Eric Williams


Education and Clerkships

J.D., Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law, 2001, Special Projects Editor, SMU Law Review Association

B.B.A., Baylor University, 1998


Texas, 2001


Eric Williams is a corporate partner in the Dallas office of Haynes and Boone with more than 17 years of experience in acquisitions, divestitures, securities transactions and other complex business transactions. Specifically, he has significant 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. Eric also has experience representing clients in M&A transactions within the bankruptcy context.

Professional and Community Activities

  • State Bar of Texas
  • Dallas Bar Association
  • Association for Corporate Growth Dallas Chapter, Board of Directors

Professional Recognition

  • Selected for inclusion in Texas Super Lawyers Rising Stars, Thomson Reuters, 2008-2015
  • Recognized by DCEO Magazine, D Magazine Partners, as one of the DFW’s Top M&A Dealmakers, 2014

Rising Stars

Super Lawyers

Haynes and Boone Lawyers Acknowledged in Texas Rising Stars 2015

Haynes and Boone, LLP lawyers maintain a strong presence in the latest Texas Super Lawyers Rising Stars directory with a substantial group of 31 firm lawyers chosen for inclusion in the 2015 edition.

Published by Thomson Reuters in March 2015

Selected Client Representations

  • Represented FGF Brands, a leading manufacturer of premium baked goods for the food service and retail industries, in the acquisition of the assets of Hill Country Bakery.
  • 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.
  • Represented Glassboard Holdings, Inc. in the sale of its equity interests in Clarus Glassboards LLC to an affiliate of The Riverside Company.
  • Represented Commercial Metals Company in connection with its sale of certain assets to SB Specialty Metals Holdings LLC.
  • Represented Commercial Metals Company in connection with its sale of certain assets to Manakin Industries, LLC.
  • Represented Commercial Metals Company in connection with its sale of certain assets to Trek Metals, Inc.
  • Represented CMC Steel Fabricators, Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Commercial Metals Company, in connection with its acquisition of substantially all of the assets of MMFX Technologies.
  • Commercial Metals Company, a steel and metal manufacturer, in the sale of 100 percent of the stock of its wholly-owned subsidiary, Howell Metal Company, to Mueller Copper Tube Products, Inc., a subsidiary of Mueller Industries, Inc.
  • Mizzen+Main in growth investment by L Catterton, a consumer-focused private equity firm.
  • CHRISTUS Health in its acquisition of Good Shepherd Health System, Inc.
  • All-Tex Pipe & Supply, Inc., in its sale to Hajoca Corporation.
  • CROSSMARK Inc. in its acquisition of all of the assets of PromoWorks, a leading shopper engagement firm.
  • CROSSMARK, Inc., a leading consumer goods sales and marketing services company, in its acquisition of Marketing Werks Inc., the largest independent consumer-engagement company in the country.
  • BNSF Logistics, LLC and BNSF Logistics International, Inc. in multiple acquisitions
  • Stonehenge Capital in its equity and debt investment in TAS Environmental Services
  • Allegiance Crane & Equipment, LLC, a subsidiary of Prophet Equity LP, in its acquisition of the assets of USA Mobile Crane, LLC.
  • Frigelar North America, Inc. in its acquisition of four Johnstone Supply Locations from Jovan Corporation.
  • Cotton Creek Capital Management in its investment in, together with TGF Management and Austin Ventures, and the recapitalization of, Magnablend, Inc.
  • Forrest City Grocery Co., a food industry wholesale distributor, in its sale to Core-Mark Holding Company, Inc. via an all-cash merger.
  • AT&T in its acquisition of the security consulting business of Verisign, Inc.
  • Archipelago Learning in its acquisition of Alloy Interactive, Inc.
  • Prophet Equity L.P. in multiple transactions including its bankruptcy acquisition of the assets of Gulfstream Crane, LLC, its acquisition of the stock of Ace Asphalt of Arizona, Inc. and its acquisition of the Altec Lansing division of Plantronics, Inc.
  • Altec Lansing LLC in its Australian acquisition of the assets of Avega Systems, Inc., as well as in its bankruptcy acquisition of the assets of Vestalife, LLC.
  • Dean Foods Company in numerous acquisitions of various dairy assets and in the sale of both its customer-brand yogurt business to Schreiber Foods and its Mountain High Yoghurt business and the Mountain High brand to General Mills.
  • Rise Energy Partners, LP in its acquisition of a majority ownership interest in certain oil and gas properties of Pacific Energy Resources Ltd. and the stock of San Pedro Bay Pipeline Company.
  • Zedi Inc. in its acquisition of Southern Flow Companies, Inc. from PowerSecure International, Inc.
  • Versata Enterprises, Inc. in multiple acquisitions, including its acquisition of Nextance, Inc., Clear Technology, Inc., Tenfold Corporation, Nuvo Network Management, Inc. and Ecora Software Corporation.
  • CIC Partners in its leveraged acquisition of the assets of Furr's Cafeterias out of bankruptcy, and its leveraged acquisition, and subsequent sale, of Industrial Container Systems.

Selected Publications and Speeches

  • "Choice of Entity/Series LLC,” State Bar of Texas Annual Business Law & Corporate Counsel Forum, June 14, 2012.
  • “Choice of Entity/Series LLC,” State Bar of Texas Essentials of Business Law CLE, Houston, Texas, April 14, 2011.
  • “Mergers & Acquisitions Law 2011: Top Lawyers on Trends and Key Strategies for the Upcoming Year," co-author, Aspatore Thought Leadership, February 1, 2011.

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