Jesse E. Betts

Jesse E. Betts

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Partner

  • Thompson & Knight LLP
    One Arts Plaza
    1722 Routh Street, Suite 1500
    Dallas, TX 75201 USA
    214.969.1198
    214.999.9240
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Jesse Betts represents clients in a wide range of corporate and securities matters. He advises and counsels private equity funds, portfolio companies, public and private companies, management teams, and high net worth individuals. His experience includes advising clients in a variety of industries with respect to private equity investments, mergers, acquisitions and divestitures, joint ventures, internal restructurings, compliance with securities law, securities offerings, venture capital investments, and other general corporate governance matters.

Experience

Significant M&A Transactions

  • Represented a private midstream company in its sale for $1 billion
  • Represented purchaser in its acquisition of a consumer products distribution company for an amount in excess of $400 million
  • Represented purchaser in its acquisition of an oil and gas exploration company for $300 million
  • Represented purchaser in a series of acquisitions of salt water disposal well businesses and its subsequent disposition of such businesses for an amount in excess of $300 million
  • Represented seller in sale of agribusiness for approximately $100 million
  • Represented a public oil and gas exploration and production company in its sale out of bankruptcy for an amount in excess of $47 million
  • Represented purchaser in its acquisition of oil and gas properties in exchange for securities valued in excess of $34 million
  • Represented joint venture partner in an oilfield services joint venture
  • Represented purchaser in its acquisition of food processing business
  • Represented purchaser in its acquisition of a consumer products manufacturer
  • Represented purchaser in its acquisition of a consumer products distributor
  • Represented management, as purchaser, in their acquisition of a national restaurant group
  • Represented seller in its disposition of a destination management company

Private Equity and Venture Capital

  • Represented management in connection with the formation of a limited liability company and raising private equity capital of $1 billion
  • Represented private equity fund in its distribution of securities valued in excess of $255 million
  • Represented private equity fund in formation of oil and gas portfolio company, $90 million committed
  • Represented private equity fund in formation of agribusiness portfolio company, $78 million committed
  • Represented private equity fund in formation of oil and gas portfolio company, $43 million committed
  • Represented private equity funds in connection with option transaction valued at $45 million
  • Represented private equity funds in $30 million preferred stock investment in portfolio company
  • Represented private equity funds in $20 million preferred stock investment in portfolio company
  • Represented private equity fund in an amalgamation of a Canadian portfolio company
  • Ongoing representation of private equity funds regarding governance matters, in-kind distributions, beneficial ownership requirements, and compliance with securities law
  • Represented investors in various technology start-up venture capital investments

Public Company

  • Ongoing representation of various publicly traded companies with respect to registration of securities, periodic reporting, compliance with stock exchange listing requirements, stockholder proposals, corporate governance, and other general corporate matters

Public Securities Offerings

  • $173 million follow-on offering of common stock
  • $129 million follow-on offering of common stock
  • $107 million follow-on offering of common stock
  • $250 million offering of high-yield senior notes

Distinctions/Honors

  • Texas Rising Stars® by Thomson Reuters (Business/Corporate, Mergers & Acquisitions); 2012-2017

Activities (Memberships/Affiliations)

  • Board Member, Literacy Instruction for Texas (LIFT)

  • Board of Directors, KidLinks

  • Member, Dallas Bar Association

  • Member, Dallas Young Lawyers Association

  • Member, Petroleum Club; Development Committee, 2014-2015