens, Inc. in their sale to Park Lawn Corporation (TSX: PLC),...
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    Client Type: Private Company
  • Representation of LFM Capital in its sale of EDSCO Fasteners, a leading supplier of foundation anchoring systems for critical infrastructure installations, to MiddleGround Capital

    We represented LFM Capital in its sale of EDSCO Fasteners, a leading supplier of foundation anchoring systems for critical infrastructure...
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    Client Type: Private Company
  • Representation of ResMan, a leading property management SaaS platform provider and Mainsail Partners portfolio company, in its acquisition of Razz Interactive, a real estate and property management platform

    We represented ResMan, a leading property management SaaS platform provider and Mainsail Partners portfolio company, in its acquisition of Razz...
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    Client Type: Private Company
  • Representation of HCA Healthcare (NYSE: HCA), one of the nation’s leading healthcare providers, in its acquisition of Valify, a healthcare cost management technology platform

    We represented HCA Healthcare (NYSE: HCA), one of the nation’s leading healthcare providers, in its acquisition of Valify, a healthcare...
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    Client Type: Public Company
  • Representation of LFM Capital in its investment in J&E Precision Tools, a Massachusetts-based leading precision components manufacturer for the aerospace and defense industry

    We represented LFM Capital in its investment in J&E Precision Tools, a Massachusetts-based leading precision components manufacturer for the aerospace...
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    Client Type: Private Company
  • Representation of Genesco Inc. (NYSE: GCO) in its acquisition of Togast, a company that specializes in the design, sourcing and sale of licensed footwear, for $34 million, plus an earnout of up to $34 million

    We represented Genesco Inc. (NYSE: GCO) in its acquisition of Togast, a company that specializes in the design, sourcing and...
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    Client Type: Public Company
  • Representation of Tennessee Community Bank Holdings, Inc., the parent company for Community Bank & Trust located in Ashland City, Tennessee, in its definitive agreement to sell to Reliant Bancorp, Inc. (Nasdaq: RBNC) for $37 million in an approximately 50% stock and 50% cash transaction.

    We represented Tennessee Community Bank Holdings, Inc., the parent company for Community Bank & Trust located in Ashland City, Tennessee,...
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    Client Type: Private Company
  • Representation of Bravo Wellness, a national provider of employee wellness solutions and portfolio company of ABS Capital, in its sale to Medical Mutual, a health insurance company based in Ohio

    We represented Bravo Wellness, an ABS Capital portfolio company, in its sale to Medical Mutual, a health insurance company based...
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    Client Type: Private Company
  • Represented Addus HomeCare Corporation (Nasdaq: ADUS) in four strategic acquisitions and in its underwritten public offering of 2.3 million shares of common stock in 2019.

    We represented Addus HomeCare Corporation (Nasdaq: ADUS) in four strategic acquisitions in 2019, including the acquisition of Hospice Partners of...
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    Client Type: Public Company
  • Representation of TT Capital Partners (TTCP), NovaQuest Capital Management (NovaQuest) and Frist Cressey Ventures in its recapitalization and growth equity investment in InformedDNA, the nation’s largest provider of genetic services

    We represented TT Capital Partners (TTCP), NovaQuest Capital Management (NovaQuest) and Frist Cressey Ventures in its recapitalization and growth equity...
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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
Ali Deatherage
Associate
Kevin H. Douglas
Member
Kristin C. Dunavant
Counsel
R. Todd Ervin
Member
Greg Everett
Associate
D. Lee Flaherty
Associate
John L. Fuller
Member
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