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Jeffrey D. Cunningham

Partner

Atlanta
Direct: (404) 888-1036
Fax: (404) 724-1536
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Mr. Cunningham, a partner in the Atlanta office of Seyfarth Shaw LLP and member of Seyfarth’s Mergers & Acquisitions and Tax practice groups, serves as outside general counsel to many growing mid-sized businesses, and concentrates his practice in mergers and acquisitions, commercial transactions, and general corporate matters.

Mr. Cunningham counsels clients—from entrepreneurs and start-ups to large privately held companies—through each phase business: choice of entity, business plan development, capital raising, equity and ownership agreements, commercial transactions, and exit strategies. 

Mr. Cunningham represents clients in mergers and acquisitions, both buy-side and sell-side, as well as joint ventures and significant financing transactions.  He develops strategies on both business and legal aspects of marketing, sales, negotiating transactions and relationships, and corporate governance. 

Mr. Cunningham advises clients on commercial financing matters and negotiates acquisition financing, private debt and equity financing, and venture capital.

Mr. Cunningham works with clients across many industries including manufacturing, distribution, business and professional services, staffing, residential and commercial construction, and distribution. 

In addition to business and transaction counseling, Mr. Cunningham utilizes his background in federal, state and local taxation gained while working in two of the Big Four accounting firms to provide advice on effective tax rate minimization, tax compliance, and tax optimized structuring.

Mr. Cunningham, a partner in the Atlanta office of Seyfarth Shaw LLP and member of Seyfarth’s Mergers & Acquisitions and Tax practice groups, serves as outside general counsel to many growing mid-sized businesses, and concentrates his practice in mergers and acquisitions, commercial transactions, and general corporate matters.

Mr. Cunningham counsels clients—from entrepreneurs and start-ups to large privately held companies—through each phase business: choice of entity, business plan development, capital raising, equity and ownership agreements, commercial transactions, and exit strategies. 

Mr. Cunningham represents clients in mergers and acquisitions, both buy-side and sell-side, as well as joint ventures and significant financing transactions.  He develops strategies on both business and legal aspects of marketing, sales, negotiating transactions and relationships, and corporate governance. 

Mr. Cunningham advises clients on commercial financing matters and negotiates acquisition financing, private debt and equity financing, and venture capital.

Mr. Cunningham works with clients across many industries including manufacturing, distribution, business and professional services, staffing, residential and commercial construction, and distribution. 

In addition to business and transaction counseling, Mr. Cunningham utilizes his background in federal, state and local taxation gained while working in two of the Big Four accounting firms to provide advice on effective tax rate minimization, tax compliance, and tax optimized structuring.

Education

  • J.D., Georgia State University College of Law (1999)
  • M.B.A., Georgia State University Robinson College of Business (1996)

  • B.S. in Economics, Vanderbilt University (1992)
  • Certified Lean Six Sigma Yellow Belt

Admissions

  • Georgia

Affiliations

  • Georgia Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
  • Atlanta Humane Society Board of Directors
  • Sarah Smith Education Foundation - Chair of the Board of Directors
  • Vistage

Presentations

  • "Entity-Level Tax for Partnerships — Since When? Since Now!," 2017 Taxation Briefing, presented by Seyfarth Shaw LLP and Moore Colson CPAs and Advisors, Atlanta, GA (December 6, 2017)
  • “Fine tuning Your Business For The New Normal,” (2012)
  • “Outsourcing; To do or not to do; that is the question,” (2012)
  • “Planning With Tax Changes in Mind,” (2012)
  • “Is this the time to get back into the real estate market?,” (2011)
  • “Is now the time to buy a business or sell my business?,” (2011)
  • “Is now the time to expand your business?,” (2011)
  • “Is Now the Time to Hire or Fire? Expanding or Contracting Your Workforce in a Complex Economy,” (2011)
  • “Strategies for a Recovering Economy,” (2010)
  • “Managing Your Human Capital,” (2010)
  • “Utilizing Social Media LinkedIn and Twitter and Blogs, Oh My!,” (2010)
  • “Know Thyself: The Efficiency and Cost-Effectiveness Benefits of Performance Metrics and a Solid Data Management Infrastructure,” (2010)