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 proposed $29 billion combination with Tokyo Electron Limited and its $4.9 billion acquisition of Varian Semiconductor Equipment Associates
- Gores Holdings IV, Inc., a SPAC sponsored by an affiliate of The Gores Group, in its $16.1 billion business combination with United Wholesale Mortgage, LLC (UWM)
- 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.
- A consortium led by Mubadala Investment Company in the sale of its approximately 60% equity interest in EMI Music Publishing to Sony Corporation of America, in a transaction valued at approximately $4.75 billion
- Gores Metropoulos, Inc., a SPAC sponsored by affiliates of The Gores Group and Metropoulos & Co., in its $3.4 billion merger with Luminar Technologies, Inc.
- SoftBank Group Corp. in its $3.3 billion acquisition of Fortress Investment Group LLC
- SoftBank Vision Fund in its $2.25 billion minority investment in GM Cruise Holdings LLC (Cruise), alongside a $1.1 billion investment in Cruise by GM
- WPX Energy, Inc. in its $2.75 billion acquisition of RKI Exploration & Production, LLC and in its $2.5 billion acquisition of Felix Energy
- LIN Media in its combination with Media General Inc. in a transaction valued at $2.6 billion
- Gores Holdings II, a SPAC sponsored by an affiliate of The Gores Group, in its transaction with Verra Mobility Corporation, with an initial enterprise value of approximately $2.4 billion
- zulily, inc. in its $2.4 billion sale to Liberty Interactive (n/k/a Quarte Retail Group)
- Gores Holdings, Inc. in its acquisition of Hostess Brands, LLC, in a transaction valued at approximately $2.3 billion
- Topgolf International, Inc. (a portfolio company of Providence Equity Partners, Dundon Capital Partners and WestRiver Group) in its $2 billion merger of equals with Callaway Golf Company
- Pace Holdings Corp. in its business combination with Playa Hotels & Resorts B.V., in a transaction valued at approximately $1.75 billion
- Gores Holdings III, Inc., a SPAC sponsored by an affiliate of The Gores Group, in its business combination with Pacific Architects and Engineers, Inc. (PAE) (a portfolio company of Platinum Equity) with an initial enterprise value of approximately $1.55 billion
- Tidewater Inc. in its $1.25 billion combination with GulfMark Offshore, Inc.
- Jazz Pharmaceuticals in its $1 billion acquisition of Gentium S.p.A.
- RealPage, Inc. in its $580 million acquisition of Buildium LLC and in its acquisition of Investor Management Services, LLC
- Basic Energy Services, Inc. in its acquisition of C&J Well Services, in a transaction funded in large part by senior secured notes contributed by Ascribe Capital in exchange for a majority stake in Basic Energy
- 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
- TPG Global in the acquisition by TPG Pace Holdings Corp., a SPAC sponsored by TPG Global, of the stock of Accel Entertainment, Inc., with the resulting entity having an initial enterprise value of approximately $884 million
- Synopsys, Inc. in its $500 million acquisition of Magma Design Automation and acquisitions of the assets of Red Lizard Software and the low power Bluetooth wireless IP and related assets from Silicon Vision Technologies Ltd and Silicon Vision LLC Egypt
- Advent International in its $700 million sale of Bojangles’ Restaurants, Inc.
- Culligan International Company (a portfolio company of Advent International) in its $1.1 billion take-private acquisition of AquaVenture Holdings Limited and in its sale of Seven Seas Water Corporation
- Blackboard Inc. in its $1.8 billion sale to Providence Equity Partners
- Brink’s Home Security in its $2 billion sale to Tyco International
- Main Event Entertainment, Inc., a subsidiary of Ardent Leisure Group Limited, in Ardent's sale of a 24.2% stake in Main Event to RedBird Capital Partners together with an option for Redbird to acquire a controlling stake within a defined period
- ORIX USA Corporation (a subsidiary of ORIX Corporation) in its acquisition of Lancaster Pollard Holdings, LLC
- Primoris Services Corporation in its acquisition of Willbros Group, Inc.
- Koshidaka Holdings Co., Ltd. in the U.S. aspects of its acquisition of Curves and of Curves for Women II, L.C.
- The management team of U.S. Renal Care, Inc., together Bain Capital and other investors in the acquisition of U.S. Renal Care from Leonard Green & Partners and other institutional investors
Mr. Griffin has been recognized as a leading lawyer in Corporate/M&A in Chambers USA 2018 - 2020, where he is described as having “great judgement, deep experience, and is a problem solver”… “a very dynamic and intelligent" lawyer who is "very good on public M&A.” (Chambers USA 2019-2020) He has also been recognized in Best Lawyers in America* for mergers and acquisitions and corporate governance law 2008 - 2021; was recommended for M&A: Large Deals ($1bn+) by Legal 500 US 2019; and is recognized as a “Highly Regarded” lawyer for M&A in Texas by IFLR1000 2020. Mr. Griffin has been recognized as a Dallas 500 Business Leader for M&A by D CEO Magazine 2018 - 2020 and named among a select list of 100 attorneys and executives who have had an impact on business and legal matters in communities across the U.S. by the Business Journals in 2018.
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 is a past Vice Chair of the American Bar Association's Mergers and Acquisitions Committee, which comprises more than 4,000 M&A professionals 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.
* Best Lawyers (in America) is by Levine Leichtman Capital Partners