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Corporate/Commercial — Arkansas


Friday, Eldredge & Clark, LLP - Corporate/Commercial Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

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. Particularly noted for capability in real estate transactions.

Strengths Sources highlight the "top-notch" team's "very longstanding and positive reputation in Arkansas," adding: "The quality of their work is unquestionable."

A client reports: "They have very strong business-minded people who are able to work through transactions with not only a legal cap on, but also making sure they're thinking about the deal as well. This makes for much smoother transactions."

Work highlights Acted as bond counsel for the State of Arkansas Natural Resources Commission in a $20 million bond issuance to finance the construction of water, waste disposal and pollution abatement facilities.

Represented Stephens in a $92 million construction bond issuance from the Little Rock School District.

Notable practitioners

Paul Benham maintains a very good reputation in the market for his corporate finance practice, which is focused on M&A and securities work. He has experience representing banks and secured lenders in bond issuances, with sources describing him as "an excellent lawyer" who is "very astute, and good at what he does."

Byron Eiseman is "very well respected" for his expertise in a range of corporate matters, notably M&A and divestitures, estate planning and taxation matters. He is also highly experienced in probate and estate administration concerns.

Managing partner Shepherd Russell is widely recognized by market commentators as "the dean of bond counsel." He commands an excellent reputation for his work in public finance, and frequently represents the state of Arkansas itself. Sources describe him as "peerless," and a client commends his "superb guidance, professionalism and unparalleled expertise."

Robert Beach focuses his practice on municipal bonds and corporate finance, frequently representing underwriters, issuers and municipal advisers. He is highly regarded as "the go-to resource on Arkansas school district bonds," and clients find him to be "very responsive, always accessible" and "a pleasure to work with."

Walter Ebel is praised by peers as being "in a league of his own" for his proficiency in handling complex mergers and acquisitions. Clients describe him as "brilliant" and highlight his "huge institutional knowledge," while he is also well regarded for his taxation practice.

Price Gardner attracts praise from peers for his corporate practice, which includes M&A work, asset disposition and entity formation. Clients highlight his level of corporate expertise, his "prodigious memory" and his "very effective negotiating style," and also commend him as a "great tax lawyer."

Ryan Bowman focuses his practice on public finance, notably representing banks and governmental agencies in the issuance of municipal bonds. Clients describe him as "a great attorney" and say that he is "very responsive and easy to work with."

Michael Moyers is highly regarded for his work in public finance, particularly municipal bonds. He is well versed in handling a range of new money and refunding issues for both public and private projects, with clients describing him as "very hard-working and conscientious" and "an excellent attorney."

Bryan Duke is a "very strong lawyer," according to sources, who praise his proficiency in a range of corporate matters, notably mergers and acquisitions, regulatory issues and securities concerns. He is also well regarded for his work in corporate governance, with clients describing him as "excellent, very thorough and detail-oriented."

Robert Smith attracts praise from market commentators for his "very strong" corporate practice, which encompasses transactional, regulatory and securities work. He is also well versed in M&A matters and capital raises.

Taylor Marshall focuses his up-and-coming practice on municipal bond work. He is well versed in the issuance of both taxable and tax-exempt bonds and acts as bond counsel for a variety of public and private clients. Clients say that he is "very responsive" and "extremely conscientious."

About the Team (content provided 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 Department

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第一等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

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 numerous offices across the country.

Strengths Sources describe Kutak Rock as a "strong firm" with "a good securities practice."

Sources say: "They have a lot of resources in their offices around the country that they can bring to bear on a project here."

Notable practitioners

Watt Gregory is described by sources as a "guru" of corporate matters, and is highly experienced in handling IPOs, M&A and private equity transactions. He also frequently advises clients on corporate governance concerns. Sources highlight his expertise in equity and debt securities, with one commentator describing him as "the dean of corporate securities law in Arkansas."

The "outstanding" Gordon Wilbourn commands an excellent reputation in the market for his corporate practice, which is primarily focused on the issuance of municipal bonds. He frequently represents underwriters, borrowers and issuers in bond financing, with clients saying: "He understands the law extremely well, he's timely and easy to work with."

