Bart Walker


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  • University of Notre Dame Law School, JD, Managing Editor and Staff Member, Notre Dame Journal of Law, Ethics & Public Policy, 2004
  • The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, BA, History, 2001
  • North Carolina

Member, American Health Lawyers Association

Member, North Carolina Society of Healthcare Attorneys

Former Chairman, Board of Directors, NC MedAssist

Former Chairman, Board of Directors, Charlotte Chamber of Commerce Health Services Council

Bart concentrates on mergers, acquisitions, and healthcare regulatory compliance. His practice includes advising healthcare providers as well as equity sponsors and lenders to the healthcare industry. In connection with representing healthcare providers, he works with hospitals, ambulatory surgery centers, dental services organizations (DSOs), urgent care providers, large physician group practices, end-stage renal disease facilities, and home health and DME companies on various regulatory and transactional matters.

He has represented lenders, borrowers and equity sponsors in various healthcare-related financing and acquisition transactions, including asset-based lending, mezzanine and senior credit facilities, and leveraged finance. He has assisted in the re-syndication and start-up of numerous ambulatory surgery centers and hospital-physician joint ventures. He regularly lectures and writes on transactional and regulatory issues affecting a wide range of healthcare businesses.

While earning his law degree from the University of Notre Dame, Bart was named a White Scholar of the Thomas J. White Center on Law and Government. As an undergraduate, he was named a Morehead Scholar at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

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Representation of a private equity fund in the multi-million dollar acquisition of an administrative services provider to a multi-site ophthalmology practice in New York.

Represented multiple tax-exempt health systems in connection with affiliation and sale transactions.

Represented large dermatology practice in formation of physician management services organization with private equity sponsor.

Represented private equity-backed dental services organization in multi-practice roll up.

Represented dental services organization in connection with initial formation and structuring, including establishment of dental practice and de novo clinical sites.

Represented nationwide clinical pathology lab business in growth recapitalization transaction with private equity fund.

Represented strategic acquirer in acquisition of majority interest in ambulatory surgery center.

Represented physician-owned ambulatory surgery center in sale to national strategic acquirer.

Negotiated tri-party joint venture surgery center among major health system, management company, and physician members.

Negotiated de novo surgery center joint venture between large hospital system and major orthopedic physician practice.

Represented a private equity fund in diligence and acquisition of one of the largest ASC chains in the country.

Represented a private equity fund in the acquisition of a multisite durable medical equipment provider.

Conducted regulatory and compliance diligence and transaction services on the acquisition of a medical device and pharmaceutical distributor, including change of ownership issues in 40 states.

Advised hospital on compliance with Stark, anti-kickback, and tax-exempt laws in the development of compensation arrangements for various physician services.

Represented nationwide provider of dialysis services in multi-facility dialysis facility acquisition.

Represented lead agent in healthcare regulatory aspects of syndicated credit facility to national provider of healthcare services.

Advised parties in structuring off-campus, provider-based facility.

Selected for inclusion as a "Leading Lawyer" in Regulatory & Litigation, Chambers USA, 2018

Selected as an “Emerging Leader,” The M&A Advisor, 2017

Selected for inclusion as a "Leading Lawyer," Healthcare: Service Providers, North Carolina, Legal 500 US, 2017

Named "Up and Coming" in America's Leading Lawyers for Business, Healthcare, North Carolina, Chambers USA, 2017

Selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America, Health Care Law, Woodward/White, Inc., 2017-2018

Named to "North Carolina Rising Stars," Health Care, Super Lawyers, Thomson Reuters, 2010-2017

