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 150 transactions ranging in size from $20 million to more than $15 billion in the last two 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 currently serves 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.

Shayan A. Ahmed
Associate
Richard W. Arnholt
Member
Taylor J. Ashley
Associate
Wilmoth H. Baker, IV
Associate
Jaime L. Barwig
Associate
Gardner B. Bell
Associate
Scott W. Bell
Member
Laura R. Brothers
Member
Curtis Capeling
Member
James H. Cheek, III
Member
David Cox
Member
J. Page Davidson
Member
K. Stewart Day
Associate
Kevin H. Douglas
Member
Kristin C. Dunavant
Senior Corporate Attorney
R. Todd Ervin
Member
Greg Everett
Associate
D. Lee Flaherty
Associate
John L. Fuller
Member
B. Riney Green
Member
John A. Greer
Senior IP Attorney
Nick L. Grunenwald
Associate
Andrew Hard
Associate
Brad L. Hart
Associate
Jonathan T. Hasebe
Senior Corporate Attorney
Michael E. Hill
Associate
S. Ryan Hoffman
Associate
D. Scott Holley
Member
Michael J. Holley
Member
Angela Humphreys
Member
Tyler Huseman
Associate
J. James Jenkins, Jr.
Member
Kris Kemp
Member
William J. Kent
Associate
Jay H. Knight
Member
Eric J. Knox
Member
Michael R. Kuffner
Member
Howard H. Lamar III
Member
Philip M. Lewis
Member
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
Associate
Tatjana Paterno
Member
Oliver H. Peglow
Attorney
Frank M. Pellegrino
Member
Cynthia Y. Reisz
Member
Ryan M. Richards
Associate
Brian L. Sims
Associate
J. Paul Singleton
Associate
Jonathan D. Stanley
Member
Greg Stevens
Senior Counsel
Samuel E. Stumpf Jr.
Member (retired)
W. Benjamin Tarpley
Associate
Oscar L. Thomas
Ryan D. Thomas
Member
Shelley R. Thomas
Member
Bob F. Thompson
Member (retired)
Ashley N. Thurman
Associate
Craig R. Turner
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

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