THE FIRM This group is known for its strong international capabilities and undertakes a substantial amount of cross-border work, a recent example of which includes Whale Shark Media's acquisition of RetailMeNot.com, an Australian coupon aggregation and deals website. The firm is also a good choice for technology entrepreneurs and startup companies.
Sources say: "A strong practice all over." "Their commercial awareness is exceptionally good."
KEY INDIVIDUALS Paul Hurdlow enjoys a thriving practice in corporate securities, representing public and private companies, and is described by sources as "very experienced, diligent and reliable." Recent work highlights include representing Morgan Stanley as lead underwriters in the IPO of HomeAway.
The "unflappable" Sam Zabaneh focuses on entrepreneurial and emerging growth companies and is currently representing Newgistics in the filing of a registration statement in anticipation of an IPO. He draws particular praise for his commercial awareness and industrious work ethic.
James Montgomery is managing partner of the Austin office and is noted for his work with high-growth technology companies. He recently represented Spindletop in the setting up of a new $50 million fund focused on early-stage medical technology.
Philip Russell is sought after for his expertise in M&A, SEC compliance, public offerings and venture capital financing. Interviewees praise his thorough approach and remark that he "never misses a detail."
James Vickery runs the firm's IP and technology transactions group in Austin. He concentrates on IP strategic planning, technology licensing and strategic alliances. Examples of recent work include the aforementioned HomeAway IPO.