Jennifer Wisinski

Practices

Education and Clerkships

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

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

Admissions

Texas

Profile

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)

Professional Recognition

  • Named a 2019 Top USA Woman Dealmaker in the Legal Advisory category by Global M&A Network
  • Recognized by Global M&A Network as part of the deal team awarded the 2019 “U.S.A. Acquisition Finance Deal of the Year” at the U.S.A. M&A Atlas Awards
  • Named one of the Best Lawyers in Dallas by D Magazine, D Magazine Partners, 2019 
Jennifer Wisinski Discusses M&A in Video Interview With The Deal

Jennifer Wisinski Discusses M&A in Video Interview With The Deal

Haynes and Boone, LLP Partner Jennifer Wisinski participated in a video interview with The Deal about mergers and acquisitions trends. Wisinski discussed the use of technology in deal making and the fact that many companies use acquisitions to drive innovation.

Mergers and Acquisitions

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Haynes and Boone Represents Stream Energy in $300 Million Sale

A Haynes and Boone team represented Stream Energy in the sale of its retail electricity and natural gas business to NRG Energy Inc. for $300 million plus working capital in an all-cash transaction.

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Jennifer Wisinski

Jennifer Wisinski Recognized Among Top U.S. Women Dealmakers

Haynes and Boone Partner Jennifer Wisinski, chair of the Business Transactions Department, was named among 2019 Top USA Women Dealmakers in the Legal Advisory category.

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Corporate

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.

Selected Publications and Speeches

  • "Trending Topics in Indemnification," panelist, The University of Texas at Austin School of Law's 15th Annual Mergers and Acquisitions Institute, Dallas, Texas, October 11, 2019.
  • “Communications with Analysts and Investors,” speaker, Next Generation CFO Academy, May 7, 2019.
  • “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.

Selected Client Representations

  • Represented Landry’s, LLC in a carve-out acquisition of two restaurant brands—Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steakhouses and Del Frisco’s Grilles—from private equity firm L Catterton.
  • Represented Stream Energy in its sale to NRG Energy Inc.
  • Represented KMG Chemicals, Inc., a global specialty chemicals supplier, in its $1.6 billion cash and stock merger with Cabot Microelectronics Corporation pursuant to which KMG became a wholly-owned subsidiary of Cabot.
  • Represented Williamson-Dickie Holding Company, a private company specializing in the manufacture of work apparel, on its sale and merger into a subsidiary of VF Corporation, a publicly traded company.
  • Represented Applied Optoelectronics, Inc., designer and manufacturer of advanced optical products, in a Rule 144A private placement offering of $80.5 million aggregate principal amount of 5.00% Convertible Senior Notes due 2024.
  • Represented Commercial Metals Company in a series of acquisition financing transactions, including:
    • the institution of a $200.0 million delayed draw term loan facility; and
    • the issuance of $350.0 million aggregate principal amount of 5.750% Senior Notes due 2026
  • $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.
  • $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 EXCO Resources, Inc.
  • Represented VAALCO Energy, Inc. in defending against a proxy contest.
  • Represented Craftmade International in defending against a hostile tender offer.

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