We represent buyers and sellers in M&A transactions in the highly-regulated and continuously evolving health care environment. We understand how the health care industry’s complex regulatory structure affects corporate and securities transactions. Our attorneys include deal lawyers who represent health care companies in all phases of merger, acquisition, divestiture and other business combination and change of control transactions. In addition, our attorneys are often selected as special regulatory counsel to assist purchasers with health care-specific due diligence and to represent the interests of purchasers and sellers in state and federal government hearings and proceedings required by the change of ownership of regulated companies.
Our representative transactions include health care providers and facilities, managed care companies, accident and health insurers, third party administrators (TPAs), pharmacy benefit management companies (PBMs), as well as other health care industry participants.
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We have comprehensive experience in all aspects of the private equity business. We regularly advise private equity funds, institutional private equity groups, investors portfolio companies and the recipients of private equity funds.
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We represent 501(c)(3) entities, hospital service districts and governmental entities in analyzing, negotiating and resolving organizational, board composition, acquisition, reorganization and recapitalization issues that directly affect for-profit and not-for-profit tax status.
Our attorneys help establish for-profit subsidiaries of tax-exempt entities and address the issues involving unrelated business interests. We handle physician group acquisitions and leasing, contracting and joint venture arrangements between health care organizations. We manage tax controversies at the audit, administrative and court levels—including matters involving intermediate sanctions and revocation of tax-exempt status. Our counsel also includes the review of private inurement and private benefit matters.
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Locke Lord’s health care team advises clients and creditors in the health care regulatory aspects of insolvency, Medicare and Medicaid overpayment issues and anti-assignment provisions. We offer counsel on the implications of creditor’s rights as they apply to the assets of a state and federally regulated health care provider.
Locke Lord’s health care team also advises clients and creditors in the acquisition of or purchase of assets from troubled financial entities on the verge of filing bankruptcy proceedings. Locke Lord’s health care team has assisted clients in filing the necessary motions and/or plans to acquire bankrupt health care entities and/or assets.
Our attorneys have particular experience in the regulatory requirements involving real property owned or leased by health care organizations. In addition to handling all operational issues involving medical office buildings, hospitals, assisted living centers and similar facilities, we help real estate and health care industry clients comply with the regulatory hurdles unique to the health care industry, including zoning, permitting and environmental law and long-term care facility regulation.
Our attorneys assist health industry clients in developing innovative business ventures, including alliances formed as a result of IT and business process outsourcing transactions. We draw from our health care industry and business experiences to counsel clients on the regulatory and other legal implications raised by these novel business relationships. We counsel our clients in the development of appropriate business structures suited to meet their objectives, contracts to memorialize their strategic relationships as well as standard operating contracts to commercialize the resulting new products, services or technologies. Our experience includes:
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