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J. Drew Neill

Biography

Drew Neill represents a variety of individuals and entities in mergers and acquisitions, private equity investments, and general corporate matters.  He regularly works with publicly-traded and privately-held companies, as well as private equity firms and management companies, on complex mergers and acquisitions, dispositions, and internal restructurings.  Mr. Neill has worked with clients in a broad range of industries, including energy, entertainment, manufacturing, and technology.  Mr. Neill also advises in connection with compliance issues and statutory required filings, including with respect to the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvement Act of 1976.

Experience and highlights
  • 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 a royalty acquisition company in connection with a $300 million equity commitment from a private equity fund
  • Represented a private-equity backed E&P entity in the acquisition of upstream oil and gas leasehold interests and related assets located in the Permian Basin for a purchase price in excess of $175 million
  • Represented an animation company in an auction process for its sale to a subsidiary of a publicly traded company, valuing the company at approximately $150 million
  • Represented a private equity-backed E&P entity in the purchase of upstream oil and gas leasehold interests and related assets located in the Permian Basin for a purchase price in excess of $200 million
  • Represented SteadMed Medical in its sale of a majority interest to an affiliate of URGO Group
  • Represented a privately held E&P entity in the sale of oil and gas leasehold interests and related upstream assets in the Permian Basin for a purchase price in excess of $50 million
  • Represented a privately held entity in the acquisition of mineral and royalty interests located throughout Texas for a purchase price in excess of $100 million
  • Represented an electronic component distributor in connection with numerous strategic acquisitions totaling in excess of $150 million
  • Represented the owner of a privately-held eCommerce business to a private equity-backed strategic buyer 
Affiliations and honors

AFFILIATIONS

  • Texas Bar Foundation, Fellow
  • Tarrant County Bar Association
  • Tarrant County Young Lawyers Association

HONORS

  • Texas Super Lawyers Rising Stars, Thomson Reuters, 2021
  • Named Dallas/Fort Worth "Ones to Watch" in Mergers and Acquisitions Law, Best Lawyers®, 2021
  • Top Attorney in Business Law, 360 West magazine, 2020
  • Top Attorney, Fort Worth, Texas magazine, 2018, 2020
  • Top Attorney in less than five years of practice in Corporate Finance/Mergers and Acquisitions, 360 West magazine, 2017-2018
Education
  • Texas Tech University School of Law, J.D., summa cum laude, 2014
    • Order of the Coif
    • Texas Tech Law Review: Staff Member, Volume 45; Articles Editor, Volume 46
    • Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society
    • Phi Delta Phi Honor Society
  • Baylor University, Master of Accountancy, 2010
  • Baylor University, Bachelor of Business Administration, Accounting and Finance, 2010
    • Most Outstanding Student in Finance, 2010
    • Beta Gamma Sigma Honor Society
Admissions
  • State Bar of Texas, 2014
Speeches & Publications
  • Speaker, "Important Post-COVID Corporate and Tax Acquisition Considerations,"TexasBarCLE webinar, May 2021
  • Speaker, “Choice of Entity & Acquisitions in the Current Environment – What You Need to Know Now,” TexasBarCLE webinar, May 2020
Drew Neill Named Fort Worth Magazine 2020 Top Attorney in Corporate Finance & Mergers