John W. Menke



1221 McKinney Street
Suite 2100
Houston, 77010
T +1 713.547.2584
F +1 713.236.5429

Áreas de Practica


  • J.D., University of Texas at Austin School of Law, 1985, with honors
  • B.B.A., University of Texas at Austin, 1982, with highest honors

Bar Admissions

  • Texas
John W. Menke

John Menke has more than 25 years of experience in corporate securities transactions, including public and private offerings of debt and equity securities, securities laws compliance, corporate governance, mergers and acquisitions and monetization transactions.

John is AV® Peer Review Rated Preeminent by Martindale-Hubbell® Law Directory.

He has represented clients in transactions such as:

  • acquisitions, divestitures and mergers of public and private companies in the United States;

  • capital markets transactions including public, Rule 144A and private placements of common stock, preferred stock and debt securities;

  • private equity and mezzanine debt transactions and asset monetization transactions, such as royalty trusts; and

  • roll-up transactions, exchange offers and other recapitalization and restructuring transactions.

Selected Representative Experience

$161 Million Credit Facility
Represented lenders and investors in a $161 million credit facility and warrant issuance for a saltwater disposal company that services E&P companies in Texas and New Mexico.

Warrant Purchase
Represented Trans Energy, Inc. in the re-purchase of warrants issued to Chambers Energy Partners.

$100 Million Equity Investment in Oil and Gas Company
Represented mezzanine capital provider in the formation of an E&P company. In connection with the entity formation, represented the capital provider in its initial investment, used to fund the acquisition of oil and gas properties located in the Eagle Ford Shale.

$50 Million Equity Investment in Oil and Gas Company
Represented mezzanine capital provider in the formation and initial investment into an E&P company. The proceeds of the initial investment were used to acquire operated and non-operated oil and gas properties located in Montana and Wyoming.

KMG Chemicals Inc. Acquisition of Ultra Pure Chemicals Subsidiaries
Represented KMG Chemicals, Inc., a global provider of specialty chemicals to select markets, in its $63.3 million acquisition of the Ultra Pure Chemicals subsidiaries of OM Group, Inc. located in the United States, England, Singapore, Malaysia and France.

Guggenheim Partners - Secured Term Loan
Represented agent and lender in a secured term loan to an oil recycling refinery, with operations across Louisiana, Indiana, Nevada and California, secured by liens upon the various refining and storage operations. The lenders additionally received an equity kicker in the form of warrants in the borrower. Further represented the lenders in the negotiation of multiple intercreditor agreements and subordination agreements among the various other creditors of the borrower.

Bayer Transaction
Represented KMG-Bernuth, Inc., a subsidiary of KMG Chemicals, Inc., in its $10.5 million sale of its animal health business.

Represented Global Geophysical Services, Inc. in $200 Million Rule 144A Note Offering
Represented Global Geophysical Services, Inc. in a $200 million Rule 144A offering of its 10 1/2 percent Senior Notes due 2017.

Represented Global Geophysical Services, Inc. in $90 Million Initial Public Offering
Represented Global Geophysical Services, Inc. in its $90 million initial public offering representing 7.5 million shares of common stock.

Represented Landry's Restaurants, Inc. in $406.5 million Rule 144A Note Offering
Represented Landry's Restaurants, Inc. in a Rule 144A offering of $406.5 million aggregate principal amount of its 11-5/8 percent senior secured notes due 2015.

Westside Energy
Represented Westside Energy Corporation in a reverse merger with Crusader Energy Group, Inc.

Acquisition of an Energy Company
Represented an American Stock Exchange listed company in the reverse acquisition of affiliated private oil and gas companies for approximately $950 million in common stock.

Sale of a Line of Business
Represented a large public international specialty insurance company in the sale of a line of business.


  • State Bar of Texas

Online Publications

02/12/2009 - SEC Mandates Interactive Data Financial Reporting
The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) issued rules that will require most public companies to file financial statements with the SEC in eXtensible Business Reporting Language (XBRL). Interactive data in XBRL format permits users of financial information to automatically download financial data directly into documents and analytical tools.