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Amber McGraw Walsh

Sphere of Influence: As head of the healthcare practice at McGuireWoods, she advises on a wide range of deals in the sector, including physician-owned hospitals

Amber McGraw Walsh has nearly 15 years of experience facilitating middle market healthcare deals. She chairs the healthcare practice at law firm McGuireWoods. Walsh represents hospitals, dialysis facilities, ambulatory surgery centers, physician-owned hospitals, multi- and single-specialty medical practices, along with healthcare industry entrepreneurs and investors. She was involved in a number of mid-market deals that have helped reshape the healthcare industry landscape.

Walsh has also served as general counsel to the board of Physician Hospital of America, the trade association representing the majority of physician-owned hospitals in the U.S. In her role, she helped create effective structures for deal closings in a heavily regulated industry, and has provided counsel to at least a third of physician-owned hospitals in the U.S. A growing aging U.S. population, combined with changing regulations, are some of the trends that have been driving middle market healthcare deals.

“The healthcare industry has seen sweeping change in recent years, from new regulation to reimbursement shifts, and niche investment opportunities have emerged as a result. Staying at the forefront of transactional and investment trends facing the healthcare industry is critical to ensuring that our clients make healthy operational and growth decisions. I am fortunate to have led the structuring of several partnerships and new companies operating in the middle market that have lowered costs to the healthcare system and shaped the delivery of care in a heavily regulated environment,” says Walsh.