Co-author, "A Beautiful Investment: Regulatory Considerations for Investors in Cosmetic Dermatology," Bender's Health Care Law Monthly, Volume 2017 Issue 9, September 2017
Co-author, "Investing In Urgent Care: Trends And Developments To Watch," Law360, August 30, 2017
Interviewee, "Wisdom & Wandering from the Herd: To DSO or Not to DSO," Tusk Brokerage Blog, August 9, 2017
Co-author, "Sedation, Anesthesia and the Practice of Dentistry," Bender’s Health Care Law Monthly, July 1, 2017
Co-author, "Lab Services Market Remains Ripe For Private Equity," Law360, May 4, 2017
Co-author, "The New Dental Economy The Rise of DSOs," Bender's Health Care Law Monthly, Vol. 2017; No. 3, March 1, 2017
Co-author, "Evolving Regulation of Dental Service Organizations: Regulatory Update," Dental Economics, November 2016
Co-author, "Private Equity In Healthcare – A Review of 15 Niche Investment Areas," Becker's Hospital Review, April 11, 2016
Co-author, "Highlights from the 2016 OIG Work Plan," Lexology, December 9, 2015
Co-author, "Investors' Interest In Dermatology Is More Than Skin-Deep," Law360, August 14, 2015
Co-author, "Regulatory hot spots in dental transactions: Part 2,", December 29, 2014
Co-author, "Regulatory hot spots in dental transactions: Part 1,", December 22, 2014
Co-author, "The Unique Risks of Investing in Out-Of-Network Providers," Law360, December 3, 2014
Co-Author, "HIPAA for Urgent Care Centers: A Primer," Journal of Urgent Medicine, May 2014
Co-author, 2019 and Beyond: Perspectives of 15 Urgent Care Leaders, Urgent Care Association of America, March 20, 2014
Co-author, "Dental Practice Management: Current Legal Developments and Trends," Health Care Law Monthly, January 2014
Co-author, Ambulatory Surgery Centers: Legal and Regulatory Issues (Fifth Edition), American Health Lawyers Association, 2014
Co-author, "A Primer For Surgery Center Investors And Lenders," Law360, January 3, 2014
Co-author, "NC Scrutiny Of Dental Practice Management Continues," Law360, October 4, 2013
Co-author, "Proposed Texas Dental Bill Indicates Greater Regulation," Law360, April 19, 2013
Co-author, "3 Trapdoors in Surgery Center Investing," Law360, April 15, 2013
Co-author, "Understanding Legal and Regulatory Pressure Points in Lab Transactions," Medical Laboratory Observer, May 2012
Co-author, Maximizing Value in the Sale of Your Healthcare Business, American Health Lawyers Association, April 19, 2012
Co-author, "Closing the Sale of a Healthcare Business," Health Care Law Monthly, April 2012
Co-author, "Current Trends in Hospital Mergers and Acquisitions," HFM Magazine, March 2012
Author, "Preparing Your Hospital for Market," BoardRoom Press, The Governance Institute, February 2012
Co-author, "Community Considerations for Hospital Transactions," The Governance Institute, September 2011
Co-author, Nonprofit Healthcare: What Does the Future Hold?, McGuireWoods White Paper, August 4, 2011
Co-author, "Physician Practice Acquisitions: Key Legal Concerns for Hospital Boards and Executives," BoardRoom Press, The Governance Institute, April 2011
Co-author, "Key Diligence Issues for the Durable Medical Equipment and Supply Industry," BNA Medical Devices Law & Industry Report, December 15, 2010
Co-author, "Strategic Alliances for Life Sciences Companies," TechJournal South, May/June 2009
Co-author, "Understanding Life Science Partnership Structures," America Health Lawyers Association, March 2009
Author, "Establishing an Ambulatory Surgery Center - A Primer from A to Z," Becker's ASC Review, March 2008
Author, "The Changing Landscape of Physicians' Self-Referral Regulation," Charlotte Medical News, September 2007
Author, "Physician Relationships - Alternatives to Joint Ventures," Charlotte Medical News, August 2007
Co-author, "Hospital-Physician Integration Models: An Alternative to Joint Ventures," Health Care Law Monthly, June 2007
Moderator, "Dental Practice Management," 13th Annual Healthcare Finance and Growth Conference, September 25, 2018
