Morris Manning & Martin, LLP

Mergers & Acquisitions

Morris, Manning & Martin is a recognized leader in the mergers and acquisitions practice area. We have represented more than 1,000 companies in their corporate transactions throughout the U.S. and abroad. We are generally recognized as the leading law firm in the Southeast in representing high-growth companies. The firm has been recognized as a leading national firm for mergers, acquisitions & buyouts (sub-$500m market) by Legal 500 U.S. and Chambers USA, leading legal ranking publications.

Proven Experience

We counsel companies in transactions that are valued from a few million to many billions of dollars, and we have unique experience representing middle market companies in their M&A transactions. These companies often face unique challenges. For example, we have broad experience in working with venture-backed and private equity-owned companies and dealing with the complexities that the various financing structures of these companies pose for M&A transactions. We regularly work with companies that have been operating with understaffed or nonexistent legal departments. In those cases, our multidisciplinary, team oriented approach to transactions becomes even more critical. Additionally, we regularly use our deep nationwide contacts with various investors, debt sources and other players in middle market M&A in order to facilitate transactions.

We are result-oriented, efficient and extremely responsive to our clients. We have always been a business-oriented firm. We have worked hard to maintain a cost structure that allows us to staff deals leanly, while still giving us the bandwidth to attack large, fast moving transactions. We hand pick “client teams” for each client and transaction. We do not staff deals with multitudes of junior “attorneys in training” who have little skills or experience. Clients tell us that our approach results in greater efficiency and improved results from what they have experienced elsewhere.

We are forward-thinking. Unique among law firms, we have developed a patent-pending Legal Project Management System that we bring to bear on M&A transactions when appropriate. The Legal Project Management System improves communication, enhances efficiency, and provides transparency in the delivery of our services, while increasing our clients’ involvement and control over the timing and cost of the project.

Specialized Counsel

We are facilitators of transactions, not impediments. We integrate with our clients’ in house teams and drive deals to a successful conclusion. We are never outpaced and are normally in the role of driving the deal. For this reason, we are often the firm of choice for companies that need to accomplish highly complex transactions under nearly impossible deadlines.

Representative Transactions:

  • Represented SolAmerica Energy (six solar projects – 4.7MW) in its acquisition by Duke Energy.

  • Represented K1 Investment Management (private equity) in its acquisition of an undisclosed automated content marketing software company.

  • Represented BBH Capital Partners (Brown Brothers Harriman) (private equity) in its acquisition of Haven Behavioral Healthcare, Inc.

  • Represented QGenda, LLC, a healthcare IT company, in its acquisition by Francisco Partners (private equity).

  • Represented Aptean Solutions, an enterprise application software company, in its acquisition of Advances Public Safety division of Trimble Navigation.

  • Represented Interstate Hotels & Resorts (Thayer Lodging Group asset) in its acquisition by Kohlberg & Co. LLC.

  • Represented BuildingIQ (ASX), an energy management company, in its acquisition of Energy WorkSite and Facility WorkSite from NorthWrite, Inc.

  • Represented Powerplan, Inc., an energy-focused FinTech company, in its acquisition of Riva Modeling Systems, Inc.

  • Represented Courion Corporation, a FinTech company and K1 Investment Management portfolio company, in its acquisition of Core Security Technologies, Inc.

  • Represented Paymentus Corporation, a FinTech company, in its acquisition of Billeo, Inc. (d/b/a Xpress-Buy).

  • Represented Merchant Link, a cloud-based payment gateway, in its acquisition of Precidia Technologies.

  • Represented Aptean Solutions in its acquisition of Medworxx Solutions, a healthcare IT company.

  • Represented Courion Corporation in its acquisition of Bay 31 GmbH, a German FinTech company.

  • Represented North Highland, a global consulting firm, in its acquisition of ACME Business Consulting.

  • Represented Aderant Holdings Inc., a leading management solutions software company, in its acquisition of Timesoft Beheer B.C. & Accola, Inc.

  • Represented United Technology Group, an IT support and solutions company, in its acquisition of Magnicom.

  • Represented K1 Investment Management in its acquisition of Courion Corporation.

  • Represented Griffin-American Healthcare REIT III Inc. in its partnership with NorthStar Healthcare Income Inc. to acquire Trilogy Investors LLC and its Midwest senior health care facility portfolio.

  • Represented Brickstream Corp., a developer of traffic flow sensors, in its acquisition of Nomi Technlogies.

  • Represented Accel-KKR, a technology-focused private equity firm, in its acquisition of Delta Data Software.

  • Represented K1 Investment Management in its acquisition of ChiroTouch, a HealthIT company.

  • Represented Azalea Health, a leading HealthIT company, in its acquisition of simplifyMD.

