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Corporate/M&A — Georgia


Alston & Bird LLP - Corporate/M&A Department

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Band 1

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Demonstrates significant expertise across the full spectrum of transactional law, regularly called upon to undertake complex corporate matters on behalf of large national and international companies. Typically works within a diverse range of sectors such as manufacturing, healthcare and financial services. Particular experience in the payment system industry.

Strengths A source calls it "one of the finest firms in Atlanta," while another describes it as "stellar."

Work highlights Represented FirstBank in its $284.2 million acquisition of Clayton Bank and Trust and American City Bank.

Advised Gränges on its $324 million acquisition of Noranda Aluminum's downstream aluminum business.

Notable practitioners

Hill Jeffries has a wealth of experience in transactional matters, representing issuers, underwriters, buyers and sellers. Clients say: "He is a great choice for corporate finance matters - he has a New York attorney's brain combined with a relaxed Southern manner."

The "excellent" Teri Lynn McMahon is cochair of the firm's private equity team. She has a broad M&A practice, with particular experience in the manufacturing, distribution and service industries.

William Scott Ortwein represents public and private companies in matters such as buying, selling and financing transactions. His recent work includes acting for Graphic Packaging Holding Corporation in a registered public debt offering worth $300 million.

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Jones Day - Corporate/M&A Department

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What the team is known for Draws on global resources to handle complex M&A, private equity and joint venture transactions. Operates at any level, from regional to international, and has a strong presence in sectors such as manufacturing, energy and technology. Clients include leading Southern companies as well as multinational giants.

Strengths "The reach of the firm is a big advantage," says one client, adding: "They have integrated practices in other countries which makes it a very seamless process, and they are uniformly very competent across the board."

A client says: "The team is run very professionally - and they deliver."

Work highlights Advised Koch Equity Development on its equity investment of more than $2 billion in Infor.

Advised PotashCorp on its $38 billion all-stock merger with Agrium.

Notable practitioners

John Zamer is experienced in broad range of corporate transactions, including corporate governance, restructurings, venture capital investments and M&A. He often works with clients from the communications, media and chemical sectors.

Lizanne Thomas has profound experience in all aspects of M&A work, including takeover preparedness and shareholder activism. Clients call her "knowledgeable and pragmatic," and sources say: "She's super-connected, super-smart - a problem solver."

Erik Belenky regularly represents public and private companies and private equity firms in a diverse array of matters, including M&A, joint ventures and strategic alliances. Industry sources call him "an absolutely terrific lawyer."

Bryan Davis represents public and private companies and investment banks in a range of corporate matters, including M&A, joint ventures, strategic alliances and corporate governance. One source says: "He's probably the most client-oriented lawyer I've worked with."

William Rowland is experienced in advising clients from a broad range of industries, including manufacturing, telecommunications and energy, in domestic and cross-border transactional matters. A client says: "He's very, very practical - he understands his role is to get the deal done and is excellent at getting it over the line."

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King & Spalding LLP - Corporate/M&A Department

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What the team is known for Handles all manner of M&A transactions, and corporate governance and capital markets issues. Acts for public companies, private equity funds and financial institutions. Also advises on going private transactions and anti-takeover strategies. Highly proficient in undertaking the most complex of transactions on a national and international scale.

Strengths "They are outstanding" says one source, adding: "We have a very good relationship with them - they are always able to find experts that we need on highly specialized topics, they are efficient and I feel we get good value."

Another says: "They've always done a really good job for us - there's a scope of experience and expertise there."

Work highlights Represented HD Supply Holdings on the $2.5 billion sale of its Waterworks division to portfolio companies of Clayton, Dubilier & Rice.

Advised Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen on its $1.8 billion sale to Restaurant Brands International.

Notable practitioners

The "phenomenal" Russell Richards regularly advises clients on mergers, acquisitions, joint ventures and corporate governance. A client says: "He is very smart, and very good at dealing with senior executives - he's a great guy."

Raymond Baltz is the leader of the firm's global corporate department. He represents private equity funds, hedge funds and corporations in a wide range of M&A matters. Market sources comment on his "fabulous practice," noting his expertise in high-value matters.

Keith Townsend represents issuers and underwriters in a variety of corporate transactions. A source says: "His clients love him. He has a great ability to get things done."

