Stephanie is a key contributor to our continued success. In addition to being a highly skilled attorney, she has a tremendous grasp of technology and business operations. Stephanie applies her remarkable range and depth in key business areas to translate complex issues into clear positions that are amenable to our customers and partners while also protecting and furthering our interests. She also has played a large role in elevating our corporate profile by making business introductions within her extensive network of professional contacts.
President & CEO, NASDAQ-listed software company

Biography

Stephanie Chandler knows the value of hard work. Stephanie got her first job at age 11, juggled three jobs in high school, and worked her way through college, earning a finance degree with highest distinction from the University of Nebraska, before attending law school at the University of Virginia. Today, she brings that same deep-seated work ethic to representing her clients, rolling up her sleeves and working alongside them to help achieve their business goals.

Stephanie believes strongly in partnering with her clients, helping them build their businesses.  Her track record of working with clients from the earliest stages of their development through significant liquidity events, typically in the role of outside general counsel managing the legal issues related to each growth stage, allows her to bring a uniquely broad-based perspective to the matters she handles.

Stephanie gets involved early on with her companies and walks with them through their entire growth cycle.

“I think clients appreciate it when you are able to be a mentor and provide strategic advice. It enables you to become a key part of the management team, so that you are helping brainstorm not just the legal issues but the business issues as well.” – Stephanie Chandler

One of those early successes was Rackspace, an IT hosting company that began in its founders’ dorm room at Trinity University and has since grown into an NYSE-listed company with a market capitalization of $6.69 billion and more than 200,000 business customers in 120 countries. Stephanie was part of a team that structured the initial outside investments by the local investor community in the fledgling company and continued to represent the outside investors as the company grew. She continues to work with Geekdom, an initiative started by Rackspace’s founder to spur the next generation of cloud-based technology companies, having represented portfolio companies, the parallel investment fund in its investments in portfolio companies, and investors in the fund. Another was Dixie Iron Works, a small, privately held oilfield services company based in Alice, Texas. When the company’s founder was ready to retire and exit the company, Stephanie helped develop a creative strategy to transfer ownership of the company to its president. Since then, Dixie Iron Works has grown into a hundred million-dollar revenue company that conducts business worldwide, with Stephanie continuing to serve as its outside general counsel. As these examples attest, Stephanie excels at working with clients from the ground floor up, taking the time to get to know their businesses and developing creative solutions to help them achieve their objectives.

Practice Expertise

Stephanie’s practice emphasizes:

  • securities transactions, reporting and compliance
  • mergers and acquisitions
  • technology licensing and commercialization
  • general corporate work

Her clients include:

  • startup companies commercializing innovations in information technology and biotechnology
  • closely held businesses
  • private investors and private equity and venture capital firms
  • large privately held and publicly traded companies

Industries she serves include:

  • software, cloud & cybersecurity
  • health care and life sciences
  • oil and gas companies operating in the upstream, midstream, refining and distribution sectors
  • family offices
  • transportation and logistics

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Career Highlights

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Stephanie represented NuStar Energy L.P. in a $115 million refinery sale and represented CST Brands, Inc. in its $2.4B spinoff from Valero Energy Corp. in a deal that created the second-largest publicly traded fuel and convenience merchandise retailer in North America.

Energy Industry Mergers and Acquisitions:

  • Representation of one of the largest independent liquids terminal and pipeline operators in the nation in its acquisition of a refined products terminal in Linden, N.J. in a $142.5 million transaction.
  • Representation of seller of terminal assets and related pipeline in Texas and New Mexico, including pipeline serving military base and related government contracts.
  • Led the team advising the publicly traded seller of a refinery and related terminal, pipeline and feedstock assets for $115 million, including negotiation of the asset purchase agreement and complex transition and employee services agreements.
  • Representation of a large publicly traded master limited partnership in the sale of its joint venture interest in an interstate pipeline company valued at more than $36 million.
  • Representation of purchaser of all of the equity interests in a company that owns crude oil, diesel, naphtha, and vacuum gas oil storage facilities, in a transaction valued at approximately $45 million.

Technology Industry Mergers and Acquisitions:

  • Acquisition of electronic file transfer software company by a publicly traded technology company to strategically broaden product portfolio.
  • Restructure of technology-related assets in connection with $120M syndicated secured credit facility to finance leveraged management buyout of services company.
  • U.S. counsel in acquisition of software providing solutions to the oil and gas industry globally, including 3D seismic geomodeling applications by Canadian-based seismic technology company.
  • Assisted large construction firm with multiple acquisitions with due diligence review of software licenses, electronic document retention policies, issued patents and other technology related documentation in conjunction with acquisition of engineering firm specializing in power plant development and operation and ancillary software companies.
  • Acquisition of technology consulting services company by traditional bricks and mortar oil and gas industry parts manufacturer.

