Mergers, Acquisitions, & Divestitures

Jackson Walker has extensive experience representing clients involved in all types of mergers, acquisitions, dispositions, joint ventures and other strategic alliances, with exceptional experience in private equity, healthcare, and cross-border transactions.

We 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. Our experience includes a wide range of negotiated and contested transactions including: mergers, stock and asset purchases and dispositions, spin-offs, exchange offers, tender offers, proxy contests, going-private and going dark transactions, and leveraged buy-outs.

Guiding M&A transactions from start to finish

Our typical activities in M&A transactions include:

  • Drafting and negotiating asset purchase, stock purchase and merger agreements
  • Preparing filings under applicable securities laws (including proxy materials, registration statements, tender offer materials, Section 16 filings, Schedule 13Ds and 13Gs and other filings), the Hart-Scott-Rodino Act and other statutes
  • Handling exchange offers, tender offers, proxy contests and going private and going dark transactions
  • Counseling publicly and privately held companies, as well as private equity funds and hedge funds, boards of directors, special committees and in-house counsel
  • Developing and deploying measures to deter or defend against hostile takeover attempts, including shareholder rights plans (“poison pills”) and bylaw and charter provisions
  • Handling conversions, recapitalizations, reorganizations (both in and out of bankruptcy), spin-offs and other divestiture transactions
  • Representing investment banking firms in connection with their fairness opinions with respect to these transactions
  • Assisting in communications with analysts and the media

Taking an interdisciplinary approach

Our acute focus on each client’s unique needs leads us to approach each transaction with an interdisciplinary team of attorneys tailored to the specific transaction, handling the various corporate, securities, intellectual property, litigation, employee benefits, tax, environmental, antitrust, and other issues inherent in mergers and acquisitions. More recently our multidisciplinary teams have made extensive use of our Bankruptcy practice group and Litigation group in work-outs, transactions involving financially distressed companies, and in representing chapter 11 debtors and purchasers.

In the past few years alone, we have represented clients in connection with the following transactions:

  • Represented a leading modular building and portable storage provider in the Western U.S. in the sale of substantially all assets for a purchase price of $260 million
  • A merger of a NASDAQNMS-listed energy company into an NYSE listed electric company
  • A complex cross-border acquisition of a French manufacturing company and the formation of joint ventures in Turkey and Lebanon involving significant tax, intellectual property and corporate law issues
  • A leveraged recapitalization transaction in which a private equity firm acquired control of a broadband internet, cable television and telephone service provider
  • Secondary market purchases by a hedge fund of funds of interests in over 198 different hedge funds valued at over $123.4 million
  • A joint venture between a Texas-based spirits distributor in a transaction with the second-largest spirits and wine distributor in Illinois, creating the largest spirit, wine and malt beverage distributor in the state of Illinois
  • A merger transaction involving the sale of a privately held, Dallas-based medical information technology company to a private equity fund in a transaction valued at approximately $400 million
  • A sale of a minority interest in an Indian low-cost carrier airline listed on the Bombay Stock Exchange for all-cash consideration of approximately $41 million
  • A sale by a privately held, Dallas-based medical information technology company in a $40 million merger transaction involving its sale to a private equity fund
  • An acquisition by a public healthcare company of another public healthcare company by way of a stock exchange offer
  • A sale of a public healthcare company to a public pharmaceuticals company by way of a cash tender offer in a transaction value at approximately $225 million
  • An acquisition of an asphalt refinery following a Chapter 11 bankruptcy of the target resulting in a transaction value at approximately $45 million
  • A sale of equity interests in privately-held manufacturer of baked goods to a publicly traded Colombian company for approximately $84 million
  • 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 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.

Arturo Cavazos, Jr.

Arturo Cavazos, Jr.

