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Corporate/Commercial — Arkansas


Friday, Eldredge & Clark, LLP - Corporate/Commercial

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Commentary from the Chambers USA guide

What the team is known for Market-leading practice active in offering advice on a full spectrum of corporate issues for major corporations. Highly esteemed for its work in taxation and M&A as well as its representation of banks and other financial institutions in connection with regulatory and securities issues. Additional areas of strength also include tackling public bond transactions.

Strengths Sources are swift to highlight the breadth of the team's bench: "I think they are really top of the game. They have a deep bench of first-class guys and are very strong from the top to the bottom."

The team also garners praise for its quality of service, as one client highlights: "They are excellent. They are responsive and get results."

Work highlights Represented the University of Arkansas's Board of Trustees in a $108.87 million bond issuance to refund the outstanding debts pertaining to improvements on the Fayetteville campus.

Assisted a large agricultural marketing group with the formation of a three-party joint venture for the processing and marketing of rice and rice products, valued at $75 million.

Significant clients Arkansas Bankers Association, Dillard’s Department Stores, Entergy Arkansas, McLarty Automotive, Oaklawn Racing & Gaming.

Notable practitioners

Managing partner Shepherd Russell is roundly viewed as "a preeminent bond lawyer, one of the top in Arkansas." He specializes in handling a broad range of bond and other debt offering matters on behalf of public institutions and has also acted as counsel to the State of Arkansas on its $87.24 million bond issuance to refund the outstanding bonds pertaining to the financing of improvements to higher education.

Byron Eiseman holds unparalleled expertise in resolving tax issues. He is also adept in handling M&A and real estate matters.

Robert Beach is endorsed by commentators as a "very good lawyer who focuses on public school bonds." He has represented First Security Beardsley in the issuance of $37.17 million refunding bonds in connection to improvements to a school.

Walter Ebel enjoys a robust reputation for his depth of expertise in tax matters and gaming law. He is also highly proficient in tackling M&A transactions, and has recently advised an automotive dealer on the acquisition of ten dealerships.

Price Gardner is an esteemed practitioner with a wealth of experience acting on corporate acquisitions and joint ventures, as well as tax matters. One client remarks: "He is good at assessing risks and gives good advice. He also is very knowledgeable and has good business as well as legal sense." Of late, Gardner has represented Regional Equipment Sales & Rental Operation in securing the sales and rental rights to operate in south Louisiana, a matter valued at $20 million.

Ryan Bowman is regarded as a "very good and very professional" practitioner who is frequently called upon to advise on public bond transactions. "He is also very thorough and worked with us to do what needed to be done," one client reports. In a recent highlight, he has assisted the State of Arkansas's Natural Resources Commission with the issuance of $30.86 million refunding Series 2016A bonds in relation to the financing of water disposal and pollution abatement facilities.

Paul Benham specializes in finance matters including municipal bonds. He also has a wealth of experience handling securities.

Bryan Duke "is a young lawyer who is extremely intelligent and does excellent work," remarks one observer, while another adds that he is "very attentive and really understands the business side of deals." He focuses on M&A transactions, and is also experienced in working on tax issues.

Michael Moyers primarily handles public finance matters, including bond issuances. He has recently advised on the issuance of $40 million refunding revenue bonds by the Arkansas Public Education Facilities Board and the City of Arkadelphia in connection to the improvements to the Ouachita Baptist University campus.

Robert Smith is described as "a good corporate lawyer who is active and extremely talented." He is well versed in handling a broad array of transactions, from M&A and corporate governance to tax and real estate finance.

Department profile by Friday, Eldredge & Clark, LLP

Public Finance:

Friday, Eldredge & Clark finished 2016 as the leading bond counsel firm for Arkansas bond issues. Of the $2.2 billion in principal amount of bonds issued by Arkansas issuers in 2016, the firm approved $1.7 billion in principal amount of bonds.

Friday, Eldredge & Clark has also been the top bond counsel in Arkansas for the first six months of 2017, having approved $603.5 million in principal amount of bonds.

Tax:

The tax department at Friday Eldredge & Clark is widely recognized for the size and expertise in all areas of taxation.  Each member of the department has an LL.M in taxation and with more than twenty-five attorneys in the firm, the tax department is larger than most regional and national firms five to twenty times the size of our firm.  We have a reputation of being able to address all areas of taxation – from income taxation of individuals and corporate entities; estate and gift taxation; state and local taxation and incentive; employee compensation and benefits; and non-profit and tax-exempt entities.

We are known for handling complex matters in a time and cost efficient manner for our clients.  Additionally, with multiple practice areas typically involved in a transaction, we have partners from other departments that team on a project and that allows our firm to provide turn-key representation of the client. 

