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Maria V. Hopper

Since joining the firm in 2013 after graduating from Vanderbilt University Law School, Maria Hopper has effectively served her clients in a wide variety of corporate transactions.

Maria’s practice is focused on mergers, acquisitions, venture capital/private equity investments, and corporate compliance and governance. Specifically, Maria has experience representing corporate, private equity and venture capital clients in structuring, negotiating, documenting and closing mergers, acquisitions and dispositions, as well as assisting with the purchase, sale and ongoing representation of portfolio companies.

Maria is an active member of Haynes and Boone's Women's Initiative Committee, Haynes and Boone's American Heart Association steering committee and the Women’s Finance Exchange of Dallas. Maria is also an Adjunct Professor at Vanderbilt Law School for the 2020-2021 academic year.

Professional and Community Activities

  • Adjunct Professor at Vanderbilt Law School, 2020-2021 academic year
  • Women Finance Exchange, Member, 2017-2019; Board of Directors, 2018
  • State Bar of Texas
  • Dallas Bar Association
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Selected Client Representations
Corporate Strategic M&A
  • Represented MD Medical Group in its acquisition of 13 pediatric clinics from, and its sale of a minority stake to, an affiliate of Children’s Health. This transaction was honored by D CEO 2018 at the Excellence in Healthcare Awards as the "Outstanding Healthcare Deal."
  • Represented OraMetrix, Inc., a private company and provider of innovative 3-D technology solutions improving the quality and efficiency of orthodontic care, in its sale and merger into a subsidiary of Dentsply Sirona Inc., a public company. This transaction was awarded the “U.S.A. Deal of the Year” in the $100-$250 million category at the 2018 M&A Atlas Awards, Americas.
  • Represented Williamson-Dickie Holding Company, a private company specializing in the manufacture of work apparel, in its $820 million sale and merger into a subsidiary of VF Corporation, a publicly traded company. This transaction was awarded the “Global Consumer Goods Deal of the Year” in the Mid-Market category at the 2017 M&A Atlas Awards, Global Markets, and was recognized by D CEO Magazine and the Association for Corporate Growth among the biggest deals of 2017.
  • Represented Linetec Services, LLC, a Louisiana-based provider of recurring maintenance, refurbishment, upgrade and installation services, in its $336 million sale to an affiliate of Centuri Construction Group, Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Southwest Gas Holdings, Inc.
  • Represented Telefonaktiebolaget LM Ericsson in multiple acquisition transactions involving, among others, CENX, Placecast, NodePrime and FYI Television.
  • Represented Glassboard Holdings, Inc. in the sale of its equity interests in Clarus Glassboards LLC to an affiliate of The Riverside Company.
  • Represented Cook Children's Health Care System in its acquisition of Child Study Center.
  • Represented CHRISTUS Health in its acquisition of Good Shepherd Health System, Inc.
  • Represented All-Tex Pipe & Supply, Inc., a Texas-based PVF distributor, in its acquisition by Hajoca Corporation.
Private Equity
  • Represented Trive Capital in multiple acquisition, divestiture and add-on transactions involving, among others, NxEdge, Amteck, AGM Automotive, AEVEX Aerospace, Valence Surface Technologies, Architectural Surfaces Group, Residential Design Services and Huron.
  • Represented Teakwood Capital in its acquisition of iiPay, a leading cloud-based payroll services company based out of the United Kingdom. 
  • Represented Clarus Glassboards LLC, a leading designer and manufacturer of branded glass markerboards and architectural glass systems, in its sale to Bertram Capital.
Venture Capital and Emerging Company
  • Represented an affiliate of AT&T in its co-investment into edtech small businesses in connection with AT&T’s Aspire Accelerator Program.
  • Represented Telefonaktiebolaget LM Ericsson in various co-investments.
  • Represented a prominent fund in its co-investment into a specialized food retailer in Brazil, a distance-learning company with undergraduate and graduate programs in Brazil, and a developer of transmission lines in Colombia.
  • Represented an industry provider of innovative 3-D technology solutions to orthodontic care in convertible note financing rounds.
  • Represented a venture capital client in leading a Series B funding round of a developer and manufacturer of distributed energy management systems.
Qualifications

Education

LL.B., Centro Universitrio de Brasilia UniCEUB, 2009

J.D., Vanderbilt University Law School, 2013, Law and Business Certificate

Clerkships

Extern to the Honorable Mark Fishburn, Criminal Court, 20th Judicial District, Nashville, TN, Summer 2011

Extern to the Honorable Kevin H. Sharp, U.S. District Court for the Middle District of TN, Nashville, TN, July-August 2012

Languages

Portuguese

Admissions

Brazil

Texas

Representative Matters
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Sale of Leading Provider of Accounting, Payroll and Reporting Services

Represented a leading provider of accounting, payroll, and reporting services for the restaurant industry based out of Oklahoma in its sale to a middle market private equity firm.

Asset Acquisition of Priority, Inc. and ReImage America, LLC

Represented Rubelmann Capital and JFI in their acquisition of substantially all of the assets of Priority, Inc. and ReImage America, LLC, a global leader in signage and branded environments.

Purchase of majority interest in a New Jersey Medical Group

Represented a New Jersey primary and urgent care medical group in the purchase of the majority of its interests by one of the nation’s largest healthcare networks.

Series A Preferred Stock financing of Kinaset Therapeutics, Inc.

Represented Kinaset Therapeutics, Inc., a therapeutics company specializing in pulmonary and dermatological drug therapies in its Series A Preferred Stock financing by certain venture capital and investment funds.

Series B Preferred Stock Financing of Technology-Enabled Animal Health Start-Up

Represented an asset management firm in its purchase of shares of Series B Preferred Stock issued by a technology-enabled animal health start-up based out of Maine.

Secured Note and Warrant Financing of Global Manufacturer of Biotechnology Products

Represented a family office, as lead investor, in a secured note and warrant financing round by a global manufacturer of biotechnology products based out of Ohio.

Convertible Note and Warrant Financing of DynaResource, Inc.

Represented a family office, as lead investor, in a convertible promissory note and warrant financing round by DynaResource, Inc., a minerals investment, management and exploration company based out of Texas, currently conducting test mining and pilot mill operations in Mexico.

Minority Investment in Provider of Dog Daycare Services

Represented an asset management firm in its purchase of Class A Units issued by a leading provider of dog daycare services in North America.

Minority Investment in Short-Term Rental Projects and Home-Share Projects Management Company

Represented a leading real estate investment and hospitality management company in its minority investment in a short-term rental projects and home-share projects management company based out of Colorado.

Press Release
Haynes and Boone Lawyers Join 2021 Leadership Council on Legal Diversity Fellow, Pathfinders Program [...]
March, 05 2021

Three Haynes and Boone, LLP lawyers have been selected to participate in the 2021 Leadership Council on Legal Diversity (LCLD) Fellows and Pathfinders Programs. Partner Jason Lao has been named a Fellow, and Associates Serge Agbre and Maria Hopper will participate in the Pathfinder Program. Founded in 2009, LCLD is a growing organization of more than 350 corporate chief legal officers and law firm [...]