Rahul Patel advises a wide range of clients on mergers, acquisitions, joint ventures and strategic corporate transactions. A client says: "He's fabulous - any time we need someone, we work with him - he takes care of us very well."

William Calvin Smith is experienced in handling high-profile mergers and acquisitions and strategic transactions. He is also highly recommended for advice on fiduciary duty and corporate governance.

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Eversheds Sutherland (US) LLP - Corporate/M&A Department

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第二等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Operates throughout the USA and is a trusted resource for domestic and foreign companies, including Canadian clients. Comprehensive corporate practice that takes in M&A, joint ventures, corporate finance and governance issues. Provides counsel to major clients across a range of sectors including healthcare, technology and energy. Experienced in handling cross-border transactions.

Strengths A client says: "They are very responsive and take a very pragmatic approach to trying to get our work done efficiently and thoroughly," adding: "They are focused on trying to help our business in ways beyond just traditional legal work."

Another says: "An outstanding team - great, balanced legal work and unbelievably responsive. They are excellent representatives of our company!"

Work highlights Acted for USA Television Holdings on its acquisition of five television stations from Nexstar Broadcasting and Media General.

Advised T.Y. Lin International on its investment in GPO Group.

Notable practitioners

Wade Stribling is praised by one client for being "great at anticipating issues and addressing them early." He has a broad M&A practice and represents private equity firms and public companies.

Thomas Herman works on matters such as M&A, joint ventures and governance issues. He has notable experience in representing clients from the industrial, insurance services and natural resources sectors.

Robert Pile has particular expertise in the payment system and technology fields. One client enthuses: "He is superb! He has both a great grasp of the details and of the big picture."

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Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP - Corporate/M&A Department

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What the team is known for Advises on all aspects of corporate law, from business formation and venture capital to public offerings and multijurisdictional transactions. Supports companies at all stages of development, as well as funds, underwriters and lenders. Regularly advises on deals in the healthcare, aerospace and communications sectors, among others. Well versed in complex international transactions.

Strengths One client notes: "As a whole, the Kilpatrick team is efficient, resourceful and cost-effective. We get the same level of service and knowledge as provided by firms in more expensive markets, at a much lower cost."

Work highlights Represented Delta Air Lines in its $2 billion public bond offering.

Notable practitioners

Stanley Blackburn represents a wide range of clients, both domestic and international, on all types of mergers, acquisitions, and corporate transactions. He also advises on corporate governance, compliance and shareholder rights.

David Stockton advises on corporate transactions as well as public offerings and private placement of securities. He has particular expertise in M&A concerning public companies, and also advises on corporate governance and strategy.

Benjamin Barkley has expertise in corporate transactions and regulatory issues. A client says: "His good nature, hard work, humility and strong practical judgment make him a valuable advisor and trusted partner."

John Sandy Smith represents clients such as equity funds, growth-stage and Fortune 500 companies, in all types of corporate transactions. Sources commend his responsiveness and depth of experience.

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Troutman Sanders LLP - Corporate/M&A Department

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第二等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Broad client base featuring special committees, buyers and sellers and financial advisers. Substantial experience in the financial services, technology, utilities and energy sectors, among others. Advises on national and international deals.

Work highlights Represented ARRIS International in its $800 million acquisition of the Ruckuss Wireless and ICX Switch businesses of Brocade Communication Systems.

Represented the Southern Company in a $1.6 billion public offering of common stock.

Notable practitioners

Brinkley Dickerson is particularly well known for advising public companies on disclosure obligations. Sources note "he uses a common sense approach - he is very intuitive with business, and gives very practical advice."

Andrea Farley assists public and private companies with mergers, acquisitions, divestitures and joint ventures, among other transactions. One client says: "She's a phenomenal attorney - she is not afraid to tell us what she thinks, and help us find a solution."

David Ghegan represents investment banking firms and issuers in a variety of transactions, including IPOs, shelf offerings and private placements. He is also a seasoned M&A lawyer, representing buyers and sellers in mergers, asset and stock acquisitions.

