In addition to being experienced in Mergers & Acquisitions of businesses in general, we are experienced in Mergers & Acquisitions of health care professional practices. Our experience includes the “merger” of multiple individual and group practices into the largest specialty health care provider in North Florida. We have also assisted a specialty health care practice expand into a multi-specialty practice through the purchase of other individual practices.
A more recent trend in health care is the purchase of all or a part of a practice by a private equity firm. We successfully represented a multi-office dental practice in such a transaction recently and are well-versed in the unique legal and ethical issues that can arise in such a transaction.
Another area of practice in this regard and it seems is becoming more and more of a trend is the purchase of a practice by a hospital. There are very strict rules and laws that apply to such a transaction which can result in civil and even criminal penalties. In addition, anti-trust laws may come into play a Hospital system owns or controls too large of particular specialty practice. It is very important for the physician or physician group to have experienced representation in such transactions.