Kristin Santamaria


Education and Clerkships

J.D., Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law, 2013, magna cum laude; Order of the Coif; SMU Law Review Association, Articles Editor

B.B.A., Financial Consulting, Southern Methodist University, 2010, BBA Scholars Program

B.A., Markets and Culture, Southern Methodist University, 2010, cum laude, University Honors Program

  • Intern to the Honorable A. Joe Fish, U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas, July-August 2011
  • Legal Extern, U.S. Attorney's Office, Northern District of Texas, Civil Division, Fall 2011


Texas, 2013


Kristin Santamaria is an associate in the Investment Management and Private Equity Practice Groups in the Dallas office of Haynes and Boone. Her practice focuses on corporate and business planning matters, with a concentration on investment fund formation and management, capital raising, private equity investments, joint ventures, reorganizations and other strategic transactions across a broad range of industries.

Kristin has represented clients in a wide range of corporate matters, including:

  • Representing private equity funds, hedge funds and other domestic and offshore private funds pursuing a variety of investment strategies
  • Representing private equity firms in structuring, negotiating and documenting portfolio company acquisitions
  • Representing various partnerships and limited liability companies in joint venture transactions across a wide range of industries
  • Representing fund managers in negotiation of equity ownership structures, governance issues and equity incentive plans
  • Representing an energy fund manager in the formation of investment funds with capital commitments of $3 billion dollars with taxable and tax-exempt investors
  • Representing an established fund manager in connection with the formation and documentation of multiple single-investor partnerships

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