Ann-Marie McGaughey focuses on the general corporate representation of both publicly and privately held companies, including family businesses, in a wide array of industries, including technology, retail, financial services, manufacturing, healthcare, energy, automotive, travel, education, health and beauty, and service-oriented areas. She has particular skill in representing multinational companies in connection with US transactions and operations, and coordinating multidiscipline and multijurisdictional teams.

    Ann-Marie has significant experience in mergers, acquisitions, divestitures, joint ventures, strategic alliances, commercial lending transactions and general contract negotiations. Furthermore, she often serves as lead outside counsel, managing the provision of all legal services required to meet a client's needs.

    Ann-Marie also advises clients with respect to analysis under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act of 1976, as amended, and the pre-merger notification filings with the Federal Trade Commission and Department of Justice.

    Clients have described Ann-Marie as "extremely responsive" and as "a great relationship partner. Her subject matter expertise of M&A is phenomenal. She just brings a lot of value to the table." (Acritas Stars™ Lawyer Survey). Others have commented "her partnership attitude truly makes her a value-add to our relationship" (Chambers USA), and have called her "very efficient, thorough and practical" (Chambers USA). In the most recent Acritas Stars™ Lawyer Survey, she was described by a client as “…extremely collaborative, very successful in getting the deals done, and she works to some very aggressive deadlines.”

    Award Mouse thought multimedia interface book medal screen monitor
    • Represented a multinational enterprise information management services company in connection with its acquisition of a global provider of archival services to the media and entertainment industries.
    • Represented a large privately owned enterprise (based outside the US) with operations in sports and entertainment and real estate development in connection with its US transactions.
    • Represented a multinational conglomerate in connection with acquisitions in and outside of the US.
    • Represented one of Atlanta’s largest accounting and consulting firms, in its combination with a New Jersey-based firm, resulting in the 11th largest accounting and consulting firm in the US.
    • Represented one of North America’s leading independent natural gas and electricity retailers and providers of green energy, in connection with its acquisitions.
    • Represented a national government in connection with:
      • The court-supervised sale of an automotive manufacturer that resulted in an alliance with an Italian car maker. As part of the transaction, the government (along with the regional government) provided a US$3.775 billion loan that enabled the country to maintain its 20% production share in the North American market and protect nearly one million jobs. The government also acquired an equity investment in the new manufacturer.
      • The court-supervised sale of a majority interest in an automotive manufacturer to the US Department of Treasury, in which the government (along with the regional government) provided a US$9.5 billion loan to the new manufacturer – an amount proportional to the US$50 billion package provided by the US government. The government also acquired an equity investment in the new manufacturer.
    • Represented bank holding company subsidiaries in connection with numerous acquisitions and strategic alliances in the US, Canada and the UK, including representation in the acquisition of Canada's largest non-bank provider of internet credit card processing of small to medium online merchants, and the negotiation of strategic agreements with a consumer finance company related to credit card processing sponsorship.
    • Represented a large home improvement retailer and its subsidiaries in connection with acquisitions related to the company's consumer and commercial services businesses.
    • Represented a publicly held UK- and Netherlands-based information company in a variety of transactions and acquisition.
    • Represented a large airline in connection with the formation of a global cargo alliance, including airlines in France, Korea and Italy, to focus on cargo being shipped from the US to locations throughout the world.

    Education

    • Mercer University, J.D., cum laude, managing editor, Mercer Law Review, 1993
    • Bowling Green State University, B.A., cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, Phi Kappa Phi, 1989

