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Allison J. Donovan

Member, Lexington

Allison is a Member in Stoll Keenon Ogden's Lexington office and has been with the firm since 2006. She is a member of the Business Services practice with a focus on Mergers & Acquisitions, Banking and Securities & Corporate Governance. She is also a member of the Securities Litigation and Real Estate practices, and coordinates the Small Business Services program in the Lexington office.

Allison is a graduate of the University of Kentucky College of Law. During law school, she served as the Secretary and the Treasurer of the Moot Court. She also was the administrative editor of the Journal of Natural Resources and Environmental Law. Allison is honored as a Rising Star by Kentucky Super Lawyers for her many legal accomplishments

The former Regional Director of the Kentucky High School Mock Trial Tournament, Allison is a member of the Fayette County, Kentucky and American Bar associations. She currently serves on the board of directors of the Kentucky Bar Foundation.

Education
University of Kentucky College of Law
2006, J.D.
Eastern Kentucky University
2003, B.A., summa cum laude
Admissions
Fayette Circuit Court
Fayette District Court
Kentucky
Kentucky Court of Appeals
Kentucky Supreme Court

Recognition

  • Mergers & Acquisitions Attorney of the Year in Kentucky, Corporate Intl Magazine Global Award, 2014
  • Lawyers of Color “Hot List,” Southern Region, 2013
  • Kentucky Super Lawyers Rising Star, Business/Corporate

Affiliations

  • American Bar Association
  • Kentucky Bar Association
  • Fayette County Bar Association
  • Kentucky Bar Foundation, board of directors
  • Leadership Central Kentucky, 2013-2014
  • American Heart Association, Lexington Chapter, former board member
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Work Highlights

Economic Incentives

Currently represent state economic development cabinet in the documentation and negotiation of tax incentives under the Kentucky Business Investment Program, the Kentucky Reinvestment Act and the Kentucky Jobs Development Act programs designed to assist companies in establishing or expanding operations in Kentucky.

Reorganization, Refinancing and Acquisition of Major Healthcare Entity

Stoll Keenon Ogden represented a major healthcare services entity, its affiliated upstream and sister companies, its owners and its founding management team in comprehensive reorganization, refinancing and acquisition transactions totaling more than $300 million. The matters resulted in the closing of a senior secured term loan and  revolving credit facilities secured by owned senior care facilities in four states with a 9-member syndicate of commercial banks; the requisition of waivers, consents and estoppels from various property lessors on leased senior care facilities in four states; restructuring of upstream holding companies and combination of two upstream ownership groups and boards of managers; the creation of a management company; the introduction of healthcare facility management agreements; the migration of payroll and benefits for more than 7,000 employees; the related restructuring of multiple lease and debt financing and supplier relationships;  the creation and reorganization of multiple SPE organizations accompanied by extensive non-consolidation analysis and issuance of a substantive non-consolidation opinion to the lending syndicate; the exercise of purchase option and acquisition of multiple senior care facilities; the contribution of additional equity capital from the client’s majority owners; and the amendment and restructuring of multiple Master Lease and inter-creditor agreements.

Sale of Racecourse Interest

Represented a racetrack association in the sale of a portion of its ownership interest.  We handled all aspects of the transaction for our client and obtained approval by the the governing horse racing commission for the sale. 

Mergers & Acquisitions

We have represented a number of clients in the acquisition of thoroughbred farms and related membership interests, including verification of environmental data and private development rights.

Coal Investment & Financing Transaction

Represented a publicly-traded client in a transaction to support the development of a longwall mining operation with a total investment in the project in a range of $400 – $525 million. Transaction featured several components, including a preferred equity investment, the acquisition and leaseback of reserves and surface rights, a coal handling and services agreement and an equipment financing facility.

Holding Company Loan and Preferred Stock Financing for Acquisition of Community Bank

Negotiated a loan and preferred stock financing by a larger financial institution for one-bank holding company to acquire a community bank. The preferred stock component involved negotiation with the Federal Reserve Board for approval of a possible change of control.

Financial Institution Acquisitions

Represented financial institutions in both sale transactions and acquisitions of other financial institutions.