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Justin King specializes in representing public and private companies, including private equity firms and their portfolio companies, with respect to mergers and acquisitions, governance matters, restructurings and other significant transactions. Justin is a member of King & Spalding's Public Company, Private Equity, and Technology Industry Teams, and Co-Leader of the Firm's FinTech group.  

Justin's M&A and corporate transaction experience includes public company acquisitions and sales, leveraged buyouts, add-on transactions, joint ventures, tender offers, corporate reorganizations, strategic and growth-stage investments and corporate governance matters.  Justin's work crosses a broad range of industries and geographies and includes numerous transactions in the following sectors: payments, sports, healthcare and life sciences, software, retail (including e-commerce), semiconductor, food & beverage, building products, technology and entertainment.  Justin's international transaction experience spans Mexico, Canada, Central and South America, Asia, Europe and Australia.  

In the sports industry, Justin has significant experience representing professional sports franchises regarding stadium development, sponsorship matters and general corporate transactions. Sports franchise clients include the Atlanta Falcons, a National Football League team, and the Atlanta United Football Club, a Major League Soccer team. Justin represented the Atlanta Host Committee for the 2019 Super Bowl and currently represents the Atlanta Host Committee in connection with its 2026 World Cup bid.  

Justin has been recognized as a Georgia Super Lawyers Rising Star, and by The Daily Report as one of the Top 30 Lawyers Under 40 in Georgia.

Justin leads the Atlanta office's transactional pro bono efforts.  He has worked with numerous Atlanta-based pro bono organizations, including New American Pathways (former member of the board and chair of governance committee), Pro Bono Partnership of Atlanta, and Georgia Asylum and Immigration Network.  

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Credentials

J.D., American University, cum laude

B.A., Bowdoin College

Georgia

A Georgia Super Lawyers Rising Star


Super Lawyers, 2016, 2015

Top 30 Lawyers Under 40 in Georgia


The Daily Report, 2017

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Recognition

A Georgia Super Lawyers Rising Star


Super Lawyers, 2016, 2015

Top 30 Lawyers Under 40 in Georgia


The Daily Report, 2017

Matters

Representative Matters

FinTech and Payments

FleetCor in numerous transactions, including the following:

Multiple equity financing and subsequent IPO

Acquisition of Telenav’s mobile business unit

Global Payments in numerous acquisitions and strategic transactions, including the following:

Acquisition of AdvancedMD from Marlin Equity Partners

Acquisition of SICOM Systems from LLR Partners

Joint venture with HSBC in Mexico

Acquisition of Desjardins’ merchant acquiring business in Canada

TSYS in its acquisition of TransFirst from Vista Equity Partners.

Technology and Software

Mailchimp in several transactions, including the acquisitions of Reaction Commerce and BigTeam.

Oversight Systems in connection with a strategic investment by Luminate Capital Partners.

Resurgens Technology Partners in numerous transactions, including the acquisitions of Assurance Software, Clearview Continuity, OfficeSpace Software and Avalution Consulting.

Retail and Consumer

Carter’s in several acquisitions, including Skip Hop (portfolio company of Fireman Capital Partners), and Industrias Bunny Baby in Mexico.

Under Armour in numerous transactions, including the following:

Acquisition of MapMyFitness

Acquisition of Endomondo

Acquisition of MyFitnessPal

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Matters

Representative Matters

FinTech and Payments

FleetCor in numerous transactions, including the following:

Multiple equity financing and subsequent IPO

Acquisition of Telenav’s mobile business unit

Global Payments in numerous acquisitions and strategic transactions, including the following:

Acquisition of AdvancedMD from Marlin Equity Partners

Acquisition of SICOM Systems from LLR Partners

Joint venture with HSBC in Mexico

Acquisition of Desjardins’ merchant acquiring business in Canada

TSYS in its acquisition of TransFirst from Vista Equity Partners.

Technology and Software

Mailchimp in several transactions, including the acquisitions of Reaction Commerce and BigTeam.

Oversight Systems in connection with a strategic investment by Luminate Capital Partners.

Resurgens Technology Partners in numerous transactions, including the acquisitions of Assurance Software, Clearview Continuity, OfficeSpace Software and Avalution Consulting.

Retail and Consumer

Carter’s in several acquisitions, including Skip Hop (portfolio company of Fireman Capital Partners), and Industrias Bunny Baby in Mexico.

Under Armour in numerous transactions, including the following:

Acquisition of MapMyFitness

Acquisition of Endomondo

Acquisition of MyFitnessPal

Sports and Entertainment

AMB Group in entering into an expansion agreement with Major League Soccer for an expansion franchise.

Atlanta Falcons in negotiations for a new multi-purpose stadium in Atlanta.

Atlanta Falcons and the Atlanta Host Committee in their successful bid to host Super Bowl LIII.

Atlanta Falcons Physical Therapy Centers in its joint venture with U.S. Physical Therapy.