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Kutak Rock LLP - Corporate/Commercial

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Commentary from the Chambers USA guide

What the team is known for Longstanding reputation for acting for mid-to-large sized public companies in connection with M&A, securities and corporate finance. Also has a wealth of experience handling tax issues. Offers nationwide coverage with 17 offices across the country.

Strengths One source reports: "They are excellent. They are very knowledgeable about the community and the business, and are very helpful in giving advice on statutory Arkansas laws."

Notable practitioners

Watt Gregory continues to be favored by public companies for his prowess acting on corporate finance and governance matters, including issues concerning securities, mergers and regulations. He is hailed by one client who says: "He thinks strategically and sees the bigger picture."

Gordon Wilbourn has a robust track record in assisting a range of corporations including healthcare providers and public agencies with bond transactions. One client remarks: "We have tremendous confidence in him. He is very knowledgeable about the community."

Jim Hathaway is identified as a "great resource" in finance matters. He is talented in handling bond issuances and is experienced in acting on behalf of a range of clients, including state agencies. He is also well versed in real estate and stock acquisitions.

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Mitchell, Williams, Selig, Gates Woodyard, PLLC - Corporate/Commercial

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Commentary from the Chambers USA guide

What the team is known for Premier firm acting on matters including corporate governance, securities and public finance, in addition to M&A transactions. Strong capabilities in understanding tax matters and is adept in offering assistance with tax-exempt bonds and tax structuring.

Notable practitioners

Bond transactions lie at the heart of Anne Parker's municipal finance practice. She has extensive experience acting for borrowers, trustees and underwriters.

Of counsel John Selig has extensive experience undertaking complex financial transactions, including matters concerning securities offerings. He also has a wealth of knowledge in handling M&A.

Douglas Buford leads the M&A and securities practice and "has a tremendous reputation and is great to work with," according to commentators. He is routinely approached by logistics companies and financial institutions to act on mergers as well as securities and corporate governance matters.

Michele Allgood maintains her robust practice in the sphere of municipal finance. Her expertise covers advising for underwriters, issues and borrowers on bond transactions. She is also skilled in handling tax-exempt municipal financial transactions.

Walter May is singled out for his depth of expertise in handling complex mergers. He regularly acts for private companies in the energy, transportation and finance industries. He is also sought for his deep-rooted knowledge in banking regulations.

Nicole Lovell has a solid track record in working on commercial and securities law. Her workload includes handling on corporate capitalization, governance and restructuring issues, in addition to M&A transactions She is also approached by businesses to assist with real estate and finance matters.

Trav Baxter's practice centers around handling tax matters and he has advised organizations on estate planning and federal tax issues. Sources emphasize that he is a "good up-and-coming lawyer" who is "exceeding expectations."

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Quattlebaum, Grooms & Tull PLLC - Corporate/Commercial

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Commentary from the Chambers USA guide

What the team is known for Offers substantial experience in banking issues, representing several state and national banks in matters such as formation, M&A and regulatory issues. Notable capabilities in undertaking tax matters and is also adept in working on tax-exempt bond transactions. Also skilled in offering additional assistance with real estate issues arising from corporate transactions.

Strengths Sources endorse that Quattlebaum, Grooms & Tull "is really good and is a strong practice."

"They are very meticulous and provide excellent products," highlights one client, while another adds: "They are very much professional and a helpful law firm with excellent expertise."

Work highlights Acted for Simmons First National on its attempts to acquire other regional or local banks via M&A as well as through FDIC-assisted loss-sharing transactions.

Significant clients Centennial Bank, Eagle Bank & Trust, Moses Tucker Real Estate, Summit Bank, US Bank.

Notable practitioners

Timothy Grooms is a popular choice for clients involved in sectors such as healthcare and real estate. He is regularly retained to act on M&A transactions and also has particular expertise in assisting foreign companies entering the Arkansas market.

Jeb Joyce is sought after for his expertise in a range of corporate structures, and has acted on mandates pertaining to franchising rights. His remit also includes advising on acquisitions and he has worked on FDIC-assisted transactions.

Department profile by Quattlebaum, Grooms & Tull PLLC

The firm advises businesses on general commercial law matters and have negotiated a wide variety of contracts involving distribution arrangements, property licensing, and other matters. 

The firm represents business entities in mergers and acquisitions as both buyer and seller and have substantial experience in negotiating and drafting asset and stock sales agreements, covenants not to compete, and stock option agreements.

The firm represents banking clients on work-out negotiations and reorganizations, bankruptcies, credit card issues, compliance with the Gramm Leach Bliley Act and the USA Patriot Act, and issues regarding bank subsidiaries and affiliates. 

