Lee Johnston has joined the Nashville office of Waller Lansden Dortch & Davis, LLP, the law firm announced today. A partner in the firm’s Corporate practice, Johnston focuses on M&A and strategic investments by private equity and corporate clients. He joins Waller after nearly a decade with Morrison & Foerster, LLP in San Francisco and Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP in New York and London.
“Lee is a great addition to our M&A team at a time when client needs for transactional counsel are increasing. Private equity and financial services continue to be key elements of the firm’s strategic vision,” said David Clay, who leads Waller’s Corporate practice which comprises more than 70 attorneys and paralegals. “He’s a tremendously talented attorney, and our clients will benefit immensely from his experience and his ability to close deals.”
Johnston advises private equity and corporate clients—both privately held and publicly traded—in mergers and acquisitions across telecommunications, technology, consumer products and food manufacturing, financial services and other industry sectors. Additionally, Johnston has advised clients in investment grade and high-yield securities transactions, syndicated lending and leveraged finance transactions and general corporate matters. Highlights of Johnston’s 10-year transactional career include his work on the $59 billion Sprint and T-Mobile merger, advising a multinational software company in its $275 million acquisition of a venture-capital funded construction services company and representing a family office in its $40 million strategic investment in a leading vitamin and supplement company.
Johnston earned his J.D., magna cum laude, in 2010 from the University of South Carolina School of Law, and an M.Sc., with distinction, in Law and Finance in 2011 from the University of Oxford. He earned his B.A. in Political Science in 1999 from Vanderbilt University.
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