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Bass, Berry & Sims PLC

Banking & Finance

5 ranked lawyersBand 1TennesseeUSA 2021 View ranking table
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What the team is known for

Stellar outfit providing services across the financial services spectrum. Represents borrowers and lenders in matters ranging from commercial lending to regulatory compliance. Experienced handling large-scale transactions for a broad range of clients including regional and national banks, insurance companies and private equity firms. Demonstrates expertise in debt refinancing and syndicated loans, as well as bank M&A and the formation of subsidiaries.

Strengths

Interviewees describe the lawyers as "highly skilled and easy to work with," adding: "They take the time to understand our concerns and priorities."

Sources say: "It is a very client-oriented firm and provides great service."

Another client appreciates the firm's "top-tier service and performance."

Work highlights

Acted for Tractor Supply Company on several financing transactions, including the closure of a $200 million accordion facility.

Notable practitioners

Cynthia Sellers is a leading practitioner. She is recognized for her high-quality work on financings and bond issuances, with notable work in the retail sector. She also has a considerable understanding of lending issues in the healthcare space.
"She's one of the top lawyers in all of Tennessee." "She is an outstanding lawyer, technically skilled, and is business-savvy."

Scott Holley is a noted practitioner with a deep understanding of debt securities, as well as banking M&A and associated regulatory matters.
"Scott Holley has a strong reputation in the market."

Felix Dowsley is a longstanding presence in Tennessee and continues to advise on a variety of significant financings. He handles a consistent stream of work from both borrowers and lenders, with his deal list featuring mandates on behalf of REITs as well as financings relating to private equity investments.
"Felix Dowsley has earned our full trust due to his consistent responsiveness and thoroughness. He is truly a professional advocate in every sense of the word."

Jim Tate acts for a variety of banks, as well as corporate borrowers, and has notable experience assisting private equity houses with the financing for high-value buyouts.
"He is an incredibly helpful adviser."

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Overview

Banking & Financial Services Practice Summary

Our attorneys have decades of experience working with the full spectrum of financial services companies. All types of banking and financial institutions rely on our attorneys to advise and assist them in their dealings within a complex regulatory environment. In addition, we have a comprehensive perspective on all aspects of debt financing garnered through a long history of representing both lenders and borrowers.

We provide counsel in the areas of corporate and securities, regulatory and enforcement, debt finance and litigation on a variety of needs:

  • Mergers and acquisitions.
  • Regulatory and securities law compliance.
  • Entity formation and capital raising.
  • Enforcement proceedings.
  • Financial, insurance depository products.
  • Lending transactions.
  • Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA).
  • Shareholder rights.
  • Financial services litigation.
  • Securities litigation and arbitration.
  • Insurance coverage disputes & litigation.
  • Restructuring and bankruptcy.

Debt Financing Transactions

We have represented borrowers and lenders in over $45 billion of debt financing transactions in the last five years, including:

  • Syndicated credit facilities.
  • Healthcare finance.
  • Public offerings and private placements of debt securities.
  • Senior credit facilities with private equity companies.
  • Mezzanine and subordinated finance.
  • Construction lending.
  • Workouts and restructurings.
  • Asset-based credit facilities.
  • Project financings.

Clients

Brookdale Senior Living Inc. (NYSE: BKD)

Citizens State Bank

Fifth Third Bank (NASDAQ: FITB)

Merchants & Marine Bankcorp, Inc.

United Natural Foods, Inc. (NASDAQ: UNFI)

Industries

Capital markets

Corporate finance

Energy

Government contracts

Healthcare

Hospitality

Manufacturing

Real estate

Real estate investment trusts (REITs)

Wholesale/retail

Banking & Finance

Bass, Berry & Sims PLC

firm
Location

150 Third Avenue South

Suite 2800

Nashville

Tennessee

USA

TN 37201

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Ranked Lawyers

Chambers Research is conducted by 200 Research Analysts, across 200 jurisdictions and provides nearly 6,000 rankings tables. Annually we collect hundreds of thousands of responses from clients, the majority via in-depth interview. Learn more about our methodology.

Tennessee

Banking & Finance


Cynthia N Sellers
Band 1
D. Scott Holley
Band 3
Felix R Dowsley III
Band 2
James S Tate Jr
Band 2

Banking & Finance: Regulatory


D. Scott Holley
Band 2