Company News • August 8, 2018
Fort Myers, Florida – Mertz Taggart, the leading merger & acquisition firm specializing in the home health, home care, hospice and behavioral health industries, announces its continued expansion with the addition of Bruce Vanderlaan, JD, as Managing Director.
Mr. Vanderlaan practiced law for 17 years with Varnum, Riddering, Schmidt, & Howlett in Grand Rapids, Michigan and for one year with Miller, Carson, Boxberger, & Murphy in Fort Wayne, Indiana. Since 2010, Mr. Vanderlaan has practiced in Fort Myers, Florida.
His area of concentration has been on representing healthcare groups and businesses in virtually all aspects of their corporate needs, from organization and structuring to contracts, and compliance with extensive experience in negotiating, advising, and guiding clients through the M&A process, closing dozens of transactions.
Cory Mertz, Managing Partner and co-founder of Mertz Taggart said, “As we further extend our position as the premier healthcare services M&A firm, it is important that we continue to add depth and experience. Bruce’s background complements our team well. Having an attorney with 26 years of practical legal experience, and one that is so knowledgeable in healthcare M&A, is an enormous advantage for our clients.”
Mr. Vanderlaan said, “When I came out of law school, I went with the top firm in Grand Rapids. I’m pleased to now be a part of the top healthcare M&A firm. With so many factors affecting healthcare companies today, the business, legal, and regulatory experience I have gained will help our clients achieve optimal results.”
With his knowledge and expertise in business, law, and healthcare compliance, Mr. Vanderlaan has frequently been a keynote speaker at conferences for both business owners and healthcare companies. He has also been instrumental in guiding healthcare associations. In addition to being currently admitted to the Michigan and Florida Bars, he holds a bachelor’s in business administration and is an honors graduate of the University of Detroit School of Law.