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Rhys T. Wilson

Partner and Co-Chair, Mergers & Acquisitions Group

Atlantic Station
201 17th Street NW
Suite 1700
Atlanta, GA 30363
rhys.wilson@nelsonmullins.com

Rhys Wilson helps clients buy and sell businesses. During his more than 30 years of experience as an M&A attorney, he has handled over 150 transactions (see “Experience”) and has received numerous accolades for his work (see “Recognitions”). He has also served as in-house counsel to a private equity firm, as president of a healthcare staffing...

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Rhys Wilson helps clients buy and sell businesses. During his more than 30 years of experience as an M&A attorney, he has handled over 150 transactions (see “Experience”) and has received numerous accolades for his work (see “Recognitions”). He has also served as in-house counsel to a private equity firm, as president of a healthcare staffing company, and as a director of a public technology company. He is a long-time Vistage CE member and the founder of the annual CEO Strategy Summit. Rhys also gives back to the community by serving as Vice Chair of The Atlanta Opera and as an active supporter of CURE Childhood Cancer and Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta.

company, and as a director of a public technology company. He is a long-time Vistage CE member and the founder of the annual CEO Strategy Summit. Rhys also gives back to the community by serving as Vice Chair of The Atlanta Opera and as an active supporter of CURE Childhood Cancer and Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta.

Rhys Wilson helps clients buy and sell businesses. During his more than 30 years of experience as an M&A attorney, he has handled over 150 transactions (see “Experience”) and has received numerous accolades for his work (see “Recognitions”). He has also served as in-house counsel to a private equity firm, as president of a healthcare staffing... company, and as a director of a public technology company. He is a long-time Vistage CE member and the founder of the annual CEO Strategy Summit. Rhys also gives back to the community by serving as Vice Chair of The Atlanta Opera and as an active supporter of CURE Childhood Cancer and Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta.

Experience

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Representative Transactions

Sell-side assignments:

  • Management-led, private equity majority recapitalization of affiliated companies (S corp. & C. corp.) in the online B2B incentive program business
  • Sale of a business (S corp.), providing direct mail, digital and mobile advertising solutions to the fitness, health and wellness industries, to a private-equity backed strategic buyer, with a tax-deferred equity rollover
  • Recapitalization of a business (S corp.), which provides a cloud-based dataset for business development professionals, financed by private equity groups and a mezzanine lender
  • Sale of a luxury resort to a private equity group
  • Sale of a business (S corp.), in the fire and life safety industry, to a private-equity backed strategic buyer, with a tax-deferred equity rollover
  • Leveraged recapitalization of a building products distribution business (S corp.) financed by an independent sponsor, private equity groups, individual investors, a mezzanine lender and a senior lender
  • Sale of a business (S corp.), in the home improvement industry, to a private-equity backed strategic buyer, with a tax-deferred equity rollover
  • Management buyout of a business (S corp.), in the communications, safety and security systems industry, financed by a private equity group, an independent sponsor and a senior lender
  • Sale of a staffing industry technology business (S corp.) to a private equity group, with a tax-deferred equity rollover
  • Sale of two vertically integrated agribusinesses (LLCs) that are Georgia's largest peach producers to a private equity group
  • Sale of the physician staffing subsidiary of a public company to another public company
  • Sale of half ownership of a business (LLC) in the hospitality software industry under a mandatory buy-sell provision
  • Sale of a business (LLC) that develops healthcare benefits eligibility and selection software to a private-equity backed strategic buyer, after satisfying another potential buyer's right of first refusal
  • Sale of assets of a distressed family-owned specialty uniform manufacturer and distributor to a private-equity backed strategic buyer
  • Stock sale of a master distributor, supplier and wholesaler of fittings, flanges and valves to a strategic buyer
  • Sale of 27 franchised quick service restaurants by a family-owned business
  • Divesture of the allied health division of a public staffing company
  • Divestiture of the nurse travel division of a public staffing company
  • Sale of a business (S corp.), in the healthcare and retail cost recovery industries, to a private equity group
  • Sale of a business (S corp.), in the home improvement industry, to a public company
  • Sale of a business (S corp.), in the physician staffing industry, to a public company
  • Sale of a business (S corp.), in the building systems integration industry, to a private equity group
  • Sale of a business (S corp.), in the security and communications systems integration industry, to a private strategic buyer
  • Sale of a business (S corp.), in the video surveillance manufacturing industry, to a public company
  • Sale of a business (S corp.), in the healthcare cost recovery industry, to 2 private equity groups
  • Sale of a business (S corp.), in the licensed apparel and accessories manufacturing industry, to a private strategic buyer
  • Sale of a business (S corp.), in the transportation business, to a national “big-box” retailer
  • Sale of a business (S corp.), providing data processing and audit services to the automobile finance industry, to a private strategic buyer
  • Sale of a business (S corp.), in the durable medical equipment distribution industry, to a public company
  • Sale of a distribution business (LLC), providing tools, equipment and supplies to contractors serving the natural and engineered stone market, to a private equity group
  • Sale of a business, in the candle and home fragrance industry, to a private equity group
  • Sale of a business, in the luxury hospitality industry, to a private equity group

Buy-side assignments:

  • Acquisition of 57 companies in the discount retail industry
  • Acquisition of 25 manufacturers' representative businesses in the gift and decorative accessories industry
  • Acquisition of 7 private bus dealerships
  • Acquisition of a defense contracting business, in the technology solutions industry, by a private equity group
  • Acquisition of a mechanical contracting business out of bankruptcy
  • Acquisition of a specialty retailing chain by a national “big-box” retailer
  • Acquisition of a clinical/scientific staffing business (S corp.) by a public company
  • Acquisition of a physician staffing business (S corp.) by a public company
  • Acquisition of a business (S corp.), in the marketing database industry, by a private strategic buyer
  • Leveraged buyout of minority shareholder in private bus dealer (S corp.)
  • Management buyout of an agricultural products business
  • Management buyout of a craft beer brewery business
  • Management buyout of a healthcare consulting services business
  • Management buyout of a luxury hospitality and winery business
  • Purchase of the assets of a distressed trucking company by a strategic buyer
  • Purchase of the assets of a private business in the franchised restaurant industry
  • Purchase of the assets of a private business in the travel incentives industry

Previous Professional Experience

  • Atlanta office, AmLaw 200 firm
    • Leader of M&A Practice Group
    • Leader of Atlanta Corporate Team
  • In-house counsel to a private equity group and a physician recruiting firm
  • President, healthcare staffing company

Education

  • Emory University School of Law, LLM, Taxation (1985)
  • University of Georgia School of Law, JD, cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa (1979)
    • Order of the Coif
    • Editorial Board, Senior Editor, Georgia Law Review
  • Duke University, BA, cum laude (1976)
    • A.J. Fletcher Scholar
    • Pi Sigma Alpha Honor Society

Admissions

  • Georgia

Practice Areas

Industries

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  • Business Law Section, Mergers & Acquisitions Committee, M&A Market Trends Subcommittee, American Bar Association 
  • Association for Corporate Growth
  • Vistage International (1996-Present)
  • Vice Chair (2016-present); Treasurer (2011-2016); Board of Directors, The Atlanta Opera (2006-present)
  • CURE Childhood Cancer Advisory Board (2007-2015)
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