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L. Hunter Rost, Jr.

Companies and investors involved in the development, manufacturing and marketing of pharmaceuticals, medical devices and healthcare information technology consider Hunter Rost a trusted advisor. Working side-by-side with company owners and management, Hunter takes a "hands-on" approach to transactional matters and interacts with clients on a personal level. By recognizing what the client considers most important and understanding his or her risk tolerance, Hunter focuses on key priorities to keep deals moving forward efficiently and cost-effectively.

Hunter counsels clients on a variety of corporate transactions, including:

  • Domestic and cross-border mergers and acquisitions
  • Corporate reorganizations and recapitalizations
  • Intellectual property transactions
  • Joint ventures
  • Private equity financings
  • Public and private securities offerings

Private equity and venture capital firms rely on Hunter's extensive experience with change of control issues and deal terms when making investments in biotechnology, pharmaceutical, medical device, healthcare, and healthcare IT companies. Likewise, corporate management and directors turn to Hunter for counsel on strategic transactions, fiduciary duties, and corporate governance matters for his appreciation of their objectives, and his commitment to achieving positive results.

Hunter serves as counsel to domestic and  international clients in connection with cross-border transactions and financings. Leveraging his international experience, Hunter is Waller's representative to World Services Group (WSG), a global membership association of independent legal, accounting and financial services firms. He currently serves on the WSG Board of Directors and is the past chair of the North American Regional Council of WSG. Best Lawyers recognizes Hunter as a leading attorney in the area of Mergers and Acquisitions Law.

Experience

Mr. Rost served as lead transaction counsel to the following clients:

  • Complete Holdings Group in its equity recapitalization by Primus Capital Funds
  • U.S. investor group in its sale of two hospitals in Shanghai, PRC, to a private equity investor
  • Private equity backed operator of specialty label printing companies on various acquisitions
  • Passport Health Communications, Inc., a Tennessee-based healthcare technology provider, in its $850 million sale to U.K.-based Experian plc, the global information services company
  • U.S. investor in its acquisition of Australia-based travel content global multimedia company from its U.K. parent
  • Metro Medical Supply, a leading specialty pharmaceutical distributor, in its sale to Cardinal Health 
  • UK-based biotechnology company Silence Therapeutics (AIM:SLN) in its $25 million acquisition of Intradigm Corporation
  • India-based Piramal Healthcare in its $40 million acquisition of Minrad International (NYSE:BUF), a U.S. pharmaceuticals manufacturer
  • India-based Piramal Enterprises in its $31 million acquisition of Coldstream Laboratories, a specialty pharmaceutical contract manufacturer of sterile and injectable products
  • India-based Piramal Healthcare in its $4.2 million acquisition of RxElite (OTCBB:RXEI), a U.S. pharmaceuticals distributor
  • India-based Piramal Healthcare on multiple rounds of secured bank financings with various Asia-based lenders
  • U.S. private equity investor in its acquisition of international manufacturer of precision temperature measurement instruments with operations in Australia, Hong-Kong, China, Mexico and the United States
  • U.S. private equity investor in its acquisition of solder and metal joining products manufacturer from its Swedish parent group
  • U.S. private equity investor in its sale of global automotive equipment manufacturer
  • U.S. and China-based manufacturer on the sale of its electric motor assembly components business to a private equity investor
  • U.S. pharmaceutical products manufacturer and distributor on multiple acquisitions of pharmaceutical products from Asian, Canadian and domestic licensors
  • U.S. manufacturer on the sale of its industrial electroplating business to a private equity investor
  • China-based equipment manufacturer on the sale of its manufacturing and distribution business
  • One of the nation’s leading revenue cycle management companies, in its private equity recapitalization and multiple acquisitions
  • National healthcare technology provider in its acquisition of revenue cycle management firm along with its claims consulting and outsourcing subsidiary. Also represented client in connection with acquisition funding
  • International biopharmaceutical company in its $25 million acquisition of a private U.S.-based drug development and manufacturing company
  • Global musical instrument manufacturer in its acquisition of Scandinavian electronic components manufacturer
  • U.S. specialty pharmaceutical distributor in connection with the negotiation of a joint venture with German-based healthcare provider and manufacturer
  • U.S. consumer products manufacturer in negotiation of product supply/distribution agreements with U.K. manufacturer
  • U.K. life sciences company in sale of patent and related intellectual property portfolio to multinational pharmaceuticals company
  • German nuclear detection device manufacturer in connection with acquisition by U.S. homeland security company
     

Professional

  • World Services Group: Member of Board of Directors; Past Chair of North American Regional Council (World Services Group is an international association of leading legal, accounting and financial services firms)
  • Member, American Bar Association
  • Member, Tennessee and Nashville Bar Associations
  • Member, International Law, Business Law and Health Law Sections of the American Bar Association and the Corporate Governance and Legal Opinions Committees of the ABA Business Law Section
  • Member, American Health Lawyers Association, Life Sciences Practice Group
  • Member, Life Science Tennessee
  • Member, International Bar Association
  • Member, International Fiscal Association
  • Advisory Board Member, Nashville Capital Network
  • Member, Waller Legal Opinions Committee

Education

  • J.D., Washington and Lee University, 1989
  • B.A., cum laude, Vanderbilt University, 1985

Legal Services

Industries Served

Bar Admissions

  • Tennessee

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Hunter enjoys spending time with his family, coaching youth sports, cycling and taking in the scenery at Center Hill Lake.