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.

  • We represented ALS Education, Inc., an education dropout prevention and recovery program, in the sale of its charter school management...
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    Client Type: Private Company
  • Representation of Pharos Capital’s post-acute care provider platform, Charter Health Care Group, in its acquisition of sister companies Physmed Home Health Care and Serene Care Hospice. Physmed Home Health specializes in geriatric care, delivering traditional home health nursing and therapy services, as well as social work and dietician services. Serene Care Hospice provides in-home end-of-life care with services including nursing care, spiritual care and bereavement support. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

    We represented Pharos Capital’s post-acute care provider platform, Charter Health Care Group, in its acquisition of sister companies Physmed Home...
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    Client Type: Private Company
  • We represented Physical Rehabilitation Network, a privately held physical therapy care provider and comprehensive practice management organization, in its acquisition of Performance Physical Therapy, Inc., a provider of orthopedic and spine physical therapy care, based in Reno, Nevada. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

    We represented Physical Rehabilitation Network, a privately held physical therapy care provider and comprehensive practice management organization, in its acquisition...
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    Client Type: Private Company
  • Representation of Serco Inc., a provider of professional, technology, and management services, in its definitive agreement to acquire Whitney, Bradley & Brown, Inc., a leading provider of advisory, engineering and technical services to the US Military, for $295 million from an affiliate of H.I.G. Capital.

    We represented Serco Inc., a provider of professional, technology, and management services, in its definitive agreement to acquire Whitney, Bradley...
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    Client Type: Private Company
  • Representation of LFM Capital’s portfolio company, Fecon, LLC, a leading manufacturer of heavy-duty forestry mulching equipment and related accessories, in its acquisition of Vermeer Forestry Mulching Products, a manufacturer of high-quality tree-care, agricultural, underground construction, surface mining, and environmental equipment.

    We represented LFM Capital’s portfolio company, Fecon, LLC, in its acquisition of Vermeer Forestry Mulching Products, a manufacturer of high-quality...
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    Client Type: Private Company
  • We represented Tivity Health, Inc. (NASDAQ: TVTY), a fitness and social engagement solutions provider, in the divestiture of its nutrition business, Nutrisystem® and South Beach Diet®, to Kainos Capital, a leading food and consumer-focused private equity firm, for $575 million in cash.

    We represented Tivity Health, Inc. (NASDAQ: TVTY), a fitness and social engagement solutions provider, in the divestiture of its nutrition...
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    Client Type: Public Company
  • We represented Gibson, the iconic American instrument brand, in its acquisition of Mesa/Boogie, one of the most prestigious brands in sound and guitar amplification. Centered on decades of professional experience and a true passion for sound, this historical transaction perfectly aligned with Gibson’s efforts to renew the iconic brand’s legacy and commitment to musicians around the world. The partnership was a natural collaboration of iconic American brands on a mutual quest of sound, quality and craftsmanship and to push the boundaries of how guitar sound is delivered and experienced. In addition, Mesa/Boogie founder Randy Smith will join Gibson as Master Designer and Mesa/Boogie amps will be available in Gibson’s Custom Shop for Amplifiers.

    We represented Gibson, the iconic American instrument brand, in its acquisition of Mesa/Boogie, one of the most prestigious brands in...
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    Client Type: Private Company
  • Representation of HCA Healthcare (NYSE: HCA), one of the nation’s leading healthcare providers, in a joint venture business with A Plus International Inc., a global manufacturer of healthcare products, to expand access to personal protective equipment (PPE) by manufacturing surgical and procedure masks in the United States. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

    We represented HCA Healthcare (NYSE: HCA), one of the nation’s leading healthcare providers, in a joint venture business with A...
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    Client Type: Public Company
  • Representation of ACES (Comprehensive Educational Services), a behavioral health provider that operates 38 clinics and in-home services throughout the Western United States, in its acquisition of the Center for Language and Autism Support Services, which operates two clinics and provides in-home services in Oklahoma

    We represented ACES (Comprehensive Educational Services), a behavioral health provider that operates 38 clinics and in-home services throughout the Western...
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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 JobNimbus, a leading home services CRM and job management system.

    We represented Mainsail Partners, a San Francisco-based growth equity firm focused on software companies, in its recapitalization of JobNimbus, a...
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    Client Type: Private Company
John R. Adgent
Associate
Shayan A. Ahmed
Associate
Richard W. Arnholt
Member
Taylor J. Ashley
Member
Dixon Babb
Associate
Wilmoth H. Baker, IV
Associate
Jaime L. Barwig
Member
Gardner B. Bell
Associate
Scott W. Bell
Member
Nicholas M. Bessette
Associate
Courtney  L. Black
Associate
Kolby  A. Boyd
Associate
Al Bright, Jr.
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Laura R. Brothers
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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
Kevin H. Douglas
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Kristin C. Dunavant
Counsel
R. Todd Ervin
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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
Member
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.
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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
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David W. Marshburn
Associate
Richard F. Mattern
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R. Davis Mello
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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
Member
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
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Taylor K. Wirth
Associate
Lora A. Wuerdeman
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