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Brian A. Cromer

Brian A. Cromer

Brian A. Cromer has over 25 years of experience providing pragmatic advice to clients in the corporate practice and business matters, and he loves the challenge and satisfaction that come from helping clients achieve their business objectives.  He has represented some of the largest companies in the U.S. and in the international arena in corporate transactions and legal disputes, including mergers and acquisitions, corporate finance transactions, venture capital and private equity investments and corporate governance matters.  Brian's broad range of experience includes providing and organizing a variety of legal services for companies at all stages, from large public companies to middle market businesses to new ventures.  He has represented clients in numerous business transactions where the individual deal value ranged from $25 million to $1 billion or more.

Representative Transactions

  • Counsel to major healthcare services provider in multiple acquisitions of physical therapy and related businesses in numerous states, including the negotiation of debt instruments and other agreements with funding sources
  • Counsel to industry-leading metallizing business in sale transaction with a Japanese public company's U.S. holding company
  • Counsel to national provider of outsourced rehabilitation services in private equity-funded change of control transaction
  • Counsel to regional commercial insurance broker in change of control transaction with private equity platform company
  • Borrower's counsel to public health care company in $450 million syndicated credit facility
  • U.S. counsel to public company affiliate in connection with £1.5 billion global revolving credit facility
  • M&A counsel to major insurance broker and financial services company in numerous transactions throughout the United States, including combination transaction with private equity-backed partner 
  • Legal advisor in $10 billion combination transaction resulting in the formation of a new public company 
  • Counsel to public and private company clients in numerous acquisitions and dispositions of long term care facilities 
  • Lead counsel to European public company in the purchase of a major distribution business in Tokyo, Japan from multinational conglomerate 
  • Seller's counsel in sale of distillery and related assets to international purchaser 
  • National acquisition counsel to public company in numerous acquisitions of staffing companies throughout the United States 
  • Counsel to physicians and physician groups in sale of practices to hospital acquirers
  • Counsel to technology company in sale of business to private equity-backed investment group 
  • Counsel to commercial lenders and borrowers in numerous asset-based multi-million dollar loan and financing transactions in a variety of industries, including manufacturing, technology, health care, financial services, consumer goods and basic materials 
  • Counsel to buyer in financing and acquisition transactions involving ESOP-owned company and private equity partners 
  • Lead counsel to public company in the construction of a greenfield manufacturing facility in South Korea as part of a $1 billion investment 
  • Counsel to major investment adviser in disposition of large apartment communities 
  • Counsel to management group in the formation of a hedge fund and offering of limited partnership units
  • Issuer's counsel for initial public offering and secondary offering in rent-to-own industry
  • Counsel to Kentucky Cabinet for Economic Development in its efforts to secure a foreign automobile manufacturer in a $1 billion transaction

What Clients Say

. . . brings a great deal of knowledge and experience to his lending practice.
- Chambers USA
. . . part of the next wave of great lawyers.
- Chambers USA
I have worked with Brian for several years on a wide variety of matter sand have had consistently great experiences.  In addition to being outstanding on general corporate matters and corporate transactions, Brian is an extremely versatile lawyers with a broad experience base.  He is a real professional and a pleasure to work with.
- Best Lawyers
Brian has exhibited the qualities that I consider essential in my outside counsel.  He is highly responsive to my time requirements, creative in crafting solutions and willing to listen to his client.  He was always able to meet the time pressures of the transaction.  In several instances Brian came up with creative and effective solutions to deal issues that ultimately enable us to consummate the transactions.
- Best Lawyers
Brian Cromer is an experienced and knowledgeable commercial transactions lawyer, who works effectively in direct contact with all levels of business management personnel.  He is committed to client interests, and exercises excellent judgment in identifying issues requiring higher-level client decision-making.  His integrity is without question.
- Best Lawyers, 2008

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More Than Stites & Harbison

Before attending law school, Mr. Cromer worked as a commercial banking officer for a major financial institution. Mr. Cromer has served in a number of civic and professional organizations relating to his practice. Mr. Cromer is a member of the Board of Directors of Greater Louisville, Inc. where he has served on the Executive Committee and held the office of Secretary. He also chairs the Greater Louisville, Inc. Task Force on Tax Reform. Mr. Cromer served on the Board of Trustees of the University of Louisville where he was the Secretary and Treasurer of the board and Chair of the Finance Committee. He is a member and former President of The Lawyers Club. He is a former member of the Board of Trustees of Kentucky Wesleyan College and he served as a member of the Steering Committee of 21st Century Parks, a non-profit organization that acquired and developed Floyds' Fork, which has 4,000 acres of parkland in Metro Louisville. He is a former Chair and Vice-Chair of the Business Law Section of the Louisville Bar Association, and a former board member of the Kentuckiana Minority Business Council and The Cabbage Patch. Mr. Cromer is also a graduate of the 2006 class of Leadership Louisville. Brian enjoys thoroughbred horse racing, golf, college sports and playing the piano.

Professional Accolades

Martindale-Hubbell® AV-Preeminent® Peer Review Rated

Best Lawyers in America®, Corporate Law and Mergers & Acquisitions (2006-19)

Kentucky Super Lawyers® (2007-14)

Kentucky Super Lawyers®, Top 50 Attorneys in the State (2010)

Chambers USA, "America's Leading Lawyers for Business"

Louisville Magazine's "Top Lawyers" for Business/Commercial Law and Mergers & Acquisitions Law (2013, 2014)

Community Involvement

  • Greater Louisville, Inc., Board of Directors
  • Louisville Orchestra, Corporate Support Group
  • 21st Century Parks, Steering Committee
  • University of Louisville, Former Member, Secretary and Treasurer of Board of Trustees and Chair of the Finance Committee
  • Kentucky Wesleyan College, Former member of Board of Trustees
  • The Cabbage Patch, Former Board Member
  • Kentuckiana Minority Business Council, Former Board Member
  • The Lawyers Club, Former President
  • Harmony Landing Country Club, Former President
  • Leadership Louisville, Class of 2006