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Haynes and Boone Lawyers Widely Recognized in Texas Rising Stars 2014

Haynes and Boone, LLP lawyers have followed last year’s strong showing in the Texas Super Lawyers Rising Stars directory with an impressive group of 32 firm attorneys that editors have chosen for inclusion in the 2014 edition. Ten of the 32 made their first appearance in the special directory, which recognizes the top up-and-coming lawyers in the state. >>

Haynes and Boone in D Magazine: DFW’s Top M&A Deals and Dealmakers

Last year was a big year for big business deals in Dallas-Fort Worth, and the number and caliber of nominations in this year’s Mergers and Acquisitions Awards reflected that. Presented by D CEO and the Association for Corporate Growth, the program recognizes outstanding corporate transactions and the dealmakers who help put them together. >>

Haynes and Boone Advises in $1.6B Sale of Generic Drug Maker

A team of Haynes and Boone, LLP lawyers served as U.S. counsel to Strides Arcolab Ltd. in its $1.6 billion sale of Agila Specialties Private Ltd., a generic drug maker of injectable medicines, to Mylan Inc., the second largest stand-alone generic drug maker. >>



Eric S. Williams

Partner

Dallas


2323 Victory Avenue
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Dallas, Texas 75219
T +1 214.651.5537
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Areas of Practice

Education

  • J.D., Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law, 2001, Special Projects Editor, SMU Law Review Association
  • B.B.A., Baylor University, 1998

Bar Admissions

  • Texas, 2001
Eric S. Williams

Eric Williams is a corporate partner in the Dallas office of Haynes and Boone with more than 12 years of experience in acquisitions, divestitures, securities transactions and other complex business transactions. Specifically, he has significant experience representing both corporate and private equity buyers and sellers in structuring, negotiating, documenting and closing public and private mergers, acquisitions and dispositions, including assisting private equity funds with the purchase, ongoing representation and subsequent sale of portfolio companies. Eric also has experience representing clients in M&A transactions within the bankruptcy context.

Example transactions in which Eric has participated include his representation of:

  • CROSSMARK Inc. in its acquisition of all of the assets of PromoWorks, a leading shopper engagement firm.
  • Commercial Metals Company, a steel and metal manufacturer, in the sale of 100 percent of the stock of its wholly-owned subsidiary, Howell Metal Company, to Mueller Copper Tube Products, Inc., a subsidiary of Mueller Industries, Inc.
  • CROSSMARK, Inc., a leading consumer goods sales and marketing services company, in its acquisition of Marketing Werks Inc., the largest independent consumer-engagement company in the country.
  • BNSF Logistics, LLC and BNSF Logistics International, Inc. in multiple acquisitions
  • Stonehenge Capital in its equity and debt investment in TAS Environmental Services
  • Allegiance Crane & Equipment, LLC, a subsidiary of Prophet Equity LP, in its acquisition of the assets of USA Mobile Crane, LLC.
  • Frigelar North America, Inc. in its acquisition of four Johnstone Supply Locations from Jovan Corporation.
  • Cotton Creek Capital Management in its investment in, together with TGF Management and Austin Ventures, and the recapitalization of, Magnablend, Inc.
  • Forrest City Grocery Co., a food industry wholesale distributor, in its sale to Core-Mark Holding Company, Inc. via an all-cash merger.
  • AT&T in its acquisition of the security consulting business of Verisign, Inc.
  • Archipelago Learning in its acquisition of Alloy Interactive, Inc.
  • Prophet Equity L.P. in multiple transactions includings its bankruptcy acquisition of the assets of Gulfstream Crane, LLC, its acquisition of the stock of Ace Asphalt of Arizona, Inc. and its acquisition of the Altec Lansing division of Plantronics, Inc. 
  • Altec Lansing LLC in its Australian acquisition of the assets of Avega Systems, Inc., as well as in its bankruptcy acquisition of the assets of Vestalife, LLC.
  • Dean Foods Company in numerous acquisitions of various dairy assets and in the sale of both its customer-brand yogurt business to Schrieber Foods and its Mountain High Yoghurt business and the Mountain High brand to General Mills.
  • Rise Energy Partners, LP in its acquisition of a majority ownership interest in certain oil and gas properties of Pacific Energy Resources Ltd. and the stock of San Pedro Bay Pipeline Company
  • Zedi Inc. in its acquisition of Southern Flow Companies, Inc. from PowerSecure International, Inc.
  • Versata Enterprises, Inc. in multiple acquisitions, including its acquisition of Nextance, Inc., Clear Technology, Inc., Tenfold Corporation, Nuvo Network Management, Inc. and Ecora Software Corporation.
  • CIC Partners in its leveraged acquisition of the assets of Furr's Cafeterias out of bankruptcy, and its leveraged acquisition, and subsequent sale, of Industrial Container Systems

