Burr & Forman

April McKenzie Mason

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  • J.D., summa cum laude, The University of Alabama School of Law (2004)
  • M.B.A., The University of Alabama Manderson Graduate School of Business (2004)
  • B.A., magna cum laude, Political Science and Communication Studies and Rhetoric, The University of Alabama (1999)
  • American Bar Association, Model Asset Purchase Agreement Task Force
  • Birmingham Bar Association, Business Section Chair (2020) and Executive Committee of Business Section (2012-2015)
  • Chambers USA, Leading Practitioner in Corporate/Commercial "Up and Coming" (2019-2020)
  • Mid-South Super Lawyers "Rising Star," Business/Corporate (2016-2018)
  • Birmingham Magazine Top Attorney (2017)
  • Birmingham Business Journal "Top 40 Under 40" List (2016)
  • Alabama Super Lawyers "Rising Star," Business/Corporate (2013)
  • Birmingham Best in Minority Business Awards, Outstanding Female Attorney (2012)
  • Order of the Coif
  • Dean M. Leigh Harrison Award
  • University of Alabama Morris Mayer Award
  • Alabama Law Review, Junior and Senior Editor
  • Omicron Delta Kappa Province Leader of the Year
  • Alpha Delta Pi Sorority Dorothy Shaw Leadership Award
  • Alabama Capital Network Advisory Board (2017-present)
  • Birmingham Venture Club, Member
  • MS Leadership Class, Member (2008); MS Evening of Wines Board, Member (2012-2020)
  • Rotary Club of Birmingham, Vice President of New Generations (2015-2016); Peace Conference Committee (2019-present)
  • Alabama Leadership Initiative, Member (2009)
  • Central Alabama United Way, Visiting Allocation Team Member (2009)
  • Trident United Way, Loaned Executive (2008)
  • Rotaract Club of Birmingham Foundation, Board of Directors (2007-2008)
  • Rotaract Club of Birmingham, Chairman of Board (2008-2009); President (2007-2008); Programs Director (2006-2007)
  • Executive Committee of the Jefferson County Chapter of the University of Alabama National Alumni Association
  • Blackburn Institute, Member (1996-present); Student Chair (1998-1999)
  • University of Alabama Student Government Association, Vice President of External Affairs (1998-1999), Chief of Staff (1997-1998) and Senator (1996-1997)
  • Represented private equity firm in the acquisition of a fast casual franchisor specializing in chicken salad preparations served by the scoop, sandwich or bowl and operating in 16 states.

  • Represented insurance agency in the formation and financing of the joint venture specialty insurance brokerage and investment banking platform that offers bespoke insurance services to public and private companies and private equity sponsors on a national platform.

  • Represented a global leader in advanced polymeric protective packaging solutions in its acquisition of a US-based producer of absorbent and non-absorbent packaging solutions for the food industry.

  • Represented franchisor in the lodging industry in the sale of assets of two separate franchised hotel brands operating in 13 states.

  • Represented large private company in merger with a provider of an online platform for academic skill building and standardized test preparation.

  • Represented a leading US-based chain of restaurants for breakfast, brunch and lunch, in a reorganization and recapitalization of the company by way of an investment by a private equity firm.

  • Represented a leading manufacturer of medium and high density fiberboard and laminate flooring products in acquisition of another fiberboard manufacturer.

  • Represented pipe manufacturer in construction of a new manufacturing facility in Michigan.

  • Represented manufacturer of luxury vinyl flooring in connection with the sale of substantially all of its assets.

  • Represented an insurance holding company in all aspects of its formation and operation, including advising on the start-up of a new health insurance Medicare advantage plan and in the formation of an Integrated Care Network (ICN) for Medicaid-managed care.

  • Assisted in all aspects of forming a start-up distillery, including providing legal counsel relating to the corporate structure and governance; negotiating lender financing; raising capital from third-party investors; and working with the relevant regulatory agencies on licensure matters.

  • Represented client in the acquisition of the membership interest of B.A.S.S., LLC (a magazine publisher and outdoor entertainment company) from ESPN Productions, Inc.

  • Represented a natural gas marketing company in sale of its membership interests.

  • Represented a leading developer, manufacturer, distributor, and multi-channel retailer of educational products and a portfolio company of private equity firm in the membership interest purchase of company providing online child care training and certificates, child care registry development, and administrative solutions for the early care and education industry.

  • Represented private equity firm in the sale of its portfolio company that provides retail merchandising, point-of-purchase displays, open service systems and retail fixture services for prestige brands and specialty retailers.

  • Represented global private equity firm in negotiating development rights of various boutique fitness brands in Europe.

  • Represented a US-based global private equity firm as special franchise counsel in purchase of day-time café franchisor.

  • Represented the U.S. operations of a Spanish Company in the automotive metal stamping business, in connection with its purchase of a stamping facility in South Carolina.

  • Represented private equity firm in both the multi-million dollar acquisition and later sale of one of the largest Taco Bell franchisees.

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Services

Antitrust Commercial Contracts Corporate Franchise & Distribution Health Care Mergers & Acquisitions Private Equity & Venture Capital

Industries

Beverage Services Entertainment, Media & Sports Manufacturing Restaurant Services

April practices in the firm’s Corporate and Tax practice group, representing clients in connection with a broad range of business matters, including mergers and acquisitions, financing, corporate governance, franchising, and antitrust.

April counsels business clients through all stages of their life cycle, including advising start-ups and counseling on exit strategies through negotiated acquisitions.  She has been involved in a variety of mergers and acquisitions with domestic and foreign, public and privately held clients in the manufacturing, technology, insurance, healthcare, retail and restaurant/hospitality industries. She has worked on numerous acquisitions involving franchised concepts and advises on franchise issues pertaining to all aspects of the transaction.

April’s franchise experience also includes counseling both franchisors and franchisees on federal and state disclosure requirements and various state relationship laws that pertain to dealer/franchise terminations. She has counseled start-up franchisors, as well as mature brands, on all aspects of franchise compliance.  In addition, she has counseled both single unit franchise operators and large multi-unit owners in all aspects of their franchise relationships.  She has handled franchise matters across a wide variety of sectors, with a particular depth of expertise in the restaurant/beverage and fitness industries.

April also regularly counsels clients on antitrust issues, including merger review and Hart-Scott-Rodino premerger notification filings, competitor collaborations and joint ventures, FTC and DOJ investigations, and advises on antitrust exemptions and immunities.