The firm prepares loan documentation and provide legal opinions in the areas of usury, enforceability of security interests and choice of law issues; handle revolving and term loans involving the full spectrum of loan purposes and collateral including agricultural loans, inventory financing, debt restructuring, and real estate acquisition.

The firm helps clients plan, structure. negotiate, and implement numerous forms of business transactions, combinations, and financings; handle tax-free and taxable reorganizations, spin-offs, acquisitions and dispositions, recapitalizations, joint ventures, leasing transactions, tax litigation and estate planning; employee compensation and benefit plan; provide general tax counselling to corporations, individuals, and charitable organizations.




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Rose Law Firm - Corporate/Commercial

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第二等

Commentary from the Chambers USA guide

What the team is known for Extensive experience in corporate finance, handling securities, debt financings and M&A. Acts for a range of major corporations including utility companies and financial institutions. Also provides solid advice on bond transactions and tax issues.

Strengths "They are highly qualified, highly motivated, and have strong advocates who are knowledgeable and thorough."

"It is a long-established firm. The difference between Rose Law and other firms is the kind of attention we get, which is the best."

Work highlights Assisted Saint-Gobain Ceramics & Plastics with the $110 million acquisition and construction of a manufacturing facility in Saline County, Arkansas.

Represented Welspun Tubular in the refinancing and private placement of $8 million industrial development revenue bonds issued by the City of Little Rock.

Significant clients Arkansas Oklahoma Gas, Lexicon Holdings, Mountaire, Saint-Gobain Ceramics & Plastics, Stephens.

Notable practitioners

Sources are swift to single out Brian Rosenthal for "his expertise and professionalism." Further, one commentator adds: "He is a very good lawyer and does a very good job." He tackles a broad array of matters including M&A and has assisted Arkansas Oklahoma Gas with its sale of Summit Utilities.

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Wright, Lindsey & Jennings LLP - Corporate/Commercial

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Commentary from the Chambers USA guide

What the team is known for Strong team with a proven track record of representing large businesses in Arkansas in connection with a range of matters, including corporate finance and structuring as well as M&A transactions. Frequently relied upon by state-led organizations to act as bond counsel.

Strengths The team garners credit for its ability to handle a full spectrum of matters, as one client states: "It is a very smart law firm that can do things from local bank matters to international work."

Clients are also impressed with the quality of service: "They give directions that are highly technical and technically sound."

Work highlights Represented Ritter Communications in its $15 million acquisition of outstanding capital stock in Mainstream Technologies.

Advised Central Arkansas Water on the issuance of $22.75 million in revenue bonds.

Significant clients Metropolitan Housing Alliance, Tokusen, West Tree Service, William J. Clinton Foundation, Winthrop Rockefeller Foundation.

Notable practitioners

Bill Spivey is widely admired for his depth of expertise in advising on municipal bond matters. He routinely secures mandates to act as bond counsel for numerous public organizations, including counties and schools.

John Tisdale is distinguished for his proficiency in undertaking a full spectrum of tax and municipal finance matters. He garners praise from one client who remarks: "He is a man with complete honesty and integrity." In a recent highlight, he acted for Central Arkansas Radiation Therapy Institute on the acquisition of a medical oncology practice and on healthcare regulatory matters, as well as issues concerning tax exemption.

Fred Perkins joins the rankings following robust commendations from market commentators, who remark that he is a "very strong individual who has a solid practice and is very intelligent." He has a wealth of experience acting as both in-house and external counsel on a range of corporate transactions, and has also represented Rector-Phillips-Morse in the restructuring and refinancing of the ownership rights relating to two apartment complexes in central Arkansas.

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Gill Ragon Owen, P.A. - Corporate/Commercial

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What the team is known for Established team known for its representation of commercial banks and other financial institutions in connection with due diligence and loan documentation. Provides robust assistance to underwriters, issuers and investors on municipal bond transactions. Also well versed in tax planning matters concerning partnerships, trusts and tax-exempt organizations.

Notable practitioners

Daniel Goodwin is singled out for his depth of experience in handling a broad range of transactions including acquisitions as well as public financings and securities regulation. He continues to gain mandates from financial institutions and also has a wealth of knowledge in real estate transactions.

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Senior Statesmen

Jack, Nelson, Jones & Bryant, PA

From the Chambers USA guide

Donald Jack is the founding partner of Jack, Nelson, Jones & Bryant, PA. He possesses over four decades of experience handling issues concerning corporate and banking law. He also holds notable expertise in handling matters concerning the healthcare sector.

