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Experience

Joe Dannenmaier advises managements and boards of directors of public and private companies. He has represented numerous clients in the oil and gas industry as well as clients in consumer products, cement, steel, transportation, technology, distribution, and services.

Joe’s principal areas of practice include mergers and acquisitions and securities offerings. His securities work includes IPOs and other public and private equity and debt offerings, including 144A transactions. He advises boards of directors on acquisitions and change of control strategies, interested shareholder and director transactions, and corporate governance matters.

Joe graduated from both the College of the University of Chicago and Yale Law School; clerked for Federal Court of Appeals Judge Tom Clark in Atlanta; and has practiced at Thompson & Knight in Dallas for more than 35 years. He served on the Firm’s Management Committee and spent roughly a decade as the chair of its Energy Practice Group.

  • Negotiated tender offer for public company with enterprise value exceeding $4.5 billion (representation of target)
  • Sale of private company to a consortium led by a Singaporean fund, $3.7 billion (represented majority owners of target)
  • Merger of company, with $500 million enterprise value and in IPO registration, into public company with $3 billion market capitalization (represented target)
  • Combination of company, $400 million enterprise value, with another company, $1.0 billion enterprise value
  • Merger of public company, $2.1 billion enterprise value, into another public company, $2.5 billion enterprise value (represented target)
  • Combination of a publicly traded partnership and two private partnerships into one publicly traded partnership, $400 million
  • Negotiated tender offer by one public company for another, $200 million (represented target)
  • Acquisition by public company through merger and asset purchase of private company, $200 million
  • Sale of private company to public company, $300 million (represented target)
  • Negotiated tender offer by one public company for another, $150 million (represented acquiror)
  • Acquisition by public company of division from public company, $300 million (represented acquirer)
  • Combination of public company with division of another public company, $800 million
  • Merger of one public company into another, $60 million (represented acquirer)
  • Negotiated tender offer, $50 million (represented target)
  • IPO, $690 million, terminated in registration by sale (represented issuer)
  • IPO, $100 million (represented issuer)
  • IPO of company with $500 million enterprise value, terminated in registration by merger (represented issuer)
  • IPO, $240 million (represented issuer)
  • IPO, $50 million (represented issuer)
  • IPO, $55 million (represented issuer)
  • IPO, $28 million (represented issuer)
  • IPO, $160 million (represented issuer)
  • IPO, $50 million (represented underwriters)
  • IPO, $190 million (represented underwriters)
  • 144A offering of non-investment grade debt, $300 million (represented issuer)
  • 144A offering of non-investment grade debt by a private company, $550 million (represented issuer)
  • Public offering of investment grade debt, $850 million (represented issuer)
  • 144A offering of non-investment grade debt, $650 million (represented issuer)
  • Follow-on public stock offering, $290 million (represented issuer)
  • Follow-on public stock offering, $176 million public (represented issuer)
  • Follow-on public offering of non-investment grade debt, $300 million (represented issuer)
  • Follow-on public stock offering, $100 million (represented issuer)
  • Public offering of investment grade debt, $1 billion (represented issuer)
  • 144A offering of high-yield debt, $300 million (represented issuer)
  • Follow-on public stock offering, $65 million (represented issuer)
  • Private offering of limited partnership interests to private equity and institutional investors, $1 billion
  • 144A offering of non-investment grade debt, $125 million (represented issuer)
  • 144A equity offering, $180 million, and subsequent registration (represented issuer)
  • Follow-on public stock offering, $90 million (represented issuer)
  • Spin-off by a public company, $2.2 billion enterprise value, of subsidiary in different industry, including debt offerings by each company ($300 million and $350 million) and debt tender offer ($600 million)
  • “Overnight” follow-on public stock offering, $23 million (represented issuer)
  • 144A offering of investment grade debt, $200 million (represented issuer)
  • 144A offering of non-investment grade debt, $600 million (represented issuer)
  • Tender offer for senior notes, $285 million (represented issuer)

Honors & Affiliations

Distinctions/Honors

  • The Best Lawyers in America® by Woodward/White Inc. (Corporate Law), 2006-2019
  • Recommended Attorney, The Legal 500 US by Legalese (M&A/Corporate and Commercial: M&A – Middle-Market (Sub-$500m)), 2016-2018
  • Texas Super Lawyers® by Thomson Reuters (Securities & Corporate Finance, Business/Corporate), 2003-2018
  • Best Lawyers in Dallas (Corporate Securities/Capital Markets), D Magazine, 2017-2018

Education & Admissions

Education

  • J.D., 1982, Yale Law School
  • B.A., 1979, University of Chicago, junior year election to Phi Beta Kappa

Admissions

  • Texas