R. Tyler Hand

Whether buyer or seller, clients benefit from Tyler Hand’s blend of efficiency and creativity in structuring complex business transactions with an eye toward short- and long-term tax implications. Known for his ability to lead multi-disciplinary teams in complex corporate transactions, Tyler develops innovative solutions with a collaborative approach to deal-making that ensures parties on both sides reach comfort levels with respect to deal terms and risk allocation.

With graduate degrees in business administration and taxation, Tyler is a trusted advisor to sponsors and investors that value his unique combination of legal, tax and business experience in fund formation activities involving private equity, venture capital and hedge funds. Additionally, fund managers and investment advisors rely on Tyler for his operational insight into ever-shifting financial and securities regulations and his experience with equity and debt offerings, financing and other capital market transactions.

Tyler serves as outside general counsel to a number of closely held and family-owned businesses which he advises on general business and operational matters. His outside GC experience ranges from startups to more established enterprises, and includes advice on state and federal tax matters. Tyler also has significant experience representing tax-exempt organizations in federal and state qualification and operational matters.


  • Represented a sponsor in the organization of a family of hedge funds
  • Advised independent sponsor clients in multiple platform acquisitions, add-on acquisitions and sale transactions
  • Represented a private company in the acquisition of the western division of a national windows and door manufacturer in a transaction value of approximately $10 million
  • Represented a skilled nursing facility company in the $30 million disposition of six nursing homes located in three different states
  • Represented a private equity sponsor in connection with its disposition of a bellows manufacturing company
  • Advised a private equity-backed industrial products manufacturer in an add-on acquisition and the subsequent $25 million sale of the portfolio company to a private equity-supported acquirer
  • Represented the acquirer of steel manufacturer/supply chain logistics and transportation company focused on the automotive manufacturing industry in a complex $35 million transaction involving credit agreements and the sale/leaseback of real property
  • Advised a start-up company offering guest/customer management system services to restaurants in its $13 million sale to a leading national company
  • Represented a behavioral health services provider in separate transactions involving the sale of facilities in Sacramento and Riverside, California


  • President, Chattanooga Tax Practitioners, 2015-2016
  • Member, Chattanooga, Tennessee and American Bar Associations
  • Chapter Author, M&A Deal Strategies, 2015 ed.


  • LL.M (Taxation), Northwestern University School of Law, 2004
  • J.D., Samford University, Cumberland School of Law, 2003
    • Executive Editor, American Journal of Trial Advocacy
    • Scholar of Merit, Business Planning
  • M.B.A., Samford University, 2003
  • B.S., Samford University, 1999

Legal Services

Bar Admissions

  • Tennessee
  • Alabama

Court Admissions

  • Tax Court U.S.