Selected Speeches and Publications

  • "Choice of Entity/Series LLC,” State Bar of Texas Annual Business Law & Corporate Counsel Forum, June 14, 2012.
  • “Choice of Entity/Series LLC,” State Bar of Texas Essentials of Business Law CLE, Houson, Texas, April 14, 2011.
  • “Mergers & Acquisitions Law 2011: Top Lawyers on Trends and Key Strategies for the Upcoming Year," co-author, Aspatore Thought Leadership, February 1, 2011.

Honors

  • Selected for inclusion in Texas Super Lawyers - Rising Stars Edition (2008-2014).
  • Recognized by DCEO Magazine as one of the DFW’s Top M&A Dealmakers, 2014.

Selected Representative Experience


Acquisition of Newell Recycling
Represented Commercial Metals Company in its acquisition, through its wholly-owned subsidiary Structural Metals, Inc., of substantially all of the assets of Newell Recycling of San Antonio, L.P.

Keywell LLC Acquisition
Represented Prophet Equity LP and its affiliates in the acquisition of certain assets of Keywell LLC.

Acquisition of Thermal & Mechanical Equipment, LLC
Represented Luther King Capital Management in the acquisition of Thermal & Mechanical Equipment, LLC, a manufacturer's representative agency and distributor specializing in engineering design, sales and distribution of heat transfer, filtration and process equipment.

Acquisition of PromoWorks Assets
Represented CROSSMARK Inc. in its acquisition of all of the assets of PromoWorks, a leading shopper engagement firm.

Stock Purchase Agreement
Represented Commercial Metals Company, a steel and metal manufacturer, in the sale of 100 percent of the stock of its wholly-owned subsidiary, Howell Metal Company, to Mueller Copper Tube Products, Inc., a subsidiary of Mueller Industries, Inc., for approximately $58.5 million.

Acquisition of Marketing Werks, Inc.
Represented CROSSMARK, Inc., a leading consumer goods sales and marketing services company, in its acquisition of Marketing Werks Inc., the largest independent consumer-engagement company in the country.

Multi-Billion Dollar Pharmaceutical Sale
Served as U.S. counsel to Strides Arcolab Ltd. in its $1.6 billion sale of Agila Specialties Private Ltd., a generic drug maker of injectable medicines, to Mylan Inc., the second largest stand-alone generic drug maker in the world.

Acquisition of Assets of EP-Team, Inc. by Affiliates of BNSF Logistics, LLC
Represented BNSF Logistics International, Inc. in its acquisition of EP-Team, Inc., a privately held global logistics project cargo provider.

Acquisition of Stock and Assets of Albacor Shipping Inc. (Canada) by Affiliates of BNSF Logistics, LLC
Represented BNSF Logistics, LLC in its acquisition by affiliates of Albacor Shipping Inc., a Canada-based international global project and general cargo provider with locations across North America, Europe and Russia.

Sale of Majority Stake in CROSSMARK Holdings, Inc.
Represented CROSSMARK Holdings, Inc. in transaction which facilitated a majority investment by an affiliate of Warburg Pincus, LLC.

Acquisition of the Assets of USA Mobile Crane, LLC by Allegiance Crane & Equipment, LLC
Represented Allegiance Crane & Equipment, LLC, a subsidiary of Prophet Equity LP, in its acquisition of the assets of USA Mobile Crane, LLC.

Acquisition by Frigelar North America, Inc. of Four Johnstone Supply Locations from Jovan Corporation
Represented Frigelar North America, Inc. in its acquisition of four Johnstone Supply Locations from Jovan Corporation.

Stock Purchase
Represented acquiror in the purchase of all of the stock of a provider of consumer bankruptcy and foreclosure services.

Magnablend
Represented Cotton Creek Capital Management in its investment, together with TGF Management and Austin Ventures, in, and the recapitalization of, Magnablend, Inc.

