Allan Tanenbaum


Tanenbaum is the former General Counsel of AFC Enterprises Inc.  Prior to joining AFC, Tanenbaum was in private practice for over 30 years, specializing in business transactions.
Tanenbaum has a broad range of experience in representing public and private companies in financing, mergers and acquisitions, compliance and corporate Governance matters.  He has managed public offerings of debt and equity securities, as well as institutional private placements of high-yield securities and venture capital financings.  Acquisitions and dispositions have included transactions between public companies, transactions involving small to middle market private companies, and related bank and private financing transactions. 
Tanenbaum has advised Boards of Directors and Board Committees concerning corporate governance, both under Sarbanes-Oxley and under common law fiduciary principles, and has implemented compliance programs for companies after they have gone public.  He has managed a broad variety of litigation and special matters, including shareholder class actions, derivative suits, government investigations and Board Committee investigations, and has experience in alternative dispute resolution, arbitration and mediation, and other innovative approaches to risk management and dispute resolution.
Tanenbaum formerly chaired the American Bar Association's Division of Public Education which promotes public understanding of and respect for the law and the legal process.  He chaired the ABA's Commissions on partnership programs where he led the development of a nationwide program to improve client relations and communication as well as address the public's perception of the justice system.  He has represented the State of Georgia in the ABA’s House of Delegates, was a liaison to the Georgia Supreme Court Chief Justices’ Commission on Public Trust and Confidence, and former President of the Atlanta Bar Foundation.  He is currently the treasurer and investment committee chair of the ABA Retirement Fund, which provides retirement plan solutions to more that 4,500 law firms around the country, and on the finance committee of the Board of The Legal Services Corporation.  
Tanenbaum is a frequent lecturer on corporate governance and securities matters to business and professional groups.  He currently serves on the Board of Directors and chairs the Corporate Governance Committee of DSW Shoe Warehouse. Inc. a  New York Stock Exchange company, as well as on the boards of several privately owned corporations.
A graduate of the University of Virginia School of Law, Tanenbaum earned his Bachelor of Science degree from the Wharton School of Finance & Commerce at the University of Pennsylvania.
A native of Savannah, Georgia, Tanenbaum’s community involvement is primarily related to children’s issues including serving as a founding member and Secretary of The Hank Aaron Chasing the Dream Foundation; Director Emeritus of the Children's Museum of Atlanta and on the national Boards of the Southern Education Foundation; the Mexican-American Legal Defense Fund (MALDEF); The LPGA Foundation and the Atlanta Technical College Foundation.