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Dentons US LLP - Corporate/M&A Department

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第三等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Advises on the full range of corporate activity from fund formation and management buyouts to joint ventures and M&A. Has a significant practice acting for government contractors in the aerospace and defense sectors. Well placed to handle cross-border transactions, ably supported by a strong network of international offices.

Strengths One client says: "The service was exceptional, and the billing process very transparent and clear. They stayed on-point and maintained focus realizing what the main goal was and keeping things organized and on track."

"The Atlanta office has a very strong midmarket practice," says another, adding: "They have a unique ability to just get deals done - and it's so useful that they are everywhere all over the world."

Work highlights Represented Superior Essex in its $15 million acquisition of LS Cable & System.

Represented Crawford & Company in its $36.1 million acquisition of a majority interest in WeGoLook.

Notable practitioners

Michael J. Cochan is a key contact.

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DLA Piper LLP (US) - Corporate/M&A Department

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第三等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for High-quality advice on corporate law issues, particularly M&A, cross-border subsidiary formation and governance. Works on deals with international dimensions within sectors such as technology, food and drink, and financial services. Noted for its geographical reach.

Strengths A client says: "They make a particular effort to learn about my company's operations, which is immensely helpful. This is my favorite team to work with."

Another comments: "My impression of DLA as a whole is that they are among the best, and in most cases, the best firm that we work with in respect of client communication, commerciality, value for money, billing transparency and subject matter expertise."

Work highlights Acted for Coca-Cola on its continuing cross-border joint venture with SABMiller and Coca-Cola Sabco, worth approximately $2.9 billion.

Represented AmeriFleet in its merger with MetroGistics.

Notable practitioners

The "terrific" Frank Layson represents companies and financial institutions on transactions of nationwide and international scale. Sources say: "He is excellent and very much part of the team, helping us to find practical and commercial solutions when issues arise."

Joseph Silver advises private equity funds, venture capital funds and corporations on transactions such as mergers, acquisitions and joint ventures. "He is professional, commercial, constructive and focuses on the key issues - we see him as a real partner in solving problems," said a client.

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Paul Hastings LLP - Corporate/M&A Department

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第三等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Recommended for M&A, high-yield financings and corporate governance. Handles matters of national and international dimension, and is noted for sector expertise in healthcare, real estate, engineering and financial services. Well supported by a strong network of national and international offices.

Strengths Sources say: "I’m very pleased with the firm - they provide us with the legal services we request in a timely fashion and I’m happy with the work product."

Work highlights Represented FairPoint Communications in its $1.5 billion sale to Consolidated Communications Holdings.

Represented GE Aviation in a joint venture with Allegheny Technologies.

Notable practitioners

The "outstanding" Elizabeth Noe chairs the firm's corporate department and represents buyers and sellers in M&A deals as well as advising on corporate governance. Peers also note her expertise in securities and joint ventures.

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Rogers & Hardin LLP - Corporate/M&A Department

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第三等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Advises large and small businesses throughout a number of sectors, including utilities, assisted living and information technology. Works on complex corporate matters such as joint ventures, exchange offers and going-private procedures. Acts for the full spectrum of clients, including buyers, sellers, financial advisers and boards of directors.

Strengths A client says: "They are an outstanding firm, I'd recommend them to anyone - very skilled attorneys, uber-responsive and they know how we like to do deals."

A client says: "They provide excellent client service, practical advice and fantastic turnaround times."

Work highlights Represented WestRock in the $1.03 billion sale of its home, health and beauty business to Silgan Holdings.

Advised AdCare Health Systems on the proposed merger of AdCare and Regional Health Properties.

Notable practitioners

Edward Hardin advises directors and companies on a wide variety of corporate matters, including governance and shareholder claims as well as domestic and international transactions.

Robert Hussle regularly represents buyers and sellers in mergers and acquisitions, as well as capital raising and securities compliance matters. "It's always a pleasure to work with him - he's a subject-matter expert who offers pragmatic advice in plain English and is super-responsive," said a source.


David Thunhorst advises companies on mergers and acquisitions, corporate governance and securities matters. "He is simply spectacular" says one client, adding: "His experience and understanding of the issues we face has been invaluable in our ability to act in the best interest of our shareholders."

