Darrell R. Windham - Corporate Attorney in Austin, Texas

Education

The University of Texas at Austin

B.B.A., Accounting, 1975
with highest honors

The University of Texas School of Law

J.D., 1978
with honors

Bar Admission

Texas

Darrell R. Windham

Member

Overview

Darrell R. Windham, Member – Darrell has more than 35 years of experience in all types of business, transactional and securities matters. His experience includes representing clients in domestic and international mergers and acquisitions, financing and restructuring transactions, strategic alliances and public and private securities offerings. He also advises clients on business start-ups and organizations, corporate governance, securities law compliance, joint ventures and other domestic and international business and technology transactions. Mr. Windham has served as lead counsel to acquirers, sellers and issuers in hundreds of merger and acquisition transactions and public and private securities offerings, including the representation of issuers and investment banks in initial and secondary public offerings and in the purchase and sale of, strategic alliances with, and investments in, medical device, life science, manufacturing, software and semiconductor businesses and technologies. He also counsels technology companies and investors from organization through early and later stage financing rounds and exit transactions. Darrell has served as a director and executive officer of publicly held companies and private businesses and in leadership positions in the Austin community in many charitable and non-profit organizations, including serving as President and Chairman of the Texas Exes and as the first President of the Contemporary Austin.

Prominent Assignments

Represented a semiconductor manufacturer owned by private equity firms in numerous domestic and international transactions involving the purchase and sale of, strategic alliances with and investments in software and semi-conductor businesses and assets.

Represented a publicly held medical device company in which the client was acquired by Blackstone Capital Partners V, L.P. in a going private transaction. Total value of the transaction was more than $900 million (including public debt and senior secured debt offerings of approximately $600 million), which then represented the most ever paid for an Austin-based company.

Represented a publicly held medical device company in connection with its initial public offering and a subsequent registered secondary public offering of common stock.

Represented a medical device company in two publicly registered stock offerings for the issuance of its securities to acquire two publicly held manufacturers of pain management, rehabilitation, fitness and sports performance products with aggregate purchase prices of approximately $500 million.

Represented Tony Lama Boot Company in connection with its acquisition by Justin Industries, Inc. in a public tender offer.

Represented a private equity fund of funds in connection with its evaluation of and investment in multiple private equity and hedge funds and certain direct investments.

Represented numerous early-stage technology companies from organization through multiple financing rounds and exit transactions.

Professional Involvement

  • Director, Economic Development Corporation, Austin Chamber of Commerce
  • Former Director, Texas TriCities Chapter, National Association of Corporate Directors
  • Member, American Bar Association, Business Law Section
  • Member, State Bar of Texas, Securities Law and Venture Capital Committees of the Business Law Section
  • Member, Travis County Bar Association, Business and Technology Law Section

Community Involvement

  • Past President and Chairman of Board of Trustees, The Contemporary Austin
  • Past President and Chairman, Ex-Student’s Association of the University of Texas at Austin
  • Board Member, Central Texas Chapter of Texas Nature Conservancy
  • Director, Austin Chapter of the College Football Hall of Fame Foundation
  • Director, Texas Business Hall of Fame
  • The University of Texas at Austin
    • Member, Littlefield Society
    • Former Member, Men’s Athletics Council
    • Former Director, Austin Longhorn Club
    • Board of Visitors, McDonald Observatory and Astronomy
    • Member and Board of Advisory Council, Longhorn Foundation
    • Member, Commission of 125
  • University of Texas System
    • Member Advisor, Division of Diversity and Community Engagement
    • Executive Committee, Chancellor’s Council
    • Director, Friends of the University
  • Former President and Life time Member of Selection Committee, Sun Bowl Association
  • Past Director, Gubernatorial Appointment, Venture Capital Committee of Texas

Publications/Presentations

  • Co-Author, "Keys To IP Collaborations With Universities: Part 3," Law360, March 9, 2015
  • Co-Author, "Keys To IP Collaborations With Universities: Part 2," Law360, October 20, 2014
  • Featured, "Dealmakers Q&A: Greenberg Traurig’s Darrell Windham," Law360, July 25, 2014
  • Co-Author, "Keys To IP Collaborations With Universities: Part 1," Law360, July 21, 2014
  • Darrell is a frequent lecturer on topics related to M&A, securities and financing and other exit transactions, corporate governance and board duties issues, including these recent events/panels:
    • Panelist/Speaker, "Early Stage Start-up Resources - Planning Exit Strategies," IBM: Smarter Planet Summit
    • Panelist, "Startup to IP: Building for Success"
    • Moderator/Speaker, "Executive Compensation Panel," NACD
    • Speaker, "From Startups to the IPO; Building for Success, Corporate Legal for the Startup Company," UT Austin, TX, October 14, 2011
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Acknowledgements

  • Listed, The Best Lawyers in America, Corporate Law; Mergers and Acquisitions Law, 1999-present
  • Listed, Chambers USA Guide, 2009-2010, 2012-2014
  • Listed, "Texas' Top Rated Lawyers," 2012
  • Listed, Super Lawyers magazine, Texas Super Lawyers, 2009, 2016-present
  • Rated, AV Preeminent® 5.0 out of 5, 2006-present