Overview

HunterMaclean’s mergers and acquisitions practice group has represented clients in a wide range of industries over the years, including consumer products and services, e-commerce, manufacturing, technology, logistics, commercial real estate, and health care.

HunterMaclean approaches all M&A deals with the understanding and belief that our lawyers create value through transaction structuring, risk limitation, and the ability to shepherd numerous practice disciplines on a cost-effective basis. We work closely with our clients to understand their particular risks, and we structure the deal accordingly and to achieve their business objectives.

Attorneys in this specialized practice area have significant hands-on experience in drafting and negotiating acquisitions and divestitures and are well-versed in both strategic and financial transactions, including stock and asset acquisitions, mergers, spinoffs, and restructurings.

HunterMaclean’s experienced practitioners provide expertise in all the legal areas necessary to handle an acquisition including labor, litigation, tax, securities, antitrust, intellectual property, and real estate. Although every merger and acquisition deal is unique, HunterMaclean helps clients meet their goals as efficiently and effectively as possible.

Experience

  • Represented a Fortune 500 company in the acquisition of two specialty starch businesses and related mills and manufacturing facilities.
  • Represented a South Carolina based software development company in the acquisition of all of the assets of a business engaged in the development and licensing of proprietary software used for analysis of data in the development of pharmaceutical drug molecules or products.
  • Represented a communications company in the acquisition of five radio stations and related assets, including broadcast towers, transmitter rooms, sales offices, and studios.
  • Represented a health care business in the acquisition of a division of a publicly traded company engaged in the manufacture of certain pharmaceutical products and the related intellectual property.
  • Represented a health care institution in its joint venture with another health care organization to own and operate a rehabilitation hospital in Savannah.
  • Represented a pharmaceutical company in the acquisition of all of the assets of a business engaged in the development of certain pharmaceutical products and the intellectual property related thereto.
  • Represented owner of Savannah-based industrial wholesaler in the sale of its business to a financial buyer.
  • Represented the owner of a health care facility in the sale of a 51% interest in the facility to a business engaged in medical education and research.
  • Represented a Southeast-based pest control service in the sale of its assets to a national pest control company.
  • Represented a software development company in the sale of a substantial minority interest in the company to a business engaged in the provision of health information technology solutions and services.
  • Represented a large ILEC and cable provider in the acquisition of a managed services company.
  • Represented the seller of a business engaged in wastewater treatment and technology.
  • Represented Savannah-based restaurant investment group in the acquisition of numerous restaurants and bars.
  • Represented a construction company in the acquisition of a business engaged in the construction industry.
  • Represented a growth-oriented Charlotte-based accounting firm in its acquisition efforts throughout the Southeast.
  • Represented a health care provider in the acquisition of substantially all of the assets of a publicly traded company, including, its technology, patents, patent applications and other know-how and intellectual property relating to pharmaceutical development and manufacturing.
  • Represented a Savannah-based dentist in the acquisition of an established practice.
  • Represented the minority owners of a timber company in connection with the spinoff of certain assets of the business in a tax-free exchange.
  • Represented a health care institution in the joint venture of a surgery center located in Savannah, Georgia.
  • Represented purchases of a Florida-based wholesale distributor of housewares and restaurant equipment.
  • Represented an acquisition group in the purchase of a food and gift business.

Publications & Presentations

Publications

Signing on the dotted line: Three things to know before signing a contract

By Ada-Marie Aman, published on October 2, 2004, in Savannah Morning News.

You sign contracts everyday, whether it is a credit card receipt, an invoice for a new stereo or a lease on a new apartment.

Do you really know what you are signing?

Many of us don’t read the fine print. We assume that the party on the other side of the table is reputable and honest and would not insert unfair terms. However, terms of a contract do not have to be “unfair” to be unfavorable.

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Raising money for your business

By Thomas S. Cullen, published on September 18, 2004, in Savannah Morning News.

At some point, most businesses experience a need for additional cash – whether it’s for normal growth, working capital needs, financing a capital expenditure, funding the acquisition of new technology or the costs of the expansion of a business.

Although some businesses may satisfy this need through bank loans, other businesses need to raise capital by selling their stock or other securities.

