George M. Taylor III Esq.

Burr & Forman LLP
Taylor III., George M.

George M. Taylor III is a Partner in the Birmingham office of Burr & Forman LLP and the Chair of the firm's Corporate Section, which consists of the Corporate and Tax Practice Group, the Banking and Real Estate Practice Group, and the Creditors' Rights and Bankruptcy Practice Group.

Mr. Taylor maintains a practice focused on the financing and acquisition of business entities, with an emphasis in the healthcare, manufacturing and automotive sectors. His practice has included mergers and acquisitions of businesses throughout the southeast and in areas ranging from New York to California.  A major portion of his practice is focused on representing clients in capital finance transactions, including both transactional work and work in the field of bond defaults and other troubled assets, and he regularly represents lenders in transactional work, particularly asset-based lending and commercial and industrial lending.

Mr. Taylor's practice focuses on representing corporate and commercial clients in financing, acquisition and general corporate transactions, with an emphasis on the automotive industry and health care entities.  He has handled the acquisition and sale of numerous businesses, including automobile dealerships, manufacturing businesses, and hospitals and health care related entities.  George also advises corporate clients on issues pertaining to business and tax planning and was involved in the recent formation of a group within the firm to focus on succession planning for businesses. 

His professional activities in recent years have included serving as a member of the Board of Bar Examiners of the Alabama State Bar (examining in the field of Business Organizations), serving on the Editorial Board of the Alabama Lawyer (the official publication of the Alabama State Bar), and membership on the Negotiated Acquisitions Committee and the Securities Law Committee of the Section of Business Law of the American Bar Association. He presently serves as Chair of the Technology Committee of the Business Law Section.

He lectures frequently on various topics, including the acquisition and merger of business entities, successor liability in asset transactions and the use of arbitration clauses in reducing legal exposure. 

Following law school, he served as Law Clerk to the Honorable Frank H. McFadden, Chief Judge of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Alabama. Mr. Taylor earned a B.A., summa cum laude, from the University of the South and his J.D. from Vanderbilt Law School.


He is the co-author of Bloomberg BNA Corporate Practice Portfolio Series No. 61-3rd, Negotiated Acquisitions.  This portfolio discusses the planning requirements and transactional mechanics of acquiring a company through a negotiated acquisition. The discussion will apply primarily to the acquisition of privately held companies by other privately held companies, for such transactions tend to be heavily negotiated. After identifying the players and their roles in pre-acquisition planning, the portfolio provides an overview of the transaction, considering the possible structures available, and the tax, securities law, and accounting issues involved. The portfolio then examines the due diligence investigation, explores the government's regulatory concerns, discusses the actual negotiations and the closing of the deal, and looks at some of the issues raised in particular transactions.