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Senior Statesmen

Mitchell, Williams, Selig, Gates Woodyard, PLLC

From the Chambers USA guide

Of counsel John Selig has extensive experience undertaking complex financial transactions, including matters concerning securities offerings. He also has a wealth of knowledge in handling M&A.

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C Douglas Buford Jr

Mitchell, Williams, Selig, Gates Woodyard, PLLC

From the Chambers USA guide

Douglas Buford leads the M&A and securities practice and "has a tremendous reputation and is great to work with," according to commentators. He is routinely approached by logistics companies and financial institutions to act on mergers as well as securities and corporate governance matters.

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Friday, Eldredge & Clark, LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Walter Ebel enjoys a robust reputation for his depth of expertise in tax matters and gaming law. He is also highly proficient in tackling M&A transactions, and has recently advised an automotive dealer on the acquisition of ten dealerships.

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Friday, Eldredge & Clark, LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Price Gardner is an esteemed practitioner with a wealth of experience acting on corporate acquisitions and joint ventures, as well as tax matters. One client remarks: "He is good at assessing risks and gives good advice. He also is very knowledgeable and has good business as well as legal sense." Of late, Gardner has represented Regional Equipment Sales & Rental Operation in securing the sales and rental rights to operate in south Louisiana, a matter valued at $20 million.

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Kutak Rock LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Watt Gregory continues to be favored by public companies for his prowess acting on corporate finance and governance matters, including issues concerning securities, mergers and regulations. He is hailed by one client who says: "He thinks strategically and sees the bigger picture."

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Quattlebaum, Grooms & Tull PLLC

From the Chambers USA guide

Timothy Grooms is a popular choice for clients involved in sectors such as healthcare and real estate. He is regularly retained to act on M&A transactions and also has particular expertise in assisting foreign companies entering the Arkansas market.

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Mitchell, Williams, Selig, Gates Woodyard, PLLC

From the Chambers USA guide

Walter May is singled out for his depth of expertise in handling complex mergers. He regularly acts for private companies in the energy, transportation and finance industries. He is also sought for his deep-rooted knowledge in banking regulations.

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Rose Law Firm

From the Chambers USA guide

Sources are swift to single out Brian Rosenthal for "his expertise and professionalism." Further, one commentator adds: "He is a very good lawyer and does a very good job." He tackles a broad array of matters including M&A and has assisted Arkansas Oklahoma Gas with its sale of Summit Utilities.

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Smith Hurst PLC

From the Chambers USA guide

James Smith leads the M&A practice at Smith Hurst PLC. "He has a tax background and a venture technology practice," highlights one interviewee, while another adds: "He understands the human element, not only the laws." His portfolio of work also includes working on business disposals, and he has represented Acumen Brands in its sale of Scrub Shopper to Hayseed Ventures.

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Paul B Benham III

Friday, Eldredge & Clark, LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Paul Benham specializes in finance matters including municipal bonds. He also has a wealth of experience handling securities.

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Gill Ragon Owen, P.A.

From the Chambers USA guide

Daniel Goodwin is singled out for his depth of experience in handling a broad range of transactions including acquisitions as well as public financings and securities regulation. He continues to gain mandates from financial institutions and also has a wealth of knowledge in real estate transactions.

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Quattlebaum, Grooms & Tull PLLC

From the Chambers USA guide

Jeb Joyce is sought after for his expertise in a range of corporate structures, and has acted on mandates pertaining to franchising rights. His remit also includes advising on acquisitions and he has worked on FDIC-assisted transactions.

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Mitchell, Williams, Selig, Gates Woodyard, PLLC

From the Chambers USA guide

Nicole Lovell has a solid track record in working on commercial and securities law. Her workload includes handling on corporate capitalization, governance and restructuring issues, in addition to M&A transactions She is also approached by businesses to assist with real estate and finance matters.

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Fred M Perkins III

Wright, Lindsey & Jennings LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Fred Perkins joins the rankings following robust commendations from market commentators, who remark that he is a "very strong individual who has a solid practice and is very intelligent." He has a wealth of experience acting as both in-house and external counsel on a range of corporate transactions, and has also represented Rector-Phillips-Morse in the restructuring and refinancing of the ownership rights relating to two apartment complexes in central Arkansas.

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Up and Coming

Friday, Eldredge & Clark, LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Bryan Duke "is a young lawyer who is extremely intelligent and does excellent work," remarks one observer, while another adds that he is "very attentive and really understands the business side of deals." He focuses on M&A transactions, and is also experienced in working on tax issues.

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Up and Coming

Friday, Eldredge & Clark, LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Robert Smith is described as "a good corporate lawyer who is active and extremely talented." He is well versed in handling a broad array of transactions, from M&A and corporate governance to tax and real estate finance.

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