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Chris Sloan

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Mr. Sloan is chair of the Firm's Emerging Companies Group and focuses his practice on start-ups and other emerging businesses and also handles complex software and other IT transactions for both small and large companies alike.

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Featured Experience

Represented a provider of SaaS donor management software for non-profits in connection with a $3.5 million Series A Preferred Stock financing transaction.

2016

Represented a direct-to-consumer products and services company in connection with a $47 million equity investment, a $15,000 secured line of credit, and an exclusive supplier agreement with a strategic partner.

2016

Represented a health & wellness SaaS provider in connection with a $1.2 million Series A-3 Preferred financing transaction.

2016

Professional Biography

Overview

Mr. Sloan helps many early-stage, high-growth businesses with business planning and formation, venture capital funding, drafting and negotiating vendor and customer agreements, strategic contract negotiations, mergers and acquisitions, intellectual property protection and other general business law and intellectual property law issues. He often serves as outside general counsel for these types of companies.

Mr. Sloan regularly represents both technology and brick-and-mortar clients in connection with software, IT and other vendor contract negotiations, including software and health care IT transactions valued as high as $100 million. He regularly counsels hospitals and other health care providers on IT and intellectual property issues. Mr. Sloan takes pride in providing his clients with practical, cost-effective advice tailored for each client's unique business objectives. He is actively involved in the technology and entrepreneur communities, and he is a frequent author, speaker, board member and leader in that community.

He is actively involved in the Nashville Technology Council and currently serves as general counsel. Mr. Sloan was a member of the Nashville Chamber's Partnership 2010 Entrepreneurship Task Force and serves on the advisory board for the Nashville Entrepreneur Center. Mr. Sloan is a long-standing member of the executive committee of the Tennessee Bar Association's Intellectual Property Law Committee.

Mr. Sloan is a frequent speaker and contributor to CLE seminars, Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce, Nashville Technology Council events and other similar events. Follow him on Twitter @casloan and LinkedIn @chrissloanesq.

Representative Matters
  • Represented a provider of SaaS donor management software for non-profits in connection with a $3.5 million Series A Preferred Stock financing transaction.

    (2016)
  • Represented a direct-to-consumer products and services company in connection with a $47 million equity investment, a $15,000 secured line of credit, and an exclusive supplier agreement with a strategic partner.

    (2016)
  • Represented a health & wellness SaaS provider in connection with a $1.2 million Series A-3 Preferred financing transaction.

    (2016)
  • Represented a regional Texas medical center, negotiating a $54 million electronic medical record software license and implementation services agreement with Epic Systems.

    (2016)
Professional Honors & Activities
  • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America® in Intellectual Property Law (2005 – 2006, 2009 – 2010); Information Technology Law (2007 – 2017); Copyright Law (2012 – 2017); Corporate Law (2013 – 2017); Trademark Law (2015 – 2017)  
  • Named the Best Lawyers' 2016 Nashville Information Technology Law "Lawyer of the Year"
  • Listed as a Rising Star in Mid-South Super Lawyers, 2011 – 2013
  • Former Chairman of the Board, Member of Board of Directors and Executive Committee – Nashville Technology Council
  • Board of Directors – Life Science Tennessee
  • Board of Directors – Nashville Entrepreneur Center
  • Honorary Member – Entrepreneurship Honor Society Sigma Nu Tau, Belmont University's Center for Entrepreneurship
  • Named "Top 40 Professional in Tennessee Under 40," Nashville Business Journal, 2013
  • Listed – Nashville Post "In Charge" list - Technology, 2011 – 2012
  • Named "Power Leaders in Technology" by the Nashville Business Journal, 2011, 2012
  • Selected as the "WorkIT Nashville Advocate of the Month" by the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce, March 2013
  • Executive Committee and Intellectual Property Committee – Tennessee Bar Association
  • Founding Board of Directors – Nashville Preparatory Charter School
  • Member – Nashville, Tennessee and American Bar Associations
  • Member – Partnership 2010 Entrepreneurship Task Force
  • Member – American Health Lawyers Association
  • Mentor – JumpStart Foundry
  • Member – Startup Tennessee Advisory Board
  • Member – Steering Committee, Nashville Internet Exchange
Interests

Mr. Sloan is actively involved in many conservation organizations locally, nationally and internationally. He is one of the more widely recognized regional experts on bird identification and distribution, and he co-authors a quarterly column on birds of Tennessee & Kentucky for North American Birds. Several of his papers on birds have been accepted and published in scientific journals. Mr. Sloan is also an avid nature photographer and has sold photos to publications in North America and Europe. Some of his pictures can be found at www.chrissloanphotography.com. He is the co-author of "Birds of Tennessee: A New Annotated Checklist", published in July 2015.

Publications
Speaking Engagements
  • Moderator – "Partnering with Large Corporations," Health:Further 2016 Conference, Nashville, Tennessee (August, 2016)
  • "Health:Further 2016 Summit" (August, 2016)
  • "Baker Recommends: Women in Technology of Tennessee Entrepreneur Panel" (July, 2013)
  • Guest – "Boston Style Bluegrass: Phones, drones, privacy for royals and more," This Week in Law (September, 2012)
  • Panelist – "Venture Capital 101," Tennessee Governor's Conference (September, 2011)
  • "Law of Technology: What You Need to Know," Tennessee Bar Association (September, 2011)
  • Judge – TechVenture Challenge, Nashville, Tennessee (April, 2011)
  • Judge – Belmont Business Plan Competition, Nashville, Tennessee (April, 2011)
  • Moderator – "Negotiating a Term Sheet," Nashville Technology Council's Entrepreneurial Series, Nashville, Tennessee (February, 2011)
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