  • Represented Francisco Partners, a technology-focused private equity firm, in its acquisition of PayLease.

  • Represented United Technology Group in its acquisition of Viant, LLC, a premier people-based advertising technology company.

  • Represented Streamline Health Solutions, Inc. (NASDAQ: STRM), a leading HealthIT provider, in its acquisition of Unibased Systems Architecture, Inc.


Areas of Focus

Corporate Finance

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Morris, Manning & Martin advises financial institutions, private equity firms, real estate investment trusts and major borrowers in a variety of complex financing structures and financial products.  We help clients meet their goals, often on tight deadlines, by providing creative solutions and strategic operational support while navigating sophisticated debt transactions.

Our team has particular depth representing private equity firms and their numerous portfolio companies, specifically in the technology, real estate, healthcare and franchise industries.  We collaborate closely with colleagues in our corporate, tax, securities, and mergers & acquisitions practice to structure transactions in the most advantageous manner possible for our clients, including asset-backed and capital market transactions, senior secured loans, mezzanine and junior lien financings, private placements and other finance deals involving a range of assets and business types.

Private Equity

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Our Private Equity (PE) Group works with private equity funds and their portfolio companies on acquisitions, investments, divestitures, buyouts, financings and related transactions. We have particular depth in high-volume, middle-market investments, handling more than 200 transactions each year for our clients and their portfolio companies.

We are a law firm focused on client satisfaction through the delivery of efficient legal services. We use budgeting, client communication and reasonable billing rates as a way to meet and exceed our clients’ expectations. Our integrated team approach provides our fund clients with a seamless experience when structuring, negotiating and completing buyout and financing transactions.

Several key points differentiate MMM’s PE Group:

  • We handle a high number of M&A, growth equity and venture capital transactions.  By representing funds and their portfolio companies in an average of more than 200 deals each year, we have experienced deal attorneys who know the market and understand the unique characteristics of a private equity transaction and current market terms with particular depth in the software/SaaS space.
  • We represent 300+ Tech companies. Our experience in the tech sector brings an added understanding of our clients’ software, services, business models, intellectual property and growth strategies to our roles as legal advisors. In addition to our ability to structure and implement transactions, we bring market insight and business advice when working with equity sponsors and management teams.
  • We deliver the services required by your portfolio companies. We can help with fund formation, employment, compensation and benefits, tax, international and other general corporate matters. Our full-service team remains in place throughout the transaction and the ongoing representation of the portfolio company.
  • We deliver value-added benefits to funds and their portfolio companies. We look for ways to introduce funds to prospective targets and invite them and their portfolio companies into our extensive network of contacts, including management and board talent and strategic relationships.


  • Ranked a Top 50 law firm for number of Venture Capital and Private Equity deals by Dow Jones Private Equity Analyst.
  • Ranked by Legal 500 as a leading law firm for mid-market transactions (sub$500M).
  • Recognized as a top practitioner of Corporate M&A by Chambers USA.
  • Ranked by Dow Jones VentureOne as Top 10 Company Counsel in Sales of Eastern U.S. VC-backed companies

Key Services

Our team works with private equity funds and their portfolio companies on a wide variety of matters:

  • Bolt-on acquisitions
  • Carve-outs
  • Cybersecurity & data privacy
  • Debt financing
  • Dispute resolution
  • Divestitures
  • Employment, employee benefits & ERISA
  • Equity financing
  • Executive compensation
  • Fund formation
  • Growth equity
  • International acquisitions
  • Leveraged buyouts
  • Licensing & contracting
  • Management buyouts
  • Mergers & acquisitions
  • Public offerings
  • Senior & mezzanine financing
  • Strategic buyer representation
  • Tax and corporate structuring

Fund and Portfolio Company Representation:

  • Accel-KKR
  • Arsenal Growth
  • Arthur Ventures
  • Ballast Point
  • Boathouse Capital
  • Bull City Venture Partners
  • Collective Capital
  • Eastside Partners
  • Edison Partners
  • Frontier Capital
  • Fulcrum Equity Partners
  • Great Hill Partners
  • Growth Street Partners
  • Hg Capital
  • Integrity Growth Partners
  • Jump Capital
  • K1 Capital
  • Las Olas Venture Capital
  • Leeds Equity Partners
  • LLR Partners
  • Lometa Capital Partners
  • ParkerGale
  • Parthenon Capital Partners
  • Primus Capital
  • Red Ventures
  • Resolve Growth Partners
  • Sageview Capital
  • Serent Capital
  • Sierra Ventures
  • Summit Park
  • Ten Coves Capital
  • Thoma Bravo
  • Trinity Partners, LLC
  • Veritas Capital
  • Vista Equity
  • Vocap Venture Partners
  • Wavecrest Growth Partners