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Arnall Golden Gregory LLP - Corporate/M&A Department

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第四等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Long-term ties in support of public and private businesses during growth and into maturity. Advises Fortune 500 corporations, family-owned companies and foreign businesses investing in the USA. Sector expertise covers healthcare, retail and technology, among others.

Strengths " A fantastic firm as a whole," says one client, adding: "They were there for us 24/7."

Another says: "They are a first rate mid-sized firm that provides great service and great work for us."

Work highlights Acted for Sterling Restaurants in its acquisition of 31 restaurants, including the negotiation of $35 million loan from BMO Harris Bank.

Represented US Teleradiology in its acquisition by Aris Radiology.

Notable practitioners

The "fantastic" Jonathan Golden brings an exceptional depth of experience to his corporate practice, representing public and private companies in mergers, acquisitions and equity and debt financing. He is particularly noted for his work in the healthcare, technology and distribution industries.

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Overview

Since 1949, Arnall Golden Gregory has served emerging and growing companies at all stages of their growth from start-up to early-public company to multi-billion dollar public companies.


Practices

-- Commercial and Real Estate Lending
-- Corporate Tax
-- Emerging Companies
-- Employee Benefits and Executive Compensation
-- Franchising
-- Healthcare Information Technology
-- Healthcare Mergers and Acquisitions
-- Immigration and Global Migration
-- Mergers and Acquisitions
-- Privacy and Data Protection
-- Corporate Private Equity and Venture Capital
-- Alternative and Renewable Energy
-- Securities and Corporate Governance
-- Strategic Alliances and Joint Ventures
-- Private Equity

Client feedback

"Arnall Golden Gregory has a strong and diversified team of lawyers. They take the time to understand our business needs and have proven to be a valuable partner for our company."

"Arnall Golden Gregory possesses considerable depth, as well as very smart and experienced lawyers who are well-qualified to handle a wide range of corporate matters. Having used junior associates up to senior partners at the firm, my experience has always been positive - particularly their responsiveness, no matter what level lawyer we were dealing with. I have consistently felt that our company received excellent value for the money, as well as the very best legal advice."

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Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP - Corporate/M&A Department

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第四等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Strong nationwide midmarket presence with the capacity to handle complex cross-border deals. Advises public and private corporations, funds and financial institutions on M&A, debt and equity issuances, governance and regulatory compliance. Sector experience covers financial institutions, real estate and healthcare, among others.

Strengths Clients highlighted the team's depth of expertise and its committment to client service.

Work highlights Represented Document Technologies in its $1 billion acquisition of Epiq Systems.

Acted for Shaw Industries Group in its acquisition of US Floors.

Notable practitioners

Rick Miller represents public and private corporations, as well as REITs, in complex M&A, joint ventures and restructuring exercises. He is also sought after for directors seeking advice on strategic planning, anti-takeover defence and governance.

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Greenberg Traurig, LLP - Corporate/M&A Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Advises on all manner of corporate transactions, ranging from financings and complex M&A to joint ventures and private equity investments. Particularly active in manufacturing, technology and healthcare, including biotech and medical devices. Draws upon complementary teams, including its tax group, in order to provide a comprehensive service.

Strengths One client says: "They are outstanding in every respect, but where they really shine is transaction work and meeting deadlines. If I want a transaction closed by a certain date I never worry - they always meet deadlines."

Work highlights Represented Biotest in the sale of assets from its subsidiary Biotest Pharmaceutical to ADMA Biologics for $27.5 million.

Represented Mednax in its acquisition of Radiology Alliance and Infinity Management.

Notable practitioners

Theodore Blum is chair of the firm's Atlanta corporate practice. He represents corporations in high-value mergers, acquisitions and venture capital investments, and also has experience with joint venture and proprietary rights agreements. Clients praise his "knowledge base and value to cost."

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Morris, Manning & Martin, LLP - Corporate/M&A Department

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第四等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Recommended for domestic and international M&A within a wide range of sectors, and particularly for matters involving REITs. Also strong on leveraged buyouts, restructurings and going-private transactions. Particular industry expertise in hospitality and new media.

Strengths A client says: "They've managed to add value at every level we've scaled."

Work highlights Represented Sage Software in the $260 million acquisition of its ACH business, Sage Payment Solutions.

Acted for Interstate Hotels & Resorts on its $307 million sale to Kohlberg & Companies.

