Allan Tanenbaum is Of Counsel to Taylor English’s Corporate and Business practice group. Mr. Tanenbaum has a broad range of experience in representing public and private companies in financing, mergers and acquisitions, compliance, and corporate governance matters. He has managed public offerings of debt and equity securities, as well as institutional private placements of high-yield securities and venture capital financings. Acquisitions and dispositions have included transactions between public companies, transactions involving small to middle market private companies, and related bank and private financing transactions.
Prior to joining Taylor English, Mr. Tanenbaum was General Counsel to AFC Enterprises, Inc., the franchisor of Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen, Church’s Chicken, Seattle’s Best Coffee, and Cinnabon. Most recently, he co-founded and was Managing Partner and General Counsel of Equicorp Partners, an Atlanta-based private equity and advisory firm specializing in the quick service and fast causal food industry. He was in private practice in Atlanta for more than 30 years, specializing in business transactions.
Mr. Tanenbaum has advised Boards of Directors and Board Committees concerning corporate governance, both under Sarbanes-Oxley and under common law fiduciary principles, and has implemented compliance programs for companies after they have gone public. He has managed a broad variety of litigation and special matters, including shareholder class actions, derivative suits, government investigations and Board Committee investigations, and has experience in alternative dispute resolution, arbitration and mediation, and other innovative approaches to risk management and dispute resolution.
He currently serves on the Board of Directors and chairs the Corporate Governance Committee of DSW Shoe Warehouse, Inc., a New York Stock Exchange Company, as well as on the Boards of several privately owned corporations.
He is a native of Savannah, Georgia, and is currently living in Sandy Springs with his wife Elaine. He has four children and three grandchildren.
J.D., University of Virginia School of Law
B.S., Wharton School of Finance & Commerce at the University of Pennsylvania