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. Alexander’s Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: JAX), owner and operator of J. Alexander’s Restaurant, Redlands Grill, Stoney River Steakhouse and Grill and selected other restaurants, in its $220 million all cash sale to SPB Hospitality LLC, a leading operator and franchisor of full-service dining restaurants.

    Since J. Alexander’s first opened in 1991, Bass, Berry & Sims has served as primary corporate and securities counsel to the company for more than 30 years.  Additional details about the transaction can be found in the official news release.

    We represented J. Alexander’s Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: JAX), owner and operator of J. Alexander’s Restaurant, Redlands Grill, Stoney River Steakhouse...
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  • We represented Helix Sleep, Inc. (Helix) in its sale to Cerberus Capital Management, L.P. (Cerberus), a global leader in alternative investing.

    We represented Helix Sleep, Inc. (Helix), a custom home furnishings and mattress company, in its sale to Cerberus Capital Management,...
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  • Representation of Gen Cap America, Inc., a private equity firm focused on lower middle market buyouts, on its acquisition of Lab Products, LLC and Hartford Systems, LLC (together, “Lab Products”) from Avidity Science, LLC. Lab Products is a leading manufacturer providing an extensive line of laboratory research animal housing and care equipment. This transaction marks Gen Cap America’s fourteenth acquisition from its seventh fund.

    We represented Gen Cap America, Inc., a private equity firm focused on lower middle market buyouts, on its acquisition of...
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  • Representation of Integrated Polymer Solutions (IPS), an Arcline Investment Management portfolio company and leading manufacturer of custom, highly engineered elastomeric components, in its acquisition of Seal Science, Inc., a designer and manufacturer of engineered elastomeric sealing solutions.

    We represented Integrated Polymer Solutions (IPS), an Arcline Investment Management portfolio company and leading manufacturer of custom, highly engineered elastomeric...
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  • Representation of Gen Cap America, Inc. in the sale of its portfolio company, L.W. Allen – a water and wastewater control systems manufacturer – to SJE Inc., a portfolio company of Audax Group and leading manufacturer of water and wastewater control solutions.

    We represented Gen Cap America, Inc. in the sale of its portfolio company, L.W. Allen – a water and wastewater...
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  • Representation of a founder owned WorkCompEDI and its affiliates, a leading EDI clearinghouse for the Property & Casualty market, in its sale to Data Dimensions, LLC, the leading provider of outsourced document handling and workflow solutions and portfolio company of Thompson Street Capital Partners. The merged companies will operate under the Data Dimensions brand and will leverage their respective strengths to become the premier technology services organization in the P&C industry.

    We represented a founder owned WorkCompEDI and its affiliates, a leading EDI clearinghouse for the Property & Casualty market, in...
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  • Representation of Addus HomeCare Corporation (NASDAQ: ADUS) in its $29.1 million acquisition of three affiliated entities: Armada Skilled Home Care of New Mexico, LLC, Armada Hospice of New Mexico, LLC and Armada Hospice of Santa Fe, LLC. This acquisition expands Addus HomeCare’s home health and hospice services in the state of New Mexico.

    We represented Addus HomeCare Corporation (NASDAQ: ADUS) in its $29.1 million acquisition of three affiliated entities: Armada Skilled Home Care...
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    Client Type: Public Company
  • Representation of Gryphon Capital-backed Physical Rehabilitation Network (PRN), a leading physical therapy provider and practice management organization, in its acquisition of Complete Balance Solutions Institute for Physiotherapy Inc. through its joint venture with MemorialCare, a prominent non profit Southern California integrated health system. The transaction includes the acquisition of Complete Balance Solutions’ three Southern California outpatient therapy clinics and creates the region’s most expansive network of physical therapy facilities with 26 clinics throughout the region.

    We represented Gryphon Capital-backed Physical Rehabilitation Network (PRN), a leading physical therapy provider and practice management organization, in its acquisition...
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  • We represented Agape Care, a hospice and palliative care provider backed by The Vistria Group, in its acquisition of Integrity...
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    Client Type: Private Company
  • Representation of Mainsail Partners, a San Francisco-based growth equity firm focused on software companies, in its recapitalization of Centerbase, a legal billing and practice management software company.

    We represented Mainsail Partners, a San Francisco-based growth equity firm focused on software companies, in its recapitalization of Centerbase, a...
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