Andrew J. Schutt

Partner

Direct: 404.873.8778
Fax: 404.873.8779
Atlanta
171 17th Street, NW
Suite 2100
Atlanta, Georgia 30363

Biography

Andrew is a partner and co-chair of the Corporate & Finance practice and co-chair of the Economic Development industry team.

Andrew focuses on representing fast-growing companies with complex issues including corporate formation and governance, mergers and acquisitions, outsourcing agreements, licensing transactions, private offerings, and venture capital investments.  He has significant experience assisting companies in securing incentives and grants from various state agencies. Notably, he represents a top-tier Fortune 500 company with economic development transactions and compliance matters throughout the United States.  He has represented both domestic and international clients across many industries including eCommerce and eBusiness, telecommunications, payment systems, pipeline, entertainment and sports, automotive manufacturing, medical technology, and business services. In addition, he assists U.S. companies in transactions with foreign companies and has represented companies based in Belgium, China, Germany, India, Italy, Korea, Japan, and Russia.

Andrew has nearly six years of in-house legal experience, having been placed as a contractor with the legal department of Firm clients in the pipeline, payment systems, and medical device industries, giving him a well-rounded view from both the law firm and company perspective. In this capacity, he has interacted frequently with company executives and business leaders.

Andrew, a former professional radio air personality, is happily married to his wife Wendi. They live in metro Atlanta and have five children and two dogs.

Experience

  • Counsel to a top-tier Fortune 500 company assisting with economic development transactions and incentives compliance matters throughout the United States.

  • Representing a public, global eBusiness in multiple incentives negotiations and bond-lease transactions in excess of $1 billion.

  • Closed a $46 million bond-for-title tax incentives transaction for an office equipment supplier, a Japanese-owned company based in Gwinnett County.

  • Represents a number of Development Authorities as bond counsel.

  • Represented an energy company in all aspects of the construction of its new corporate headquarters over an 18-month period, including the negotiation of development and construction agreements and all ancillary legal matters, through project completion.

  • Represented Ohio-based fiber-optic and local telephone company Horizon Telcom in its $220 million sale to Novacap.

  • Represented owner of telecommunications tower portfolio in its sale to national telecommunications services provider.

  • Represented India-based technology company, NIIT (USA) Inc., in its $110 million sale of Element K, an e-learning company, to SkillSoft, and its related strategic partnership with SkillSoft.

  • Represented NIIT in its joint venture and outsourcing transaction with Morris Technologies and in a strategic alliance/outsourcing transaction with Red Hat, Inc. the leader in open source software products.

  • Represented a pipeline company in the acquisition of petroleum products storage and distribution facilities.

Credentials

  • Florida State University College of Law, Juris Doctor,
    magna cum laude
    • Order of the Coif
  • University of Florida, Bachelor of Science
    • Pi Rho Sigma
  • State of Georgia 1996
    • National Association of Bond Lawyers
    • Georgia Economic Developers Association
    • Georgia Bar Association— Section  of Entertainment and Sports

Recognition

  • IFLR1000 (Corporate and M&A Law), 2021