Operating in Atlanta since 1949, Arnall Golden Gregory is a Southeast regional leader in the M&A and private equity spaces. In addition to M&A, the firm offers experienced capital markets, banking and restructuring practices. The firm also has an office in Washington DC.
Arnall Golden Gregory’s financial and corporate strengths are primarily based in its Atlanta office.
The Georgia banking group focuses on commercial finance and real estate lending. In one highlight from last year, the team advised Thyssenkrupp Elevator Americas in connection with the $130 million financing for the Atlanta Braves’ headquarters development.
The M&A team saw a busy year as well, including working on investment firm Turning Rock Partners’ $10 million investment in real estate company Capital Square 1031.
Meanwhile, the restructuring team saw work from a number of industries, including real estate and healthcare.
Over the research period the firm’s Georgia office added M&A partners Brian Teras and Adam Skorecki. Teras joined from Nelson Mullins and Skorecki from an in-house position at Sysco.
The firm moved to tier 2 in Georgia for M&A on the strength of its work over the research period.
Dentons is a massive global law firm with a considerable US presence. In addition to large cities like New York and Washington DC, Dentons operates in smaller urban centers such as Denver, Kansas City, Honolulu, Miami and New Orleans. The firm’s 24 US offices give it an exceptionally wide national reach in all five practice areas covered in the IFLR1000 US Guide.
Dentons’ Atlanta office handles deals in a range of industries, including healthcare, manufacturing and real estate. The office stands out for its M&A and restructuring capabilities.
Founded in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1904, Duane Morris operates 21 offices across the US, including in Chicago, Houston, Los Angeles, San Francisco and New York. The firm has robust M&A, capital markets, banking and restructuring practices that handle clients across the country. Among Duane Morris’s industry focuses are healthcare, pharmaceuticals and banking and financial services.
One of Duane Morris’ smaller corporate offices is in Atlanta, where the firm specializes in M&A and capital markets work.
The firm worked in a variety of industries over the research period in a number of deals that remain confidential.
Miami-headquartered Greenberg Traurig is a national leader in the middle and upper-middle market spaces. The firm has 30 different offices in the US, with locations that include New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, Silicon Valley, Denver and Houston. Greenberg Traurig has continued to expand its already impressive national reach, opening a Minneapolis office in February 2019 with the addition of three attorneys from DLA Piper.
Greenberg Traurig’s Atlanta office has an active banking and finance practice, which focuses on public finance, project finance and entertainment finance transactions.
The team acted as counsel for both lenders and borrowers on a number of notable transactions from the course of the research period. In one highlight, the firm represented SBA Communications in connection with obtaining a $2.4 billion senior secured term loan.
In another standout transaction, Greenberg Traurig advised the Georgia World Congress Center Authority on the development of the Atlanta Falcons’ football stadium in anticipation of the Super Bowl.
Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough is based in Columbia, South Carolina, but the firm has 18 offices across 11 states and DC. The firm acts on a range of matters in the mid-market and is ranked by IFLR1000 for its work in Georgia, South Carolina and Florida.
Given that Nelson Mullins is headquartered in the Southeast, it’s not surprising that Nelson Mullins’ Atlanta office is an important piece in the firm’s overall success. The firm’s Atlanta team focuses on middle-market M&A and financing transactions in the real estate, technology and pharmaceutical industries.
In one highlight from the research period, the firm advised Huvepharma on its $32 million acquisition of AgriLabs. Huvepharma is a Bulgaria-based pharmaceutical company with US headquarters in Peachtree City, Georgia.
One of the firm’s most notable recent real estate transactions was client RG Real Estate’s $19 million acquisition of three medical office properties in Atlanta.
Smith Gambrell & Russell (SGR) traces its history all the way back to 1893. Now an international firm, SGR has domestic offices in Atlanta, Austin, Texas, Jacksonville, Florida, New York and Los Angeles. SGR is widely sought for its global transport practice, which specialises in aviation financings. The firm is also a member of the TerraLex legal network.
The firm’s Los Angeles office opened in December 2017 through a merger with California business law firm Rodi Pollock Pettker Chrisitan & Pramov, giving SGR a foothold on the West Coast.
The firm added aviation finance partner Josh Gentner from Vedder Price this past January. Gentner practices out of SGR’s New York office. SGR also added Shani Smith Fisher as counsel to its global transport practice in Los Angeles.
SGR’s headquarters are in Atlanta, where the firm is highly regarded for its M&A practice, as well as its previously mentioned transport industry expertise. One recent highlight for the firm’s M&A group came in connection with CatchMark Timber Trust’s $1.39 billion acquisition of East Texas timberlands acreage from Campbell Global. The firm represented CatchMark, which was part of a consortium of institutional investors involved in the purchase.
Some of the firm’s other key M&A clients from this past year include Axiom Energy Solutions, Montrose Associates and FORUM Media.
Squire Patton Boggs, founded in 1890, is present in 20 countries and 10 states (plus DC), but its headquarters remain in Cleveland. The firm is ranked by IFLR1000 in Ohio, Florida, Arizona and Georgia.
The firm’s most recent expansion came in 2018, when Squire Patton Boggs moved into Atlanta’s frothing legal market. Squire Patton Boggs opened its Atlanta office with the announcement that two corporate partners formerly with Dentons’ Atlanta location were going to spearhead establishing the firm’s presence in the city’s competitive and rapidly growing legal market. In the relatively short amount of time that the firm has been open for business, it has managed to make a convincing case that it’s going to join the ranks of Atlanta’s most successful firms.
The Atlanta team largely focuses on M&A work. Over the course of the research period, the firm advised clients in a range of industries, with the manufacturing and aviation sectors constituting significant shares of the firm’s recent work. In one highlight, the team represented Asah Kasei Homes on its $106 million acquisition of building components provider Erickson Framing Operations.
With its successful early start in Atlanta, Squire Patton Boggs moved into Georgia’s tier 2 in M&A this year.