Moderator, "CEO Panel and Networking Lunch," 13th Annual Healthcare Finance and Growth Conference, September 25, 2018
Speaker, Key Acquisition Diligence Questions for DSOs, Planet DDS, June 27, 2018
Moderator, "Challenges and Benefits of Mergers and Acquisitions," Becker's Hospital Review 9th Annual Meeting, April 11, 2018
Moderator, "Investments in Dental Services Organizations," 15th Annual Healthcare and Life Sciences Private Equity and Finance Conference, February 21, 2018
Speaker, Should You Form a DSO?, Planet DDS, November 30, 2017
Moderator, "Perioperative Nursing, Infection Control and How to Meet CMS and Accreditation," Becker's ASC 24th Annual Meeting: The Business and Operations of ASCs, October 27, 2017
Moderator, "Should you Sell Your ASC," Becker's ASC 24th Annual Meeting: The Business and Operations of ASCs, October 27, 2017
Moderator, "Spine Procedures in ASCs," Becker’s Healthcare Review 15th Annual Spine, Orthopedic and Pain Management–Driven ASC Conference + the Future of Spine, June 22, 2017
Moderator, "Reinventing and Strengthening an ASC," Becker’s Healthcare Review 15th Annual Spine, Orthopedic and Pain Management–Driven ASC Conference + the Future of Spine, June 22, 2017
Moderator, "Private Equity in Orthopedics, Spine and Pain Management - What's Interesting Now," Becker’s Healthcare Review 15th Annual Spine, Orthopedic and Pain Management–Driven ASC Conference + the Future of Spine, June 22, 2017
Speaker, Dental Transactions and Diligence Hot Spots, McGuireWoods LLP Webinar, April 11, 2017
Moderator, "Dental Services Investments: What's Next for this Sector?," 14th Annual Healthcare and Life Sciences Private Equity and Finance Conference, February 22, 2017
Speaker, "Spin It Off, Watch It Grow: How you should be thinking about your walk-in medicine operation as a legal entity," MerchantMedicine 2017 ConvUrgentCare Strategy Symposium, January 23, 2017
Moderator, "The Future of Spine in ASCs," and Speaker, "Should you Sell your ASC? Valuation, Operating Agreement, Non Competes, Legal and Process Issues," Becker’s ASC 23rd Annual Meeting: The Business and Operations of ASCs, Chicago, IL, October 27-28, 2016
Speaker, "A View from the C-Suite," 11th Annual Healthcare Provider Conference; Healthcare Finance and Growth, October 11, 2016
Speaker, "Preparing for Your Transaction (Parts I and II)," ASC Sales and Transactions, August 25 & September 15, 2016
Speaker, "Dental Services Organizations: Transactions and Compliance," East West Bank Conference, Charlotte, NC, June 23-24, 2016
Speaker, "Part I: Health Care Private Equity 101–An Introduction to Private Equity (Intermediate)," American Health Lawyers Association - Private Equity Webinar Series, June 2, 2016
Speaker, Dental Practice Mergers, Acquisitions, Divestitures and Affiliations, Strafford Publications CLE Webinar, March 31, 2016
Speaker, Dermatology Practice Transactions: Key Issues and Trends, McGuireWoods LLP Webinar, March 15, 2016
Moderator, "Dental Practice Management Investments – Still Hot?," 13th Annual Healthcare and Life Sciences Private Equity and Finance Conference, February 24, 2016
Speaker, Key Issues Facing Urgent Care Providers, McGuireWoods LLP Healthcare Webinar, January 28, 2016
Speaker, Key Valuation Issues for Healthcare Leadership, McGuireWoods LLP Healthcare Teleconference, January 26, 2016
Moderator, "Networking Lunch and CEO Panel Discussion," 10th Annual Healthcare Provider Conference, September 17, 2015
Speaker, Dental Practice Transactions and Regulatory Update, McGuireWoods LLP Healthcare Webinar, September 2, 2015
Speaker, Symposium: Spine in the Out-Patient Surgery Center (ASC), ISASS15, April 17, 2015
Speaker, Pain Management Transactions: ASCs, Practices and Anesthesia, AHLA Health Care Transactions Program, April 16, 2015
Moderator, "The Evolving Roles of Dialysis Organizations and Nephrologists in Population Health Management," 13th Annual Business and Legal Issues in Dialysis and Nephrology Symposium, April 14, 2015
