William Kent is an attorney in Holland & Knight's Chattanooga office. Mr. Kent advises privately held companies, long-term holding companies, private equity sponsors and venture capital firms in a broad range of transactional, corporate and securities matters. From mergers and acquisitions (M&A) and capital markets transactions to general corporate matters, Mr. Kent has closed transactions ranging from a few hundred thousand dollars to more than $1 billion. Clients in the healthcare, manufacturing, technology, hospitality and retail sectors value his counsel on both strategic and operational matters.

His practice involves:

  • representing sellers and buyers in both public and private company transactions, including mergers, acquisitions, dispositions and joint ventures
  • advising companies in a broad range of general corporate matters, including commercial contract negotiation, equity transactions and general business matters
  • representing private and publicly traded companies on a variety of corporate governance, securities issuances and securities regulation matters
  • assisting founders in formation and negotiation of long-term holding companies and subsequent M&A

Representative Experience

  • Represented Elevate ENT Partners, a leading management services organization for otolaryngology (ENT) practices and a portfolio company of Audax Private Equity, in its add-on acquisition of San Antonio Head & Neck Surgical Associates, a Texas-based medical practice specializing in ear, nose and throat services
  • Represented Elevate ENT Partners in its add-on acquisition of Vero ENT Associates, a Florida-based leading provider of comprehensive ear, nose and throat care
  • Represented Elevate ENT Partners in its add-on acquisition of Louisiana Ear, Nose, Throat and Sinus, a leading provider of ear, nose, throat and sinus treatment in Baton Rouge and the surrounding communities
  • Represented Arcadea Group, a Canada-based private equity firm, in its acquisition of Flight Vector, a leading provider of innovative software solutions for the medical, public sector and industrial air and ground transport markets
  • Represented Capital Alignment Partners in its acquisition of American Pavement Preservation LLC, a Western asphalt preservation company
  • Represented Capital Alignment Partners and American Pavement Preservation LLC, a Western asphalt preservation company, in its combination with Cactus Asphalt
  • Represented Capital Alignment partners in its acquisition of two nonmedical home care agencies; AA Senior Care Services and Sentinel Home Care
  • Represented Capital Alignment Partners in its acquisition of Bayou Home Care, a full-service home healthcare company located in Louisiana, and in subsequent related rollup acquisitions in Texas and Louisiana
  • Represented Axia Women’s Health in its acquisition of Cincinnati-based Seven Hills Women’s Health Centers
  • Represented Axia Women’s Health in its acquisition of Indiana-based Southside OB-GYN
  • Represented Arcadea Group in its acquisition of Intelligent Banking Solutions Inc., the market leader in debt collection and asset recovery management software for financial institutions
  • Represented Arcadea Group in its acquisition of Identifi, the leading independent provider of enterprise content management and workflow software for banks and credit unions
  • Represented Arcadea Group in its majority recapitalization growth investment of AvSight, a leading provider of cloud-based, full-suite enterprise resource planning (ERP) and operations management software to maintenance, repair and operations (MRO), parts and leasing businesses within the aviation software market
  • Represented Evermore Industries in its acquisition of Avuity, an independent technology firm that equips organizations with custom tools and software to give them access to meaningful data

  • Represented White Lake Dock & Dredge Inc., a premier environmental dredging, sediment capping and marine contractor, in its sale to ENTACT LLC, a leading provider of environmental remediation and geotechnical services and a portfolio company of investment affiliates of J.F. Lehman & Company
  • Represented Majure Data and its shareholders in connection with its sale to Epicor Software Corporation
  • Served as lead counsel to Total Label USA LLC in its acquisition by Fortis Solutions Group LLC, a portfolio company of Main Post Partners specializing in packaging solutions
  • Acted as transaction counsel to Tri State Distribution Inc. and its shareholders in its sale to Consolidated Container Company


  • University of Tennessee College of Law, J.D., cum laude
  • University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, MBA
  • University of Georgia, BBA, cum laude
Bar Admissions/Licenses
  • Tennessee
  • American Bar Association
  • Association of Corporate Growth
  • American Health Law Association
  • University of Georgia Alumni Association
  • Georgia Bulldog Club
Honors & Awards
  • The Best Lawyers in America guide, Ones to Watch, Securities Regulation, 2023, 2024


Speaking Engagements