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Akin Gump Adds Pair From Haynes and Boone for Corporate Group (1)

March 16, 2020, 5:55 PM; Updated: March 16, 2020, 9:23 PM

Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld added a pair of longtime Haynes and Boone partners with M&A and securities expertise for its corporate group in Dallas.

Ryan Cox, co-head of Haynes and Boone’s capital markets and securities practice, and Eric Williams, the head of its mergers and acquisitions practice, joined Akin Gump as corporate partners in Texas.

“Building on the strengths of our corporate group in Dallas has been a strategic priority for us,” Akin Gump chairperson Kim Koopersmith said in a statement.

She noted that the pair’s experience aligns with the needs of its clients in Dallas and nationwide.

Cox represents issuers and investors in public and private securities offerings, M&A transactions, recapitalizations and restructurings. Cox worked with a spectrum of clients, including internet provider Blucora, Inc., online payroll provider Paycom Software, Inc., and software developer Webtuner Corp.

“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,” Cox said in a statement.

Williams works with corporate and private equity buyers in an array of M&A transactions, including distressed deals in bankruptcies. He also worked with clients in transactions, including in health care, infrastructure, manufacturing, retail and technology, media and telecommunications.

“We appreciate Eric and Ryan’s many years of dedicated service to the firm and our clients and wish them well at their new firm,” said Haynes and Boone managing partner Tim Powers in a statement.

Akin Gump has roughly 90 attorneys in Dallas. In Texas, it also has offices in Fort Worth, Houston, and San Antonio.

(Updated with statement from Haynes and Boone in graf 8)

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