Jennifer Wisinski


Education and Clerkships

J.D., University of Texas at Austin School of Law, 1991, with honors; Order of the Coif

B.A., University of Texas at Austin, 1988, with high honors; Plan II Program




Jennifer Wisinski is the chair of the Business Transactions Department and has more than 20 years of experience in a broad range of transactions, from capital markets transactions to private and public company mergers and acquisitions. In the capital markets area, Jennifer focuses on efficiently and successfully helping public company clients complete both equity offerings and debt refinancings involving the issuance of debt securities and the retirement of existing debt through tender offers. Jennifer has extensive experience in mergers and acquisitions including negotiated cash and stock-for-stock mergers, going private transactions, as well as hostile tender offers and proxy contests. In addition, Jennifer counsels clients on activism and anti-takeover matters, general securities laws compliance, and corporate governance issues. Jennifer works with clients across a range of industries including energy, manufacturing, and financial services, among others.

Jennifer also serves as the firm’s counsel on Hart-Scott-Rodino, a federal statue which requires notifying the FTC and DOJ of certain acquisitions and observing a “waiting period” before they are completed. Given the uptick in investigations and enforcement over the past several years, Jennifer works closely with the firm’s antitrust lawyers to resolve informal investigations by the FTC or the DOJ that are commenced in connection with an HSR filing.

Professional and Community Activities

  • Board Member, Design Connect Create (non-profit promoting STEM careers for young women through summer physics camps)

Selected Publications and Speeches

  • “The Board’s #1 Responsibility – CEO Succession Planning,” Panelist, Equilar Board Leadership Forum, March 19, 2019.
  • “Drafting and Negotiating Financing Provisions in Mergers,” Author, Practical Law, Thomson Reuters, March 2019.



Haynes and Boone Represents Applied Optoelectronics in Convertible Senior Notes Offering

Haynes and Boone represented Applied Optoelectronics, Inc. as issuer’s counsel in its offering of $80.5 million of 5.00 Percent Convertible Senior Notes due 2024.

Deal of the Year

D CEO Names Dickies Sale a Deal-of-the-Year Finalist

D CEO magazine and the Association for Corporate Growth recognized VF Corporation’s 2017 acquisition of Fort Worth-based Williamson-Dickie Mfg. Co., an $820 million transaction, among the biggest deals of the past year.

Selected Client Representations

  • $350 million Rule 144A private placement of senior notes for manufacturing company.
  • $1.6 billion stock for stock merger.
  • $300 million senior notes offering and $300 million tender offer for manufacturing company.
  • Capital restructuring for energy company.
  • $800 million sale of private manufacturing company.
  • $1.6 billion Rule 144A private placement of senior notes for company in the restaurant industry.
  • $200 million debt tender offers for manufacturing company.
  • $500 million senior notes offering for energy company.
  • Represented oil and gas company in defending against a proxy contest.
  • Represented manufacturing company in defending against a hostile tender offer.

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