Andrea M. Farley


Chair - Corporate Department
Executive Committee Member

Business Phone: 404.885.3282
Business Fax: 404.962.6555


Andrea Farley focuses on the representation of public and private companies in negotiating a variety of corporate reorganization transactions, including mergers, acquisitions, divestitures and joint ventures, and has particular experience representing specialty finance companies and manufacturers in their M&A transactions. In addition, Andrea represents private equity funds and their portfolio companies in connection with mergers, acquisitions, corporate reorganizations and general corporate matters.

Representative Matters

  • Representation of a publicly-held distributor of automotive replacement parts, office products and electrical materials in the acquisition of a manufacturer of personal protection products.
  • Representation of Mangrove Equity Partners, L.P., a lower middle market private equity firm, in the acquisition and sale of several of its portfolio companies, including a manufacturer of filling and labeling machines, a manufacturer of elastomeric-based signature reduction solutions for sale to the U.S. Navy and Navy defense contractors, and a provider of specialized aerospace fuel system maintenance and repair services.
  • Representation of BB&T Corporation (NYSE: BBT) in the acquisition of a payment processing business, the acquisition of a portfolio of commercial insurance premium finance contracts, the sale of its direct consumer finance lending company to The Blackstone Group L.P., the acquisition of UnionBanc Insurance Services, the acquisition of the non-affiliated premium finance business from Aon Corporation, the sale of BB&T’s payroll division to ADP, and the reorganization of BB&T’s asset management business.
  • Representation of Atlanticus Holdings Corporation (NASDAQ: ATLC), a provider of credit and related financial services to consumers, in various mergers & acquisitions and capital markets transactions.
  • Representation of Jefferson Capital Systems in its acquisition of Liberty Holdings, LLC and other portfolio acquisitions.
  • Representation of AGCO Corporation (NYSE: AGCO) in its public and private offering of convertible debt securities.
  • Representation of EarthLink, Inc. (NASDAQ: ELNK), in the sale of Helio Inc. and the sale of various municipal wireless broadband operations.
  • Representation of Newell Rubbermaid Inc. (NYSE: NWL) in the acquisition of a solder and flux business.
  • Representation of Harren Equity Partners, LLC, a middle-market private investment firm, in the acquisition and sale of various portfolio companies.
  • Representation of the Special Committee of Thomas Nelson, Inc., a publicly-held publisher and distributor, to a private equity group.
  • Representation of Cotton States Life Insurance Company, a publicly-held insurance company, in its sale to COUNTRY Insurance and the affiliation of its property and casualty insurance with COUNTRY Insurance.

 Presentations and Speaking Engagements

  • Moderator, “Unstick the Deal: Latest trends and techniques in deal structures,” ACG Capital Connection, February 2017 (Atlanta, GA)
  • Panelist, "Sales & Purchase Agreements: Defining what "market" means," Third Annual Professional Learning Session of the Atlanta Corporate Development Leadership Network, November 2015 (Atlanta, GA)
  • Panelist, “State of the M&A Market,” 8th Annual Southeastern M&A/Private Equity Forum, October 2012 (Atlanta, GA)
  • Moderator, “State of the M&A Market,” 7th Annual Southeastern M&A/Private Equity Forum, October 2011 (Atlanta, GA)  

Professional and Community Involvement

  • State Bar of Georgia
  • Board of Directors, Carl E. Sanders YMCA
  • Advisory Board, Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce

Rankings and Recognition

  • Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America in Corporate Governance Law, Corporate Law (2018).
  • University of Florida Athletic Hall of Fame (Tennis), 2004.
  • Selected as a Georgia Rising Star in Mergers & Acquisitions by Law & Politics and Atlanta Magazine (2005-2011).
  • Selected as Georgia Trend's Legal Elite (2007-2015).
  • Selected as one of the top 12 young Atlanta lawyers "On the Rise" by The Fulton County Daily Report (2009).
  • Recognized in The Legal 500 United States for M&A/Corporate (2016).



  • Vanderbilt University, J.D., 1997
    Vanderbilt Law Review
  • University of Florida, B.A., with honors, 1993
    Phi Beta Kappa

Bar Admissions

  • 1997 Georgia