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, Executive Committee of Business Section (2012-2015)
  • Chambers USA, Leading Practitioner in Corporate/Commercial "Up and Coming" (2019)
  • 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
  • Birmingham Venture Club, Member
  • MS Leadership Class, Member (2008); MS Evening of Wines Board, Member (2012-2018)
  • Rotary Club of Birmingham, Vice President of New Generations (2015-2016)
  • 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 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 multi-million dollar acquisition of large fast-food restaurant franchisee and prepared an HSR premerger notification filing in connection with the transaction.

  • Represented the majority owners of a manufacturer of digital imaging equipment in the sale of all of its membership interests.

  • Prepared numerous HSR premerger notification filings for public medical malpractice insurer.

  • Represented ball bearing manufacturing in sale of substantially all of the assets of one of its subsidiaries.

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

  • Assisted in the disposition of certain assets of a liquidation trust, including the disposition of hundreds of acres of timberland.

  • Represented larger supermarket chain in the sale of certain pharmacy assets out of bankruptcy.

  • Prepared HSR premerger notification form in conjunction with in the sale of stock of a manufacturer of clothing and sportswear.

  • 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 various nursing home clients in refinancing and/or assumption of over $150 million in HUD-insured loans.

  • Assessed and provided opinions of data breach implications during due diligence of prospective corporate acquisitions.

  • Represented client in acquisition of provider of on-line platform for academic skill building and standardized test preparation.

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April is a member of Burr & Forman’s Executive Committee and 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, and FTC and DOJ investigations, as well as advises on antitrust exemptions and immunities.