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J. Brook (Brook) Mestre

Counsel
Baker & McKenzie LLP

Biography

J. Brook Mestre focuses on corporate and securities work. His main practice areas include mergers and acquisitions, public and private securities offerings, corporate finance and general corporate and securities representation. He is admitted to practice in Texas and is a member of the State Bar of Texas and the Dallas Bar Association. Brook also co-presented "Issues in PIPE Financings" in a presentation organized by the Dallas Bar Association, Securities Law Section.

Practice Focus

Brook has represented a variety of public and privately owned businesses in a wide range of corporate transactions. His experience in securities transactions includes representation of issuers in public offerings and private placements of both equity and debt. Brook has represented both purchasers and sellers in merger and acquisition transactions of private and public entities, and has advised clients in private equity fund formations and transactions, corporate finance matters and general corporate governance. Brook has also advised clients in various industries — including energy transmission, energy exploration, renewable energy production, poultry production, pumping equipment and interstate transportation and shipping — regarding their securities reporting and disclosure obligations.

Representative Legal Matters

  • Represented a privately-owned utility company in its offering of USD1.5 billion in senior secured notes and the exchange offer related thereto.

  • Represented a public poultry company in its USD 800 million sale of common stock.

  • Represented a restaurant chain in securing a USD 75 million credit facility.

  • Represented a public poultry company in a USD 75 million sale of assets to a privately held organization.

  • Represented a privately-owned software company in its acquisition of a publicly traded software company in a USD 127 million merger transaction and its securing of financing for the transaction through a credit facility.

  • Represented independent oil and gas companies in both public and private offerings of interests in energy exploration programs totaling over USD 100 million.

  • Represented venture capital firms, private equity funds and financial institutions based in the United States and abroad in private investments in a variety of industries, including pharmaceuticals, internet-based social networking, product authentication and nautical technology.

  • Represented a private start-up company focused on video transcoding in its Series A and Series B round financings.

  • Represented a manufacturer of RFID technology and a technology outsourcing company in PIPE transactions.

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • State Bar of Texas
  • Dallas Bar Association

Admissions

  • Texas~United States (2006)

Education

  • Vanderbilt University School of Law (J.D.) (2006)
  • Vanderbilt University (B.S. cum laude) (2003)

Languages

  • English