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Brian D. Barnard

Brian D. Barnard



  • Capital Markets and Securities
  • Corporate
  • Corporate Governance
  • Corporate Strategic M&A

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For more than 35 years, Brian Barnard has been providing legal advice and business counsel to senior management teams, boards of directors and in-house lawyers of public and private companies on general corporate matters, mergers and acquisitions, securities offerings, reporting requirements and corporate governance. He has earned recognition for his work on a number of landmark transactions and he was named as a BTI Client Service All-Star by BTI Consulting Group in 2018 based on nominations from general counsels and other legal decision-makers.

Brian counsels buyers and sellers of public and private companies through merger and acquisition transactions, including documenting and negotiating the transaction. Clients in the securities and capital markets have the benefit of Brian's experience with assisting both issuers and underwriters in a full range of public and private equity and debt offerings.

In this era of heightened compliance with securities laws, Brian also assists his clients with a full range of corporate governance issues, including directors' duties in making business decisions, in monitoring and overseeing the affairs of the corporation, directors' duties in detecting and preventing corporate wrongdoing, protecting directors and officers against personal liability, and, especially, Sarbanes-Oxley compliance.

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J.D., Texas Tech University, 1981, cum laude; Lead Articles Editor, Texas Tech Law Review
B.B.A., University of Texas, 1978 with honors
Areas of Practice

Capital Markets and Securities | Corporate | Corporate Governance | Corporate Strategic M&A | Mergers and Acquisitions | Private Equity | Public Company Transactions

Professional Career

Significant Accomplishments

Represented a national clothing company in its sale and merger into a subsidiary of VF Corporation, a publicly traded company.

Represented publicly held company in successful defense of hostile tender offer.

Represented financial services company in recapitalization transaction, including an issuer tender offer to retire publicly-held preferred stock and an entire debt restructuring.

Represented international financial services firm in ESOP conversion.

Represented management and board of directors of public company during independent audit committee investigation.

Represented publicly held company in the animal health industry in a going private transaction.

Represented public company in oilfield services industry in underwritten public offering of common stock.

Represented public company during Securities and Exchange Commission investigation and related restatement of financial statements.

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