Chris Schmitt

Chris Schmitt Partner, Mergers & Acquisitions and Private Equity

Chris’ practice focuses on representing public and private companies in corporate transactions. He represents companies and private equity and venture capital funds in structuring and negotiating mergers and acquisitions, raising or investing capital through private financing transactions, and public and private securities offerings. He also assists companies with general business transactional and securities law compliance matters.

Experience Highlights

  • Reata Pharmaceuticals, Inc. in its $70 million initial public offering of common stock 
  • RSP Permian, Inc. in its $448 million initial public offering of common stock, $757 million secondary offering of common stock, and $500 million offering of senior notes
  • FMC Technologies in the sale of its material handling products business to Syntron Material Handling, an affiliate of Levine Leichtman Capital Partners Private Capital Solutions
  • Teva Pharmaceuticals in its $144 million acquisition, plus up to approximately $124 million in contingent value payments, through an unsolicited offer of NuPathe, Inc., a developer of products for the treatment of the central nervous system
  • Dart Container Corporation in the $1 billion acquisition of Solo Cup Company

Mergers & Acquisitions

  • Daseke in its acquisition of Lone Star Transportation, creating one of the largest open-deck/specialty trucking fleets in North America
  • Port Logistics Group, an Austin Ventures portfolio company, in the sale of the company, a provider of gateway logistics services, to Endeavour Capital
  • Teva Pharmaceuticals in the $40 million acquisition of MicroDose Therapeutx, a privately-held pharmaceutical and drug delivery company focused on inhalation technologies and products for lung diseases and infections
  • FMC Technologies in the acquisition of Control Systems International, supplier of control and automation system solutions
  • Rules-Based Medicine in the $80 million sale of the molecular diagnostics company to Myriad Genetics Inc
  • Canada Pension Plan Investment Board in its $300 million PIPE purchase of Halcon Resources Corporation common stock in connection with Halcon’s purchase of oil and gas assets in the Williston Basin
  • Southwest Airlines in its $3.4 billion acquisition of AirTran Holdings
  • Dell in its $3.9 billion public tender offer and acquisition of Perot Systems Corporation, an information technology company
  • Statoil ASA in the $4.7 billion acquisition of Brigham Exploration Company, a publicly traded independent exploration and production company focused on the Bakken and Three Forks tight oil plays in the Williston Basin in North Dakota and Montana

Private Equity

  • Pan American Sports Partners Company in the $400 million sale of the controlling interest in a Latin American sports network to FOX International Channels
  • Austin Ventures in its $30 million investment in Emerus Hospital Partners, a Texas-based operator of specialty hospitals

Contact Details

Dallas

T +1.214.220.7712
F +1.214.999.7708
cschmitt@velaw.com
Trammell Crow Center
2001 Ross Avenue
Suite 3700
Dallas, TX 75201-2975
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Chris' Practices

  • University of Michigan Law School, J.D., 1999
  • University of Michigan, B.S., Political Science and Economics, 1996
  • Admitted to practice: Texas
    • Legal 500 U.S., Technology: Transactions, 2011, 2012, and 2014
    • Selected to the Texas Rising Stars list, Super Lawyers (Thomson Reuters), 2009, 2011, and 2012
    • Member: Dallas Bar Association