Law360: Q&A With Haynes and Boone's Eric Williams


On November 3, 2011, Law360 conducted a Q&A with Haynes and Boone Partner Eric S. Williams.

Eric S. Williams is a corporate partner in the Dallas office of Haynes and Boone LLP with experience in acquisitions, divestitures, securities transactions and other complex business transactions. Specifically, he has 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.

Q: What aspects of your practice area are in need of reform and why?

A: I think the most critical reformation needed right now is tax reform, not just for the M&A practice, but for the U.S. economy generally. I’ll leave the debate as to “how” to our elected officials, but I feel that even marginally lower tax rates could really give our economy a much needed boost.

With trillions of dollars on corporate balance sheets and hundreds of billions of dollars of dry powder sitting with private equity funds, if the economy can reach some level of stabilization, M&A activity over the next couple of years could potentially surge to 2007 levels and beyond. Conversely, if tax rates are raised anytime soon, they will inevitably have a stifling effect on an already sputtering economy.

Excerpt from Law360, Nov. 3, 2011. To view the full interview, click here (subscription required).

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