Forrest City Grocery Co. in its Sale to Core-Mark Holding Company, Inc.
Represented Forrest City Grocery Co. (FCGC), a food industry wholesale distributor, in its sale to Core-Mark Holding Company, Inc. (Core-Mark), a marketer of fresh and broad-line supply solutions to the convenience retail industry, via an all-cash merger pursuant to which FCGC became a wholly-owned, indirect subsidiary of Core-Mark.

Dean Foods Sale of its Customer-Brand Yogurt Business to Schreiber Foods
Represented Dean Foods in the sale of the assets related to its customer-brand yogurt business to Schreiber Foods.

Dean Foods in Sale of Mountain High Yoghurt
Represented Dean Foods and its subsidiaries in the sale of assets related to the Mountain High yoghurt business to General Mills, Inc.

Southern Flow
Represented Zedi, Inc. in its acquisition of Southern Flow Companies, Inc. from PowerSecure International, Inc. Southern Flow provides sales, installation, calibration, inspection, maintenance, and measurement services to the petrochemical industry.

Gulfstream Crane Acquisition
Represented Prophet Equity LP in its acquisition, by an affiliate, of the assets of Gulfstream Crane, LLC out of bankruptcy.

Ace Asphalt of Arizona, Inc. Acquisition
Represented Prophet Equity LP in its acquisition, by an affiliate, of all of the stock of Ace Asphalt of Arizona, Inc.

Purchase and Sale Agreement, dated 12/15/09 by and among Pacific Energy Resources Ltd., San Pedro Bay Pipeline Company, Rise Energy Beta, LLC and SP Beta Properties, LLC
Represented Rise Energy Partners, LP in Bankruptcy Code section 363 purchase of offshore California oil reserves, oil production platforms, and pipelines from Pacific Energy Resources Ltd. Transaction involved a court ordered auction and credit bid by Rise of indebtedness totalling approximately $500 million.

Acquisition of Assets of Altec Lansing Division of Plantronics, Inc.
Represented Prophet Equity LP in its purchase of assets of Altec Lansing from Plantronics, Inc.

Sale of TeacherWeb, Inc.
Represented Archipelago Learning, LLC in the sale of TeacherWeb, Inc. to Edline, LLC.

Acquisition of Ecora Software Corporation
Represented Trilogy, Inc. in its acquisition of Ecora Software Corporation.

Dean Foods Purchase of Assets from Dairyland, Inc.
Represented Dean Foods in its purchase of assets from Dairyland, Inc.

Purchase of Stock
Represented Dean Foods in its purchase of stock from CreaMiser Products Corporation.

Agreement and Plan of Merger
Represented Trilogy, Inc. in its acquisition of Tenfold Corporation.

Agreement and Plan of Merger
Represented  Versata Enterprises, Inc.  in its acquisition of Evolutionary Technologies International, Inc.

Agreement and Plan of Merger
Represented Trilogy, Inc. in its acquisition of Clear Technology, Inc.

Agreement and Plan of Merger
Represented Versata Enterprises, Inc. in its acquisition of NUVO Network Management Inc.

Agreement and Plan of Merger
Represented Trilogy, Inc. in its acquisition of Gensym Corporation.

Agreement and Plan of Merger
Represented Versata Enterprises, Inc. in its acquisition of Nextance Inc.

Reddy Ice Corporation Acquisition of Assets of Granite Capital, L.L.C.
Represented Reddy Ice Corporation in its purchase of assets from Granite Capital, L.L.C.

Acquisition by Tender Offer of Versata, Inc. by Trilogy, Inc.
Represented Trilogy, Inc. in its acquisition of Versata, Inc.

Asset Purchase Agreement
Represented United Rentals, Inc. in its purchase of assets from HSS RentX, Inc.

Dean Foods Co. in Numerous Acquisitions of Various Dairy Assets
Represents Dean Foods Co. in numerous acquisitions of various dairy assets.

Memberships

  • State Bar of Texas
  • Dallas Bar Association
  • Association for Corporate Growth Dallas Chapter, Board of Directors; Vice President, Membership
  • Young Professionals of Greater Dallas, Dallas Chamber of Commerce

Online Publications

02/18/2010 - Texas Business Organizations Code Now Applicable to All Entities
On January 1, 2010, the Texas Business Organizations Code (“TBOC”) became applicable to all Texas entities and foreign entities required to register to do business in Texas.

08/21/2002 - Impact of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002 on Non-U.S. Issuers