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Corp. Deal Tracker Weekly Round Up: Six Transactions, 37 Texas Lawyers, $2B in Value

By Claire Poole – (Oct. 17) – It was slim pickings in M&A and securities work by Texas lawyers this past week, with only six transactions reported involving 36 attorneys in-state and $2 billion in value. The Texas Lawbook has the details here.


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By Bob Kantner, Jay Johnson and Samir Kaushik of Jones Day – (Oct 17) – Companies in Texas and beyond are increasingly adopting AI to drive innovation and production. The value of the AI market could top a staggering $46 billion by 2020, according to one estimate. This article from lawyers at Jones Day explains what corporate legal and compliance teams should know about the risks and opportunities associated with AI.


O&G consolidation forecast: “It’s going to be good for bankers and lawyers.”

By Claire Poole – (Oct 16) – A crowded field of investors, sticky oil prices and the return of investor activism have set the stage for a glut of consolidation in the oil and gas sector, predicts a major investment advisor. Lawyers and bankers need to sharpen their pencils. Claire Poole has the details in The Texas Lawbook.


Q3 2017 Texas M&A: Deal Count Drops, Deal Value Jumps


By Mark Curriden – (Oct 16) – Third quarter mergers and acquisitions involving Texas companies dropped to the lowest point in four years, according to the research firm Mergermarket. Thanks to a handful of large-dollar deals, transactional value jumped 39 percent in Q3 compared to earlier periods in 2017. The Texas Lawbook has the data.


Houston Chronicle: Lake Conroe Dam’s Release Leads to Flood of Litigation


By Alex Stuckey of the Houston Chronicle – (Oct. 16) – Lake Conroe dam officials released 106 billion gallons of water into the West Fork of the San Jacinto River in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey, resulting in the flooding of thousands of homes in Montgomery and northern Harris County. Hundreds of those property owners have filed lawsuits demanding the San Jacinto River Authority be held accountable. (Subscription required).


Al Hill Jr. v. Gregory Shamoun: SCOTX Reviews a $48,000 an Hour Legal Fee


By Janet Elliott – (Oct. 12) – Al Hill Jr. v. Al Hill III has spawned more than 20 lawsuits involving the heirs of oilman H.L. Hunt over the past decade. This week, the Texas Supreme Court heard arguments by Al Hill Jr. challenging a $7.25 million fee award to Gregory Shamoun for his role helping to resolve the litigation.” The case also pits Fifth Circuit nominee James Ho against former Texas Chief Justice Wallace Jefferson before a court that includes Justice Don Willett, who is also headed to the Fifth Circuit. The Texas Lawbook has the details.


Fishing in the Right Pond: Careful Forum Selection May Keep Trade Secret Defendants on the Hook

By Ross Williams of Bell Nunnally & Martin – (Oct. 11) – Texas’ Third District Court of Appeals recently held that the state’s anti-SLAPP statute covers private commercial speech and association in addition to constitutionally protected rights. This adds to the challenges businesses face in litigating trade secret misappropriation cases against former employees. But recent Fifth Circuit case law suggests filing in federal court could be a better option.



Corp. Deal Tracker Weekly Round Up: 12 Transactions, 100 Texas Lawyers, $6.57B in Value – Updated

By Claire Poole – (Oct. 10) – M&A and capital markets activity surged last week. From Locke Lord advising Medallion Gathering on its $1.8 billion sale to V&E counseling Omega on a $500 million acquisition, 100 Texas lawyers worked on a dozen transactions worth around $6.57 billion. The Texas Lawbook has all the details.



Second Wave of Patent Enforcers Try New Tactics

By Jeff Bounds – (Oct. 9) – For frequent patent asserters, things used to be simple: buy patents, allege infringement against anyone you could and then make settlement offers. But a series of issues is forcing changes to the business model of companies that make money from patents they do not use to produce goods or services.


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<em>Mergermarket:</em> Evercore Tops Financial Advisers in Texas

Mergermarket: Evercore Tops Financial Advisers in Texas

Evercore continues its reign as the financial adviser handling the most M&A involving Texas-based businesses. Piper Jaffray, JPMorgan, Barclays, Citi and Moelis saw the number of deals in…

A Guide to Texas Law for Short-Term Residential Rentals

While the rapid growth of the sharing economy has expanded a multitude of business opportunities, it has also raised legal questions about the use of real property in…

AKK Discusses 1,000 Lawyer Combo with Hunton & Williams

One year ago, Andrews Kurth merged with New York IP boutique Kenyon & Kenyon. Now, leaders at the Houston-based corporate law firm appear interested in joining forces with…

SCOTUS Hears Oral Argument on Future of Class Action Waivers

On Monday, the Supreme Court of the United States heard oral argument in three consolidated cases that will decide the future of class action waivers in the employment…

Corp. Deal Tracker Weekly Roundup: Eight Transactions, 19 Texas Lawyers, $3.1B in Transactions

Corp. Deal Tracker Weekly Roundup: Eight Transactions, 19 Texas Lawyers, $3.1B in Transactions

M&A and capital markets activity involving Texas lawyers were sparse in number and modest in size last week. In all, eight transactions were announced in M&A, private equity…

Updated – Judge Higginbotham, James Ho and the Reversal of Trinity Industries’ $663M Judgment

Updated – Judge Higginbotham, James Ho and the Reversal of Trinity Industries’ $663M Judgment

Last week, James Ho was nominated to the U.S. Court of Appeals of the Fifth Circuit and won the biggest case of his career when the appellate reversed…

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Mergermarket: Large Corporate Firms Dominate Top 2017 M&A Rankings for Texas Biz


By Mark Curriden – (Oct. 18) – Three law firms continue to dominate the top of the rankings for advising Texas-based companies in mergers and acquisitions. New data provided exclusively to The Texas Lawbook from the global research firm Mergermarket shows that 12 significantly increased the number of deals they’ve handled during the first nine months of 2017. The Texas Lawbook has complete details on the M&A rankings.


