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Harwell Howard Hyne Gabbert & Manner, PC


  • 333 Commerce Street
  • Nashville
  • USA
  • TN 37201

Corporate/M&A - Tennessee

THE FIRM This firm has a strong profile in Tennessee for corporate/M&A work, leveraged by its eminent healthcare services practice. In line with the rise of group buying transactions, the team acted for Navigator Group Purchasing on its sale to Managed Healthcare Associates. It is also recognized for its strength in the private equity arena.

Sources say: "A very good firm offering all the specialties a medium to large company would need from external counsel."

KEY INDIVIDUALS Mark Manner is described as "a very bright lawyer with very good people skills." He is a key adviser to the firm's major healthcare industry clients.

Sources commend David Cox for his ability to "use good common sense in negotiations - he does not try to 'win' every deal point." He has been heavily engaged in healthcare private equity work of late.

Department head Kris Kemp advised Agilum Healthcare Intelligence on a preferred stock offering with a matching investment from the Tennessee INCITE Co-Investment Fund. "His style helps to break down walls," one source noted.

Healthcare - Tennessee

THE FIRM This firm has had an active year thanks to its involvement in a series of significant healthcare transactions. Most notably, the team represented HealthSpring in its sale to Cigna for $3.8 billion. It also acts for healthcare providers on LBOs and spin-offs.

Sources say: "A solid command of their areas of expertise. Rarely do I not get an immediate answer when needed."

KEY INDIVIDUALS Mark Manner is recommended for his "extraordinary knowledge and experience in the healthcare sector." He regularly plays a key role in some of the firm's most high-profile and complex transactions.

Michael Hill led the team advising Acadia Healthcare on its purchase of three psychiatric hospitals. "He gets through matters efficiently and is able to explain them clearly and promptly," observes one client.

Litigation - Tennessee

THE FIRM This firm is well known for its extensive bankruptcy and restructuring expertise. In one recent matter, the team advised the federal receiver of Vivid Restaurant on claims arising from the company's sale as a going concern. Litigators also advise on intellectual property disputes and commercial fraud claims.

Sources say: "Their lawyers are extremely well trained, analytical and inventive."

KEY INDIVIDUALS Sources remark positively on Alexander Fardon's "great reputation and experience." He has litigated in professional malpractice claims as well as contractual disputes. 

Craig Gabbert is "one of the premier restructuring and bankruptcy lawyers," comment interviewees. He advised a real estate developer on claims relating to a $40 million Chapter 11 bankruptcy. 

Glenn Rose is noted for his work with companies in distressed financial situations. "He has great judgment and instincts," observes one interviewee. 

Barbara Holmes has an extensive record of involvement in restructuring and bankruptcy disputes. Sources highlight her "irreproachable skills and ethics."