November 03, 2016
Mergers & Acquisitions partner James Griffin, who is based in Weil’s Dallas office, was profiled by The Texas Lawbook for his extensive M&A work in the first three quarters of 2016. He is currently ranked number three for deal count and number two for handling the deals with the highest total value among other leading M&A lawyers in Texas, according to new data from The Texas Lawbook’s Corporate Deal Tracker.
The article highlights his work advising on many of the biggest deals of 2016, including advising Oracle in the back-to-back acquisitions of Textura and Opower, which totaled $1.2 billion; Gores Holdings in a transaction with Hostess Brands valued at approximately $2.3 billion; and Oracle in its $9.3 billion acquisition of NetSuite.
When asked what determines whether it will be a busy year for M&A, Mr. Griffin said: “There has to be confidence. I think buyers really drive M&A more than sellers. People have to have confidence particularly from the buy side – not with their own operation, but what the market will look like.”
When discussing why he likes working in the M&A field, he noted: “What’s fun is being in the room as you’re working with both parties [to try to] get them to come to a transaction that is in the best interest of both parties and their stockholders.”