Speaker, Current Trends in Hospital Sales and Partnership Transactions, McGuireWoods LLP Healthcare Webinar, February 19, 2015
Moderator, "Dental Practice Management: Opportunities and Trends," 12th Annual Healthcare and Life Sciences Private Equity and Finance Conference, February 17, 2015
Moderator, Dental Practice Transactions: Buying and Selling, Mergers and Affiliations, McGuireWoods LLP Healthcare Webinar, January 8, 2015
Moderator, "Hot and Cold Areas for Healthcare Investment," 9th Annual Healthcare Provider Conference, September 18, 2014
Planning Chair, "Urgent Care Development and Transactions: Key Legal and Regulatory Issues," The American Law Institute CLE Program, April 2, 2014
Moderator, "Investing In and Lending to Laboratory, Imaging and Other Healthcare Ancillary Services Businesses," 11th Annual Healthcare and Life Sciences Private Equity and Finance Conference, McGuireWoods LLP and McGladrey LLP, February 25-26, 2014
Speaker, State Nuances in the Urgent Care Business, McGuireWoods Webinar, February 6, 2014
Moderator, "Development and Growth of Urgent Care," Healthcare Finance and Growth: 2013 Southeast Healthcare Provider Conference, September 24, 2013
Panelist, "Physician Practice Funding," NCHFMA Physician Practice Summit, April 5, 2013
Speaker, Physician Services: A Spectrum of Alignment Options, McGuireWoods Webinar, October 31, 2012
Co-presenter, "Performing Pre-Transaction Diligence and Board Education," Preparing for a Hospital Merger or Affiliation, McGuireWoods Webinar, June 19, 2012
Moderator, "Keys to Transforming Surgery Centers into a Profitable Business," 10th Annual Orthopedic, Spine and Pain Management-Driven ASC Conference - Improving Profitability and Business and Legal Issues, June 14, 2012
Speaker, Hospital Transactions and Affiliations, May 7 - September 13, 2012
Co-presenter, "10 Keys to Running a Successful Acquisition or Joint Venture Program," Becker's Hospital Review Annual Meeting, May 18, 2012
Moderator, "Key Thoughts on Hospital Restructuring and Turning Around Hospitals," Becker's Hospital Review Annual Meeting, May 17, 2012
Moderator, "Bundling Orthopedics and Other Key Concepts to Improve Orthopedic Volumes," Becker's Hospital Review Annual Meeting, May 17, 2012
Speaker, "Designing Your Strategic Physician Relationship Portfolio," McGuireWoods and Grant Thornton Webcast Series, November 16, 2011
Moderator, "New Delivery Models for Ancillary Services," Southeast Healthcare Provider Conference, October 11, 2011
Speaker, "Selling Your Healthcare Business: Maximizing Value," McGuireWoods & Coker Capital Teleconference, September 22, 2011
Speaker, "Anesthesia and Pain Management Ownership in ASCs: Complying with ASC Safe Harbors & Other Considerations," American Osteopathic College of Anesthesiologists 2011 Mid-Year Seminar, March 20, 2011
Speaker, "Current Legal Trends in Hospital Employment & Practice Acquisitions," American Osteopathic College of Anesthesiologists 2011 Mid-Year Seminar, March 20, 2011
Speaker, The Impact of Healthcare Reform on Hospital Consolidation, McGuireWoods Webinar, September 16, 2010
Speaker, "The ASC Safe Harbors: An Overview and Key Considerations for Enforcement," North Carolina Bar Association Health Law Section Annual Meeting, April 15, 2010
Moderator, "From Hospital to Home: Paying for the Next Evolution of Post Acute and Senior Care," Following the Money to Its Hiding Spots: For-Profit Capital Raising and Facility Development,

September 10, 2009

Speaker, Partnering Strategies for Life Sciences Firms, September 2009
Speaker, "Advance Directives: Key Considerations for ASCs," Joint Meeting of Georgia Society of ASCs and South Carolina ASC Association, August 2009
Speaker, "Financing - The Lender's and Borrower's Perspectives," 14th Annual Ambulatory Surgery Center Conference and Exhibits, October 2007
Speaker, "Key Issues in Healthcare Provider Joint Ventures," Carolinas Healthcare Update Teleconference, August 2, 2007
Presenter, Annual Southeastern Healthcare Provider Conference, 2005-present