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Jimmie B. Strong

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Jimmie Strong focuses his practice on mergers and acquisitions, venture capital, and securities.

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Represented health care company with operations in the U.S. and the U.K. in its $700 million stock sale to a global health care leader.

Represented leading management consulting firm in its membership interest sale to a leading business advisory firm.

Represented private equity client and lead broker-dealer in federal and state securities compliance for a series of ongoing conservation easement transactions financed through nationwide private securities offerings.

Professional Biography

Overview

Mr. Strong has extensive experience in counseling clients through complex mergers and acquisitions and ensuring that his clients are compliant with the Securities and Exchange Commission, New York Stock Exchange, NASDAQ, and state securities laws and regulations.

Mr. Strong represents buyers and sellers as the lead drafter in mergers and acquisitions and provides guidance on deal structuring, due diligence, and other business advisory services in connection with domestic and cross-border asset purchase and stock purchase transactions. Mr. Strong is highly focused on the implementation of artificial intelligence and machine learning into the deal process. He has particular experience in leveraging artificial intelligence in contract review, acquisition due diligence, and contract data mining and leads Firm initiatives in providing artificial intelligence solutions to clients.

Mr. Strong advises venture capital funds and emerging companies in early stage and growth capital transactions. He represents startup accelerator programs and reorganizes entities upon entry into accelerator programs, including by leading companies through entity conversions and subsidiary formations, mergers into Delaware C-Corporations, stock splits, share redemptions, and intellectual property assignments and releases.

Mr. Strong represents companies in structuring equity incentive plans, planning for tax implications of different types of award grants, negotiating conditions triggering repurchase, and selecting mechanisms for determining appropriate repurchase prices. He also assists clients in evaluating tax structure and potential tax savings, implementing tax structure changes, creating non-profits for exempt activities, and filing tax exemption (501(c)(3)) applications.

Prior to joining Baker Donelson, Mr. Strong worked with the Georgia General Assembly as an intern in the Banking, Economic Development, and Regulated Industries Committees and served as a summer analyst in the International Trade and Finance Section of the Library of Congress's Congressional Research Service (CRS).

Representative Matters
  • Represented health care company with operations in the U.S. and the U.K. in its $700 million stock sale to a global health care leader.

  • Represented U.S.-based health care process outsourcing company in its complex cross-border acquisition of an Indian call center operator.

  • Represented leading management consulting firm in its membership interest sale to a leading business advisory firm.

  • Represented private equity client and lead broker-dealer in federal and state securities compliance for a series of ongoing conservation easement transactions financed through nationwide private securities offerings.

  • Advised closely held company in restructuring business to take advantage of Tax Cuts and Jobs Act.

  • Formed the first for-profit benefit corporation in the state of Tennessee.

  • Represented a bank in $55 million initial public offering making the bank one of approximately 100 banks listed on the New York Stock Exchange.

  • Represented a Real Estate Investment Trust with no operating history in $127.5 million initial public offering.

  • Represented a Chinese-controlled, U.S.-based subsidiary in purchasing all outstanding stock of German music instrument manufacturer and distributor.

  • Advised two-person controlled company with $2 billion in assets on extending duration of irrevocable proxy to a committee of the company's board after death of both controlling parties. 

  • Advised startup in formation, Series Seed, Series A, and Series B rounds; submitted Form D filings with SEC; and submitted state notice filings in all 50 states via mail or the North American Securities Administrators Association (NASAA) Electronic Filing Depository (EFD). 

Professional Honors & Activities
  • Legal Mentor and Advisor – Belmont Entrepreneur Center
  • Director – Mt. Zion Young Adult Ministry
  • Member – 100 Black Men of Middle Tennessee, Inc.
  • Member – Nashville Technology Council Diversity Committee
Publications
Speaking Engagements
  • "How to Secure Government Contracts," Procurement Technical Assistant Centers (PTAC) (May 2018)
  • "Taxes and Your Small Business," Financial Literacy Symposium, Riverside Nashville (April 2018)
  • "Professional Etiquette in the Legal Field," Belmont University College of Law (March 2018)
  • "Lawyers' Technology HACK-A-THON," National Bar Association's Gateway to Success Conference, Nashville, Tennessee (March 2018)
  • Panelist – "Legal Careers," Belmont University College of Law Annual Diversity Panel, Belmont University College of Law (February 2018)
  • "Business Formation and Tax Structure," Wond'ry at Vanderbilt University (January 2018)
  • Moderator – "The Bridge From Compliance Violations to Criminal Investigations: Explaining the Implications of the FBI's Probe Into the NCAA's Black Market for Talent," Nashville Bar Association 2017 Entertainment, Sports & Media Law Institute (December 2017)
  • Panelist – "Vanderbilt Black Law Students Association Legal Career Panel," Vanderbilt Law School (February 2017)
  • Panelist – "Fantasy Sports Gambling," Nashville Bar Association 2016 Entertainment, Sports & Media Law Institute (December 2016)
  • Panelist – "Daily Fantasy Sports," 2016 College Sports Research Institute Conference (April 2016)

Education

  • Harvard Law School, J.D., 2014
    • Campus Representative – Bloomberg Law
    • Private Equity Chair – Harvard Association for Law and Business
    • Membership Engagement & Recruitment Committee Chair – Harvard Black Law Students Association
    • Tax Preparer – Harvard Law TaxHelp
  • Morehouse College, B.A. in Political Science, 2010
    • Valedictorian, Phi Beta Kappa
    • President – Golden Key International Honour Society, Morehouse College International Affairs Society, and Morehouse Mentoring Program
    • Institute for International Public Policy – Study Abroad in Rome, Italy (European Union Political and Economic Structures, International Business, and International Marketing), and Santiago, Dominican Republic (Spanish); Domestic Exchange at University of Maryland Graduate School of Public Policy (International Economics, Statistics, and National Security)

Admissions

  • Tennessee, 2015

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