Ben Barkley advises public and private clients in a broad range of corporate finance transactions and securities regulatory matters, including mergers and acquisitions; public offerings and private placements of debt and equity securities; venture capital and private equity investments; compliance with securities disclosure obligations; corporate governance; corporate restructurings; recapitalizations and distressed situations; joint ventures and strategic alliances; and special committee, board and independent director counsel.
Ben has broad experience structuring and executing mergers and acquisitions and other control transactions, including extensive experience representing strategic buyers in consolidating industries, leading serial acquisition programs including from 10 to 120 acquisitions. He has handled public and private issuances of debt securities in transactions ranging in size from $20 million to $1.35 billion, including Rule 144A offerings, high yield 144A-for-life bond offerings, investment grade public debt offerings, institutional private placements, and Exxon Capital debt exchange offerings. Ben also has extensive experience with equity offerings ranging in size from $10 million to more than $1 billion, including initial public offerings, secondary offerings, at-the-market continuous offerings, and PIPES transactions.
Ben was listed in The Best Lawyers in America® for Corporate, Leveraged Buyouts and Private Equity, Mergers & Acquisitions, and Securities/Capital Markets Law in 2019 and each of the ten years immediately preceding and again in 2020, 2021 and 2022 for Corporate, Leveraged Buyouts and Private Equity, Mergers and Acquisitions, Securities/Capital Markets, and Securities Regulation Law. He was also named a 2017 "Atlanta Lawyer of the Year" and a 2022 "Atlanta Lawyer of the Year" for Corporate Law by The Best Lawyers in America®. Ben is listed in the 2021 and the 12 years immediately preceding editions of Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business as a leading lawyer for Corporate/Mergers & Acquisitions and in the 2009, 2011, 2012, 2019, 2020 and 2021 editions of Legal 500 US for Mergers & Acquisitions. He was also named as a top “Dealmaker” of 2008 by the Atlanta Business Chronicle. Ben was recognized by the Atlanta Business Chronicle in 2004 for being one of Atlanta’s “Up and Comers – Under 40 and Rising,” and has been recognized as a 2009 Georgia "Super Lawyer" for Corporate Law, Mergers & Acquisitions, and Securities Law by Super Lawyers magazine, and again in 2018 and the seven years immediately preceding for Mergers & Acquisitions. In 2012, 2013 and 2014, he was recognized as one of Georgia Trend's “Legal Elite” for Corporate Law. Ben previously served as Deputy Managing Partner of the firm, and as Chairman of the Corporate Department. He is AV® rated by Martindale-Hubbell.*
Represented United Capital Financial Partners in its $750 million sale to The Goldman Sachs Group, Inc. in May 2019.
Represented Andritz AG in its $800 million acquisition of Xerium Technologies, Inc. (NYSE: XRM)
Represented Aaron’s Inc. (NYSE: AAN) in its $700 million acquisition of Progressive Finance Holdings, Inc.
Represented an international hotel company in the acquisition of hotel franchise system.
Represented Cypress Communications, Inc., a publicly held telecommunications company, and its board in connection with the private auction and ultimate sale of the company.
Represented United Capital Financial Partners, Inc., a financial services industry consolidator, in acquisitions of more than 100 companies.
Represented Oldcastle Inc., an international architectural and construction products company, in its acquisition program.
Represented Miller Industries, Inc., the largest manufacturer of tow trucks in the world, in its vertical integration strategy involving the acquisition of more than 120 companies within its industry in more than 75 markets.
Represented Pro Brand International, Inc., in its merger with special purpose acquisition company Granahan McCourt Acquisition Corp. (AMEX: GHN).
Represented Friedman's, Inc., a leading U.S. operator of jewelry stores and portfolio company of Harbinger Capital Partners, with sale of assets through distressed 363 sales.
Represented EyeWonder, Inc. in its $110 million merger with Limelight Networks, a publicly traded content delivery network provider.
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University of Georgia School of Law J.D. (1991) magna cum laude
Terry College of Business, University of Georgia M.B.A. (1988) Finance and Marketing
University of Georgia B.A. (1987) Political Science, magna cum laude
Camp Sunshine, Inc., Board of Directors, Chairman
Leadership Atlanta (Class of 2003)
Empty Stocking Fund, Chairman, Board of Directors
Georgia Transplant Foundation, Pro Bono General Counsel
The Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation, Board of Trustees
University of Georgia, Terry College of Business, Alumni Board
Paideia School, Board of Trustees
University of Georgia, Dean Rusk Center for International, Comparative and Graduate Legal Studies, Board of Advisors
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