    Admissions

    • Georgia, 1993

    Memberships and Affiliations

    • Member, Atlanta Bar Association
    • Member, Georgia Bar Association
    • Co-chair, North American Forum of the International Bar Association
    • Judge, Southeastern Regional Transactional LawMeet
    • Board member, ION
    • Past president, board member, OnBoard
    • Former board member, British American Business Group
    • Reading mentor, Everybody Wins! Power Lunch Program
    • Former board member, Imagine It! The Children’s Museum of Atlanta
    • Highly regarded in IFLR1000 2019 for M&A in Georgia
    • Leading Lawyer in IFLR1000 United States – Guide to the USA’s Leading Financial & Corporate Law Firms
    • Listed in IFLR1000 Elite Dealmakers 2018 for M&A
    • Acritas Stars Lawyer
    • Recognized for Corporate/M&A in Georgia, Chambers USA
    • Recognized for Mergers & Acquisitions Law and Corporate Law, The Best Lawyers in America
    • Recognized for Middle-Market M&A, The Legal 500
    • One of the Top 100 Leading Advisors in the area of Corporate Law – USA, Finance Monthly
    • Recognized by Georgia Super Lawyers
    • Legal Elite, Georgia Trend
    • One of 50 Up and Comers, Atlanta Business Chronicle
    • Leaders in Law, Atlanta Woman Magazine
    • Leading Lady, The White House Project
    • Women in Law 2015, Lawyer Monthly
    • Martindale-Hubbell® AV Rating, Mergers & Acquisition

    {{insights.date}} {{insights.source}} {{insights.type}}

    • Speaker, "The current pulse of the credit markets – Lending and M&A," KPMG CFO Symposium, November 2014.
    • Author, "Women counsel collaboration – How in-house and outside counsel can help advance each other's careers," Breaking Barriers: Promoting and Retaining Women in the Legal Profession, September 2014.
    • Author, "A Valuable Alternative to the Purchase Price Adjustment: the Locked Box Method," North American Regional Forum News, September 2014.
    • Speaker, "Boards 101: A Panel Discussion," Next OnBoard, August 2014.
    • Speaker, "Women Legal Forum 2014," Ark Group & Managing Partner’s East Coast, June 2014.
    • Speaker, "Skills Is Not a Dirty Word: Identifying and Teaching Transactional Law Competencies," Transactional Law and Skills Conference, Emory University School of Law, June 2014.
    • Speaker, "The World Invests in Asia and Asia Invests in the World," International Bar Association, 2014.
    • Speaker, "Asian Investment in North America and North American Investment in Asia," International Bar Association, 2013.
    • Speaker, "Strategies for Expansion: Taking Your Family-Owned and Closely Held Business to the Next Level," family-owned business event, November 2012.
    • Co-author, "Purchase Price Adjustments: Buyers (and Sellers) Beware," Financier Worldwide, November 2012.
    • Author, “FORUM: Structuring and Closing Successful Deals in 2012,” Financier Worldwide, June 2012.
    • Speaker, "Getting Deals Closed in the Current Market: A Focus on Execution," ACG Capital Connection, February 2010.
    • Speaker, "Women on Board Training," Georgia Association for Women Lawyers and the Atlanta Women's Foundation, February 2010.
    • Speaker, "Building Relationships and Credibility With Your Attorneys 201: What Do Attorneys Expect From Us Anyway?" Legal Marketing Association Future Leaders Roundtable, January 2010.
    • Speaker, "The GM and Chrysler Bankruptcies: Lessons Learned and Ramifications," Fourth Annual Buying Trouble Conference, October 2009.
    • Speaker, "Insights Into Teaming, Subcontract and Joint Venture Agreements," Government Contracts Seminar, September 2009.
    • Speaker, "Merger Control - Dealing With EU Regulators," International Association of Young Lawyers Seminar, March 2009.
    • Speaker, "Professional Service Firms – Governing Documents and Potential Issues," CPA Law Forum, January 2009.
    • Co-author, "Taking Advantage of the Weak US Dollar," Financier Worldwide, International & Acquisitions, 2008.
    • Co-author, "Delaware Supreme Court Limits Remedies Against Directors to Derivative Claims," Buying Trouble Advisory, July 10, 2007.
    • Co-author, "Trends in Middle-Market Private Company M&A/LBO Activity," Financier Worldwide, Leveraged Buyout Review, 2005.

    Award Mouse thought multimedia interface book medal screen monitor