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 is chair of the Firm’s Audit and Finance Committee.
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.
Ms. Grindon’s experience in corporate finance and securities work includes representation of companies in public offerings (IPOs and secondary 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 hostile 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.
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, including employee pension plans, in connection with investments in funds.
Ms. Grindon’s experience in the area of business transactions includes the representation of foreign and U.S. companies in asset sales and purchases, mergers and securities purchases and sales.
- George Washington University, J.D., 1997, with honors
- George Washington University, M.A. in International Affairs, 1997
- Vanderbilt University, B.A., 1992, cum laude
- District of Columbia, 2000
- Tennessee, 1999
- Maryland, 1997
- Equity Offerings/Sales
- Represented Community Healthcare Trust (NYSE:CHCT) in its $145 million initial public offering.
- Represented a public pharmaceutical company (NYSE) in a secondary $10 million offering.
- Represented private ethanol transportation companies in the sale of a majority of equity securities to a 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
- Represented Amedisys, Inc. (Nasdaq:AMED) in connection with the refinancing of a $550 million credit facility.
- Represented a public bank holding company (NYSE) in $100 million public debt (shelf) offering.
- Represented a private energy company in its initial $30 million bank financing.
- 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 a public oil and gas company in connection with its $50 million debt recapitalization.
Professional Honors & Activities:
- Fellow – Nashville Bar Foundation
- Past President and Board Member – Nashville Bar Association Pro Bono Program
- 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)
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