Geoffrey L. Newton

Partner

geoffrey.newton@bakerbotts.com

Dallas

P: +1.214.953.6753 F: +1.214.661.4753
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As part of his wide-ranging practice, Geoff Newton represents purchasers and sellers in connection with mergers and acquisitions involving public and private companies. He also advises fund sponsors in the formation of private equity funds and similar vehicles and assists private equity funds in their investment activities. Mr. Newton’s private equity fund experience includes work for funds focusing on the energy (including midstream and upstream oil and gas) and real estate industries.

In another important area of his practice, Mr. Newton represents issuers and underwriters with respect to registered public offerings—including initial public offerings and offerings by seasoned issuers—as well as private placements of debt and equity securities. He also handles corporate governance matters, including special committee and audit committee assignments.

Related Experience

Mergers and Acquisitions

  • Hunt Consolidated – mergers, acquisitions and other matters, including various mergers and acquisitions involving electric transmission and distribution companies
  • Eagle Materials, Inc. – mergers, acquisitions and other transactions, including acquisitions of cement plants and other assets
  • SI Group, Inc. – mergers and acquisitions, including the pending sale of SI Group to a private equity fund and various acquisitions of chemical plants
  • Windsor Quality Food Company – various acquisitions, sales and restructurings of private companies, including the sale of Windsor to Ajinomoto and acquisitions by Windsor of Discovery Foods, Specialty Brands and the Keebler frozen food businesses
  • Centex Corporation – mergers, acquisitions and similar transactions, including the merger of Centex Corporation with Pulte Homes, Inc. in a $3.1 billion stock-for-stock transaction, the sale of Centex Construction Services in a $345 million transaction, the sale of Centex Home Equity in a $575 million transaction, the spin-off of Eagle Materials, Inc. (formerly Centex Construction Products, Inc.), in a $1.2 billion transaction, the spin-off of Cavco Industries, Inc. and Eagle Materials, Inc. and acquisitions of various public companies, including Vista Properties and NAB
  • Brookshire Grocery Company – various mergers, acquisitions and related financing and other transactions
  • Electronic Data Systems Corporation – acquisition of stock of Systemhouse companies from MCI WorldCom for $1.65 billion in cash; and split-off of EDS from General Motors Corporation in a $25 billion transaction

Private Equity

  • Energy Spectrum – establishment of seven midstream energy private equity funds with approximately $2.3 billion of investor commitments; investments in or dispositions of more than 20 separate portfolio companies of such funds; establishment of co-investment vehicles for certain investments; and initial public offerings and other transactions for portfolio companies
  • Hawkeye and Scout Funds – establishment of two new funds to invest in new manager real estate platforms and programs with more than $1.0 billion of investor commitments; investments in new manager platforms and fund vehicles; and fund manager structuring projects and regulatory matters
  • Energy Trust – establishment of an upstream private equity fund and investments in or dispositions of more than 25 portfolio companies by five private equity funds focusing on investments in oil and gas exploration and development projects
  • HM International – investments in or restructurings or dispositions of various portfolio companies on behalf of family office with holdings in variety of industries, including food products, software and professional services and industrial products
  • E2M – establishment of three private equity funds with over $600 million of investor commitments focusing on real estate investments
  • Hunt Consolidated – investment, regulatory compliance and internal structuring projects; and formation of a vehicle in 2013 to make private equity investments in the electrical power development projects
  • Corporate Partners – investments in oil and gas companies and projects
  • CIC Partners – investments in oil and gas companies and projects
  • SBC Master Pension Trust – investments in energy and real estate funds on behalf of private pension fund and related structuring projects, including the formation of Luxembourg vehicle to facilitate certain investments
  • Halliburton – formation of $500 million corporate investment vehicle
  • Hudson Advisors and Lone Star Funds – regulatory and structuring projects
  • Centex Corporation – formation of structured real estate investment vehicles
  • Family Legacy Trust Company – formation of collective investment trust vehicle to make private equity investments
  • Electronic Data Systems Corporation – formation of corporate fund to invest in e-commerce and other high technology ventures

Awards & Community

Named "Lawyer of the Year for 2019," "Lawyer of the Year for 2017" and "Lawyer of the Year for 2014" by The Best Lawyers in America for Securities Regulation Law in Dallas, (Woodward/White Inc.)

Recognized by Best Lawyers as "Dallas Securities/Capital Markets, Lawyer of the Year," (Woodward/White Inc.), 2012

Recognized as a Texas Super Lawyer, (Thomson Reuters), 2004 & 2007-2018

Listed in Chambers USA, 2007-2009

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