Wesley P. Williams

Wesley P. Williams

  • 214.969.1324
    214.999.1567
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Partner

  • Thompson & Knight LLP
    One Arts Plaza
    1722 Routh Street, Suite 1500
    Dallas, TX 75201 USA
    214.969.1324
    214.999.1567
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Wes Williams represents clients in a diverse range of corporate concerns, including public equity and debt offerings on behalf of issuers and underwriters, and private placements of securities, including venture capital financings, on behalf of companies and investors. His experience also includes advising clients on the organization and offering of business development companies, private equity and hedge funds, as well as related securities law compliance obligations.

Wes also provides legal counsel relating to mergers and acquisitions of public and private acquirors and targets, and strategic relationships such as joint ventures and corporate partnerships. Additionally, he counsels public companies in connection with corporate governance, SEC reporting, and general securities compliance.

Experience

Securities Offerings-Equity

    • $260 million initial public offering of common stock
    • $173 million private offering of common stock
    • $106 million initial public offering of common stock
    • $52 million initial public offering of common stock
    • $46 million initial public offering of MLP common units
    • $129 million follow-on offering of common stock
    • $107 million follow-on offering of common stock
    • $65 million follow-on public offering of common stock
    • $62 million follow-on public offering of MLP common units

Securities Offerings-Debt

    • $600 million offering of high-yield senior notes
    • $350 million offering of high-yield senior notes
    • $350 million offering of investment grade senior notes
    • $300 million offering of high-yield senior notes
    • $250 million offering of high-yield senior notes

Mergers & Acquisitions

    • Represented target public company, $2.1 billion enterprise value, in merger with another public company
    • Represented target private company in $1 billion acquisition by a public company
    • Represented a private company in a combination with another with a resulting valuation exceeding $1.5 billion
    • Represented target private company in $600 million acquisition by a public company
    • Represented acquirer in acquisition of midstream assets for $300 million
    • Represented target private company, $315 million enterprise value, in merger with public company
    • Represented target public company in $200 million tender offer by another public company

Private Equity-Fund Formation

    • Represented sponsors in connection with the formation of various private equity and natural resource funds, including funds with commitments from institutional taxable and tax-exempt investors as follows:
      • $2.25 billion
      • $300 million
      • $200 million
      • $150 million
      • $125 million
      • $80 million

Private Equity-Portfolio Company Funding

    • Represented private equity and venture capital syndicates, as well as management teams, in connection with investments involving preferred, common, derivative, and debt securities valued at $5 million to $500 million

Distinctions/Honors

  • Texas Super Lawyers® by Thomson Reuters (Securities & Corporate Finance); 2013-2014

  • Texas Rising Stars® by Thomson Reuters (Securities & Corporate Finance, Mergers & Acquisitions); 2006-2013

  • Tarrant County's Top Attorneys (Corporate Finance/Mergers & Acquisitions), Fort Worth, Texas; 2009

  • Best Lawyers Under 40 in Dallas, D Magazine; 2006

Activities (Memberships/Affiliations)

  • Member, American Bar Association

  • Member, State Bar of Texas

  • Member, Dallas Bar Association

  • Member, Dallas Young Lawyers Association