Notable practitioners

David Calhoun is chair of the firm's private equity and M&A practice. He regularly represents issuers, underwriters and investors in debt and equity offerings, venture capital financings and tender offers. "He's a pleasure to work with and has great industry experience," said one interviewee.

The "very capable" Chris Maxwell has a growing practice representing corporations, private equity firms and venture capital firms in midmarket M&A and corporate finance transactions.

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Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP - Corporate/M&A Department

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第四等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Assists private equity funds, private and public companies and investment banks with midmarket transactions. Longstanding experience in a variety of sectors, including electronics, heavy engineering, banking, manufacturing and real estate.

Strengths A client describes them as "impressive and creative in their approach."

Another says: "They are very easy-to-work with and always available."

Work highlights Represented the Tryon Group in its sale to Clio Holdings.

Acted for Duravant on its acquisition of Arpac.

Notable practitioners

Michael Hollingsworth is cochair of the firm's M&A and investment management groups. He is recommended for midmarket corporate transactions, including mergers, acquisitions and joint ventures.

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Our middle market focus and deal volume enable us to guide, structure and close middle market M&A deals efficiently and effectively.  . 

  • Hundreds of middle market transactions (size range less than $5 million to $2 billion)
  • In the last two years, we closed more than 160 M&A transactions with a total deal value of approximately $9 billion
  • We regularly represent clients in both buy-side and sell-side M&A transactions
  • We have significant experience with a multitude of acquisition and divesture strategies, including spin-offs, carve-outs, sales of divisions, industry roll-ups and private-equity-backed recapitalizations
  • 70+ attorneys on M&A team plus ability to draw upon multidisciplinary experience across the broader Nelson Mullins platform (including antitrust, banking, corporate governance, data security, e-discovery and information governance, employee benefits, employment and labor, environmental, finance, healthcare, intellectual property, litigation, privacy, real estate, securities, tax and a variety of other regulatory disciplines)


We have experience advising clients on M&A transactions across a range of industry sectors, including

  • Aerospace and Defense
  • Banking
  • Biotechnology
  • Cloud Services
  • Construction
  • Energy
  • FinTech
  • Healthcare and Health IT
  • Insurance
  • Manufacturing
  • Payment Processing
  • Pharmaceutical
  • Professional Services
  • Agriculture & Timber 
  • Retail
  • SaaS and Software
  • Staffing
  • Technology
  • Telecom
  • Trading





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Senior Statesperson

Rogers & Hardin LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Edward Hardin advises directors and companies on a wide variety of corporate matters, including governance and shareholder claims as well as domestic and international transactions.

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Senior Statesperson

King & Spalding LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

The "phenomenal" Russell Richards regularly advises clients on mergers, acquisitions, joint ventures and corporate governance. A client says: "He is very smart, and very good at dealing with senior executives - he's a great guy."

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Senior Statesperson

Jones Day

From the Chambers USA guide

John Zamer is experienced in broad range of corporate transactions, including corporate governance, restructurings, venture capital investments and M&A. He often works with clients from the communications, media and chemical sectors.

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Band 1

Alston & Bird LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Hill Jeffries has a wealth of experience in transactional matters, representing issuers, underwriters, buyers and sellers. Clients say: "He is a great choice for corporate finance matters - he has a New York attorney's brain combined with a relaxed Southern manner."

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Jones Day

From the Chambers USA guide

Lizanne Thomas has profound experience in all aspects of M&A work, including takeover preparedness and shareholder activism. Clients call her "knowledgeable and pragmatic," and sources say: "She's super-connected, super-smart - a problem solver."

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King & Spalding LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Raymond Baltz is the leader of the firm's global corporate department. He represents private equity funds, hedge funds and corporations in a wide range of M&A matters. Market sources comment on his "fabulous practice," noting his expertise in high-value matters.

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Band 2

Jones Day

From the Chambers USA guide

Erik Belenky regularly represents public and private companies and private equity firms in a diverse array of matters, including M&A, joint ventures and strategic alliances. Industry sources call him "an absolutely terrific lawyer."

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W Stanley Blackburn

Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Stanley Blackburn represents a wide range of clients, both domestic and international, on all types of mergers, acquisitions, and corporate transactions. He also advises on corporate governance, compliance and shareholder rights.

