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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.

Featured Videos

21st Century Cures Act: What Providers and Vendors Need to Know November 13, 2017
Participating vs. Non-Participating Preferred May 16, 2016
Is a Non-Disclosure Agreement Always Necessary? October 14, 2014
Never Tell an Investor that You Have No Competition August 20, 2014
Wearing Multiple Hats from a Legal Standpoint June 25, 2014
Convertible Debt as a Cost-Effective Finance Tool June 3, 2014

Featured Experience

Represented United Regional Healthcare System in Texas in connection with negotiation of a multi-million dollar software license and hosting agreement with Epic Systems.

Represented Greenlight Medical in connection with its $450,000 Series AA Preferred Stock offer and sale to certain accredited investors.

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

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 a master mentor and board member of the Nashville Entrepreneur Center, and he was a member of the Nashville Chamber's Partnership 2010 Entrepreneurship Task Force that led to its formation. He is a former board chair of the Nashville Technology Council and still serves as its general counsel.

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 United Regional Healthcare System in Texas in connection with negotiation of a multi-million dollar software license and hosting agreement with Epic Systems.

  • Represented Greenlight Medical in connection with its $450,000 Series AA Preferred Stock offer and sale to certain accredited investors.

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

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

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

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

  • Represented an early stage Internet-of-Things (IoT) data analytics company in connection with raising $2 million in convertible equity seed financing.

  • Represented a medical gas manufacturing and distribution company in connection with the sale of all of its assets for $8 million to a multi-national competitor.

  • Represented a music tech company in connection with a convertible note fundraising from a large Silicon Valley venture capital firm in connection with a successful appearance on a reality TV show.

  • Represented a health care IT analytics and services provider in connection with the sale of all of its assets to a large private health IT company in exchange for shares of stock valued at $7 million, plus an earn-out.

Professional Honors & Activities
  • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America® in Intellectual Property Law (2005 – 2006, 2009 – 2010); Information Technology Law (2007 – 2018); Copyright Law (2012 – 2018); Corporate Law (2013 – 2018); Trademark Law (2015 – 2018); Business Organizations (2018)  
  • 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
  • "How Good Legal Contracts Impact Your Business," podcast (May 2018)
  • Panelist – "How Tech Tools & Other Innovative Solutions Contribute to Economic Development in the 21st Century," DIG SOUTH Tech Conference, Charleston, South Carolina (April 2018)
  • "Advancing in a Digital Marketplace" (April 2018)
  • Panelist – "Nashville Angel Investor Education Night" (June 2017)
  • Moderator – "Ask Me Anything with Senator Bill Frist, M.D.," Launch Tennessee's 36|86 Conference (June 2017)
  • Moderator – "Partnering with Large Corporations," Health:Further 2016 Conference, Nashville, Tennessee (August 2016)
  • "Health: Further 2016 Summit" (August 2016)
  • 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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