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Tonya Mitchem Grindon

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Nashville
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Tonya Mitchem Grindon, a shareholder in the Nashville office, is a member of Baker Donelson's Board of Directors and serves as chair of the Business Department and the Audit and Finance Committee.  

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Represented Community Healthcare Trust (NYSE) in its initial public offering of 6,250,000 shares with proceeds of $145 million and its $75 million follow-on offering.

Served as lead counsel for Community Healthcare Trust (NYSE) on $750 million universal shelf on registration statement on Form S-3 of common stock, preferred stock, depositary shares, rights, warrants, debt securities and guarantees, and shelf take-down of $110 million of common stock. 

Represented Direct Auto Insurance in its acquisition by Nation General Insurance (Nasdaq:NGHC) valued at approximately $165 million.

Professional Biography

Overview

Ms. Grindon concentrates her practice in securities and corporate finance, corporate governance and business transactions. She has been interviewed on securities and corporate finance topics by numerous publications, including Wall Street Journal and the Washington Post. Ms. Grindon is past chair of the Firm's Corporate Finance & Securities Group.

Corporate Finance and Securities/Corporate Governance: Ms. Grindon's experience in corporate finance and securities work includes representation of companies in public offerings and private placements of both debt and equity securities. She has assisted companies and acquirers in both the defense of and the instigation of public tender offers and takeovers, exchange offers, and in Exchange Act compliance, including proxy statements and annual, quarterly and current reports. Ms. Grindon also has advised public and private boards of directors on numerous fiduciary duties and corporate governance issues, and has served as counsel to special committees of boards of directors.

Private Equity: Ms. Grindon has significant experience in the representation of private funds (offshore and domestic, including hedge funds and private equity funds), including planning and structuring strategies for funds and in their day-to-day operations, including negotiation of investments in portfolio companies. Ms. Grindon represents numerous private funds in connection with securities compliance with public companies in their portfolios (e.g., Section 16 filings and Williams Act filings). She also represents institutional investors in connection with investments in funds.

Business Transactions: Ms. Grindon's experience in the area of business transactions includes the representation of foreign and U.S. companies in asset purchases, mergers and acquisitions.

Representative Matters
  • Equity Offerings/Sales

  • Represented Community Healthcare Trust (NYSE) in its initial public offering of 6,250,000 shares with proceeds of $145 million and its $75 million follow-on offering.

  • Served as lead counsel for Community Healthcare Trust (NYSE) on $750 million universal shelf on registration statement on Form S-3 of common stock, preferred stock, depositary shares, rights, warrants, debt securities and guarantees, and shelf take-down of $110 million of common stock. 

  • Represented public pharmaceutical company (NYSE) in secondary $10 million offering on Form S-1.
  • Represented ethanol transportation company in sale of equity securities to South American ethanol transportation company.
  • Represented shareholders of a private oil and gas company in sale of $27 million of securities to private equity fund.

  • Debt Financings

  • Served as Tennessee counsel to NYSE public company in connection with the registration on Form S-4 with the SEC of a $300 million exchange of promissory notes and related guarantees for new notes and guarantees.

  • Served as Tennessee counsel to a Fortune 500 NYSE public company in connection with the refinancing of its $1.25 billion credit facility.

  • Served as lead counsel to a private oil and gas service company in connection with the restructuring of its outstanding debt with a $75 million credit facility and private equity investment of $50 million.

  • Served as counsel to public oil & gas company in connection with $50 million debt recapitalization.

  • Served as lead counsel to one of the U.S.'s largest ethanol transportation companies in connection with its $150 million debt refinancing and a subsequent financing increases to $300 million.

  • Represented public technology company in its recapitalization of outstanding debt and preferred equity and reverse stock split.

  • Represented national bank as trustee’s counsel in a $25 million, 7% convertible subordinated debenture offering.
  • Served as lead transactional counsel to bankruptcy trustee in connection with the redemption and sale of $100 million of equity interests by the bankruptcy estate in a publicly traded company (NASDAQ).
  • Exchange & Tender Offers

  • Represented public bank holding company (NYSE) in $100 million public debt (shelf) offering.
  • Represented public client in hostile take-over by other public company. Worked with board of directors when initial bid was $21/share. Thwarted take-over attempt and auctioned client under Revlon, with final sale price of $45/share.

