Roddy Bailey

Roddy Bailey is a deal lawyer and deals get done. Roddy’s M&A and securities experience is prized by clients who value his ability to see the entire playing field from pre-deal investment or corporate planning through transformative transactions and post-closing matters.

A partner in Waller’s corporate practice, Roddy is a trusted advisor in the private equity space, where he leads and advises on private equity transactions, mergers and acquisitions and growth equity financings, as well as general corporate law. Issuers and investors at every stage – angel, growth and late stage – value Roddy’s insight and experience. Roddy represents both investors and portfolio companies in venture capital investment transactions, including early stage and growth equity transactions. With Roddy’s help, a large technology company was recently able to raise late-stage venture capital as a prelude to an initial public offering.  For a software company, Roddy quarterbacked multiple rounds of venture capital funding to promote sales growth and expand into new markets.

Roddy also advises clients on the formation of investment funds – including private equity, venture capital and hedge funds – as well as institutional and individual investors in those funds. His fund-side experience includes representing a logistics-focused venture capital fund, and advising a southeastern network of angel investors. Related to this practice, Roddy counsels clients on a wide variety of operational and strategic issues, including joint ventures, technology licenses, commercial contracts and general corporate matters.


  • Represented a private equity-backed specialty manufacturing company in its $200M sale to a strategic acquirer.
  • Advised a private equity sponsor in connection with its purchase of a specialty window manufacturing company.
  • Represented a fund manager in connection with the formation of a healthcare-focused growth capital fund.
  • Represented a Chattanooga-based specialty outdoor retailer in its acquisition by a subsidiary of a NYSE-listed outdoor and camping retailer.
  • Served as lead counsel to a content marketing/software as a service company in a $6.5 million Series A investment that will finance the company’s relocation and expansion.
  • Represented an institutional investor in connection with its sale of a portfolio of limited partnership interests in private equity funds to a group of buyers.
  • Represented a private equity fund in connection with its purchase of a branded smoker/grill company and subsequent add-on acquisition of complimentary product line.
  • Advised a private equity-backed engineering services company in its sale to a strategic acquirer.
  • Represented an institutional investor in connection with its equity investment in a specialty plastics manufacturer.
  • Provided counsel to a publicly traded bank in its strategic merger with a privately held financial institution.
  • Advised a private equity fund in the disposition of a portfolio company providing revenue cycle management services.
  • Represented a hedge fund manager in connection with the formation of a specialty investment fund and associated emerging markets fund and Japan-focused investment fund.
  • Represented an institutional investor in connection with the sponsor purchase of a nationally branded hotel in Hawaii.
  • Advised an institutional investor in connection with its purchase of commercial agriculture operations in Australia.


  • Member, Chattanooga Bar Associations
  • Member, Tennessee Bar Association
  • State Bar of Georgia

Prior Experience

  • Member, Miller & Martin PLLC, Chattanooga, Tenn.


  • J.D., Syracuse University College of Law, 1996
  • B.S., Georgia Institute of Technology, Political Science, 1993

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Bar Admissions

  • Tennessee
  • Georgia
  • District of Columbia