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Band 2

Squire Patton Boggs

From the Chambers USA guide

Wayne Bradley advises public and private companies in domestic and international matters, covering matters such as mergers, acquisitions and joint ventures. A client says: "He's a master of the technical skills and really has the ability to see the big picture and which issues are important to each party."

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Teri Lynn McMahon

Alston & Bird LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

The "excellent" Teri Lynn McMahon is cochair of the firm's private equity team. She has a broad M&A practice, with particular experience in the manufacturing, distribution and service industries.

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Paul Hastings LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

The "outstanding" Elizabeth Noe chairs the firm's corporate department and represents buyers and sellers in M&A deals as well as advising on corporate governance. Peers also note her expertise in securities and joint ventures.

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Band 2

Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

David Stockton advises on corporate transactions as well as public offerings and private placement of securities. He has particular expertise in M&A concerning public companies, and also advises on corporate governance and strategy.

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Band 2

King & Spalding LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Keith Townsend represents issuers and underwriters in a variety of corporate transactions. A source says: "His clients love him. He has a great ability to get things done."

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W Benjamin Barkley

Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Benjamin Barkley has expertise in corporate transactions and regulatory issues. A client says: "His good nature, hard work, humility and strong practical judgment make him a valuable advisor and trusted partner."

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Greenberg Traurig, LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Theodore Blum is chair of the firm's Atlanta corporate practice. He represents corporations in high-value mergers, acquisitions and venture capital investments, and also has experience with joint venture and proprietary rights agreements. Clients praise his "knowledge base and value to cost."

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Band 3

Baker & Hostetler LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

David Brown of Baker & Hostetler LLP has a broad corporate finance practice, advising clients on public and private capital raising transactions, corporate governance, and securities matters. A client says: "He is accessible, and excellent at combining the legal with the practical so as to get to the best answers without undue delay. He has excellent communication skills, both orally and in writing."

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Band 3

Jones Day

From the Chambers USA guide

Bryan Davis represents public and private companies and investment banks in a range of corporate matters, including M&A, joint ventures, strategic alliances and corporate governance. One source says: "He's probably the most client-oriented lawyer I've worked with."

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Band 3

Miller & Martin PLLC

From the Chambers USA guide

The "brilliant" Joe DeLisle of Miller & Martin PLLC represents domestic and international clients in M&A deals and advises on corporate governance and joint ventures. "He's very responsive, and clearly had expert working knowledge of all issues associated with the transaction," says one client, adding: "In particular, he brought up a number of potential issues with alternative solutions that helped us avoid various risks in advance."

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Band 3

W Brinkley Dickerson Jr

Troutman Sanders LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Brinkley Dickerson is particularly well known for advising public companies on disclosure obligations. Sources note "he uses a common sense approach - he is very intuitive with business, and gives very practical advice."

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Band 3

Rogers & Hardin LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Robert Hussle regularly represents buyers and sellers in mergers and acquisitions, as well as capital raising and securities compliance matters. "It's always a pleasure to work with him - he's a subject-matter expert who offers pragmatic advice in plain English and is super-responsive," said a source. 


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DLA Piper LLP (US)

From the Chambers USA guide

The "terrific" Frank Layson represents companies and financial institutions on transactions of nationwide and international scale. Sources say: "He is excellent and very much part of the team, helping us to find practical and commercial solutions when issues arise."

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Band 3

Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Rick Miller represents public and private corporations, as well as REITs, in complex M&A, joint ventures and restructuring exercises. He is also sought after for directors seeking advice on strategic planning, anti-takeover defence and governance.

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Band 3

William Scott Ortwein

Alston & Bird LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

William Scott Ortwein represents public and private companies in matters such as buying, selling and financing transactions. His recent work includes acting for Graphic Packaging Holding Corporation in a registered public debt offering worth $300 million.

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Band 3

King & Spalding LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Rahul Patel advises a wide range of clients on mergers, acquisitions, joint ventures and strategic corporate transactions. A client says: "He's fabulous - any time we need someone, we work with him - he takes care of us very well."

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Band 3

Eversheds Sutherland (US) LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Wade Stribling is praised by one client for being "great at anticipating issues and addressing them early." He has a broad M&A practice and represents private equity firms and public companies.