Jim Hathaway is very well regarded in the market for his public finance practice, which encompasses complex transactions including acquisitions, dispositions and securities concerns. He is also very active in municipal bond work, frequently acting as bond counsel in student loan finance and single-family housing issues. Sources describe him as "a good, respected attorney" and add that he is "great to work with."

About the Team (content provided by Kutak Rock LLP)

Corporate/Commercial: Kutak Rock’s three Arkansas offices provide a full range of services and experience not found elsewhere in Arkansas. Our corporate and tax attorneys handle complex strategic transactions and securities offerings, including early-stage financing through initial public offerings and subsequent debt and equity offerings, complying with securities laws and corporate governance. They also review and prepare more routine documents: consulting agreements, non-disclosure, non-compete and vendor services agreements.

M&A: Our M&A experience is comprehensive and tailored to suit clients’ needs. Responsiveness and value are key differentiators. We advise both large, publicly held companies and private companies regarding letters of intent, due diligence, strategy, negotiations, compliance and completion to tax concerns and post-closing integration. Clients bring us the biggest, most complex transactions in the State.

Health Care: Kutak Rock assists health care providers with the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, Anti-Kickback Statute, Stark Law, HIPAA and others. We regularly handle major healthcare system affiliations and acquisitions, Medicaid appeals, risk management, federal/state regulatory compliance advice and physician contracting.

Public Finance: For 30 years, Kutak Rock has served as bond, special tax, underwriter’s, disclosure and credit enhancer’s counsel to Arkansas clients for major infrastructure projects on local and state levels.

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

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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 at offering assistance with tax-exempt bonds and tax structuring.

Strengths Peers commend the firm for its "very good corporate group which is well known for representing banks."

Clients say the team's lawyers are "very responsive, very professional and experts in their field."

Notable practitioners

Anne Parker has extensive experience in all areas of bond financing transactions. She frequently acts as bond counsel for underwriters, issuers, trustees and borrowers.

John Selig is highly experienced in a range of complex business transactions, notably mergers, acquisitions and securities concerns. He is also well versed in capital raises and regularly represents bank holding companies.

Douglas Buford focuses his practice on mergers and acquisitions, securities work and corporate governance. He also frequently represents clients from the transportation and logistics sectors. Peers describe him as "a very strong lawyer."

Michele Allgood attracts praise from clients for her "excellent work" across a range of corporate matters, including municipal bonds, tax issues and corporate governance. Sources highlight the quality of her documentation, describing her attention to detail as "spot on" and adding that she is "very client-oriented."

Travis Baxter enjoys a "great reputation" in the market for his corporate practice, regularly advising clients on matters including estate and succession planning, entity formation and taxation. Peers describe him as "a very fine attorney."

Walter May focuses his practice primarily on mergers and acquisitions. He also frequently represents borrowers in both private and public financing transactions and advises clients on securities law. Peers praise the "first-class quality" of his work.

Nicole Lovell is best known for her work in corporate transactions and securities law. She frequently represents clients in M&A matters and advises on entity selection and restructuring issues. Sources consider her as "a great lawyer" who "does really good work."

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Quattlebaum, Grooms & Tull PLLC - Corporate/Commercial Department

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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 also adept at working on tax-exempt bond transactions. Also skilled in offering additional assistance with real estate issues arising from corporate transactions. Provides further expertise in handling debt restructurings, asset and stock sales agreements and joint ventures.

Strengths A client says: "They have an extensive client customer base, they are experts in their respective specialties and they have a reputation for being a valued service for their clients."

Work highlights Acted for Relyance Bank in connection with multiple loans concerning to commercial and agricultural properties. The six deals had a combined value of $43 million.

Represented Pinnacle Agriculture in the restructuring of various credit facilities secured by multiple agricultural properties.

Notable practitioners

Timothy Grooms attracts praise for his "very good corporate practice" which encompasses a broad spectrum of commercial lending transactions and matters pertaining to tax credits. Sources point out that he is particularly strong in real estate lending, and describe him as "very knowledgeable, connected, and he demonstrates understanding of the heavily regulated banking environment."

