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J. Allen Roberts

Shareholder
Nashville
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Allen Roberts is a shareholder in the Nashville office and a member of the Firm's Health Law Group where he serves as co-chair of its Transactions Committee.

Featured Experience

Represented Community Health Care Trust (CHCT) (i) its initial public offering and concurrent private placement of 7,187,500 common shares with net proceeds of $127.6 million and listing on the New York Stock Exchange and corresponding syndicated debt facility of up to $200 million (ii) its follow-on public offering of 5,175,000 common shares with net proceeds of $86.8 million, and (iii) its shelf-offering of $750 million.

Represented PathGroup, Inc. in a recapitalization transaction with Pritzker Group Private Capital.

Represented a privately-held mortgage company in the sale of substantially all of its assets to national bank for consideration in excess of $1 billion.

Professional Biography

Overview

Mr. Roberts focuses his practice on corporate governance, mergers and acquisitions and public and private equity and debt offerings, including public securities offerings and private placements of convertible debt, preferred stock, common stock and warrants.

Within health care, Mr. Roberts has extensive experience over the last 15 years in the behavioral health industry. Within this space, he has represented both publicly traded and private-equity funded companies, including inpatient/intensive outpatient psychiatric centers and inpatient and outpatient alcohol and drug treatment centers. In particular, Mr. Roberts has provided assistance to behavioral health companies in mergers and acquisitions, private equity financing and corporate and regulatory issues.

Representative Matters
  • Represented Community Health Care Trust (CHCT) (i) its initial public offering and concurrent private placement of 7,187,500 common shares with net proceeds of $127.6 million and listing on the New York Stock Exchange and corresponding syndicated debt facility of up to $200 million (ii) its follow-on public offering of 5,175,000 common shares with net proceeds of $86.8 million, and (iii) its shelf-offering of $750 million.

  • Represented PathGroup, Inc. in a recapitalization transaction with Pritzker Group Private Capital.

  • Represented a privately-held mortgage company in the sale of substantially all of its assets to national bank for consideration in excess of $1 billion.

  • Represented management in $40 million recapitalization of multi-location behavioral and psychiatric services company with a private equity fund.

  • Represented a private equity backed alcohol and drug treatment company in acquisitions of multiple inpatient and outpatient facilities in multiple jurisdictions.

  • Provided counsel to a company in the alcohol and drug treatment industry in connection with a $55 million private equity investment.

  • Represented publicly traded company in the hospitality industry in the $45 million divestiture of certain assets to privately held affiliate.

  • Represented management in leverage buyout of company in manufacturing industry, via creation of an ESOP and involving senior and mezzanine financing.
  • Served as local counsel for two separate hostile takeover attempts of publicly traded companies.
  • Represented a publicly traded financial institution in over 20 acquisitions of other financial institutions and in a $300 million sale of credit card portfolio.

  • Served as counsel to retail grocery chain store sold through an auction process to private equity owned strategic buyer.

  • Represented the majority owner of a major league professional sports franchise in dispute with municipality.
  • Assisted a seller in the manufacturing industry in a $60 million sale of a business to a publicly traded company.
  • Represented restaurant franchisee in $60 million sale of over 60 restaurants to strategic buyer.

  • Represented a private equity fund in the acquisitions of companies in manufacturing and food services industries.

  • Provided counsel to seller in mineral industry in $60 million sale to strategic buyer.

  • Represented a privately held company in connection with contribution of Canadian assets to and formation of Canadian joint venture.
Professional Honors & Activities
  • AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell
  • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America® in Corporate Law (2015 – 2019); Business Organizations (including LLCs and Partnerships) (2018, 2019); Mergers and Acquisitions (2018, 2019)
  • Member – Tennessee Bar Association
  • Member – American Bar Association (Business Law Section and M&A Jurisprudence, M&A Trends, Negotiated Acquisitions and Private Equity M&A Subcommittees)
  • Member – The Exchange Club of Nashville
  • Member – Nashville Young Leaders Council
  • Elder – First Presbyterian Church, Nashville and Former Chair of the Personnel Committee
  • Vice Chair – Substance Use Disorders Advisory Board, American Bar Association Health Law Section
  • Member – American Health Lawyers Association (Behavioral Health Task Force)
  • Member – Nashville Bar Association
Speaking Engagements
  • "What Companies Should Be Aware of When Entering into Transactions with a Competitor," Tennessee Association for Corporate Counsel meeting (July 2017)
  • "Indemnification in Mergers and Acquisitions," Business Law Forum 2017, Tennessee Bar Center (April 2017)
  • "The Value That Legal Counsel Brings in a Private Equity Transaction," Private Equity Roundtable, Baker Donelson (April 2017)
  • "State of the Middle Market 2016," Private Equity Roundtable, Baker Donelson (October 2016)

Awards

Education

  • University of Tennessee College of Law, J.D., 1995
    • Research Editor – Tennessee Law Review
    • Recipient – Manier, Herod, Hollabaugh and Smith Scholarship
  • Millsaps College, B.B.A. in Business Administration, 1992
    • Member – Beta Gamma Sigma
    • Member – Omicron Delta Kappa

Admissions

  • Tennessee, 1995

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