Lizanne Thomas heads the Firm's corporate governance team. She is also Partner-in-Charge of the Firm's Southern U.S. Region. While her roots are as an M&A lawyer, Lizanne practices, teaches, and lives corporate governance. She participates in about 100 board meetings per year as counsel to a number of public companies. She represents special committees in control and conflict transactions, as well as in internal investigations. Lizanne is experienced in shareholder activism, public and private mergers and acquisitions, takeover preparedness, and executive compensation. She lectures on governance to leading business organizations, companies, and universities.
Lizanne is on the Board of Directors of Krispy Kreme Doughnuts, Inc., serving as chair of the Governance Committee and member of the Audit Committee, and previously served as co-chair of a special committee charged with investigating a variety of allegations against the company. KKD has twice won national corporate governance awards for its shareholder engagement and disclosure. Lizanne also serves on the Board of Directors of Atlantic Capital Bancshares, Inc., as Chair of the Governance Committee and member of the Compensation Committee. She is on the Board of Directors of Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen, Inc.
Lizanne is a Trustee of the Georgia Research Alliance, serving as Chair of the Audit Committee. She is on the Board of Directors of the Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce. She is a Trustee of Washington & Lee University and The Woodruff Arts Center. She is a member of the Rotary Club of Atlanta and is a former Trustee of Furman University.
•Southern Company, Kinder Morgan enter Southern Natural Gas pipeline strategic venture
American Capital Agency Corp. acquires American Capital Mortgage Management, LLC for $562 million
Axiall to be acquired by Westlake Chemical for $33 per share in all-cash transaction with $3.8 billion enterprise value
Honors & Distinctions
•Guide to the World's Leading Corporate Governance Lawyers (published by Expert Guides)
Best of the Best USA (published by Expert Guides)
Legal 500 US (2007)
The Best Lawyers in America (2006-2016)
Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business (2005-2016)
Georgia Super Lawyers (2004-2016)
NACD Directorship 100 of leading corporate directors (2016)
Top 50 Women Attorneys in Georgia (2006-2013)
Alpha Circle of Omicron Delta Kappa, honorary member (2011)
Atlanta Business Chronicle Who's Who in Law (2011-2013)