Jackson Walker M&A Deal Activity Jumped Nearly 70 Percent in 2016

April 5, 2017 | Mentions



The Texas Lawbook recently highlighted Jackson Walker’s mergers and acquisitions practice, reporting that the firm “advised in significantly more deals in 2016” than it did a year earlier. The firm was featured in the publication’s Corporate Deal Tracker for reporting 44 M&A transactions closed in 2016, a 69 percent increase from 2015.

Kevin JonesPartner Kevin Jones explained to The Texas Lawbook that 2016 “saw a real spike in the number of carve-out transactions where we would come in and not necessarily buy an entire business, but buy a portion of the business; which is good for us, because we can sort of strategically add to an existing company.” “[It is also] good for a seller, who can take advantage of the higher valuations we’re seeing because of a frothy market, but not necessarily divest core assets.”

The article states that M&A experts believe 2017 deal flow will be just as strong as 2016, if not stronger. Activity seen by Jackson Walker in the first quarter supports the predicted trend, with the firm’s representation of clients in M&A transactions increasing in the first quarter of 2017 as compared to the first quarter of 2016, including the representation of Zachry Group in its acquisition of Ambitech Engineering Corporation. To further support and develop growth in corporate transactions, in March the firm added two seasoned corporate attorneys in San Antonio.

For more information, read “Corp. Deal Tracker: M&A Firm Leaderboard Played Musical Chairs in 2016” by The Texas Lawbook. Subscription may be required to view article.

About Jackson Walker’s M&A Practice

Jackson Walker has extensive experience representing clients involved in all types of mergers, acquisitions, dispositions, joint ventures and other strategic alliances, with exceptional expertise in private equity, healthcare, and cross-border transactions. They have represented clients, including publicly and privately held companies, as well as private equity funds and hedge funds, involved in merger and acquisition transactions, from large to small and from simple to extremely complex.

About Kevin Jones

Kevin Jones advises public and private companies on a broad range of corporate matters, including mergers and acquisitions, corporate restructurings and other complex business transactions. Kevin has significant experience representing both corporate and private equity clients in structuring, negotiating, documenting and closing public and private mergers, acquisitions and dispositions. Kevin also provides legal counsel with respect to equity and debt offerings on behalf of issuers and underwriters, private placements of securities, and venture capital financings.