Rhys Wilson > Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP > Atlanta, United States > Lawyer Profile

Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP
201 17TH STREET NW, SUITE 1700
United States




Rhys Wilson helps clients buy and sell businesses. During his more than 30 years of experience as an M&A attorney, he has handled over 150 transactions (see “Experience”) and has received numerous accolades for his work (see “Recognitions”). He has also served as in-house counsel to a private equity firm, as president of a healthcare staffing company, and as a director of a public technology company. He is a long-time Vistage CE member and the founder of the annual CEO Strategy Summit. Rhys also gives back to the community by serving as Vice Chair of The Atlanta Opera and as an active supporter of CURE Childhood Cancer and Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta.


  • Business Law Section, Mergers & Acquisitions Committee, M&A Market Trends Subcommittee, American Bar Association 
  • Association for Corporate Growth
  • Vistage International (1996-Present)


University of Georgia School of Law, JD, cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa (1979); Emory University School of Law, LLM, Taxation (1985); Duke University, BA, cum laude (1976)

Lawyer Rankings

United States > M&A/corporate and commercial > M&A: middle-market (sub-$500m)

Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP ‘delivers a timely and expeditious service and the assignment of practice specialists is fast and smooth‘. The national corporate and M&A team has over 80 lawyers across the US; it stands out for banking and technology sector M&A and has significant private equity and venture capital expertise. It acted for Novolex, a plastics and packaging manufacturer, in its acquisition of the Waddington Group, a global consumer and commercial package manufacturing business; and in a $220m financial services M&A deal, the practice assisted Florida-based Gibraltar Private Bank and Trust on its sale to IberiaBank. In other matters, it advised pharmaceutical company Huvepharma on its acquisition of AgriLabs, the largest marketing and sales distribution company in the US for food animal products. Atlanta-based Rhys Wilson and ‘his team always provide expertise, speedy delivery and creative solutions to solve problems‘. Michael Hollingsworth II and Gus Dixon in Columbia are other key M&A contacts.