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W. Hunter Holliday*

EDUCATION

  • Vanderbilt University School of Law (J.D., 1992); University of Texas at Austin (B.B.A., summa cum laude, 1983).
  • He was an Endowed Presidential Scholar at the University of Texas at Austin and earned a Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance (summa cum laude). He distinguished himself by being elected to the undergraduate Dean’s List for eight consecutive semesters and receiving the Management Department’s Award for Corporate Analysis (cash prize). He attended law school at Vanderbilt University where he served as an Editor of the Vanderbilt Law Review and as Executive Associate Justice of the Moot Court Board. During law school, he was elected as a Permanent Member of the Honor Council and received both a Vanderbilt Law School Scholarship and the K. Harlan Dodson Award.

PERSONAL

  • Born Dallas, Texas
  • Married with two children

BAR MEMBERSHIPS

  • State Bar: Georgia 1992-

PRACTICE AREAS

  • Corporate and Securities Law
  • Hunter Holliday is experienced in advising and representing clients in various corporate and transactional matters. His clients have ranged from new and emerging-growth companies to multinational corporations. His experience includes domestic and cross-border mergers and acquisitions, divestitures, strategic alliances, leveraged buyouts and joint ventures. He is called upon for his expertise in corporate governance as well as for his deep experience negotiating and drafting complex commercial agreements in a wide array of industries. He has represented clients in a number of industries including financial services, chemicals, technology, textiles, manufacturing, security services, professional services, telecommunications and pharmaceuticals.
  • He regularly serves as outside general counsel to clients which allows him to develop a deep understanding of their businesses and to proactively identify and address potential legal issues. Prior to joining the firm, he served as in-house general counsel to a global consulting firm with over 3,000 employees in over 60 offices worldwide with its partner companies. As the chief legal officer, he assumed responsibility for the board of directors and committee governance, managed the employment and commercial litigation docket with outside counsel, oversaw corporate transactions and the global contracting group, and managed the worldwide trademark portfolio.
  • He has a unique understanding of financially distressed companies both prior to and during bankruptcy proceedings. He represented a number of clients in either selling or purchasing assets and businesses in Section 365 transactions. He also served on the legal team that assisted the Bankruptcy Examiner’s investigation of Enron, including the analysis of complex structured finance transactions and the roles of third parties in those transactions, as well as the Bankruptcy Examiner’s report to Judge Gonzales of the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York.
  • He began his legal career with Alston & Bird LLP, one of the 50 largest law firms with offices throughout the U.S. and abroad. During his first three years of legal practice, he acquired a broad base of litigation skills related to complex commercial disputes, product liability matters and debtor/creditor rights. His litigation background provides him a unique perspective when negotiating and drafting commercial agreements and transaction documents. He subsequently transferred to Alston & Bird’s corporate and securities group where he made partner in 2000.
  • Prior to law school, he started his career as a commercial banker with InterFirst Bank (n/k/a Bank of America) in Dallas, Texas. He completed the bank’s one-year credit analyst training program with rotations through various banking groups including national corporate, international corporate, real estate, middle-market and energy. Upon successful completion of the training program, the bank promoted him to a loan officer in the real estate group.

Personal and Professional Affiliations:

  • He served on the Board of Directors of Bethany Christian Services (international adoption agency) from 1993 to 2003. He also served on the Board of Directors of City of Refuge (Atlanta-based organization committed to holistic approach to poverty and homelessness) from 2004 to 2016. From 2013 to 2016, he served on the Board of Trustees of Whitefield Academy.

Representative Transactions and Matters:

  • Represented multinational manufacturer of fiber optic cable in series of investments in the U.S. and overseas as well as in complex commercial contract negotiations.
  • Represented start-up technology company and served as outside general counsel. Advised the company with respect to its formation, debt and equity financing transactions, executive and board compensation arrangements (including restrictive covenants), employee incentive plans and complex commercial agreements with third parties.
  • Served as outside general counsel to what was one of the largest U.S. pharmaceutical/generic contract research organizations. Counseled client through FDA crisis and eventual bankruptcy (reorganization) and second bankruptcy (liquidation).
  • Represented UK-based global security services provider in multiple U.S. acquisitions of technology, manufacturing and services companies. Designated as North American M&A counsel by client.
  • Served as counsel in connection with reorganization and disposition of global parking solutions provider.
  • Represented private equity fund focused on chemical and plastics industry. Provided business counseling and managed acquisitions, divestitures and complex contract matters.
  • Advised global manufacturer in the garment industry through its bankruptcy and sale of restructured business to West Coast private equity fund.
  • Acted as lead counsel in the formation of North American manufacturing joint venture with Canadian-based chemical company, as well as in the combination of the North American joint venture with a European joint venture to form a new fully-integrated global joint venture.
  • Lead counsel to client in its acquisition of a research and technology company’s intellectual property portfolio related to alternative energy.
  • Served as outside general counsel to New York-based textile manufacturer with operations in the U.S., China and India. Worked with the company through bankruptcy, restructuring, division divestitures, emergence from bankruptcy and ongoing operations post-bankruptcy.
  • Managed complex restructuring of intellectual property portfolio for manufacturer of measurement and related devices.
  • Represented Swiss- and UK-based multinational private chemical companies in U.S. and cross-border acquisitions and divestitures and served as outside general counsel for certain U.S. operations. Worked closely with business transaction teams on integration issues after acquisitions. Negotiated and drafted complex purchase/supply agreements and infrastructure agreements, including energy, utilities, product and related services agreements, in connection with the construction and refurbishment of chemical plants located in refineries owned and operated by third parties.

HONORS

  • Endowed Presidential Scholar, University of Texas at Austin.
  • Management Department Award for Corporate Analysis (cash prize), University of Texas at Austin.
  • Editorial Board of the Vanderbilt Law Review, Vanderbilt University School of Law.
  • Executive Associate Justice of the Moot Court Board, Vanderbilt University School of Law.
  • Vanderbilt Law School Scholarship and K. Harland Dodson Award, Vanderbilt University School of Law.

*Of counsel to the firm.

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