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The Texas Lawbook Launches New Submission Process for Corporate Deal Tracker


By Mark Curriden – (Oct. 3) – The Corporate Deal Tracker is undergoing a makeover, and our first step was to revamp the submission process. Any law firm wishing to submit its deal data to our database should do so through our new online submission form. Keep reading here for important details about the new submission process and the database itself.


GCs, Lawyers & Firms

Merger Mania – Are Texas Law Firms Catching the Fever?

Merger Mania – Are Texas Law Firms Catching the Fever?

© 2017 The Texas Lawbook. By Mark Curriden (Oct. 12) – Once a month, corporate…

Atlanta Law Firm Opens Second TX Office in Houston

Kilpatrick Townsend is launching a Houston office with a 13-lawyer team from Coats Rose.…

Winston Adds Another Partner from Fish in Dallas

Scott Thomas reunites with Tom Melsheimer and other former colleagues.…

Barnes & Thornburg Grows Dallas Corporate Practice – Updated

John Dickey was most recently with Polsinelli.…

Kelly Hart Partner Cheryl Leb Recognized by The National Diversity Council

Leb has been named one of the Top 50 Women in Law in Dallas by…

Two TX-based Dykema Cox Smith Attorneys Appointed to Executive Board

Erin Fonté and Wilhelm Liebmann will serve three-year terms beginning on Jan. 1.…

Houston Judge and San Antonio EEOC Attorney to Receive ABA Stonewall Award

Houston judge Phyllis Randolph Frye and San Antonio attorney Eduardo Juarez have been selected as…

Haynes and Boone Adds Employee Benefits Expert Lori Troutman

Troutman, who is based in Houston, was previously at Baker Botts.…

Baker McKenzie Selects Former MP of V&E’s Hong Kong Office to Lead Global LNG Practice

David Lang practiced for seven years in V&E's Hong Kong office, including two years as…

Munsch Hardt Strengthens Houston Construction Practice with Four Laterals from Coats Rose

The new lateral hires are headlined by shareholders Bob Hancock and Mason Hester and include…

Philadelphia Firm Launches Austin Office, Its Second in Texas

Duane Morris has hired IP partner Bert Green from Norton Rose Fulbright and energy partner…

Jamil Alibhai of Munck Wilson Elected to Make-A-Wish® Board of Directors

Alibhai is chair of Munck Wilson’s complex litigation/dispute resolution practice and serves on the firm’s…

UNT Law Dean Royal Furgeson Announces Retirement

UNT Law Dean Royal Furgeson Announces Retirement

Retired federal judge Royal Furgeson plans to retire as the dean of the University of…

Kirkland Promotes Five to Partner in Houston

The Chicago-based firm promoted 97 attorneys firmwide.…

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Mark Kelly
Richard Krumholz
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Adam Sanderson
Gregory Shamoun
Jay Utley
Jason Wietjes
Ross Williams
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The Corporate Deal Tracker is currently undergoing a redesign. While we work on the final touches, check out our recent reports below on Mergermarket’s Texas-specific data. Corporate Deal Tracker will return with up-to-date data in mid-September.


Texas Lawbook Surpasses 9,000 Subscribers & 2,000 Corporate In-House Counsel


By Mark Curriden – (Sept. 22) – I am pleased to announced that The Texas Lawbook officially surpassed 9,000 paid subscribers in August – more than 2,000 of them are corporate in-house counsel and general counsel. The 25 largest law firms in Texas and more than 35 corporate in-house legal departments have subscriptions for all their lawyers. In addition, tens-of-thousands of more business leaders read Texas Lawbook articles that are republished in the Dallas Business Journal and Houston Chronicle. This article is an update on recent developments at The Texas Lawbook and plans for the months ahead.


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Mergermarket Expert: TX M&A Market in ‘Real Danger of Developing Congestion or Heartburn’


By Mark Curriden – (July 18) – The Texas market has seen 15 consecutive quarters with about 200 or more deals. “Before the third quarter of 2013, 200 deals was the high water mark. Since then, 200 deals has been the floor,” says Mergermarket M&A analyst Chad Watt. “We’ve had so many deals completed [during the past couple years] that the market may need a period to digest it all. “There’s a real danger of developing M&A congestion or heartburn.”


Mergermarket: Texas M&A Flat but Solid in H1 2017


By Claire Poole – HOUSTON (July 17) – Merger and acquisition activity among Texas-based businesses remained healthy during the first half of 2017, but far from the exuberant pace of dealmaking in 2014. Deal count has been flat, but deal value is up significantly over 2016, fueled by steady oil and gas M&A and Whole Foods’ sale to Amazon. The Texas Lawbook has the exclusive data from Mergermarket, along with a list of the 30 biggest deals during the first six months of 2017.


Experts: Texas M&A Activity Unpredictable for H2 2017

By Claire Poole – HOUSTON (July 17) – How will M&A activity shape up in the second half of the year? The Texas Lawbook interviewed nearly a dozen of the leading corporate and private equity lawyers in the state to gauge their view on the M&A market for the first half of 2017 and what they forecast for the remainder of the year. This is their analysis.