Stuart Johnson is an experienced business adviser and transactional lawyer who counsels fast-growth companies and their financial sponsors on mergers, acquisitions, joint ventures, financing transactions and general business matters. His multidimensional understanding of the entrepreneurial culture allows him to help clients in a broad range of industries.
With more than three decades of experience assisting businesses as they progress through various stages of growth and development, Stuart’s core competency is helping clients to solve problems and make money. Regardless of the matter at hand, Stuart delivers the advantage of veteran perspective coupled with an appreciation that business lawyers should be focused on the law and legal activities as a means of helping clients achieve business objectives. He also leads the firm’s Private Equity team.
Stuart has authored and been quoted in numerous articles relating to merger and acquisition trends and activities, particularly those involving growth-oriented businesses and private equity transactions. He has organized and participated in business growth and expansion programs sponsored by institutions such as the Georgia Institute of Technology, Emory University, Georgia State University, Kennesaw State University, the Georgia Society of CPAs, the Atlanta Business School Alliance, the Technology Association of Georgia, Lorman Educational Services, and the Academy of Management.
Stuart’s industry experience is wide-ranging and includes telecommunications, manufacturing, plastics, home building, business services, chemicals, logistics, food services, life sciences, medical devices and healthcare.
Professional and Community Involvement
Member and former global board member, Association for Corporate Growth (ACG)
Former president and former board member, ACG’s Atlanta Chapter
Former chairman, ACG national conference (InterGrowth®)
Founder and former chairman, ACG Atlanta Capital Connection
Member, State Bar of Georgia’s Corporate Law and Taxation sections
Member, Technology Association of Georgia
Member, Turnaround Management Association
Member, American Bar Association Business Law Section Private Equity and Venture Capital Committee and its subcommittee on Mergers & Acquisition Market Trends
Founding sponsor representative, Center for Entrepreneurship and Corporate Growth at Emory University
Member, Southeastern M&A Forum planning committee
Faculty member, Alliance for Mergers and Acquisitions Advisors’ Certified Mergers and Acquisitions Advisor credentialing program
Board member, Junior Achievement of Georgia, Inc.
Board member, Boy Scouts of America Atlanta Area Council
Member, Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce Advisory Board
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