  • Represented company in $65 million public tender offer for its outstanding debt.
  • Represented public company in $120 million debt exchange offer for new debt and equity securities.
  • Represented third party offeror in tender offer for equity securities of a publicly traded health care company.
  • M&A Transactions

  • Represented Direct Auto Insurance in its acquisition by Nation General Insurance (Nasdaq:NGHC) valued at approximately $165 million.

  • Served as counsel to special committee of a public energy company board of directors in connection with $150 million asset sale.

  • Represented an internet company in the sale of all of its assets to a NYSE public company.
  • Represented oil and gas company (as the seller) in an $89 million sale of substantially all of its assets.
  • Represented barge company in acquisition of another barge company for $375 million.
  • Represented private bank holding company in a merger with and into a publicly traded (NYSE) company.
Professional Honors & Activities
  • Listed in Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business in Corporate/M&A Law (2016, 2017)
  • Law360's Top 10 Corporate Finance Attorneys in the United States under 40 (2010)
  • Listed in Mid-South Super Lawyers in Securities & Corporate Finance (2012 – 2017); listed as a Rising Star (2008, 2010)
  • Listed as among the top 50 female attorneys in the Mid-South by Mid-South Super Lawyers (2013, 2015)
  • Named to Best Lawyers in America® since 2008 in the areas of Securities/Capital Markets Law, Corporate Law, and Mergers and Acquisitions Law
  • Named to the Nashville Business Journal's "Best of the Bar" (2014 – 2017)
  • Recipient – Nashville Business Journal's Women of Influence Award (2010)
  • Nashville Chamber of Commerce Emerging Leader Award - Legal Services (2009)
  • Nashville Business Journal's Forty Under 40 Recipient (2009)
  • AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell
  • Fellow – Nashville Bar Foundation
  • Member – Nashville Bar Association (former Secretary of board; past President, Secretary and board member of the Young Lawyers Division), Tennessee Bar Association, Washington, D.C. Bar Association, Maryland Bar Association and American Bar Association (Business Law Section)
  • Board Member and Past President – Nashville Bar Association Pro Bono Program
  • Member – Tennessee Bar Association Leadership Law Program (2005)
  • Board of Directors and Past President – Nashville Humane Association (2001 – present)
  • Recipient – Baker Donelson Nashville Pro Bono Attorney of the Year (2008)
  • Guest Lecturer – "Corporate Governance in Public Mergers and Acquisitions," with Delaware Supreme Court Justice Jack B. Jacobs, Vanderbilt Law School (January 2013)
  • Guest Lecturer – "Financial Regulatory Reform," George Washington University Law School (2011 – present)
  • Advisory Board – George Washington University Law School (CLEAF Program) (2010 – present)
Publications
Speaking Engagements
  • "Lipscomb University Presents: A Boardroom Briefings Luncheon: Boards in Crisis Management" (February 2017)
  • Panelist – "Challenges in Corporate Governance," Institute for Corporate Responsibility, Washington, D.C. (September 2016)
  • Panelist – "Private Equity Exit Strategies," ACG Louisiana Presents Our 5th Annual "A Taste of New Orleans" (November 2015)
  • "Ethical Dilemmas in Preparation and Review of SEC Filings," Drafting Securities Filings 2011, Practicing Law Institute (PLI), Chicago, Illinois (November 2011)
  • "Developing Topics in Securities Laws," Drafting Securities Filings 2011, Practicing Law Institute (PLI), Chicago, Illinois (November 2011)
  • "SEC Proposed Rules for Investment Adviser Registration," Hedge Fund Regulation and Current Developments Conference, New York, New York (June 2011)
  • Panelist – "The Sunroof in the Glass Ceiling - What Some Women Lawyers in Nashville Have Done to Defy the Statistics," Nashville Bar Association Law Association for Women (March 2011)
Press Releases

Education

  • George Washington University, J.D., 1997, with honors
  • George Washington University, M.A. in International Affairs, 1997
  • Vanderbilt University, B.A., 1992, cum laude

Admissions

  • District of Columbia, 2000
  • Tennessee, 1999
  • Maryland, 1997

Languages

  • Spanish

Tonya Grindon wins plaudits from peers for her tenacious negotiation skills and substantial M&A expertise. Her other areas of focus include corporate finance, securities and private equity. Clients appreciate her ability to 'take very complex issues and reduce them down into straightforward concepts.'

The bottom line is she is very candid, responsive, does not overcomplicate the issues and deeply understands our business and industry. There is tremendous value in this mix of skills.

Former Chief Executive Officer at a midstream alternative energy company

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