Ben Barkley advises public and private clients in a broad range of corporate finance transactions and securities regulatory matters, including mergers and acquisitions; public offerings and private placements of debt and equity securities; venture capital and private equity investments; compliance with securities disclosure obligations; corporate governance; corporate restructurings; recapitalizations and distressed situations; joint ventures and strategic alliances; and special committee, board and independent director counsel.

Mr. Barkley has broad experience structuring and executing mergers and acquisitions and other control transactions, including extensive experience representing strategic buyers in consolidating industries, leading serial acquisition programs including from 10 to 120 acquisitions. He has handled public and private issuances of debt securities in transactions ranging in size from $20 million to $1.35 billion, including Rule 144A offerings, high yield 144A-for-life bond offerings, investment grade public debt offerings, institutional private placements, and Exxon Capital debt exchange offerings. He also has extensive experience with equity offerings ranging in size from $10 million to more than $1 billion, including initial public offerings, secondary offerings, at-the-market continuous offerings, and PIPES transactions.

Mr. Barkley was listed in The Best Lawyers in America® for Corporate, Mergers & Acquisitions and Securities/Capital Markets Law in 2018 and each of the nine years immediately preceding and was named a 2017 "Atlanta Lawyer of the Year" by The Best Lawyers in America®. He is listed in the 2017 and the eight years immediately preceding editions of Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business as a leading lawyer for Corporate/Mergers & Acquisitions and in the 2009, 2011 and 2012 editions of Legal 500 US for Mergers & Acquisitions. He was also named as a top “Dealmaker” of 2008 by the Atlanta Business Chronicle. Mr. Barkley was recognized by the Atlanta Business Chronicle in 2004 for being one of Atlanta’s “Up and Comers – Under 40 and Rising,” and has been recognized as a 2009 Georgia "Super Lawyer" for Corporate Law, Mergers & Acquisitions, and Securities Law by Super Lawyers magazine, and again in 2017 and the six years immediately preceding for Mergers & Acquisitions. In 2012, 2013 and 2014, he was recognized as one of Georgia Trend's “Legal Elite” for Corporate Law. Mr. Barkley previously served as Deputy Managing Partner of the firm, and as Chairman of the Corporate Department. He is AV® rated by Martindale-Hubbell.*

*CV, BV, and AV are registered certification marks of Reed Elsevier Properties Inc., used in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedure's standards and policies.

Professional & Community Activities

Camp Sunshine, Inc., Board of Directors

Leadership Atlanta (Class of 2003)

Empty Stocking Fund, Chairman, Board of Directors

Georgia Transplant Foundation, Pro Bono General Counsel

The Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation, Board of Trustees

University of Georgia, Terry College of Business, Alumni Board

Paideia School, Board of Trustees

University of Georgia, Dean Rusk Center for International, Comparative and Graduate Legal Studies, Board of Advisors


  • University of Georgia School of Law, J.D. (1991)
    magna cum laude
  • Terry College of Business, University of Georgia, M.B.A., Finance and Marketing (1988)
  • University of Georgia, B.A., Political Science (1987)
    magna cum laude

Bar Admissions

  • Georgia (1991)

Who We Are

What fully engaged means to me:

In every transaction, understanding our clients' underlying business objectives and employing practical, innovative solutions for achieving those objectives.

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W. Benjamin Barkley

Experience Highlights

$2 Billion Public Offering for Delta Air Lines, Inc.
Represented Delta Air Lines, Inc. in its $2 billion public bond offering. more
Merger of Interland Inc.
Represented Interland Inc., a web hosting company, in its $100 million merger with Micron Computer Corporation. more
Public offering for Superior Essex Inc.
Represented Superior Essex Inc. in an $86 million secondary public offering of common stock. more
Institutional private placements of $110 million of notes for Aaron's Inc.
Represented Aaron's, Inc., a leading specialty retailer, in the institutional private placements of $110 million of senior notes. more