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Experience

Fred Fulton focuses his practice on the representation of public and private retail and distribution companies in connection with such general corporate matters as corporate governance, disclosure, and contract negotiation. He also represents both purchasers and sellers in the oil and gas and oilfield services industries, and companies in numerous other industries, in mergers and acquisitions, including transactions involving more than $400 million.

Board Member and Vice President-Secretary of the Dallas/Ft. Worth Retail Executives Association

Representative Matters

  • Represented The Michaels Companies, Inc. (NASDAQ) in its $150 million purchase, through its subsidiary, Michaels Stores, Inc., of 100% of the equity of Lamrite West, Inc., Darice, Inc., and ConsumerCrafts, LLC, headquartered near Cleveland, Ohio
  • Represented a consumer finance company engaged in originating and holding for investment automobile finance receivables and promissory notes, in its $100 million all-cash merger with an affiliate of Aquiline Capital Partners LLC, a New York-based private equity firm investing in the financial services sector; transaction was the result of a competitive bidding process
  • Represented InterTAN, Inc. (NYSE) (RadioShack in Canada) in connection with its $284 million acquisition by Circuit City Stores, Inc. in a cash tender offer and merger
  • Represented a national retailer in a private placement of $125 million in equity securities
  • Represented Celebrity, Inc. (NASDAQ) (manufacturing and importing artificial floral products from Hong Kong and China) in its initial public offering, Exchange Act reporting, acquisitions, employee benefits, intellectual property, litigation, and general corporate matters
  • Represented the purchaser, an NYSE-listed company, in a $210 million acquisition of stock of a national retailer with more than 100 locations in the United States and Canada
  • Represented the purchaser, an NYSE-listed company, in a $450 million acquisition of stock of an oil and gas exploration and development company
  • Represented the seller, a national retailer, in a $105 million sale of a call center subsidiary
  • Represented The Morrison Milling Company in its $39 million sale to C.H. Guenther & Son Incorporated
  • Represented CompUSA Inc. (NYSE) in public offerings of equity and debt securities, acquisitions, and Exchange Act reporting as well as intellectual property, employee benefits, litigation, and general corporate matters
  • Represented InterTAN, Inc. (NYSE) (RadioShack in Canada) in corporate governance, Exchange Act reporting, intellectual property, employee benefits, and general corporate matters
  • Represented The Bombay Company, Inc. (NYSE) in corporate governance, Exchange Act reporting, and employee benefits and general corporate matters
  • Represented Cavender’s Boot City, Inc. (Private), a western wear retailer, in tax planning and intellectual property matters
  • Represented Michaels Stores, Inc. (NASDAQ) in its initial public offering and follow-on public offerings of equity and debt securities, Exchange Act reporting, acquisitions, employee benefits, intellectual property, and general corporate matters
  • Represented Sunbelt Nursery Group, Inc. (AMEX) (holding company for regional garden retailers in Georgia, Texas (Wolfe Nursery), Arizona, and California) in equity and debt financings, acquisitions, Exchange Act reporting, and employee benefits, intellectual property, and general corporate matters
  • Represented underwriters in Harold’s Stores, Inc.’s (AMEX) initial public offering
  • Represented Calloway’s Nursery, Inc. (NASDAQ) as special counsel for the company in its initial public offering
  • Represented Amber’s Stores, Inc. (NASDAQ), an arts and crafts retailer, in its initial public offering and follow-on public offering of equity securities, acquisitions, Exchange Act reporting, employee benefits, intellectual property, and general corporate matters
  • Represented Celebrity, Inc. (NASDAQ), an importer and distributor of artificial floral products with retail outlets, in its initial public offering, acquisitions, Exchange Act reporting, employee benefits, intellectual property, and general corporate matters

Honors & Affiliations

Distinctions/Honors

  • The Best Lawyers in America® by Woodward/White Inc. (Corporate Law), 2010-2018
  • Recommended Attorney, The Legal 500 US by Legalease (M&A/Corporate and Commercial – M&A: Middle-Market (sub-$500m)), 2018

Memberships/Affiliations

  • Member, State Bar of Texas; Business Law Section
  • Member, Dallas Bar Association; Securities Section

Education & Admissions

Education

  • J.D., 1974, with distinction, Duke University School of Law, Editorial Board, Duke Law Journal
  • B.S., 1971, magna cum laude, Missouri State University

Admissions

  • Texas