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Jill B. Louis

Partner
+1.214.939.6282
Fax +1.214.939.5849
Ms. Louis concentrates her practice on various aspects of private equity and corporate representation including mergers and acquisitions, corporate governance, and franchise transactions. She also advises on over the road transportation and project infrastructure matters and the creation and implementation of contract management processes for public and private companies based on a process she developed while leading in house legal departments.

Professional Background

Ms. Louis has a breadth of experience advising multi-location retail and industrial companies. Prior to joining the firm, Ms. Louis was the general counsel for a large private equity portfolio company with over US$1 billion in annual revenue, operating heavy duty parts and service locations in 45 states. Her general counsel experience also includes a multi-national serviced office company, with $600 million in revenue, operating in 50 states, Canada, Mexico, London and Paris. She also led the transactions group for the retail operating company of a global courier delivery services company for over ten years, leading transactions in the US, Canada, Japan, China and Korea and launching their transportation delivery service. Ms. Louis began her career in corporate practice with a major DC law firm, later joining Hughes & Luce LLP, a legacy firm to K&L Gates.

Achievements

  • 2017, 2018 & 2019 Best Lawyers in Dallas, D Magazine
  • Texas General Counsel Forum Magna Stella-Outstanding AGC 2011
  • FedEx Five Star Award 2012

Professional/Civic Activities

  • Board of Trustees, Howard University (Member of Audit and Facilities Committees) (2018-Present)
  • Board Member, Thrivent Financial (2017-Present)
  • Executive Board Member, AT&T Performing Arts Center (2016-Present)
  • Executive Board Member, KERA (2016-Present)
  • The Dallas Assembly (2009 to present)
  • Dallas Regional Chamber of Commerce, Education Political Action Committee Board (2011 to 2013), Co-Chair (2012 to 2013)
  • Board of Trustees, Girls Incorporated of Metropolitan Dallas (2005 to 2010), Executive Committee (2007 to 2009) (Advisory Board Member 2018-Present)
  • 2006 Class of Leadership Dallas
  • Junior League of Dallas (Sustaining Member)

Speaking Engagements

  • “Angel Financing”, National Bar Association Mid Year Conference 2019
  • “General Counsel Roundtable”, North Carolina Bar Association 2018
  • “Corporate Governance 101”, Corporate Counsel Women of Color 2018
  • “Corporate Governance and the Founder-Led Company”, Dallas Bar Association 2017
  • “5s Contract Management”, private client legal department presentation
  • “General Counsel Toolkit”, Corporate Counsel Women of Color Conference 2017
  • “2016 Hot Topics in Compliance, Privacy and Security”, private client legal department presentation
  • “Advanced In-House Counsel Seminar”, General Counsel Roundtable 2015
  • “Corporate Legal Issues related to Active Shooter Prevention and Events”, Dallas FBI Citizens Academy Alumni Association 2015
Infrastructure & Transportation
  • Advised on the acquisition of an equity stake in a U.S. concession by a multinational infrastructure investor
  • Advised on ongoing corporate governance matters for a multinational infrastructure design, build and management company and its U.S. Concessions
  • Advised on matters of compliance with comprehensive development agreements/facilities agreements for toll road concessions
  • Developed Compliance Manual for several affiliated P3 concessions
  • Advised on the negotiation of amendments to multiple comprehensive development agreements
  • Advised on the development of same day delivery program for a retailer
  • Representation of shippers in various transportation contracts with carriers and 3PLs
  • Representation of shippers in carrier dispute matters
Mergers and Acquisitions
  • Advised on private equity acquisition of a transportation company
  • Advised on the acquisition of an agricultural business transportation function
  • Advised large financial enterprise on governance matters
  • Asset acquisitions for large petroleum and convenience store retailer
  • Multiple DME acquisitions for a private equity sponsor
  • Multiple asset acquisitions of heavy duty retail distribution outlets and private fleet operations with follow on integration of the operations
  • Disposition transactions of in-country operations for Japan, China and Korea for FedEx Office
  • Stock purchase acquisition of a REIT portfolio company, and integration of the operations
  • Advised on franchisee transactions, refranchising deals, disputes and class action matters for large multi jurisdiction transactions
  • High Yield Debt financed M&A transaction for behavior healthcare company
  • Created and implemented contract management solutions for multiple enterprises ranging from $500 million to Fortune 50
  • Stock purchase acquisitions of various Internet companies by CNET, Inc.
  • Sale of Harte-Hanks, Inc. (formerly Harte-Hanks Communications, Inc.) television and newspaper assets to E.W. Scripps Company
  • Sale of Peanut Gallery daycare chain to Mini-Skool, Inc.
Private Equity
  • Representation of venture capital company in the funding of a technology start up
  • Consolidation of U.S. and Canadian real estate management companies
  • Several stock purchase acquisitions of direct marketing companies
  • Representation of various seed and venture stage companies on debt and equity investment transactions
  • Managed private equity and debt stakeholder relationships
Technology Transactions
  • Negotiated the proprietary software development and license agreement for a national POS system
  • Advised on mobile and cloud technology product launches
  • Advised on the resolution of major data security issues and protocol development
Franchise
  • Representation of franchisor in re-franchise transactions and sale of franchises
  • Representation of a multinational franchisor on relaunch of its domestic and international franchise offering documents
  • Representation of franchisor in connection with mediation and arbitration of multiple franchisee disputes
  • Advised on the sale of a multinational franchisor
  • Advised on the Initial Public Offering of a franchisor
  • Led legal analysis and decisions for franchise operations globally