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About Janice

Janice Davis, co-chair of Bracewell’s technology transactions department, is a seasoned and skilled attorney with more than 30 years of experience. She works to create practical solutions for clients’ contractual relationships and challenges in a variety of commercial transactions, including mergers and acquisitions, divestitures, joint ventures, software license agreements, alliance arrangements, reorganizations, recapitalizations, management and leveraged buy-outs, corporate financing, private placements, securities law compliance and venture capital investments.

Janice’s active M&A practice involves representing public and private companies and private equity firms in diverse cross-border and domestic transactions. In addition, Janice has represented private investment funds in connection with fund formations, special purpose vehicles, and portfolio investments, and has substantial experience in the formation and financing of early stage and emerging growth companies. She also advises corporate clients and other entities on governance, fiduciary duties and change of control and related matters.

Janice has a unique perspective on legal matters as a result of her work on a part-time seconded basis at a portfolio company of one of Bracewell’s private equity firm clients, handling all board matters, integrating and organizing the outside legal teams, negotiating all contracts, and managing all insurance risk matters, among others, and at one of the top national accounting firms, handling all corporate matters, M&A transactions, and negotiating over 250 contracts on behalf of the accounting firm’s consulting division.

Experience

Recent Notable Matters

GTE Corporation (now known as Verizon Telecommunications, Inc.) — sale of 500,000 telecommunications access lines located in nine states to Citizens Utilities Company for $1.1 billion

Crescent Real Estate Holdings LLC — corporate reorganization in order to dispose of a 22 property portfolio in Las Vegas, Nevada, as well as negotiating and drafting the joint venture agreement and related documents with JP Morgan Chase in connection with the development and leasing of the $225 million, 20-story Uptown tower known as McKinney Olive, which won the Dallas Business Journal Award for the Best Real Estate Deals 2015: Mixed-use Development Urban

Parkland Center for Clinical Innovation (PCCI) — sophisticated and complex spin-off transaction involving the licensing of software to Pieces Technologies, Inc. (Pieces Tech), an innovative healthcare analytics entity that deploys cutting-edge technology to improve clinical and community health outcomes; Pieces Tech officially launched with a $21.6 million Series A funding round led by Pacific Advantage Capital (PAC Partners) and Jump Capital, with participation from various healthcare systems and select Dallas family offices, among others

Roofing Supply Group, LLC (RSG) — served as “in-house” counsel on a seconded basis and provided legal advice and strategies needed for corporate risk management, compliance matters, and merger and acquisition transactions, and was directly responsible for all corporate governance, record keeping and corporate obligations for complex corporate structure; represented RSG in connection with four separate add-on acquisitions, a $225 million 144A Private Bond Offering, and the sale of RSG from the Sterling Group to funds managed by Clayton, Dublier & Rice

Poco Graphite Holdings, LLC — merger with a subsidiary of Entegris, Inc., a publicly traded materials management company, for $158 million

Fidelity National Information Services, Inc. — four separate transactions involving the purchase of privately held companies in the mortgage ancillary services business with the purchase price ranging from $40 million to $100 million

Lingualcare, Inc. — merger with a subsidiary of 3M Company

Virbac Corporation — sale of its consumer products division to Sergeant's Pet Care Products, Inc., in the acquisition of assets of a privately held company owning water chemical testing technology, and in the acquisition of a separate privately held company owning oral liquid electrolyte products

Tech Pharmacy Services, Inc. — recapitalization by private equity firms led by DFW Capital Partners, a New Jersey-based venture capital fund, and in prior private equity investment by NeighborCare, Inc. (now known as Omnicare, Inc.)

MD Anderson — broad exclusive licensing agreements and equity documents with respect to, among others, the following issuers: (a) Intrexon Corporation and ZIOPHARM Oncology; (b) Immatics US, Inc., with respect to structuring the initial round of a $60 million Series A financing round; and (c) OncoResponse, an immuno-oncology antibody discovery company, that was launched jointly by MD Anderson and Theraclone Sciences, which led the Series A Preferred Stock round, and which included ARCH Venture Partners, Canaan Partners, William Marsh Rice University and Alexandria Real Estate Equities

DE Shaw affiliate — proposed investment in home equity mortgage business structured as a preferred trust transaction

Xpressdocs Partners, Ltd. — recapitalization by private equity firms led by Polaris Venture Partners, a Massachusetts-based venture capital fund

Domino Printing Sciences plc — acquisition of a privately held company owning a system that applies identifying UPC codes to end products

Equilon Enterprises LLC — joint venture agreement and related documents with Globeground North America LLC with respect to airport services

Private equity real estate fund — formation, capital raising efforts, and securities offering

Exeter Finance Corp. (a portfolio company of Blackstone, LP) — $60 million investment by private equity firms led by Navigation Capital Partners, an Atlanta-based venture fund, and separately in a high-yield debt offering to private investors

Resercom, LP — corporate organization and start-up equity financing

Publications and Speeches

“Employment Law Issues and Typical Employment-Related Documents in Start-Up and Emerging Growth Companies,” Legal Clinic Presentation for TMCx, November 2016.

“Anatomy of Series A Preferred Stock Transaction,” CLE Presentation for client, September 2016.

“M&A Reps and Warranties Insurance,” CLE Presentation, May 2015.

“Liquidity Transactions and Exit Strategies,” SMU Business Law students, April 2013, April 2014, April 2015 and April 2016.

“Legal Due Diligence in M&A Transactions,” Conference with Pritchett, LP, February 2015.

"Rule 701 Offerings,” CLE Presentation, July 2014.

Credentials

Education

Baylor University School of Law,
J.D.
1986
University of Illinois,
B.S.
1981
with honors

Bar Admissions

Texas

Certifications

Certified Public Accountant, Texas

Affiliations

National Association of Corporate Directors
Bracewell’s Representative and Advisory Board Member on the North Texas Board; 2010 - 2017
Bracewell Women's Network
Co-Chair, 2016
American Bar Association
Member, M&A Subcommittee and the Committee representative for the 2009 and 2017 Private Target Mergers & Acquisitions Deal Points Studies, and the 2016 Private Target Carve-Out Deal Points Study
Dallas Bar Association
President, 2010; Corporate Counsel Section: Board, 2005 - 2010; Corporate Securities Section; Real Estate Section; Technology Section
Texas Bar Foundation
Fellow, 2013 - 2017
Southern Methodist University
Adjunct Teacher for Business Law Class, 2012 - 2017
Texas Women's Ventures Fund
Investment Committee
Tech Wildcatters
Investor and Mentor
Dallas CASA
Board of Directors, 2013 - 2017; Executive Committee, 2016 - 2017; Finance Committee, 2013 - 2017; Finance Committee, Incoming Chair for 2018
Dallas Summer Musicals
Board of Directors, 2005 - 2017; Executive Committee, 2016 - 2017; Finance Committee, 2010 - 2017
Leadership Dallas
Class of 2003-2004
Texas General Counsel Forum
Board of Trustees, 2004 - 2017; Chair, Annual Conference, 2008; Chair, Annual Dedman Dinner, 2009

News

Noteworthy

Noteworthy

The Legal 500 United States
Technology: Transactions, 2015
Woodward/White, Inc.
Best Lawyers
Corporate Law, 2010 - 2018
Internet Brands, Inc.
Martindale-Hubbell® AV® Preeminent™ Rating
Texas Women Ventures Fund
Breakthrough Award 2011

Events