Theodore "Ted" W. Lenz

Throughout his extensive career, venture capital providers and start-up companies have relied on Ted Lenz to guide them and protect their interests. In addition to advising clients on how much to disclose to investors when raising money—and the best vehicles for raising funds to acquire other companies—his focus is on corporate and private equity finance, corporate securities, mergers and acquisitions, and venture capital transactions.

Representative clients include both large, publicly owned companies, and small, start-up ventures. His extensive experience includes representing:

  • Private equity investors and their portfolio companies
  • Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs)

One of the reasons clients enjoy working with Ted is because he relishes unique and often complicated transactions, and developing innovative approaches to solving those matters. Ted is an creative thinker and likes to solve problems by creating new legal instruments or constructs. He likes to say that he takes his practice very seriously, but he doesn’t take himself too seriously.


  • Lead counsel representing a publicly held client that fired its accounting firm in the middle of an audit and guiding the board and management through the process
  • Lead counsel representing clients to help preserve investments in companies in financial distress
  • Lead counsel representing a regional merchant bank in its purchase and recapitalization of two portfolio companies including a healthcare services provider for which the merchant bank provided or arranged $40 million of senior bank debt and $35 million in common and preferred equity



  • Member, Nashville, Tennessee and American Bar Associations
  • Member, American Bar Association, Section of Business Law, Committee on Partnerships and Unincorporated Business Organizations, 1983 to present, Committee on Negotiated Acquisitions, 1985 to present, Committee on Venture Capital and Private Equity, 2001 to present
  • Member, Subcommittee on Manual of Acquisition Practice and Procedure of the ABA treatise "The M&A Process: A Practical Guide for the Business Lawyer"
  • Member, Editorial Committee of the ABA treatise "Model Asset Purchase Agreement with Commentary" (ABA 2001)
  • Member, Editorial Committee and the Subcommittee on Preliminary and Ancillary Documents of the ABA treatise "Model Stock Purchase Agreement with Commentary" (ABA 1995)

Prior Affiliations

  • Associate, Simpson Thacher & Bartlett in New York City, 1969-1973


  • J.D., Vanderbilt University Law School, 1969
    • Associate Editor - Vanderbilt Law Review
  • B.A., with high honors, Yale University, 1966

Legal Services

Industries Served

Bar Admissions

  • Tennessee

Up Close

Ted is a fan of spectator sports, specifically March Madness, college football and the Nashville Predators. He enjoys reading and traveling. He visits Los Cabos for two weeks every winter and also the San Diego area for two weeks a year. If he wasn’t practicing law, he would be an investor. He and his wife have a daughter and two grandchildren.