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Keith Townsend specializes in representing public companies with respect to capital markets transactions, governance matters and mergers and acquisitions.   Keith also represents underwriters in a wide variety of capital markets transactions.  Keith is the former head of our Corporate Practice Group and currently leads our Capital Markets Practice.

Keith’s capital markets experience includes initial public offerings, secondary offerings, “shelf” offerings, “at-the-market” offerings and Rule 144A offerings, as well as private placement transactions, tender offers, exchange offers, consent solicitations and other corporate reorganization and liability management transactions.

Keith also has substantial experience in advising public company clients on governance issues, Securities and Exchange Commission reporting and disclosure requirements, and other corporate and securities matters.  He represents these clients in merger and acquisitions, tender offers, spin-offs and divestitures.

Keith is a member of the firm’s REIT practice, which is industry-ranked by Chambers.  He is also a member of the National Association of Real Estate Investment Trusts.

Keith has been recognized by Chambers USAM&A Advisor and Georgia Super Lawyers.

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Credentials

J.D., University of Virginia, Order of the Coif

B.A., The University of Tennessee, summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa

Georgia

State Bar of Georgia

Matters

Advised Total System Services, Inc. in its $54 billion merger of equals with Global Payments

Represented ConocoPhillips on cash tender offer for mulltiple tranches of debt aggregating over $2 billion

Represented EVO Payments Inc. in a $250 million “Up-C” IPO

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Advised Total System Services, Inc. in its $54 billion merger of equals with Global Payments

Represented ConocoPhillips on cash tender offer for mulltiple tranches of debt aggregating over $2 billion

Represented EVO Payments Inc. in a $250 million “Up-C” IPO

Represented Transocean in its $3.4 billion cross border acquisition of Songa Offshore

Represented Post Properties in its $17 billion merger with Mid-America Apartment Communities

Represented Endochoice in its $100 million IPO and its $210 million sale to Boston Scientific

Represented Americold Realty Trust in connection with its $942 million IPO.  The IPO was the largest upsized IPO of REIT shares in history

Represented Wingstop in its $125 million IPO and multiple follow on offerings

Represented Hanesbrands in connection with its $600 million acquisition of Maidenform Brands, Inc. and its $225 million acquisition of Gear For Sports

Represented SunTrust Banks, Inc. in varous securities offerings, including:  public offerings of $2.5 billion of common stock, over $1.5 billion of preferred stock, over $2.0 billion of trust preferred and other hybrid securities and over $4.0 billion of senior notes; and in a private offering for approximately $575 million under the Temporary Liquidity Guarantee Program

Represented Total System Services in multiple offerings of service notes raising proceeds in excess of $3.5 billion

Advised underwriters Raymond JamesCitigroupStifelRBC Capital Markets and other underwriters in CatchMark Timber Trust, Inc., $140 million IPO and multiple follow on offerings raising proceeds in excess of $250 million

Represented Colonial Pipeline in multiple offerings of service notes raising proceeds in excess of $1.2 billion

Represented Piedmont Office Realty Trust, Inc. in multiple offerings of over $750 million of senior notes and in an “at-the-market” equity offering program

Advised Morgan Stanley and Raymond James in an underwritten public offering by Rayonier in connection with an acquisition transaction involving a gross transaction value of more than $300 million

Advised Brigade Capital in connection with Guitar Center’s exchange offer and consent solicitation for $325 million of outstanding senior notes and related support agreement

Represented Post Properties, Inc. in multiple offerings of senior notes for aggregate proceeds of approximately $785 million, a common stock offering for aggregate proceeds of approximately $75 million, an “at-the-market” equity offering program and in a tender offer for $150 million of senior notes

Represented Hanesbrands in connection with multiple offerings of over $1.4 billion of senior notes

Represented ConocoPhillips in connection with its $13.3 billion sale of Western Canada assets to Cenovus Energy

Represented Mastercraft Boats in connection with multiple following offerings and the acquistion of Nauticstar

Represented JW Aluminum in connection with the issue of $285 million of senior secured notes

Represented Jack Cooper in connection with the issue of $227 million of senior secured notes

Represented Jack Cooper in connection with miltiple liability management transactions, including private exchange offer transactions for an aggregate of approximately $525 million of outstanding senior secured notes and PIK Toggle notes

Advised Total System Services in its $2.3 billion acquisition of Transfirst

Represented Novelis Corporation in connection with multiple offerings of over $3.5 billion of senior notes and related tender offers and liability management transactions

Represented Acuity Brands in connection with $350 million offering of senior notes, and related liability management transactions

