Rhys T. Wilson

Rhys T. Wilson

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Mergers & Acquisitions Attorney in Atlanta, GA

Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP
 | 201 17th Street NW, Atlantic Station, Suite 1700
Atlanta, GA 30363
Phone: 404-322-6269
Fax: 404-322-6050
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2004 - 2006, 2009 - 2018
Licensed Since: 1979
Practice Areas:
  • Mergers & Acquisitions (80%),
  • Tax: Business (10%),
  • Business/Corporate (10%)
Attorney Profile

Rhys is a partner of Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP and Co-Chair of the Firm's National M&A Practice Group.  He advises CEOs and other corporate leaders on critical business and legal issues, particulary exit strategies and buying and selling businesses.  Rhys is known for his work in industry consolidations.  His 35+ years of experience include 30+ years in the private practice of law, three years as Senior Vice-President and General Counsel to a private equity group, and two years as President of a health care staffing company.  Additional information about Rhys and his M&A work and other experience can be found at LinkedIn (http://www.linkedin.com/in/rhyswilson), About Me (https://about.me/rhyswilson/) and Avvo (http://www.avvo.com/attorneys/30363-ga-rhys-wilson-547855.html).

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  • How to Prepare Your Business for Sale - In an article published on Dec. 22, 2016 in Industry Today, Rhys Wilson provides guidance to three steps business owners should follow before selling their business.

  • Why Buyers Prefer Taxable Asset Purchases and What this Means for Your M&A Transaction - This chapter explains why acquirers of private companies generally insist on taxable asset purchase treatment for income tax purposes and how this drives the structure of the bulk of middle-market M&A today. We will then look at potential traps for the unwary that can lead to the loss of this critical tax treatment by private company buyers. Finally, we will look at how taxable asset purchase treatment can turn disastrous for private company owners and steps that you can take now to ensure favorable tax treatment for your M&A transactions.This chapter is written specifically for CEOs, founders and owners of private companies. It is also written for CEOs and other key leaders of companies looking to acquire privately held businesses. This chapter explains the governing tax rules in plain English and with an eye toward their practical application by business people.   Show more Show less

  • Roll-Ups and Other Consolidation Plays - This article describes the "who, what, when, where, why and how" of roll-ups and other consolidation deals. What Is a Roll-Up? Why Consolidations Are So Hot Why Consolidations Work The Main Players in a Consolidation How Consolidation Deals Work How to Start a Consolidation Play Examples Additional Resources

  • About Rhys Wilson

    Admitted: 1979, Georgia

    Professional Webpage: http://www.nelsonmullins.com/attorneys/rhys-wilson


    Bar/Professional Activity:

    • American Bar Association (Business Law Section, Mergers & Acquisitions Committee and M&A Market Trends Subcommittee)
    • State Bar of Georgia (served as Chairman of the International Law Section and as member of the Executive Committee of the Corporate and Banking Law Section)

    Pro bono/Community Service:

    • The Atlanta Opera (Vice Chair, 2016-Present; Treasurer, 2011-16; Board of Directors, 2006-Present)
    • Distinguished Clown Corps for Children's Healthcare of Atlanta (2012-Present)
    • CURE Childhood Cancer (Board of Advisers, 2007-2015)
    • Pro Bono Counsel to Mill Springs Academy (2005-Present)

    Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

    • Rhys Wilson moderates a panel discussion on Hot Topics in Workforce Law with his partners Michelle Johnson and Ann Murray., Moderator, Workforce Law: 2017 Hot Topics, 2017 CEO Strategy Summit, 2017
    • Here is a link to Mr. Wilson's presentation at the 2016 CEO Strategy Summit on the topic "CEO's Guide to the Players in M&A": https://vimeo.com/154257962, 2016
    • Mr. Wilson speaks regularly to CEOs and other corporate leaders about critical business and legal issues.  The linked legal guide summarizes his lecture on "How to Negotiate the Purchase or Sale of a Business." , Author, How to Negotiate the Purchase or Sale of a Business, 2008
    • In this lecture to a law school M&A Class, Mr. Wilson addressed the topic of "Understanding Accounting Principles, Financial Statements, Business Valuation and Basic Tax Considerations in M&A Transactions.", Guest Lecturer, University of Georgia School of Law, Understanding Accounting Principles, Financial Statements, Business Valuation and Basic Tax Considerations in M&A Transactions


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    Industry Groups

    • ABA Mergers & Acquisitions Committee
    • Association For Corporate Growth
    • Vistage International
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    Office Location for Rhys T. Wilson

    201 17th Street NW
    Atlantic Station, Suite 1700
    Atlanta, GA 30363

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