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Bass, Berry & Sims PLC


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What the team is known for

Preeminent group highly recommended for its expertise in big-ticket M&A transactions. Also has a wealth of experience advising on private offerings and shareholder activism issues. Maintains an enviable reputation for its work in major healthcare deals and also highly regarded for its work in the energy, technology, retail and financial services spheres. Additionally, the firm has extensive expertise in advising public companies and their executive boards on sophisticated corporate and securities matters, with further noteworthy expertise in private equity.


"The sophistication of the work is certainly very high, and there is a level of attentiveness that I get from them that I don't get elsewhere," reports an interviewee.

Another client notes that the team provides "really excellent service," explaining: "They understand the law, but also what our business needs."

Work highlights

Advised Tivity Health on the $575 million divestment of its nutrition business.

Notable practitioners

Riney Green is a well-known practitioner with a wealth of experience advising on significant M&A work. He has a notable background assisting with healthcare and private equity matters.

Mitchell Walker is highly regarded for his handling of M&A and securities work and also has experience advising on capital markets transactions.
"We consider him an essential business adviser due to his experience and ability to anticipate issues and opportunities well before they present themselves."

Howard Lamar is a veteran practitioner with a considerable profile in the market. His work covers securities matters, investments and M&A transactions.
"He's more than a lawyer; he's committed to providing exceptional work for his clients."

Allen Overby maintains a strong standing in the market and advises on both public and private M&A transactions.
"He's a fantastic lawyer." "He has a great corporate practice."

Page Davidson has a particular focus on the healthcare and technology sectors. He is well versed in guiding his clients through high-stakes M&A, as well as corporate governance and shareholder regulatory issues.
"In addition to his technical skill, he's able to translate difficult legal concepts so that business people can understand, and this is a skill that not all lawyers have." "He's incredible and really good at what he does."

James Cheek is well recognized for his transactional expertise. His advice to public companies on M&A and securities offerings is particularly strong, utilizing his more than 50 years of experience practicing in Tennessee.
"He's extremely well known in the state." "He is prominent."

Kris Kemp is a highly respected practitioner with extensive M&A and capital markets experience. He has a noted specialty in venture capital matters and plays a lead role on a number of the firm's most significant transactions.
"He is excellent; very attentive and very responsive." "He is highly analytical and very good at breaking down deal structures."

Mark Manner commands a strong reputation among his peers. With over 40 years of practice behind him, he is well versed in both M&A and securities issuances and also has an impressive understanding of private equity and venture capital matters.
"He's well known and well respected."

Ryan Thomas spearheads the firm's private equity group and has experience handling healthcare, technology and private equity transactions. His experience also covers entity formation and recapitalisation.
"He is super smart; expert in technical matters, a strong negotiator and good at moving deals along."

Todd Rolapp has been managing partner since 2013. He continues to be noted for his deep-rooted expertise in M&A, corporate governance and securities issuances, in addition to his responsibilities overseeing the continued growth of the firm.
"He's very well respected."

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Corporate/M&A Practice Summary

Public and private companies of all sizes across a variety of industries turn to Bass, Berry & Sims for counsel on a wide range of corporate matters, including mergers, acquisitions and dispositions; capital markets transactions; executive compensation issues; corporate governance and shareholder activism. Highlights from our Corporate/M&A practice include:

  1. Participation in more than 100 M&A transactions ranging in size from $5 million to $15 billion in the last 12 months for public and private companies as well as private equity firms.
  2. Representation of private equity firms and their portfolio companies on a local and national scale with a focus on the middle market, including Harvest Partners, Shore Capital Partners, Frazier Healthcare Partners, Welsh Carson, Anderson & Stowe, Health Enterprise Partners and the Blackstone Group.
  3. Serve as primary corporate and securities counsel to more than 35 public companies.
  4. Served as counsel for issuers or underwriters on 20 public offering and institutional private offering transactions in the last 12 months.
  5. Depth of experience in shareholder activism. Our lawyers routinely advise companies and boards of directors in preparing for potential activist shareholder and hostile takeover activity and in responding to actual activist demands and takeover attempts.
  6. Ranked by Chambers USA as a Band 1 Corporate/M&A firm in Tennessee since 2003.


Bridgestone Americas

Change Healthcare

Engility Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: EGL)

Envision Healthcare Corp. (NYSE: EVHC) (formerly AmSurg)

Tivity Health (NASDAQ: TVTY) (formerly Healthways, Inc.)


Financial institutions

Food & beverage




Private equity




Bass, Berry & Sims PLC


150 Third Avenue South

Suite 2800




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.



B. Riney Green
Band 2
F Mitchell Walker Jr
Band 2
Howard H Lamar III
Band 2
J Allen Overby
Band 3
J Page Davidson
Band 1
James H Cheek III
Senior Statespeople

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