Represented ConocoPhillips in connection with miltiple offerings of senior notes raising proceeds in excess of $3 billion

Represented Georgia Pacific in connection with multiple offers of senior notes for aggregate proceeds in excess of $2 billion

Advised Nivalis Therapeutics in its $88.5 million IPO

Representation of multiple restaurant companies in connection with a range of capital markets transactions, mergers and acquisitions, governance matters and liability management transactions, including Ignite Restaurant GroupLogans RoadhouseFocus BrandsZaxbys and Wingstop

Matters

Advised Total System Services, Inc. in its $54 billion merger of equals with Global Payments

Represented ConocoPhillips on cash tender offer for mulltiple tranches of debt aggregating over $2 billion

Represented EVO Payments Inc. in a $250 million “Up-C” IPO

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Matters

Advised Total System Services, Inc. in its $54 billion merger of equals with Global Payments

Represented ConocoPhillips on cash tender offer for mulltiple tranches of debt aggregating over $2 billion

Represented EVO Payments Inc. in a $250 million “Up-C” IPO

Represented Transocean in its $3.4 billion cross border acquisition of Songa Offshore

Represented Post Properties in its $17 billion merger with Mid-America Apartment Communities

Represented Endochoice in its $100 million IPO and its $210 million sale to Boston Scientific

Represented Americold Realty Trust in connection with its $942 million IPO.  The IPO was the largest upsized IPO of REIT shares in history

Represented Wingstop in its $125 million IPO and multiple follow on offerings

Represented Hanesbrands in connection with its $600 million acquisition of Maidenform Brands, Inc. and its $225 million acquisition of Gear For Sports

Represented SunTrust Banks, Inc. in varous securities offerings, including:  public offerings of $2.5 billion of common stock, over $1.5 billion of preferred stock, over $2.0 billion of trust preferred and other hybrid securities and over $4.0 billion of senior notes; and in a private offering for approximately $575 million under the Temporary Liquidity Guarantee Program

Represented Total System Services in multiple offerings of service notes raising proceeds in excess of $3.5 billion

Advised underwriters Raymond JamesCitigroupStifelRBC Capital Markets and other underwriters in CatchMark Timber Trust, Inc., $140 million IPO and multiple follow on offerings raising proceeds in excess of $250 million

Represented Colonial Pipeline in multiple offerings of service notes raising proceeds in excess of $1.2 billion

Represented Piedmont Office Realty Trust, Inc. in multiple offerings of over $750 million of senior notes and in an “at-the-market” equity offering program

Advised Morgan Stanley and Raymond James in an underwritten public offering by Rayonier in connection with an acquisition transaction involving a gross transaction value of more than $300 million

Advised Brigade Capital in connection with Guitar Center’s exchange offer and consent solicitation for $325 million of outstanding senior notes and related support agreement

Represented Post Properties, Inc. in multiple offerings of senior notes for aggregate proceeds of approximately $785 million, a common stock offering for aggregate proceeds of approximately $75 million, an “at-the-market” equity offering program and in a tender offer for $150 million of senior notes

Represented Hanesbrands in connection with multiple offerings of over $1.4 billion of senior notes

Represented ConocoPhillips in connection with its $13.3 billion sale of Western Canada assets to Cenovus Energy

Represented Mastercraft Boats in connection with multiple following offerings and the acquistion of Nauticstar

Represented JW Aluminum in connection with the issue of $285 million of senior secured notes

Represented Jack Cooper in connection with the issue of $227 million of senior secured notes

Represented Jack Cooper in connection with miltiple liability management transactions, including private exchange offer transactions for an aggregate of approximately $525 million of outstanding senior secured notes and PIK Toggle notes

Advised Total System Services in its $2.3 billion acquisition of Transfirst

Represented Novelis Corporation in connection with multiple offerings of over $3.5 billion of senior notes and related tender offers and liability management transactions

Represented Acuity Brands in connection with $350 million offering of senior notes, and related liability management transactions

Represented ConocoPhillips in connection with miltiple offerings of senior notes raising proceeds in excess of $3 billion

Represented Georgia Pacific in connection with multiple offers of senior notes for aggregate proceeds in excess of $2 billion

Advised Nivalis Therapeutics in its $88.5 million IPO

Representation of multiple restaurant companies in connection with a range of capital markets transactions, mergers and acquisitions, governance matters and liability management transactions, including Ignite Restaurant GroupLogans RoadhouseFocus BrandsZaxbys and Wingstop

Credentials

J.D., University of Virginia, Order of the Coif

B.A., The University of Tennessee, summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa

Georgia

State Bar of Georgia