Kenn W. Webb

Kenn W. Webb

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Partner

  • Thompson & Knight LLP
    One Arts Plaza
    1722 Routh Street, Suite 1500
    Dallas, TX 75201 USA
    214.969.1549
    214.880.3139
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Kenn Webb represents businesses ranging from industry leaders to start-up ventures in the areas of corporate finance, securities law, mergers and acquisitions, and general corporate law.

Kenn has represented public companies in many industries, including energy, retail, transportation, technology development, internet subscription services, manufacturing, construction materials, and investment banking. He has assisted these clients with public and private offerings of securities, mergers and acquisitions, public disclosure issues and compliance with state and federal securities laws.

Kenn has advised entrepreneurs and early-stage companies in connection with entity formation, establishment of strategic relationships and financings, from seed rounds to venture capital and private equity fundings. He has also represented venture-backed companies in liquidity events, including business dispositions and IPOs.

Kenn has advised public companies on corporate governance matters including Board and committee independence requirements and the preparation of committee charters, codes of ethics and whistleblower, director nomination, and shareholder communications policies. He has also advised public and private clients on directors' fiduciary duties in connection with matters such as tender offers, sales of businesses and related-party transactions.

Kenn has assisted clients with a wide-variety of commercial contracts, including technology licenses and development agreements, manufacturing and distribution contracts, joint marketing arrangements, franchise agreements, partnerships, employment, consulting and noncompetition agreements, and benefit plans.

Experience

Mergers and Acquisitions

  • Represented world's largest operator, franchisor, and licensor of convenience stores in the acquisition of a chain of 175 convenience stores in Texas and Utah and a wholesale motor fuels distribution business with a dealer network of approximately 550 service stations

  • Represented world's largest operator, franchisor, and licensor of convenience stores in the acquisition of a chain of 69 convenience stores in Ohio and Pennsylvania and a wholesale motor fuels distribution business

  • Represented world's largest operator, franchisor, and licensor of convenience stores in the acquisition of a California-based motor fuels distribution business

  • Represented majority stockholders in the sale of their interests in a privately-held oil field service company for approximately $3.7 billion to a consortium of investors led by a foreign sovereign investment fund

  • Represented AMEX-listed provider of oil well control technology and services in connection with its acquisition by an NYSE-listed company in a public tender offer/merger transaction for approximately $235 million
  • Advised Board of Directors of oil field services company in connection with a $700 million roll-up transaction involving five companies operating in complementary industry segments
  • Represented Nasdaq company, as target, in $95 million public tender offer by international publishing company

  • Represented privately held provider of wireless internet solutions in sale of company to publicly-traded strategic purchaser

  • Represented U.S.'s then-largest computer products retailer in the acquisition for $211 million of a competitor's chain of computer retail stores

  • Represented NYSE-listed cement and construction materials company in the purchase for $690 million of aggregates and construction materials businesses in U.S. and Canada from a foreign company

  • Represented NYSE-listed cement and construction materials company in the sale of its Texas Division to Mexican national cement company in concurrent asset and stock transactions

  • Represented publicly-traded oil and gas E&P company in connection with its acquisition by another public company in a tender offer/merger transaction involving a public offering of the acquirer's stock

  • Represented retail chain in sale of company to one of the nation's largest retail conglomerates

  • Represented shareholders in the leveraged sale of a public company to a private equity firm

  • Represented privately-held manufacturer in reverse merger with public shell company

  • Represented financial services company in acquisition of post-disposition shell company in tax-advantaged transaction

  • Represented buyers and sellers in numerous merger or acquisition transactions, including advice to directors and special committees on fiduciary duty questions

Securities

  • Represented oil field service company in connection with $550 million offering of its 7.125% senior unsecured notes due 2018 under Rule 144A

  • Represented oil field service company in connection with proposed $690 million IPO of its common stock

  • Represented oil and natural gas E&P company in connection with $200 million offering and $150 million add-on offering of its 9.75% senior unsecured notes due 2017 under Rule 144A

  • Represented Nasdaq-listed transportation company in public offering of common stock

  • Represented web-based subscription service company in IPO and second round venture capital financing

  • Represented underwriters in IPO by developer of software systems for the insurance industry

  • Represented underwriters in IPO by computer component manufacturer

  • Represented transportation company in IPO of its common stock

  • Represented NYSE-listed oil and gas E&P company in structured finance transaction involving $125 million Rule 144A offering of subsidiary notes

  • Represented NYSE-listed oil and gas E&P company in simultaneous registered public offerings of $230 million of Convertible Notes and $100 million of Senior Notes and secondary offering of $150 million of common stock

  • Represented NYSE-listed cement and construction materials company in concurrent U.S. and Canadian public offerings of $100 million of common stock; public offerings of medium-term notes; and U.S.-Canadian exchange offer

  • Represented national retailer/franchiser in secondary public offering of common stock

  • Represented Nasdaq-listed technology manufacturer in "PIPE" offerings and related registrations

  • Represented Nasdaq-listed technology manufacturer in institutional placement of preferred equity

  • Represented several emerging technology companies in venture capital and convertible debt financing transactions

  • Represented national bank in negotiation of terms of preferred equity in connection with restructuring of publicly-traded partnership

  • Represented several public companies in connection with redemptions and stock repurchase programs

Other Transactions

  • Represented world's largest operator, franchisor, and licensor of convenience stores in connection with the formation and organization of a venture with some of the country's largest merchants for the purpose of developing a merchant-driven mobile payment network

  • Represented independent energy and services company in two oil-field technology licensing transactions

General

  • Advice to public companies regarding SEC reporting, proxy solicitations, public disclosures, stock exchange listing standards and compliance with Sarbanes-Oxley and other regulations

  • Counseling on corporate governance matters including preparation of codes of ethics, audit, compensation and other committee charters, whistleblower policies and insider trading policies

  • Manufacturing, distribution and marketing agreements

  • Employment, consulting and noncompetition agreements

  • Software development and license agreements

  • Counseling and representation in all aspects of corporate and general business law for clients in a variety of industries

Distinctions/Honors

  • The Best Lawyers in America® by Woodward/White Inc. (Corporate Law); 2019

  • Texas Super Lawyers® by Thomson Reuters (Securities & Corporate Finance, Mergers & Acquisitions, Business/Corporate); 2003-2005, 2012-2013

  • Martindale-Hubbell AV® Preeminent TM Peer Review Rated

Activities (Memberships/Affiliations)

  • Board President, The Council on Alcohol & Drug Abuse

  • Member, American Bar Association; Business Law Section

  • Member, State Bar of Texas

  • Member, Dallas Bar Association; Securities, Mergers & Acquisitions and Corporate Counsel Sections

  • Member, The College of the State Bar of Texas