Carmike Cinemas in several transactions, including its acquisition of Muvico Theatres, its all-stock acquisition of Digital Cinema Destinations Corp., and its sale to AMC Entertainment.

Skybound Entertainment in several transactions and equity financings.

Zebco in the sale of its Fin-Nor and Van Staal brands to Pure Fishing.

Food & Beverage and Franchise

Roark Capital Group in numerous transactions, including the following:

Acquisition of Primrose Schools

Investment in Waste Pro USA

Acquisition of the data processing, printing and mailing unit of North Shore Agency, Inc.

Acquisition of Wingstop Restaurants

Acquisition of Massage Envy

Sale of Peachtree Business Products

Sale of Professional Systems Corporation

Industrials and Manufacturing

Acuity Brands in its acquisition of Juno Lighting from Schneider Electric.

Big Time Products in its recapitalization transaction with Falcon Investment Advisors and Hauslein & Company.

Cirrus Industries, a manufacturer of airplanes and a portfolio company of Arcapita Bank B.S.C.(c), in its sale to China Aviation Industry General Aircraft Co., Ltd.

Crown Paper Group, a portfolio company of Lindsay Goldberg, in its acquisition of Montebello Container Corporation.

GE Aviation in the formation of its Taleris joint venture with Accenture.

GE Aviation in the formation of a joint venture with SeaCast, Inc. to produce jet engine components.

Hunter Douglas in its acquisition of the Levolor and Kirsch businesses from Newell Rubbermaid.

Huntington Ingalls Industries in its acquisition of Hydroid from Kongsberg Maritime.

Husqvarna in numerous transactions, including the following:

Sale of its BlueBird International business

Sale of Peerless Gear business

Acquisition of Diamond Tool

Acquisition of the Concrete Power Trowel business from Wacker Neuson Group AG

McCleskey Mills, a peanut sheller in South Georgia, in its sale to Olam International.

Micromeritics Instrument Corporation in its sale to SFW Capital Partners.

Mueller Water Products in the sale of its Anvil division to One Equity Partners.

Trive Capital in its acquisition of AceCo Precision Manufacturing

Zep, a provider of specialty chemical products, in its sale to affiliates of New Mountain Capital.

Healthcare and Life Sciences

American HomePatient, a portfolio company of Highland Capital Management, in its sale to Lincare.

Eclipsys Corporation in its $1.3 billion stock-for-stock merger with Allscripts-Misys Healthcare Solutions, Inc.

iHealth Technologies, a provider of payment policy management solutions and services to healthcare organizations, in its merger with Connolly LLC, a portfolio company of Advent International.

Immucor, a provider of automated instrument-reagent systems to the blood transfusion industry, in its $1.9 billion sale to an affiliate of TPG Capital.

Owens and Minor in its acquisition of Byram Healthcare from Mediq.

Saint Joseph’s Health System in its joint venture transaction with Emory Healthcare.

Saint Joseph’s Health System in the sale of Saint Joseph’s East Georgia hospital to St. Mary’s Health Care System.

Other Significant Transactions

Cousins Properties in its sale of its third-party client services business to Cushman & Wakefield.

Gevity HR in its cash merger with TriNet Group, a portfolio company of General Atlantic.

Lodgian in its cash merger with an affiliate of Lone Star Funds.

Matters

Representative Matters

FinTech and Payments

FleetCor in numerous transactions, including the following:

Multiple equity financing and subsequent IPO

Acquisition of Telenav’s mobile business unit

Global Payments in numerous acquisitions and strategic transactions, including the following:

Acquisition of AdvancedMD from Marlin Equity Partners

Acquisition of SICOM Systems from LLR Partners

Joint venture with HSBC in Mexico

Acquisition of Desjardins’ merchant acquiring business in Canada

TSYS in its acquisition of TransFirst from Vista Equity Partners.

Technology and Software

Mailchimp in several transactions, including the acquisitions of Reaction Commerce and BigTeam.

Oversight Systems in connection with a strategic investment by Luminate Capital Partners.

Resurgens Technology Partners in numerous transactions, including the acquisitions of Assurance Software, Clearview Continuity, OfficeSpace Software and Avalution Consulting.

Retail and Consumer

Carter’s in several acquisitions, including Skip Hop (portfolio company of Fireman Capital Partners), and Industrias Bunny Baby in Mexico.

Under Armour in numerous transactions, including the following:

Acquisition of MapMyFitness

Acquisition of Endomondo

Acquisition of MyFitnessPal

See more
Icon close

Close

Matters

Representative Matters

FinTech and Payments

FleetCor in numerous transactions, including the following:

Multiple equity financing and subsequent IPO

Acquisition of Telenav’s mobile business unit

Global Payments in numerous acquisitions and strategic transactions, including the following:

Acquisition of AdvancedMD from Marlin Equity Partners

Acquisition of SICOM Systems from LLR Partners

Joint venture with HSBC in Mexico

Acquisition of Desjardins’ merchant acquiring business in Canada

TSYS in its acquisition of TransFirst from Vista Equity Partners.