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Band 4

Morris, Manning & Martin, LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

David Calhoun is chair of the firm's private equity and M&A practice. He regularly represents issuers, underwriters and investors in debt and equity offerings, venture capital financings and tender offers. "He's a pleasure to work with and has great industry experience," said one interviewee. 

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Band 4

Troutman Sanders LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Andrea Farley assists public and private companies with mergers, acquisitions, divestitures and joint ventures, among other transactions. One client says: "She's a phenomenal attorney - she is not afraid to tell us what she thinks, and help us find a solution."

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Band 4

Troutman Sanders LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

David Ghegan represents investment banking firms and issuers in a variety of transactions, including IPOs, shelf offerings and private placements. He is also a seasoned M&A lawyer, representing buyers and sellers in mergers, asset and stock acquisitions.

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Band 4

Arnall Golden Gregory LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

The "fantastic" Jonathan Golden brings an exceptional depth of experience to his corporate practice, representing public and private companies in mergers, acquisitions and equity and debt financing. He is particularly noted for his work in the healthcare, technology and distribution industries. 

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Band 4

Eversheds Sutherland (US) LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Thomas Herman works on matters such as M&A, joint ventures and governance issues. He has notable experience in representing clients from the industrial, insurance services and natural resources sectors.

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Band 4

Michael E Hollingsworth II

Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Michael Hollingsworth is cochair of the firm's M&A and investment management groups. He is recommended for midmarket corporate transactions, including mergers, acquisitions and joint ventures.

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Band 4

Ann-Marie McGaughey

Squire Patton Boggs

From the Chambers USA guide

Ann-Marie McGaughey is "excellent" according to a client, who also reports she is "highly responsive, her knowledge is exceptional and she is very accommodating." She handles a range of corporate transactions and is experience in working with clients from sectors such as energy, healthcare and retail.

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Band 4

Barnes & Thornburg LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Stephen Opler of Barnes & Thornburg LLP acts for entrepreneurs and public and private companies on mergers and acquisitions. Clients appreciate his "very strong technical skills" and note he "sees the big picture and gets deals closed."

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Band 4

Eversheds Sutherland (US) LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Robert Pile has particular expertise in the payment system and technology fields. One client enthuses: "He is superb! He has both a great grasp of the details and of the big picture." 

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Band 4

William B Rowland

Jones Day

From the Chambers USA guide

William Rowland is experienced in advising clients from a broad range of industries, including manufacturing, telecommunications and energy, in domestic and cross-border transactional matters. A client says: "He's very, very practical -  he understands his role is to get the deal done and is excellent at getting it over the line."

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Band 4

Arthur Jay Schwartz

Smith, Gambrell & Russell, LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Arthur Jay Schwartz of Smith, Gambrell & Russell, LLP has particular expertise representing technology companies in M&A, as well as borrowers and secured and unsecured lenders in financing transactions. One source calls him "extremely knowledgeable, responsive and a pleasure to deal with."

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Band 4

DLA Piper LLP (US)

From the Chambers USA guide

Joseph Silver advises private equity funds, venture capital funds and corporations on transactions such as mergers, acquisitions and joint ventures. "He is professional, commercial, constructive and focuses on the key issues - we see him as a real partner in solving problems," said a client. 

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Band 4

John F Sandy Smith

Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

John Sandy Smith represents clients such as equity funds, growth-stage and Fortune 500 companies, in all types of corporate transactions. Sources commend his responsiveness and depth of experience.

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Band 4

William Calvin Smith

King & Spalding LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

William Calvin Smith is experienced in handling high-profile mergers and acquisitions and strategic transactions. He is also highly recommended for advice on fiduciary duty and corporate governance.

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David G. Thunhorst

Rogers & Hardin LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

David Thunhorst advises companies on mergers and acquisitions, corporate governance and securities matters. "He is simply spectacular" says one client, adding: "His experience and understanding of the issues we face has been invaluable in our ability to act in the best interest of our shareholders."

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Up and Coming

Morris, Manning & Martin, LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

The "very capable" Chris Maxwell has a growing practice representing corporations, private equity firms and venture capital firms in midmarket M&A and corporate finance transactions.

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