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David W. Cook

Biography

David Cook represents a variety of individuals and entities in general corporate matters and complex mergers and acquisitions across a wide variety of industries, including negotiated acquisitions and divestitures, leveraged acquisitions and recapitalizations and controlled auctions. Mr. Cook also has substantial experience in energy transactions, including the purchase and sale of producing properties, and in representing clients (both private equity firms and management teams) in connection with private equity investments. Mr. Cook also regularly counsels clients in connection with compliance issues and statutory required filings and motions, including with respect to the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvement Act of 1976.

Experience and highlights
  • Represented a privately held exploration and production company in connection with its sale of producing properties for a purchase price in excess of $850 million
  • Represented a private equity-backed E&P company in connection with a number of upstream acquisitions in various states for aggregate consideration exceeding $1 billion
  • Represented numerous management teams and management entities in connection with private equity investments and commitments in an amount exceeding $2.5 billion in the aggregate
  • Represented a private equity firm in connection with the sale of one of its financial services portfolio companies to another private equity firm in a transaction valued in excess of $600 million
  • Represented the lead seller in a group of over 100 sellers in their approximately $600 million disposition of oil and gas assets
  • Represented various related entities in the sale of producing oil and gas assets for in excess of $5 billion in stock and an additional $1 billion in contingent cash payouts
  • Represented an energy company in connection with a number of acquisitions in various states for aggregate consideration exceeding $700 million
  • Represented a private exploration and production company in connection with its acquisition of producing and non-producing properties for a purchase price in excess of $500 million
  • Represented a private equity-backed exploration and production company in connection with its acquisition of producing and non-producing properties for approximately $400 million
  • Represented a financial services company in connection with its sale to a private equity consortium through a controlled auction for a purchase price in excess of $450 million
  • Represented a food manufacturer in connection with its sale to a strategic buyer through a controlled auction process for a purchase price in excess of $175 million
  • Represented Texas Wesleyan University in connection with the sale of its law school to Texas A&M University
  • Represented an oil and gas exploration and development company in connection with the sale of its Permian Basin assets for a purchase price in excess of $275 million through a controlled auction process
  • Represented a private equity-backed oil and gas company in connection with the sale of its Barnett Shale assets for a purchase price in excess of $200 million through a controlled auction process
  • Represented a components distributor in connection with numerous strategic acquisitions totaling in excess of $200 million
  • Represented a private equity firm in connection with multiple acquisitions across various industries totaling in excess of $100 million
  • Represented multiple clients in connection with dozens of Hart-Scott-Rodino filings with the Federal Trade Commission and Department of Justice
  • Represented multiple manufacturers of building supplies in connection with several transactions exceeding $90 million in the aggregate
  • Represented the special committee of a NASDAQ listed company in connection with a take-private transaction led by a private equity firm
  • Represented a number of oil and gas production companies in connection with hybrid farmout and acquisition transactions
  • Represented a venture capital-backed company in connection with a strategic acquisition of assets valued in excess of $200 million, including concurrent bank and mezzanine financing related thereto
  • Represented electronics manufacturer and distributor in connection with numerous multi-million dollar acquisitions of European, Middle Eastern and Asian assets
  • Represented family offices in connection with venture capital investments in various industries
  • Represented a private equity firm in connection with the acquisition of a media company valued in excess of $20 million
  • Represented a beverage distributor in connection with a transaction in excess of $100 million involving a strategic buyer
Affiliations and honors

AFFILIATIONS

  • Adjunct Professor, Texas A&M University School of Law
  • Texas Bar Foundation, Fellow

HONORS

  • Texas Super Lawyer Rising Star, Thomson Reuters, 2008-2010, 2013-2018
  • Top Attorney in Business Law, and Corporate Finance/Mergers and Acquisitions, 360 West magazine, 2018
  • Top Attorney, Fort Worth, Texas magazine, 2008, 2010-2018
  • Top Attorney in Business Law, Civil Law and Transactional, and Corporate Finance/Mergers and Acquisitions, 360 West magazine, 2017
  • 40 Under 40 honoree, Fort Worth Business Press, 2016
Education
  • Texas Wesleyan School of Law (now known as: Texas A&M University School of Law), J.D., summa cum laude, 2005
    • Texas Wesleyan Law Review, Editor-in-Chief
    • Phi Delta Phi
  • Baylor University, B.B.A., 2002
Admissions
  • State Bar of Texas, 2005
Speeches & Publications
  • Speaker, “M&A Transactions: How to Negotiate Key Provisions in a Private Company Acquisition Agreement,” State Bar of Texas: Choice, Governance & Acquisition of Entities, May 20, 2016, San Antonio
  • Speaker, "Drafting and Negotiating Confidentiality Agreements," Business Law and Corporation Counsel Forum, State Bar of Texas Annual Meeting, June 20-21, 2013
  • Presented: "Planning for the Automatic Application of the Texas Business Organizations Code" at Kelly Hart & Hallman CLE, November 19, 2009
  • Presented: "Corporate Governance and the Small Oil and Gas Company" at Oil and Gas Law 2006 CLE in Oklahoma City
  • Presented: "The Highlights and Potential Pitfalls of the New Texas Business Organizations Code" at Kelly Hart & Hallman CLE, February 1, 2006
  • Author: The Un-Established Establishment Clause: A Circumstantial Approach to Establishment Clause Jurisprudence, 11 Tex. Wesleyan L. Rev. 71, 2004
David Cook named 2016 40 under 40 Honoree by Fort Worth Business