Technology and Software

Mailchimp in several transactions, including the acquisitions of Reaction Commerce and BigTeam.

Oversight Systems in connection with a strategic investment by Luminate Capital Partners.

Resurgens Technology Partners in numerous transactions, including the acquisitions of Assurance Software, Clearview Continuity, OfficeSpace Software and Avalution Consulting.

Retail and Consumer

Carter’s in several acquisitions, including Skip Hop (portfolio company of Fireman Capital Partners), and Industrias Bunny Baby in Mexico.

Under Armour in numerous transactions, including the following:

Acquisition of MapMyFitness

Acquisition of Endomondo

Acquisition of MyFitnessPal

Sports and Entertainment

AMB Group in entering into an expansion agreement with Major League Soccer for an expansion franchise.

Atlanta Falcons in negotiations for a new multi-purpose stadium in Atlanta.

Atlanta Falcons and the Atlanta Host Committee in their successful bid to host Super Bowl LIII.

Atlanta Falcons Physical Therapy Centers in its joint venture with U.S. Physical Therapy.

Carmike Cinemas in several transactions, including its acquisition of Muvico Theatres, its all-stock acquisition of Digital Cinema Destinations Corp., and its sale to AMC Entertainment.

Skybound Entertainment in several transactions and equity financings.

Zebco in the sale of its Fin-Nor and Van Staal brands to Pure Fishing.

Food & Beverage and Franchise

Roark Capital Group in numerous transactions, including the following:

Acquisition of Primrose Schools

Investment in Waste Pro USA

Acquisition of the data processing, printing and mailing unit of North Shore Agency, Inc.

Acquisition of Wingstop Restaurants

Acquisition of Massage Envy

Sale of Peachtree Business Products

Sale of Professional Systems Corporation

Industrials and Manufacturing

Acuity Brands in its acquisition of Juno Lighting from Schneider Electric.

Big Time Products in its recapitalization transaction with Falcon Investment Advisors and Hauslein & Company.

Cirrus Industries, a manufacturer of airplanes and a portfolio company of Arcapita Bank B.S.C.(c), in its sale to China Aviation Industry General Aircraft Co., Ltd.

Crown Paper Group, a portfolio company of Lindsay Goldberg, in its acquisition of Montebello Container Corporation.

GE Aviation in the formation of its Taleris joint venture with Accenture.

GE Aviation in the formation of a joint venture with SeaCast, Inc. to produce jet engine components.

Hunter Douglas in its acquisition of the Levolor and Kirsch businesses from Newell Rubbermaid.

Huntington Ingalls Industries in its acquisition of Hydroid from Kongsberg Maritime.

Husqvarna in numerous transactions, including the following:

Sale of its BlueBird International business

Sale of Peerless Gear business

Acquisition of Diamond Tool

Acquisition of the Concrete Power Trowel business from Wacker Neuson Group AG

McCleskey Mills, a peanut sheller in South Georgia, in its sale to Olam International.

Micromeritics Instrument Corporation in its sale to SFW Capital Partners.

Mueller Water Products in the sale of its Anvil division to One Equity Partners.

Trive Capital in its acquisition of AceCo Precision Manufacturing

Zep, a provider of specialty chemical products, in its sale to affiliates of New Mountain Capital.

Healthcare and Life Sciences

American HomePatient, a portfolio company of Highland Capital Management, in its sale to Lincare.

Eclipsys Corporation in its $1.3 billion stock-for-stock merger with Allscripts-Misys Healthcare Solutions, Inc.

iHealth Technologies, a provider of payment policy management solutions and services to healthcare organizations, in its merger with Connolly LLC, a portfolio company of Advent International.

Immucor, a provider of automated instrument-reagent systems to the blood transfusion industry, in its $1.9 billion sale to an affiliate of TPG Capital.

Owens and Minor in its acquisition of Byram Healthcare from Mediq.

Saint Joseph’s Health System in its joint venture transaction with Emory Healthcare.

Saint Joseph’s Health System in the sale of Saint Joseph’s East Georgia hospital to St. Mary’s Health Care System.

Other Significant Transactions

Cousins Properties in its sale of its third-party client services business to Cushman & Wakefield.

Gevity HR in its cash merger with TriNet Group, a portfolio company of General Atlantic.

Lodgian in its cash merger with an affiliate of Lone Star Funds.

Credentials

J.D., American University, cum laude

B.A., Bowdoin College

Georgia

A Georgia Super Lawyers Rising Star


Super Lawyers, 2016, 2015

Top 30 Lawyers Under 40 in Georgia


The Daily Report, 2017

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Recognition

A Georgia Super Lawyers Rising Star


Super Lawyers, 2016, 2015

Top 30 Lawyers Under 40 in Georgia


The Daily Report, 2017