McGuireWoods’ Jeffrey Brooker and Bart Walker Earn ‘Emerging Leaders’ Awards from The M&A Advisor

July 7, 2017

McGuireWoods corporate partners Jeffrey Brooker and Bart Walker have been selected for The M&A Advisor’s 8th Annual Emerging Leaders Awards honoring the achievements of mergers and acquisitions, financing and turnaround professionals younger than 40.

Brooker and Walker are recognized dealmakers who advise clients nationwide in corporate transactions and on corporate governance and compliance matters. Both have made their marks in strategic markets and industries.

Brooker, based in Dallas, represents private equity funds and clients in transactions spanning a range of industries, including healthcare, financial services, software, retail, manufacturing, energy and aerospace, and he has advised on landmark multibillion-dollar and middle-market deals.

Before joining McGuireWoods, Brooker was an associate at large law firms in Boston and New York, and completed a secondment in the in-house legal department at Goldman, Sachs & Co.

“I am grateful to our clients who have entrusted me to lead deals that have grown and shaped their businesses and honored by this recognition,” Brooker said.

Walker, based in Charlotte and part of the firm’s nationally recognized Healthcare Department, advises healthcare providers, investors and start-up companies in financings and acquisitions. He has represented numerous dental services organizations and investment firms in closing dozens of deals over the past few years, despite regulatory changes and greater state and federal restrictions.

Walker led the creation of McGuireWoods’ Southeast Healthcare Provider Conference, a 300-person, multitrack event that brings together healthcare executives, providers, lenders and investors from many healthcare industry niches. A renowned thought leader, he frequently speaks at industry events and has published dozens of articles in top healthcare and legal publications about healthcare deal activity and trends.

“I am proud to represent top healthcare players who are reshaping the industry through strategic deal-making,” Walker said. “This recognition reflects the impact their deals have made on the marketplace.”

The M&A Advisor also recently honored McGuireWoods in three deal categories in its 2017 Turnaround Awards and recognized two major corporate deals for which the firm served as counsel in its 2016 M&A Advisor Awards. Founded in 1998, The M&A Advisor publishes insights and intelligence on mergers and acquisitions and serves as a premier leadership organization of M&A, turnaround and finance professionals.