Mr. Davis, Current Chairman of Waller Lansden Dortch & Davis, to Join Healthcare-Focused Cressey & Company in Building Leading Businesses
CHICAGO – Cressey & Company LP, a recently formed private investment firm focused on the healthcare industry, today announced that Ralph W. Davis, currently Chairman of Waller Lansden Dortch & Davis LLP, will join Cressey & Company as a Partner. Mr. Davis will focus on making new investments and supporting portfolio companies.
Cressey & Company, including partners Bryan C. Cressey, Peter S. Ehrich and Former U.S. Senate Majority Leader William H. Frist, M.D., is focused on making equity investments in middle-market companies in a diverse range of segments of the U.S. healthcare industry. The team proactively supports the managers of the companies in which it invests by helping identify, complete and integrate acquisitions, improve operations and accelerate growth. Underlying this focus is Cressey & Company’s commitment to building enduring businesses dedicated to high quality care and clinical leadership.
“Ralph has been an important part of our team for a number of years, supporting us on dozens of healthcare transactions,” said Mr. Cressey, Partner of Cressey & Company. “We have come to regard Ralph as a trusted advisor on a wide range of matters, and we are very pleased that he is joining us as a Partner.”
“I have for years admired the Cressey & Company professionals for their demonstrated ability to attract great management teams and build leading healthcare companies,” said Mr. Davis. “Becoming a part of their team is an exciting new chapter in my career.”
“We value Ralph’s deep healthcare knowledge and significant legal expertise,” said Mr. Ehrich, Partner of Cressey & Company. “His addition to our team will enhance our deal sourcing and collaboration with our portfolio company management teams. We are pleased that we will be able to continue our long-standing and productive relationship with him.”
Mr. Davis is currently the Chairman and a member of the Board of Directors of Waller Lansden Dortch & Davis LLP, where he has been a Partner since 1995. His practice focuses on mergers and acquisitions, particularly in the healthcare industry, public and private equity and debt financing and general corporate law. Prior to joining Waller Lansden Dortch & Davis, Mr. Davis was an associate with Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meager
& Flom, LLP. He also served as law clerk to The Honorable Gilbert S. Merritt, United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. Mr. Davis earned his J.D. from Yale Law School, where he was Managing Editor of the Yale Law and Policy Review, and his B.A., magna cum laude, from Vanderbilt University.