Kristina Trauger


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Education and Clerkships

J.D., Seton Hall University School of Law, 2004, Chancellor Scholar

M.B.A., Finance, Seton Hall University Stillman School of Business, 2004

B.A., Political Science, Messiah College, 2000

  • Judicial Intern to the Hon. Shirley Tolentino, Superior Court of New Jersey, Criminal Division, October 2003-May 2004
  • Legal Extern, NASD Enforcement Division, Woodbridge, NJ, May 2003-August 2003
  • Legal Extern, New York Stock Exchange, Enforcement Division, January 2003-May 2003


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Kristina Trauger is a partner in the Capital Markets and Securities Group in the Houston Office of Haynes and Boone, LLP. Kristina concentrates her practice on the representation of publicly traded and privately held companies, investment companies, investment banks and investors in a wide range of corporate transactions that includes securities offerings, venture capital financings and other forms of private equity investment, mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, recapitalizations and restructurings. She also advises clients on corporate governance, securities compliance and SEC reporting matters. Kristina represents clients in a range of industries in the U.S. and internationally including energy, technology, retail branding, healthcare and biomedical technology.

She has particular experience in the representation of issuers, underwriters and placement agents in connection with public and private securities offerings, including:

  • Initial and secondary public offerings
  • Shelf registrations
  • PIPEs and registered direct offerings
  • SPACs and other structured blank-check offerings
  • Bond offerings
  • At-the-market offerings
  • Rights offerings

Kristina’s experience also includes advising investment banks in the various aspects of capital markets transaction, including in connection with engagement and retention letters, placement agent agreements, underwriting agreements, agreements among underwriters, selected dealer agreements and other syndicate documents and advising on SEC and FINRA disclosure and compliance issues.

Selected Publications and Speeches

  • “Strategies Leading to an IPO,” Lecturer and Author, Texas Bar CLE Advanced Business Law Course, November 2014.


Oil and Gas

Haynes and Boone Represents Alta Mesa in $3.8 Billion Merger with Silver Run Acquisition Corporation II

A team of Haynes and Boone lawyers led by Houston Partner Bill Nelson is advising Alta Mesa Holdings, LP, which has reached a definitive agreement to combine with Silver Run Acquisition Corporation II and Kingfisher Midstream LLC. The transaction is subject to the approval of Silver Run II stockholders and the satisfaction or waiver of other customary closing conditions.

Navigating Current Oil and Gas Markets

This series of energy industry alerts provides both oil and gas producers and bankers with timely information about distressed commodity prices and legal options to consider regarding credit agreements, restructuring debt, and potential defaults.

Program Checklist

IPO Readiness Program

Haynes and Boone has created a customizable IPO Readiness Program to prepare your company and management team for the demands and rigors of going public in today’s complex and ever-changing business environment. View the program checklist here.

Professional and Community Activities

  • Member - Board of Directors, Houston Society for the Performing Arts
  • United Way Young Leader and Women’s Initiative Member
  • State Bar of New Jersey
  • Houston Bar Association

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