Steve’s practice focuses on mergers and acquisitions, including private equity sponsored buy-outs, public and private securities offerings, securities regulations compliance and corporate governance.

Steve’s practice focuses on representation of public corporations and private growth companies, with an emphasis on public and private capital markets securities transactions and mergers and acquisitions, including asset and stock acquisitions, sales and mergers, and leveraged buy-outs, in a wide number of industries. His experience also encompasses private equity financings, corporate spin-offs and reorganizations, corporate governance and securities regulations compliance on behalf of public companies.

Relevant Experience

  • Represented private equity investors in connection with numerous private leveraged buy-out transactions involving a wide number of industries, including medical device manufacturing, consumer products and food products manufacturing.
  • Represented Cash America International, Inc. in its $2.4 billion merger with First Cash Financial Services, Inc.
  • Represented General Motors Financial Company, Inc. and other clients in multibillion-dollar SEC registered offerings and Rule 144A offerings of senior notes, including convertible debt.
  • Represented Cash America International, Inc. in connection with its 2014 spin-off of Enova International, Inc. to its shareholders.
  • Represented clients in connection with sales of businesses, including AmeriCredit Corp., then a publicly traded NYSE corporation, in its $3.5 billion sale to General Motors.
  • Represented corporations in connection with underwritten initial public offerings and follow-on public equity offerings.
  • Represented publicly held corporation in connection with registered rights offerings to its stockholders.
  • Represented trustee of family trusts in connection with the negotiation and sale of property to Southern Methodist University that is adjacent to the site of the George W. Bush presidential library.
  • Represented clients on intellectual property issues, including patent licensing and enforcement, including representing a patent holder in connection with a patent licensing and enforcement program generating in excess of $100 million of licensing proceeds.
  • Negotiated private equity transactions and general corporate, business and securities counseling to corporate clients, including SEC public securities registration, reporting, insider trading and proxy solicitation.
  • Act as primary outside general and securities counsel to private and publicly traded companies.

Memberships

  • Member, American Bar Association, Business Law Section

Awards & Recognition

  • Recipient, M&A Atlas Awards U.S.A. Deal of the Year of 2016 ($1 billion to $5 billion) for representing Cash America International, Inc. in its merger with First Cash Financial Services, Inc.
  • Recipient, M&A Atlas Awards North America Deal of the Year of 2010 ($1 billion to $5 billion) for representing AmeriCredit Corp. in connection with its merger with General Motors
  • Listed, The Best Lawyers in America, 1995-2018 editions; Selected for inclusion in the 2018 edition in the practice areas of: Corporate Law; Mergers and Acquisitions Law; Securities/Capital Markets Law; and Securities Regulation.
  • Recognized as “Dealmaker of the Week,” The American Lawyer, July 30, 2010
  • Named “Top Dealmaker for Mergers & Acquisitions” in 2010, Dallas Business Journal, February 18, 2011
  • Texas “Super Lawyer” Texas Monthly and Law & Politics Magazine, 2003-2008, 2011, 2012 and 2013
  • Named among The Lawdragon 3000 Leading Lawyers in America, 2006
  • AV® Preeminent Peer Review Rating in Martindale-Hubbell. A description of the selection methodology can be found on Martindale-Hubbell’s webpage.

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