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Choosing an Entity for Your Business

By Thomas S. Cullen, published on September 4, 2004, in Savannah Morning News.

One of the initial decisions facing someone starting a business is choosing the appropriate entity for the business.

Too many times, this decision is either not made at all, delayed until “the business is big enough” or made without any thought about the types of entities available or the advantages and disadvantages of each option.

There are four types of entities under Georgia law: sole proprietorship, partnership, corporation or limited liability company.

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Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act of 2000: The Land Use Provisions are Both Unconstitutional and Unnecessary.

By Ada-Marie W. Aman, published in William & Mary Bill of Rights Journal 10, no. 1 (December 2001).

Cited in Freedom Baptist Church v. Township of Middleton, 204 F. Supp. 2d 857 (E.D. Pa. 2002).

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Presentations

Pure Business Seminar: Buy-Sell Agreement

Presented by Daniel R. Crook at the Savannah Golf Club in Savannah, Georgia, on February 13, 2014.

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News

Attorney Rebecca F. Clarkson Joins HunterMaclean’s Corporate Group

Attorney Rebecca F. Clarkson recently joined HunterMaclean as an associate in the firm’s Corporate Practice Group. She has a legal background in financial services, creditor’s rights, and real estate.

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Georgia CEO: HunterMaclean Marks 135 Years in the Practice of Law

The year 2014 marks the 135th anniversary of HunterMaclean. Lucy Adams from Georgia CEO interviewed Managing Partner Frank Macgill regarding HunterMaclean’s history, areas of expertise, milestone anniversary, and future.

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Fulton County Daily Report Honors HunterMaclean Partner Daniel Crook as “On the Rise” Attorney

Daniel Crook, a HunterMaclean partner, was recently named a 2014 ‘On the Rise’ attorney by the Fulton County Daily Report. The honor is given to an elite group of Georgia lawyers under 40 who contribute to both the legal community and the communities in which they live.

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Fulton Daily Report: Daniel Crook Named 2014 Rising Star

Daniel Crook has been named a 2014 Rising Star by the Fulton Daily Report, as part of their annual On The Rise recognition of Georgia’s finest young lawyers.  The publication recognized 40 attorneys from across the state, all under 40 years old.

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HunterMaclean Honored in 2014 Edition of U.S. News - Best Lawyers® “Best Law Firms”

HunterMaclean recently earned nine First Tier and four Second Tier rankings in the 2014 edition of  U.S. News – Best Lawyers® “Best Law Firms.”

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Frank S. Macgill and Thomas S. Cullen Honored as “Lawyers of the Year” by Best Lawyers in America® 2014

Two HunterMaclean partners have been recognized as Lawyers of the Year in Savannah metropolitan area.

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Attorney Gregory O. DeBacker Joins HunterMaclean’s Corporate and Tax Practice Group

Attorney Gregory O. DeBacker recently joined the Corporate and Tax Practice Group at HunterMaclean.

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Videos & Podcasts

Videos

Video: Pure Business Seminar on Buy-Sell Agreements

The Pure Business Seminar Series brings together a diverse group of professionals to present on high-level topics of import to local business owners. Corporate attorney Daniel Crook presents in this event dedicated to buy-sell agreements.

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Spotlight

Pure Business Seminar: Buy-Sell Agreements

The first Pure Business Advice Seminar of 2014, which took place February 13, explored the intricacies of buy-sell agreements. During this one-hour lunch-and-learn, Daniel Crook of HunterMaclean, Daniel Rowe of TJS Deemer Dana, Brad Whitfield of Coastal Consulting Management Group, and Tony Martin of Martin Financial Services presented valuable information on buy-sell agreements to local business owners.

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Flying High: Firm Protects Gulfstream's Dispute Resolution Policy

One of Savannah’s largest employers, Gulfstream Aerospace Corporation designs, develops, manufactures, markets, services and supports the world’s most technologically advanced business-jet aircraft. HunterMaclean attorneys have worked with Gulfstream since it first moved to Savannah in 1967 with the encouragement and support of the late Malcolm R. Maclean, then a HunterMaclean partner and former Savannah mayor.

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