Family-Owned Business Mergers and Acquisitions:

  • Represented construction firm in the acquisition of a major industrial services provider that serves Fortune 500 clients, providing a wide range of enhanced services in engineering, construction, maintenance, turnarounds, and fabrication.
  • Represented regional family owned sign manufacturing and installation business in its sale to a company rolling up regional providers in the industry.
  • Buyer representation in acquisition of family-owned oilfield equipment manufacturing and distribution company through leveraged management buyout resulting from long-term succession planning.

Public Company Offerings, Compliance and Corporate Governance:

  • Represented issuer in registration on Form S-1 of secondary offering by selling stockholder of $470M in issuer’s common stock.
  • Represented newly registered spinco in $2.4B spinoff of retail operations from Fortune 50 NYSE-traded energy company and related 144A offering.
  • Offering and subsequent registration by NASDAQ listed company of $13.7M in common stock utilizing a Private Investment in Public Equity (PIPE) structure.
  • Tax free spin-out of public subsidiary in the technology space from publicly traded parent in the telecommunications space.
  • Served as primary company counsel for newly NYSE-listed $2.4B market cap public company in development of all disclosure controls and procedures for all financial reporting, insider trading policies, committee charter adoption, board meeting calendar addressing all regulatory requirements, board meeting processes and procedures including board book content best practices and other governance processes and procedures. Engagement, due to this being the result of a Form 10 spinout transaction, was to build these systems from the ground up given client’s newly constituted board, committees and executive management team.
  • Contested proxy solicitation related to amendments to publicly traded company’s formation documents to modify shareholders rights and permit stock split through authorization of additional shares.

Tech Equity Financings:

  • Fund counsel in formation of early stage technology fund and follow-on fund.
  • Representation of investor group in multiple investments in oilfield data collection, storage, visualization and decision analytics software as a services provider used to manage production and pipeline systems.
  • Private placement of multiple series of preferred stock by energy storage application company, including negotiation of financing by state-sponsored early stage investment fund.
  • Investor representation in frac water treatment venture through multiple rounds.
  • Private placements of common stock and private placement of convertible debentures by medical device company.

Finance Transactions:

  • Negotiation of $22M credit facility financing real estate acquired in connection with the acquisition of dealerships by a privately held heavy equipment dealer.
  • Team member in a $67M financing of the purchase of natural gas plant and pipeline assets.

Technology Transactions:

  • Assisted in the development of a services agreement contract regimes for multiple application service providers in the health care industry and related privacy compliance analysis.
  • Assisted in the development of a new software, service and maintenance contract regime for a biometric technology vendor.
  • Prepared standardized end user licensing approach for document management software company to assist in the successful targeting of clients in the AmLaw 100.
  • Assistance with adoption of open source licensing structures and ancillary fee for service business models.
  • Assistance with providing e-commerce related solutions:
  • Assistance in the development of policies in relation to security and enforceability for online transactions.
  • Assist in the capacity of outside special counsel to energy derivatives trading firm in conjunction with their data acquisition technology solutions, technology law compliance issues and all software licensing issues.

Community

  • San Antonio Medical Foundation, Board of Directors
    • Grant Committee, Chair
    • Executive Committee
  • Texas Research & Technology Foundation, Board of Trustees
  • Texas Research & Technology Foundation –  Investment Committee
  • United Way – Masters Leadership Program, Emeritus Board of Directors
  • South Texas Women’s Energy Network
    • President of the Board
    • Former Program Development Chair
  • San Antonio Clean Technology Forum, Advisory Board
  • North San Antonio Chamber of Commerce
    • LeadSA’s SustainAbility program, Former Chair
    • CFO Forum Planning Committee
    • Board of Directors, 2011 – 2016
  • Family Services Association of San Antonio
    • Board of Directors, Former Chair
    • Program Evaluation Committee, Former Co-Chair
  • Greater San Antonio Chamber of Commerce
    • Energy and Sustainability Committee of the Public Affairs Council, Former Chair
    • Steering Committee for Leadership San Antonio XXIX
    • Leadership San Antonio XXVIII class, Graduate, Vice President
  • Advisory Council for University of Texas at San Antonio College of Engineering, 2006 – 2014

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    Peter Hosey & Stephanie Chandler Provide Insight on Private Investing in the Eagle Ford Shale in ‘San Antonio Business Journal’

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    Stephanie Chandler Quoted in ‘San Antonio Business Journal’ on Eagle Ford Shale Investing

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