Burr & Forman

Nicole Keefe

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  • J.D., Vanderbilt University Law School
  • B.A., magna cum laude, University of Arizona


  • U.S. District Court – Middle District of Tennessee

  • Nashville Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
  • Nashville Emerging Leaders 2021
  • Business Law Section and Subcommittee on Cannabis and Alcoholic Beverages Law
  • Harry Phillips American Inn of Court
  • Vanderbilt Law and Business Certificate
  • Vanderbilt Journal of Entertainment & Technology Law, Senior Articles Editor
  • Nashville Young Leaders Class 74
  • Associate Board Member, Ronald McDonald House Charities of Nashville
  • Board of Directors, Young Leaders Council Intern of Pencil for Schools

Associate | Nashville, TN

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Corporate Mergers & Acquisitions Corporate Governance & Shareholder Disputes Private Equity & Venture Capital Securities Opportunity Zones Commercial Real Estate Finance Workouts, Restructurings & Enforcement Business & Succession Planning Business Formation Commercial & Corporate Finance Commercial Contracts Agriculture Funding & Lending

Nicole practices with the firm’s Corporate & Tax Group and represents clients in a variety of transactional issues and general business matters, with a focus on mergers and acquisitions, corporate governance, and financing transactions.

Nicole’s practice regularly involves representing clients in corporate matters including mergers and acquisitions, capital raises, corporate restructurings, private equity transactions, joint ventures transactions and related corporate transactions. She has experience analyzing proposed structures for various transactions, including cross-border acquisitions, real estate transactions and qualified opportunity zone investments.  She also assists clients with corporate governance, entity formation, and capital raise matters. Nicole reviews and prepares complex commercial contracts and other transactional documents, and aids clients with day-to-day corporate legal issues.

Nicole has represented borrowers and lenders in negotiating, structuring and documenting various financial transactions, including commercial real estate and acquisition financings, restructurings and syndicated finance transactions. She also has experience in the preparation of third-party closing opinions, whether as local or company counsel.

In addition, part of Nicole’s practice focuses on regulatory compliance and navigating the changing regulatory landscape. She has advised borrowers and lenders on various aspects of Small Business Administration loans, particularly paycheck protection program loans, and has advised clients in connection with export control regulations and regulations related to foreign investments.

Nicole earned her Juris Doctorate from Vanderbilt University Law School, where she was a member of the Dean’s List and served as the Senior Articles Editor of the Vanderbilt Journal of Entertainment & Technology Law. Nicole also received the Law and Business Certificate as part of her studies. Prior to attending Vanderbilt, Nicole received her Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy, Politics, Economics, and Law (PPEL) from the University of Arizona.