Thomas H. Yang has more than 20 years of experience in mergers and acquisitions, capital markets and securities, including extensive experience in private equity transactions.

Practice & Background

Mr. Yang represents public and private companies in complex mergers and acquisitions, including mergers for cash and stock, forward and reverse-triangular mergers, asset and stock sales, joint ventures and other strategic combinations.  He has extensive experience representing private equity funds and their portfolio companies in their transactional activities.

Mr. Yang also acts as counsel to issuers and underwriters in connection with public and private offerings of debt and equity, including initial and follow-on common stock offerings, shelf offerings, convertible securities, depositary shares, discount notes, Regulation S offerings and Rule 144A private placements.  He acts as lead securities counsel to New York Stock Exchange and NASDAQ-listed companies in various industries.

In 2011, Mr. Yang was named as one of six top M&A dealmakers by the Dallas Business Journal, and has been repeatedly recognized by D Magazine as one of the best corporate lawyers in Dallas. Mr. Yang is active in the Korean and Asian-American communities and is a former President of the Dallas Asian-American Bar Association.

Representative Matters

Mr. Yang’s recent transactions include representing:

Private Equity M&A

  • a private equity fund in its acquisition of a lifestyle apparel brand
  • a private equity fund in its acquisition of three ready mix and aggregate companies
  • a private equity fund in the purchase of all of the stock of a provider of consumer bankruptcy and foreclosure services and related add-on acquisitions
  • a private equity fund in its acquisition of a supplier of proprietary and custom mixed rubber compounds
  • a private equity fund in the acquisition of a distributor of fluid power and power train solutions
  • a private equity fund in its acquisition of a leading distributor of name-brand industrial MRO supplies and equipment.
  • a private equity fund in its purchase of a marketing company
  • a private equity fund in its acquisition of a leading importer and distributor of fine wines and spirits
  • a private equity fund in its sale of a provider of cathodic protection systems and engineering services
  • a private equity fund in its acquisition of a regional provider of environmental remediation and industrial services
  • a private equity fund in its acquisition of one of the largest providers of large format printed material for the retail point of purchase industry and the outdoor billboard market
  • a private equity fund in its acquisition of a controlling interest in a market leader in the design and manufacture high-end custom cosmetics displays for department stores
  • a private equity fund in its acquisition of a leading designer, importer, and distributor of decorative home accents including furniture, lamps, occasional tables, accent chairs, and mirrors

Strategic M&A

  • a large chain in the convenience retailing industry in its acquisition of over 100 gasoline and convenience store locations
  • a wine import and distribution business in a merger of equals
  • a NYSE-listed communications company in pre-merger integration planning
  • an NYSE-listed business process and document management company in acquisitions and investments related to the healthcare industry
  • a retail fine wine and spirits business in a series of acquisition and sale transactions
  • a provider of water transfer services in the natural gas industry in the sale of its assets to an energy company
  • a NYSE-listed oil and gas company in investment and services related
  • a NYSE-listed communications company in its $275 million acquisition of a network and applications management company that provides back-office management for Wi-Fi hot spots
  • an engineering services company in the sale of the company
  • an NYSE-listed oil and natural gas company in its acquisition of $700 million of oil and natural gas properties from NYSE energy company
  • a NYSE-listed food and beverage company in a series of acquisitions of dairy assets
  • an acquirer in its acquisition and subsequent sale of a leading integrated independent provider of high-pressure coiled tubing, nitrogen, and fluid pumping services in Texas and Louisiana
  • the owner/operator of some of the world’s most prestigious private country clubs to a private equity fund
  • a management team in its $700 million buyout of an energy company from private equity investors

Capital Markets

  • an NYSE-listed manufacturer of transportation, construction and industrial products in a $450 million convertible debt offering
  • an NYSE-listed oil and natural gas company in its $700 million initial public offering
  • a natural gas and oil company in a $750 million public offering of notes and the redemption of previously outstanding notes
  • a renewable energy company in its initial public offering

Awards & Accolades

  • Recommended Lawyer in M&A Middle-Market (Legal 500 US, 2017)
  • One of six "M&A Dealmakers" (Dallas Business Journal, 2011)
  • "Best Lawyers in Dallas" (D Magazine, May 2005, 2011, 2013)
  • Ranked as 8th Best Lawyer Under 40 in Dallas (D Magazine, May 2002)
  • "Best Lawyers Under 40" (National Asian Pacific Bar Association, October 2002)
  • "Best Lawyers Under 40 in Dallas" (D Magazine, May 2004)
  • "Texas Rising Stars" (Law and Politics Magazine and Texas Monthly, July 2004) 
  • "Texas Super Lawyer" (Law and Politics Magazine and Texas Monthly, 2004-2014)