Partner, San Antonio
210.978.7720

Stephanie L. Chandler

Stephanie L. Chandler

Partner, San Antonio
210.978.7704

Alden S. Crow

Alden S. Crow

Partner, Dallas
214.953.6019

Taylor Cummins

Taylor Cummins

Associate, Fort Worth
817.334.7213

David B. Deaton

David B. Deaton

Partner, Houston
713.752.4508

Byron F. Egan

Byron F. Egan

Partner, Dallas
214.953.5727

Roderick O. Faulk

Roderick O. Faulk

Associate, San Antonio
210.978.7730

Brandon Flowers

Brandon Flowers

Associate, Dallas
214.953.5671

Alex Frutos

Alex Frutos

Partner, Dallas
214.953.6012

Ryan K. Holm

Ryan K. Holm

Associate, Dallas
214.953.5745

Kyle Hooper

Kyle Hooper

Partner, Dallas
214.953.6046

Steven R. Jacobs

Steven R. Jacobs

Partner, San Antonio
210.978.7727

Kevin A. Jones

Kevin A. Jones

Partner, Dallas
214.953.6129

Rony Kishinevsky

Rony Kishinevsky

Associate, Austin
512.236.2274

Ann M. Leafstedt

Ann M. Leafstedt

Partner, San Antonio
210.978.7743

Daniel Lewis

Daniel Lewis

Associate, Dallas
214.953.6078

Brian Lidji

Brian Lidji

Partner, Dallas
214.953.6028

Evan M. Malloy

Evan M. Malloy

Partner, Fort Worth
817.334.7225

Shari Y. Mao

Shari Y. Mao

Partner, San Antonio
210.978.7764

Nathan McCune

Nathan McCune

Senior Counsel, Fort Worth
817.334.7295

Cale McDowell

Cale McDowell

Partner, Austin
512.236.2057

Taylor McDowell

Taylor McDowell

Associate, Austin
512.236.2225

Mark J. McMullen

Mark J. McMullen

Associate, Dallas
214.953.5813

Amanda Miller

Amanda Miller

Associate, Dallas
214.953.5730

Carolyn Mulvey

Carolyn Mulvey

Senior Counsel, San Antonio
210.978.7703

Danny Nappier

Danny Nappier

Partner, Dallas
214.953.5917

Dana Nguyen

Dana Nguyen

Associate, Dallas
214.953.5915

Paisley Park

Paisley Park

Associate, Houston
713.752.4381

Lisa A. Peterson

Lisa A. Peterson

Partner, Fort Worth
817.334.7231

Brian D. Pettis

Brian D. Pettis

Associate, San Antonio
210.978.7742

Aaron Pinegar

Aaron Pinegar

Partner, Dallas
214.953.5658

Erik S. Romberg

Erik S. Romberg

Senior Counsel, Austin
512.236.2025

Jessica Schwartz

Jessica Schwartz

Associate, Dallas
214.953.5983

Eve M. Searls

Eve M. Searls

Family Office Analyst, San Antonio
210.978.7732

Jeremy I. Sheng

Jeremy I. Sheng

Partner, Houston
713.752.4248

Manonh Soumahoro

Manonh Soumahoro

Associate, Dallas
214.953.6022

Patrick B. Tobin

Patrick B. Tobin

Partner, San Antonio
210.978.7785

Kirk Tucker

Kirk Tucker

Partner, Houston
713.752.4389

William H. Venema

William H. Venema

Of Counsel, Austin
512.236.2278

Alicia Vesely

Alicia Vesely

Associate, Austin
512.236.2318

Brian Wilson

Brian Wilson

Associate, Austin
512.236.2348

Chelsea T. Wood

Chelsea T. Wood

Partner, Fort Worth
817.334.7220

Michael W. Wood

Michael W. Wood

Partner, Houston
713.752.4549

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Jackson Walker is pleased to announce that Chambers and Partners has selected 67 attorneys and 23 departments for inclusion in the 2024 edition of the Global and USA guides. Attorneys were ranked across 27 departments, with 3 attorneys listed among multiple areas, 8 ranked nationwide in their respective areas, and 15 recognized for the first time.

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On Thursday, October 12, 2023, Jackson Walker partner Evan M. Malloy will serve as the moderator during a panel discussion at the Association for Corporate Growth (ACG DFW) Fort Worth Series.

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