Ryan Franklin

From emerging companies to publicly traded corporations with international operations, Ryan Franklin assists clients in mergers and acquisitions, corporate dispositions, securities offerings, and periodic reporting required by the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. Ryan has been a key contributor to a wide range of significant corporate transactions since joining Waller, including:

  • The asset purchase and conversion of a not-for-profit hospital to an investor-owned facility by a joint venture formed by a privately held hospital company and a non-profit healthcare organization
  • The $1.3 billion acquisition of a multi-facility behavioral healthcare company
  • Acquisitions and divestitures of physician practices by a publicly traded healthcare company 
  • The sale of a medical supply company to one the largest privately held pharmaceutical distributors in the country
  • Associate Counsel for the $50 million acquisition of a multi-facility behavioral healthcare company
  • The sale of a regional public relations firm to an international public relations/advertising agency
  • The formation of start-up companies and the arrangement of Series A financing
  • Investments by strategic venture capital funds in both new and existing companies
  • Several offerings of debt and equity securities with an aggregate value of more than $1.35 billion by a publicly traded behavioral health services provider
  • Equity offerings by a publicly traded manufacturer of low-emission energy products
  • Filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission and the preparation of board minutes on behalf of publicly traded companies
  • The acquisition and lease back of the real property associated with the operations of an investor-owned hospital company by a real estate investment trust and a private investment firm



  • Member, Nashville and Tennessee Bar Associations


  • J.D., magna cum laude, University of Tennessee College of Law, 2014
    • Order of the Coif
    • Certificate of Concentration in Business Transactions
    • Editor-in-Chief, Transactions: The Tennessee Journal of Business Law
    • Student Materials Editor, Tennessee Law Review
    • National Transactional LawMeets® Moot Court Team
  • B.S., magna cum laude, University of Tennessee, Business Administration, 2011
    • Beta Gamma Sigma Honor Society

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Ryan is a native Tennessean who grew up in the City of Franklin and attended Battle Ground Academy.