Jeb Joyce is a corporate lawyer whose commercial practice is complemented by his particular skill in handling real estate transactions. He frequently represents lenders and borrowers in loan closings, and advises clients on corporate entity formation and tax increment financing.

About the Team (content provided 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 Department

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第二等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

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. Offers further proficiency in joint ventures and private equity transactions.

Strengths A client describes the team as "totally exceptional and professional" and particularly commends its "amazing follow-up."

Work highlights Acted as bond counsel for Butterball relating to the $55 million issuances of its Taxable Industrial Development Revenue Bonds.

Represented Arkansas Capital in the $40 million refinancing of the corporation.

Notable practitioners

Brian Rosenthal is "well thought of" for his expertise in acquisitions, refinancings and investments. He frequently represents clients from the energy and manufacturing industries and also acts on railroad negotiations. Sources say that he is "a very good practitioner" and point out that "he always provides great advice."

Paul Parnell is well regarded for his broad commercial practice, which encompasses M&A, tax controversies, private wealth management and succession planning. Peers praise his "great skill set," describing him as "very bright, conscientious and personable," while clients add that he is "extremely responsive."

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Wright, Lindsey & Jennings LLP - Corporate/Commercial Department

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第二等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

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. Offers further expertise in corporate governance and tax matters.

Strengths Commentators report that "they are all tremendous attorneys."

A source commends the "excellent" legal team, remarking that there are "really fine people practicing" at the firm.

Work highlights Acted as special counsel to Central Arkansas Water in its acquisition of the water distribution facilities of Maumelle, Arkansas, and assisted in the issuance of $22.75 million of water revenue bonds.

Represented Denali Water Solutions in the negotiation and documentation of the financing from First Tennessee Bank for the acquisition of the assets of Environmental Organics Technologies.

Notable practitioners

John William Spivey has extensive experience acting for a range of clients on corporate and municipal finance matters. He regularly represents clients in acquisitions and advises on corporate governance and regulatory issues. He also has an active bond counsel practice. Peers recognize him as a "good bond lawyer" and say that he is "very good to work with."

John Tisdale enjoys an excellent reputation in the market for his "very strong" corporate practice, which encompasses mergers and acquisitions, as well as municipal bond work and tax matters. Sources praise the "absolutely impeccable" quality of his representation, describing him as "an excellent lawyer."

Fred Perkins is "very well respected" by peers for his aptitude in handling a range of corporate matters, notably mergers, acquisitions and joint ventures. He is also considerably experienced in securities law and IPOs.

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Senior Statesperson

Paul B Benham III

Friday, Eldredge & Clark, LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Paul Benham maintains a very good reputation in the market for his corporate finance practice, which is focused on M&A and securities work. He has experience representing banks and secured lenders in bond issuances, with sources describing him as "an excellent lawyer" who is "very astute, and good at what he does."

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Senior Statesperson

Jack, Nelson, Jones & Bryant, PA

From the Chambers USA guide

Donald Jack of Jack, Nelson, Jones & Bryant, PA has over four decades of experience handling a full range of commercial transactions, notably mergers, acquisitions and securities offerings. His diverse client roster includes financial institutions, utility providers and healthcare practices. Peers describe him as "a very good lawyer and a great person."

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Senior Statesperson

Mitchell, Williams, Selig, Gates Woodyard, PLLC

From the Chambers USA guide

John Selig is highly experienced in a range of complex business transactions, notably mergers, acquisitions and securities concerns. He is also well versed in capital raises and regularly represents bank holding companies.

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C Douglas Buford Jr

Mitchell, Williams, Selig, Gates Woodyard, PLLC

From the Chambers USA guide

Douglas Buford focuses his practice on mergers and acquisitions, securities work and corporate governance. He also frequently represents clients from the transportation and logistics sectors. Peers describe him as "a very strong lawyer."

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Friday, Eldredge & Clark, LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Walter Ebel is praised by peers as being "in a league of his own" for his proficiency in handling complex mergers and acquisitions. Clients describe him as "brilliant" and highlight his "huge institutional knowledge," while he is also well regarded for his taxation practice.

