James R. Griffin is a partner in Weil’s Mergers & Acquisitions practice and is based in Dallas. Mr. Griffin represents both private and publicly held companies from a broad range of industries in mergers and acquisitions and related transactions, including public and private company mergers, stock acquisitions, asset acquisitions, tender offers, divestitures, auction transactions, defensive strategies and going-private transactions. He also advises boards and special committees on fiduciary duties in the M&A context.
Mr. Griffin’s recent experience includes representing:
- The Dow Chemical Company in its $130 billion all-stock merger of equals with E. I. du Pont de Nemours and Company
- Applied Materials, Inc. in its $29 billion combination with Tokyo Electron Limited and its $4.9 billion acquisition of Varian Semiconductor Equipment Associates
- Oracle Corporation in its $9.3 billion acquisition of NetSuite, $5.3 billion acquisition of MICROS Systems, $663 million acquisition of Textura Corporation and $532 million acquisition of Opower, Inc.
- SoftBank Group Corp. in its $3.3 billion acquisition of Fortress Investment Group LLC
- WPX Energy, Inc. in its $2.75 billion acquisition of RKI Exploration & Production, LLC
- LIN Media in its combination with Media General Inc. in a transaction valued at $2.6 billion
- zulily, inc. in its $2.4 billion sale to Liberty Interactive
- Gores Holdings, Inc. in its acquisition of Hostess Brands, LLC, in a transaction valued at approximately $2.3 billion
- Pace Holdings Corp. in its business combination with Playa Hotels & Resorts B.V., in a transaction valued at approximately $1.75 billion
- Perella Weinberg Partners in its combination with Tudor, Pickering, Holt & Co.
- Jazz Pharmaceuticals in its $1 billion acquisition of Gentium S.p.A.
- Merz Pharma Group in its topping bid to acquire Obagi Medical Products
- Reid Hoffman, a co-founder and the executive chairman of LinkedIn Corporation, in his capacity as a shareholder of LinkedIn, in LinkedIn’s $26.2 billion sale to Microsoft Corporation
- Riverbed Technology in its $1 billion acquisition of OPNET Technologies
- Synopsys, Inc. in its $500 million acquisition of Magma Design Automation and acquisitions of the assets of Goanna Software Pty Ltd (d/b/a Red Lizard Software) and the low power Bluetooth wireless IP and related assets from Silicon Vision Technologies Ltd and Silicon Vision LLC Egypt
- Blackboard Inc. in its $1.8 billion sale to Providence Equity Partners
- Brink’s Home Security in its $2 billion sale to Tyco International
- ORIX USA Corporation (a subsidiary of ORIX Corporation) in its acquisition of Lancaster Pollard Holdings, LLC
Mr. Griffin has been recognized as a leader in mergers and acquisition and corporate governance law, having been named as one of the leading lawyers in mergers and acquisitions and corporate governance by The International Who’s Who of Mergers and Acquisitions Lawyers and The International Who’s Who of Corporate Governance Lawyers. He has been listed in Best Lawyers in America for mergers and acquisitions and corporate governance since 2008, and is recommended for M&A for Mega-Deals ($1bn+) in the United States by Legal 500 US. Mr. Griffin has also been recognized by D CEO Magazine as one of the Dallas area’s most powerful and influential business leaders.
Mr. Griffin is a frequent speaker on merger and acquisition topics, and has appeared at a number of national level programs, including the International Bar Association's Mergers and Acquisitions Conference, the University of Texas Mergers and Acquisitions Institute, and numerous programs sponsored by the Mergers and Acquisitions Committee of the ABA. He has also participated in M&A-related presentations at Pepperdine University School of Law, as well as the Stanford and University of Pennsylvania Law Schools.
Mr. Griffin serves as Vice Chair of the American Bar Association's Mergers and Acquisitions Committee, which comprises more than 4,000 M&A specialists from all over the world. Mr. Griffin previously served as Chair of the Committee’s Subcommittee on Public Company Acquisitions and M&A Market Trends Subcommittee.