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  • Education
    • J.D., Vanderbilt University Law School, 1994, Order of the Coif; Elliot E. Cheatham Scholar; Vanderbilt Law Review, Associate Editor
    • B.A., summa cum laude , Whittier College, 1991, Presidential Scholar
  • Court Admissions
    • State of Tennessee, 1994
    • United States Supreme Court, 2000
    • U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit, 1996
    • U.S. Court of Appeals, Federal Circuit, 1998
    • U.S. District Court, Middle District of Tennessee, 1995
    • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Tennessee, 2000
    • U.S. District Court, Western District of Tennessee, 2014
Bobby Guy believes that one of the best opportunities for healthcare companies to adapt in the current market lies in value investing – capturing undervalued acquisition opportunities at favorable pricing, and pairing capital with struggling providers to change their financial destinies.  He is a healthcare deal lawyer, and when not working on upmarket transactions, he spends his time focused on fixing, buying and selling struggling health care companies. Bobby endeavors to help funds purchase underpriced opportunities in time to preserve value and jobs, and to help struggling companies maximize their potential. He represents clients across the healthcare sector, including:
  • Senior living providers, developers, and REITs
  • Hospitals and acute care facilities 
  • Life science companies 
  • Private equity fund investors
With the firm belief that proprietary market intelligence is one of the most important services that a lawyer can provide to clients, in 2014 Bobby co-developed a financial research index comparing distress in the healthcare services sector to distress in the overall U.S. economy. For more information on our distress index findings, please visit: Polsinelli/TrBK Distress. He is the author of Distress to Success: A Survival Handbook for Struggling Companies and Buyers of Distressed Opportunities, and co-editor of the Health Care Insolvency Manual (ABI, 3rd ed. 2012). 

Bobby is a frequent speaker and author on healthcare investing and healthcare-related topics, and has appeared on Fox News. He has also been published or quoted in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, CNN Money, The Deal, McKnight’s Senior Living, Healthcare Mergers & Acquisitions, Senior Housing News, Health Leaders,The Journal of Corporate Renewal, and HFM, among other publications.
  • Act as lead M&A and Regulatory Counsel in representing a top 10 largest skilled nursing provider in the U.S. in the spinoff of approximately 300 facilities in more than 20 states (National 2016-17)
  • Act as lead M&A counsel in negotiating successful $450 million joint venture between senior housing developer and major Wall Street investment bank in assisted living/memory care sector (National 2015-2016)
  • Act as lead M&A counsel to private equity fund in proposed acquisitions of distressed continuing care retirement communities (National 2015-2016)
  • Act as lead M&A counsel representing public company client in proposed acquisition of start-up consumer healthcare products company (Los Angeles 2016)
  • Represent non-profit senior living company in connection with development of assisted senior living campus (Minnesota 2016)
  • Represent a private-equity-funded buyer in the $80+ million purchase of four senior living campuses in the Sears Methodist Retirement Systems Chapter 11 proceedings, involving the transfer of more than 800 beds 
  • Lead the successful refinancing and restructuring of 3 tranches of $175 million in debt for a private-equity-backed senior living company on the West Coast, including a $100 million senior secured loan, a $40 million private placement, and the contingent purchase of $35 million in junior mezzanine debt 
  • Represent a 100-bed, physician-owned hospital in its debt restructuring negotiations in order to obtain time to achieve a sale involving more than $90 million to a national buyer, preserving value for equity and paying all stakeholders in full  
  • Represent an FDA-regulated cosmetics manufacturer and five international affiliates in their sale through distress proceedings to a German multi-national market leader  
  • Lead the successful restructuring and sale of a rural, non-profit 140-bed continuing care retirement facility through confirmation of a unanimous Chapter 11 plan and follow-on multi-million dollar sale
  • Represent a private REIT in a no-cash acquisition of the operations of a distressed 100-bed skilled nursing facility in exchange for waiver of seller's defaulted lease obligations 
  • Represent a life science venture fund in the acquisition of a distressed institutional pharmacy out of Chapter 11 proceedings
  • Represent a 250-bed non-profit continuing care retirement facility in its $20 million sale to a national buyer, satisfying all third-party obligations and preserving capital for future non-profit ventures. 
  • Represent privately-held skilled nursing home company with facilities spanning Pacific Northwest to New England, in restructuring and loan re-tranchings involving approximately $60 million in obligations owed to lender, multiple REITS, taxing and regulatory authorities 
  • Represent privately-held healthcare company in complex, multi-party debt and equity acquisitions to achieve successful purchase of distressed suburban 100 bed hospital with debts of approximately $15 million (Texas 2013)
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