ATLANTA (January 12, 2015) – Andrew R. Hough, whose corporate and transactional practice includes large mergers and acquisitions nationwide and internationally in technology and other growth industries, has joined Ballard Spahr as a partner in the Atlanta office, firm Chair Mark Stewart announced today.

Mr. Hough has 20 years of experience with a variety of transactions as well as general business matters, with a focus on M&A, private equity, venture capital, and outsourcing transactions. He represents fund sponsors and operating companies in an array of industries, including technology, communications, food and beverage, supply chain, health care, and aviation.

Mr. Hough’s experience also includes serving as a special assistant attorney general representing the State of Georgia in the procurement of more than $1 billion in outsourced services from information technology and communications vendors. He is licensed to practice in Georgia, Virginia, and New York, and has handled transactions throughout the United States and overseas. Before joining Ballard Spahr, he was a shareholder with Greenberg Traurig, LLP, in Atlanta.

“Andrew adds depth to our national business and finance practice, particularly in the Southeast, where the firm handles a significant number of transactions,” Mr. Stewart said. “He is a terrific lawyer with demonstrated skill in mergers and acquisitions, both nationally and internationally. We are delighted to welcome him to Ballard.”

Mr. Hough’s arrival signals the latest development in the firm’s strategic plan to further strengthen its mergers and acquisitions capabilities nationwide, said Brian M. Pinheiro, Chair of Ballard Spahr’s Business and Finance Department. With more than 70 M&A/private equity attorneys across the country, the firm represents buyers and sellers in dozens of markets, ranging from small, privately held companies to multinational public companies, in transactions that span small and middle markets to multibillion-dollar mergers.

“Andrew is a great addition to Ballard Spahr’s expanding operations in Atlanta,” Mr. Pinheiro said. “His skill and experience with large, complex transactions will benefit our clients and add to the significant number of transactions our firm handles in the Atlanta business community, the Southeast, and around the country. We are enthusiastic about implementing the next piece of our strategic plan for our Atlanta office with the addition of Andrew.”

At Ballard Spahr, Mr. Hough will be a member of the firm’s Mergers and Acquisitions/Private Equity and Securities Groups.

“Ballard Spahr’s national business practice offers the ideal platform for providing the best possible service to clients,” Mr. Hough said. “I’m proud and excited to join a growing office in Atlanta and look forward to working with my new colleagues, some of the top transactional lawyers in the city and the Southeast.”

About Ballard Spahr

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