Akin Gump Grows Dallas Corporate Team with Addition of Transactional-Focused Partner Duo

(Dallas) – Akin Gump today announced the expansion of its corporate team in Dallas with the addition of partners Ryan Cox and Eric Williams. Both Mr. Cox and Mr. Williams join Akin Gump from Haynes and Boone, where Mr. Cox previously served as co-head of the firm’s capital markets and securities practice, and Mr. Williams was head of its M&A practice.

Mr. Cox focuses on representing issuers and investors in public and private securities offerings, M&A transactions, recapitalizations and restructurings, in addition to providing advice on general corporate, governance and compliance matters. Mr. Williams counsels corporate and private equity buyers in a variety of M&A transactions, including distressed deals in the bankruptcy context.

“Building on the strengths of our corporate group in Dallas has been a strategic priority for us,” stated Akin Gump chairperson Kim Koopersmith. “Ryan and Eric’s experience and focus perfectly complement our team and align very well with the needs of our clients in Dallas and the broader national market. I’m thrilled to welcome them to Akin Gump.”

Added Jeffrey Kochian, co-chair of Akin Gump’s firmwide corporate practice, “Eric and Ryan bring tremendous track records advising public companies and private equity funds in all manner of transactions. This includes deep experience in areas that are key to us and our clients, including LBOs, distressed investments and acquisitions, and secondary fund transactions. They are phenomenal lawyers and will make great additions to our team.”

Mr. Williams has developed significant experience in advising on M&A transactions for clients in the health care, infrastructure, manufacturing, retail and TMT spaces, among others. Mr. Cox has advised on transactions for a broad spectrum of clients, including those in the TMT, energy and investment management arenas.

“Akin Gump offers both deep roots in the Dallas and Texas markets as well as an exceptional national platform from which I can continue to grow my practice,” stated Mr. Cox. “Having had the opportunity to handle deals across the table from Akin Gump lawyers in the past, I know firsthand what an outstanding team they are, and I am excited for the opportunity to work alongside my new colleagues.”

Mr. Williams added, “My practice is an ideal fit within Akin Gump’s platform. The ability to join the firm and contribute to the strategic growth of the corporate team and the Dallas office is a wonderful opportunity, and I am thrilled to be here.”

The arrival of Mr. Williams and Mr. Cox follows the promotion to partner in January of two Akin Gump Dallas lawyers: Nicholas Jay Houpt in the corporate practice and Adam Hilkemann in the investment management practice. In 2019, the office also relocated to state-of-the-art space in the Uptown neighborhood of Dallas.

Scott Barnard, partner in charge of the Dallas office, commented, “This is a dynamic time for our Dallas office. Ryan and Eric represent the latest infusion of talent here, and I am very excited about what is to come.”

About Ryan Cox

With 15 years of experience, Mr. Cox maintains a broad transactional practice, which includes a focus on capital markets work in addition to general corporate advice. His experience with public and private securities offerings, in particular, includes initial and secondary offerings of equity and convertible securities, Rule 144A offerings, rights offerings and shelf registrations. He also handles alternative financing transactions such as reverse-mergers and private investments in public equity.

He received his J.D., cum laude, Order of the Coif, from Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law, and his B.B.A., cum laude, from Baylor University.

About Eric Williams

Mr. Williams has more than 18 years of experience in acquisitions, divestitures, securities transactions and other complex business transactions. He has represented both corporate and private equity buyers and sellers in structuring, negotiating, documenting and closing public and private mergers, acquisitions and dispositions, including assisting private equity funds with the purchase, ongoing representation and subsequent sale of portfolio companies.

He received his J.D. from Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law, and his B.B.A. from Baylor University.

About Akin Gump’s Corporate Practice

Lawyers in Akin Gump’s corporate practice counsel private equity and hedge funds, public and private companies, sovereign entities and financial advisors in connection with their transactional, finance and ongoing business needs. The firm regularly leads complex and sophisticated transactions, crossing borders and industries. Our team includes leading dealmakers and finance lawyers with extensive experience in complex leveraged, acquisition and special situation financing arrangements.

About Akin Gump’s Dallas Office

With more than 90 lawyers and advisors, Akin Gump’s Dallas office is home to many of the firm’s key practices, with teams that collaborate closely with lawyers in offices throughout the U.S. and globally. Core areas of strength for the Dallas office are corporate, including finance and M&A; investment management; tax; litigation; financial restructuring; and real estate.

Lawyers in the office are frequently ranked by legal and industry media as among the tops in the profession, with the firm being recognized in Law360’s 2019 Texas Powerhouse series and being named a finalist in The American Lawyer’s 2019 Texas Litigation Department of the Year awards.

Akin Gump is also consistently rated as among the top firms in Dallas for associate recruitment and retention, including first-place rankings in both The American Lawyer’s 2019 Midlevel Associates Survey and 2019 Summer Associates Survey.

Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP is a leading international law firm with more than 1,000 lawyers and advisors in offices throughout the United States, Europe, Asia and the Middle East. Founded in 1945, the firm is proudly celebrating its 75th anniversary in 2020. #AkinGump75

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