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Friday, Eldredge & Clark, LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Price Gardner attracts praise from peers for his corporate practice, which includes M&A work, asset disposition and entity formation. Clients highlight his level of corporate expertise, his "prodigious memory" and his "very effective negotiating style," and also commend him as a "great tax lawyer."

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Kutak Rock LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Watt Gregory is described by sources as a "guru" of corporate matters, and is highly experienced in handling IPOs, M&A and private equity transactions. He also frequently advises clients on corporate governance concerns. Sources highlight his expertise in equity and debt securities, with one commentator describing him as "the dean of corporate securities law in Arkansas."

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Band 2

Quattlebaum, Grooms & Tull PLLC

From the Chambers USA guide

Timothy Grooms attracts praise for his "very good corporate practice" which encompasses a broad spectrum of commercial lending transactions and matters pertaining to tax credits. Sources point out that he is particularly strong in real estate lending, and describe him as "very knowledgeable, connected, and he demonstrates understanding of the heavily regulated banking environment."

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Band 2

Mitchell, Williams, Selig, Gates Woodyard, PLLC

From the Chambers USA guide

Walter May focuses his practice primarily on mergers and acquisitions. He also frequently represents borrowers in both private and public financing transactions and advises clients on securities law. Peers praise the "first-class quality" of his work.

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Band 2

Rose Law Firm

From the Chambers USA guide

Brian Rosenthal is "well thought of" for his expertise in acquisitions, refinancings and investments. He frequently represents clients from the energy and manufacturing industries and also acts on railroad negotiations. Sources say that he is "a very good practitioner" and point out that "he always provides great advice."

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Band 2

Smith Hurst PLC

From the Chambers USA guide

James Smith of Smith Hurst PLC attracts praise for his broad expertise in advisory, transactional and regulatory corporate matters as well as significant knowledge of tax-specific matters. He is highly experienced in handling capital raises and private equity issues, with sources acknowledging him as "one of the go-to people for private placements and securities offerings."

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Band 3

Friday, Eldredge & Clark, LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Bryan Duke is a "very strong lawyer," according to sources, who praise his proficiency in a range of corporate matters, notably mergers and acquisitions, regulatory issues and securities concerns. He is also well regarded for his work in corporate governance, with clients describing him as "excellent, very thorough and detail-oriented."

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Band 3

Gill Ragon Owen, P.A.

From the Chambers USA guide

Daniel Goodwin of Gill Ragon Owen, P.A. is described as "very good" by peers, who commend his broad corporate practice. He is adept at handling asset acquisitions and dispositions, as well as both corporate and public finance transactions and matters pertaining to securities law.

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Quattlebaum, Grooms & Tull PLLC

From the Chambers USA guide

Jeb Joyce is a corporate lawyer whose commercial practice is complemented by his particular skill in handling real estate transactions. He frequently represents lenders and borrowers in loan closings, and advises clients on corporate entity formation and tax increment financing.

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Band 3

Mitchell, Williams, Selig, Gates Woodyard, PLLC

From the Chambers USA guide

Nicole Lovell is best known for her work in corporate transactions and securities law. She frequently represents clients in M&A matters and advises on entity selection and restructuring issues. Sources consider her as "a great lawyer" who "does really good work." 

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Band 3

Fred M Perkins III

Wright, Lindsey & Jennings LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Fred Perkins is "very well respected" by peers for his aptitude in handling a range of corporate matters, notably mergers, acquisitions and joint ventures. He is also considerably experienced in securities law and IPOs.

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Band 3

Friday, Eldredge & Clark, LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Robert Smith attracts praise from market commentators for his "very strong" corporate practice, which encompasses transactional, regulatory and securities work. He is also well versed in M&A matters and capital raises.

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Up and Coming

Rose Law Firm

From the Chambers USA guide

Paul Parnell is well regarded for his broad commercial practice, which encompasses M&A, tax controversies, private wealth management and succession planning. Peers praise his "great skill set," describing him as "very bright, conscientious and personable," while clients add that he is "extremely responsive."

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