Mike Sullivan is a member of the firm’s Corporate and Business Department. He is an experienced trusted advisor to his small and mid-size corporate clients and their owners and C-Level officers, and is his clients “go-to” lawyer for all of their legal needs. He helps clients grow their business and profits in a variety of corporate and commercial transactions and documents. He has assisted clients negotiate all forms of complex Corporate and Commercial Agreements and Contracts, Shareholder and Buy-Sell Agreements, Customer & Vendor Agreements, Employment, Independent Contractor & Work for Hire Agreements, Non-Compete Agreements, Non-Disclosure Agreements, etc. His clients are in diverse industries--manufacturing, logistics and distribution, software, technology, critical communications systems, professional services, renewable energy, product services, fractional CFO services, hospitality, professional counseling, IT services, private equity, staffing, broker-dealer and construction.
Mr. Sullivan’s principal areas of concentration include general corporate, commercial and business matters, family-business law, financial matters, and mergers and acquisitions. He works with CPAs and tax experts to advise U.S. clients on their legal structure and other matters when entering new International markets, and has negotiated numerous cross-border transactions for U.S. clients. He also assists foreign clients, most recently from Ireland and China, enter the U.S. and North American markets. He helps structure their U.S. operations and assist them in retaining other professional service providers.
Mr. Sullivan has represented clients in private placements of equity and debt securities, venture capital investments, project finance, and joint venture transactions, including SBA Mentor-Protégé joint ventures. He has assisted family-owned clients in establishing advisory Boards and corporate governance matters, and led professional service teams in planning and implementing succession and estate plans for clients.
Mr. Sullivan began his legal career with a large Wall Street law firm, and later spent several years as an Inside lawyer with a diversity of companies--large and small, hi-tech and low-tech and public and private companies. Before returning to private practice with Taylor English, he was SVP-CLO with Sanmina Corporation, a Fortune 250 Company headquartered in San Jose, California, and a publicly-traded global electronic products manufacturing company with 60,000 employees in 23 countries.
While at Sanmina (and prior to that with SCI Systems, Inc.) Mr. Sullivan headed the legal team on numerous public and private financings--Convertible Subordinated Debentures & Notes, Revolving Credit Facilities, Letter of Credit Facilities, Commercial Paper Programs and Industrial Revenue Bonds--and negotiated numerous acquisitions with Multi-National companies in 20 foreign countries.
State Bar of Georgia
New York State Bar Association
District of Columbia Bar
American Bar Association, Business Law Section-Corporate Governance Subcommittee; Intellectual Property Committee, Science and Technology Subcommittee, former member
Atlanta Bar Association, former member
American Corporate Counsel Association, former member
Society of Corporate Secretaries and Governance Professionals, former member
National Association of Stock Administrators, former member
Sandy Springs/Perimeter Chamber of Commerce, Secretary and Member of Board of Directors
Sandy Springs/Perimeter Chamber of Commerce, Bylaws Committee
Sandy Springs/Perimeter Chamber of Commerce, Workforce Development Alliance
Peachtree Corners Business Association, Founding Member
Chamblee Business Association
Hands On Atlanta, Volunteer
Sandy Springs Clean-Up, Volunteer
Sale of shares of software company to leading supplier to the U.S. utility industry.
Acquisition of manufacturing facility in Kunshan, China from Hewlett Packard Corporation
Acquisition of manufacturing facility from Ericsson in Madrid, Spain.
- $575 million convertible subordinated notes: Solomon Smith Barney and Bank of America
- $600 million senior notes: Bank of America Securities and Solomon Smith Barney
Introduction and legal structuring of Irish Software company into United States/North America.
Introduction and legal structuring of Chinese manufacturing company into United States.
- Sale of assets of service company within the mobile telephone infrastructure industry
- Acquisition of Manufacturing Facility in Yasu, Japan from IBM Corporation
- "Negotiating Covenants and Closing Conditions in M&A Transactions: Practical Tactics and Techniques," WebinarSeptember 9, 2015
- "All you Wanted to Know About Legal but Could Not Afford to Ask," Sandy Springs/Perimeter Chamber of Commerce Small Business CouncilMay 20, 2015
- September 26, 2014
- July 25, 2014
- "Leveraging Legal Representation," National Small Business Week with MicrosoftMay 12, 2014
- August 29, 2013
- July 17, 2013
- October 16, 2012
- Corporate and Business
- Business Organizations, Operations, Finance and Governance
- Commercial Transactions
- Family-Owned and Closely Held Businesses
- Government Contracts and Affairs
- International Trade
- Licensing Transactions
- Mergers and Acquisitions
- Outside General Counsel
- Private Equity and Venture Capital
- Start-Ups and Early Stage Companies
- Tax-Exempt Organizations
- Financial Institutions
- Government and Internal Investigations
- Intellectual Property
- Leisure and Hospitality
- Lending and Corporate Finance
- Restaurant, Food and Beverage, and Licensing
The Catholic University of America Columbus School of Law, JD, 1972
The Catholic University of America Columbus School of Law, Catholic University Law Review, Editor
Fairfield University, BA, political science/government, 1965
District of Columbia
Courts & Adjudicative Bodies
U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia
U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York
U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York
U.S. Court of Appeals for the 2nd Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit
U.S. Supreme Court
Georgia Trend Legal Elite, Corporate Law, 2014-2015