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 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 TVV Capital portfolio company Big 3 Precision Products, Inc., a maker of turnkey packaging solutions, in its sale to The Eastern Company (Nasdaq: EML), a publicly traded diversified manufacturer, for $81.7 million

    We represented TVV Capital portfolio company Big 3 Precision Products, Inc., a maker of turnkey packaging solutions, in its sale...
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    Client Type: Private Company
  • Representation of Gen Cap America, a Nashville-based private equity firm that provides equity for management buyouts, division spinoffs, and recapitalizations of profitable, well-established middle-market businesses, in its acquisition of Griffin Gear, a South Carolina-based provider of gearing products for industrial applications

    We represented Gen Cap America, a Nashville-based private equity firm that provides equity for management buyouts, division spinoffs, and recapitalizations...
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    Client Type: Private Company
  • Representation of The Bakery Companies, a baked goods manufacturer, in its sale to Arbor Investments

    We represented The Bakery Companies, a Tennessee-based baked goods manufacturer, in its sale to Arbor Investments, a middle-market private equity...
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    Client Type: Private Company
  • Representation of MyHealthDirect, a digital care coordination platform, in its sale to Experian Health

    We represented MyHealthDirect, a provider of digital care coordination platform that optimizes scheduling for providers, payers and consumers, in its...
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    Client Type: Private Company
  • We represented BioScrip, Inc. in its merger with Option Care Enterprises, Inc. The newly combined company, Option Care Health, Inc., emerges as the largest independent home and alternate site infusion services provider in the United States. Option Care Health’s common stock will be listed on the Nasdaq Global Select Market under the ticker symbol BIOS.

     

    We represented BioScrip, Inc. in its merger with Option Care Enterprises, Inc. The newly combined company, Option Care Health, Inc.,...
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    Client Type: Public Company
  • We represented Verdi Oncology, Inc. in its acquisition of NexGen Oncology. With the acquisition of NexGen, Verdi has launched Verdi...
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    Client Type: Private Company
  • We represented Cracker Barrel Old Country Store, Inc. (Nasdaq: CBRL) in its investment in Denver-based Punch Bowl Social, an award-wining experiential food and beverage concept.

    We represented Cracker Barrel Old Country Store, Inc. (Nasdaq: CBRL) in its investment in Denver-based Punch Bowl Social, an award-wining...
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    Client Type: Public 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
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Gardner B. Bell
Associate
Scott W. Bell
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Al Bright, Jr.
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Laura R. Brothers
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Mark B. Buente
Associate
Curtis Capeling
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James H. Cheek, III
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Bo R. Cook
Associate
Elizabeth  A. Cook
Associate
David Cox
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Michael G. Dashefsky
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J. Page Davidson
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K. Stewart Day
Associate
Ali Deatherage
Associate
Kevin H. Douglas
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Kristin C. Dunavant
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R. Todd Ervin
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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
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Howard H. Lamar III
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Philip M. Lewis
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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
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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
Ashley N. Thurman
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