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"Ashley Edwards has been super supportive and great at explaining the legal implications of our business in a way we can digest. She’s responsive, timely and thorough."

Janna Westbrook, Founder & CEO, Provider Pool

Overview

As a former small business owner, Ashley has a deep understanding of what it takes to manage and grow a business. She pursued a law degree specifically to help others achieve their business goals.

Her work quickly came to focus on mergers and acquisitions. Creative problem solving, the complex nature of the work and the thrill of seeing clients achieve their goals make M&A a true passion for Ashley. She has completed more than $60B in M&A transactions and represents both private financial and strategic buyers and sellers in a variety of industries, primarily focusing on consumer goods and manufacturing spaces. 

Ashley also advises clients from both a legal and business perspective on a wide range of other corporate issues, including commercial contracting, securities regulation, corporate finance and general corporate matters. Clients frequently praise Ashley for her ability to anticipate needs, proactively navigate around potential problems and efficiently handle detail work while always maintaining focus on the big picture.

Through her involvement with the St. Louis Cortex community, Ashley also enjoys growing the next generation of entrepreneurs. She counsels growth-stage private companies with legal matters ranging from corporate structuring, fundraising, exit strategy and everything in between. 

One of the most rewarding moments in Ashley’s work is partnering with businesses for a common goal, making every day feel like a win.
 

"Ashley Edwards has been super supportive and great at explaining the legal implications of our business in a way we can digest. She’s responsive, timely and thorough."

Janna Westbrook, Founder & CEO, Provider Pool


Industries

Services

Recognition

  • IFLR1000, M&A (Missouri), Rising Star, 2018-2019

Education

  • J.D., Washington University in St. Louis School of Law
    • cum laude
  • B.A., University of Southern California
    • International Relations & Linguistics
    • cum laude

Admissions

  • Missouri
  • California

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • American Bar Association, Business Law section
  • Association for Corporate Growth (ACG)

Languages

  • Spanish, fluent
Experience

Mergers & Acquisitions

  • Second-chaired $300M purchase by a family office of an electrical product redistributor with significant tax, employee stock ownership plan (ESOP) and insurance components.
  • Represented private equity funds in purchases and sales of dozens of portfolio companies, primarily in the manufacturing and consumer goods industries.
  • Closed more than $1B in acquisitions of alcohol and non-alcohol beverage brands.
  • Seconded to energy industry leader's legal department to manage deal process for transformative, $3B joint venture with industry's second-largest player.
  • Managed dual-track diligence process for pharmaceutical manufacturer's simultaneous multibillion-dollar purchase and multibillion-dollar sale.

Securities & Fundraising

  • Served as ongoing outside counsel for medical research client, including closing a multimillion dollar Series A round.
  • Negotiated investment documents for minority investments in growth companies by large multinational industry leader.
  • Represented dozens of companies in early-stage investments, including Seed and Series A rounds.

Commercial Contracting

  • Managed numerous client service teams for commercial contracting.
  • Drafted a wide variety of contracts for both large and small companies, including related to fast food chains, Grammy-award winning artists, celebrities and entertainers, airlines, ride-sharing companies and consumer goods manufacturers.
Outside the Office

Ashley spends her time outside of the office with her family, traveling whenever they can. Having visited over 35 different countries, her next travel goal is to finish visiting all 7 continents.

Community Leadership
  • Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America, St. Louis Chapter, Board of Directors, 2015-2019; Advisory Board, 2020-present
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