Burr & Forman

Callie Sullins Whatley

Calvert Sullins Whatley
  • J.D. summa cum laude, University of Alabama School of Law (2003)
  • B.A. History, University of Virginia (2000)
  • Alabama State Bar
  • Birmingham Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
  • Birmingham Venture Club
  • Alabama Super Lawyers "Rising Star," Business/Corporate (2011-2013)
  • Birmingham Business Journal's "Rising Star" Lawyer (2016)
  • Junior League of Birmingham
  • Canterbury United Methodist Church
  • Represented an automobile parts supplier in a $110M acquisition of a manufacturing facility in Alabama.

  • Represented a fund in the original financing and equity investment, and subsequent restructuring and sale of a $120M loan facility and equity investment in the entertainment industry.

  • Regularly negotiate terms and conditions of sale for manufacturing clients.

  • Represented a client in a $12M acquisition of a steel fabrication business in Alabama.

  • Represented a client in $4M debt financing, refinancing of that debt and preferred equity raise of $1.5M.

  • Represented a solar developer in the potential portfolio sale of over 40 renewable energy projects in several states.

  • Represented a client in an $8M preferred equity raise.

  • Represented a client in a $250M merger involving a company that owned several hundred thousand acres of timberland in several Southeastern states.

  • In connection with an over $300M acquisition of a restaurant franchisee, represented an investment fund in organizing and structuring the capital investment with the other investors.

  • Represented a solar project developer in a $12M sale/leaseback financing of a photo-voltaic solar facility.

  • Represented a client in a $36M sale of its restaurant business.

  • Represented creditors of an international coal and energy company acquire assets of debtor out of bankruptcy.

  • Represented first lien creditor of a ship repair business in connection with acquisition of debtor's assets out of bankruptcy.

  • Represented ship and oil rig repair business in connection with a $25,000,000 sale of assets.

  • Represented food distribution company in connection with a $36,000,000 sale of all of its assets.

  • Represented renewable energy company in connection with sale of over 30 development stage projects in United States.

  • Represented real estate developer in connection with a $55,000,000 sale of a medical office building.

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Business Formation Business & Succession Planning Commercial Contracts Corporate Mergers & Acquisitions Private Equity & Venture Capital International Law & Tax Real Estate Franchise & Distribution


Alternative & Renewable Energy Automotive Manufacturing Real Estate Restaurant Services

Callie counsels on operational matters involving corporate work, including drafting and negotiating terms and conditions of purchase or sale, drafting and negotiating leases, and other operational contracts relevant to the client's business.

Callie practices in the firm’s general corporate group, with a focus on mergers and acquisitions.  Her practice regularly involves negotiating purchase and sale documents, conducting and managing due diligence.  She has had a wide range of experience with mergers and acquisitions in the manufacturing and renewable energy industries, as well as more service-oriented industries such as restaurants and health clubs.

As part of her corporate practice, her involvement includes negotiating purchase and sale agreements for the acquisition of land, equipment or existing projects, company formation and assisting with site review and entitlements.

Callie is also experienced in private equity investments and business organization, and has advised clients in connection with preferred stock offerings, investment structuring and forming new businesses.   In addition, Callie regularly advises her clients on day to day corporate matters, such as drafting and negotiating terms and conditions of sale, leases and other necessary operating contracts.

During law school, she was Articles Editor of the Alabama Law Review, a Hugo Black Scholar, a recipient of the Dean M. Leigh Harrison Award and a member of the Order of the Coif.  She serves as a member of the firm’s Recruiting Committee.

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