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Michael A. Saslaw

Michael A. Saslaw Partner, Mergers & Acquisitions and Private Equity

Mike is a corporate attorney with more than 30 years of experience in assisting clients with mergers and acquisitions, securities offerings, financings, restructurings, and corporate counseling. He has extensive experience with businesses in a variety of industries, including oil and gas, power, infrastructure, financial services, and technology.

Experience Highlights

  • Tampnet AS, an offshore high capacity communication network operator and a portfolio company of EQT Infrastructure, in its acquisition of AirTap Communications, a multi-point broadband operator in the Gulf of Mexico and pending acquisition of Broadpoint, a provider of offshore communications in the Gulf of Mexico, and in a long-term strategic roaming agreement with a leading telecom carrier
  • Highstar Capital in connection with its entry into a long-term lease and concession agreement with the City of Austin, pursuant to which a Highstar Capital portfolio company will redevelop and operate a limited services terminal at Austin-Bergstrom International Airport in Austin, Texas
  • Morsco, a wholesale plumbing and HVAC supplier and portfolio company of Advent International, in its acquisitions of the assets and businesses of Wholesale Specialties, Kiva Kitchen & Bath, BAS Appliance Gallery, Murray Supply Company, and DeVore & Johnson
  • Riverstone Holdings in its $200 million equity commitment to Castex Energy, an oil and gas company focused on Louisiana and the Gulf of Mexico Shelf

Mergers & Acquisitions

  • SourceGas, a portfolio company of GE Energy Financial Services and Alinda Capital, in its acquisition of an underground gas storage facility from SWN Production (Arkansas)
  • Yazmi USA, a satellite operator, in the sale of its AsiaStar and AfriStar satellites
  • EQT Partners in its $465 million acquisition of Synagro Technologies, which creates sustainable solutions to natural waste, pursuant to a bankruptcy plan
  • Trimble Navigation in its €337 million public tender offer for all issued and outstanding shares in Finland-based Tekla Corporation, provider of Building Information Modeling (BIM) software for the construction industry
  • Trimble Navigation, a developer of GPS systems and software including surveying, mapping and marine navigation equipment, in its $335 million acquisition of TMW Systems, which develops enterprise software for transportation and logistics companies 
  • Trimble Navigation in its acquisition of Google’s SketchUp 3D, a modeling tool for designing, modeling, and visualizing projects
  • EQT Partners in its $270 million acquisition of U.S.-based Restaurant Technologies, which develops, distributes, and provides automated solutions for storing, handling, and disposing of frying oil for the foodservice industry
  • WL Ross in the $1.1 billion acquisition of Option One (H&R Block’s mortgage servicing business)
  • GE Commercial Finance, through its subsidiary GE Energy Financial Services, in the $710 million acquisition of the natural gas retail operations of Kinder Morgan, Inc

Contact Details

Dallas

T +1.214.220.7705
M +1.214.642.0480
F +1.214.999.7705
msaslaw@velaw.com
Trammell Crow Center
2001 Ross Avenue
Suite 3700
Dallas, TX 75201-2975
Local time: 10:54 PM
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Michael's Practices

  • University of Pennsylvania Law School, J.D., 1982 (Editor, University of Pennsylvania Law Review)
  • Miami University, B.S., Accounting magna cum laude, 1979
  • Admitted to practice: New York; Texas 
  • Chambers USA, Corporate/M&A (Texas), 2005−2017
  • Legal 500 U.S., Energy: Transactions, 2015; Capital Markets: Debt Offerings, 2015; Capital Markets: Equity Offerings, 2015; M&A: Large Deals, 2014
  • International Who’s Who of Business Lawyers (Law Business Research, Ltd.), Mergers and Acquisitions, 2012 and 2013
  • The Best Lawyers in America© (Woodward/White, Inc.), “Lawyer of the Year,” Corporate Compliance Law (Dallas/Fort Worth), 2017 and 2018; Corporate Law (Dallas), 2016; Corporate Governance Law (Dallas), 2014 and 2015
  • The Best Lawyers in America©(Woodward/White, Inc.), Corporate Governance Law; Corporate Law, Mergers and Acquisitions Law, 2007−2017; Corporate Compliance Law, 2007−2018
  • Who's Who Legal (Law Business Research Ltd.). Corporate, 2016
  • Who’s Who Legal 100 (Law Business Research Ltd), Mergers and Acquisitions, 2014
  • Selected to the Texas Super Lawyers list, Super Lawyers (Thomson Reuters), 2003−2017