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Greg Krafka

Partner

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(832) 203-1232

Education

Harvard Law School

J.D., Senior Editor, Harvard Journal of Law and Public Policy

Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary

M.A., magna cum laude

University of Nebraska - Lincoln

B.S., Chancellor's Scholar

Previous Experience

  • Winstead PC (Shareholder)
  • Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP

Bars & Courts

  • Texas
  • New York
  • California, Inactive

Languages

  • English
  • Mandarin

Professional Experience

Greg Krafka is a corporate and securities attorney who advises companies in mergers and acquisitions, securities offerings, joint ventures, commercial agreements and corporate governance, and he serves as general outside counsel for several of his clients. Many of his clients are startup companies or their investors, and he works with startups in their formation, funding, growth and exit.  Greg has represented clients in a wide range of industries, including technology, energy, manufacturing, pharmaceuticals, education, and real estate, among others. Within the energy space, he has particular experience in the midstream oil and gas industry, and his articles covering legal issues in this area have been published in Midstream Business, Law360 and Oil & Gas Investor.

Greg has considerable experience representing clients in cross-border transactions, investments and other matters. He is proficient in Mandarin Chinese and previously worked as an associate in the Beijing office of New York-based Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP for over four years.

Greg is a trusted advisor to his clients and is personally committed to their success. In his legal practice as in life, he strives to live by the Golden Rule, and the highest compliment he receives is when clients refer their friends and colleagues to him for their legal needs.

Greg earned his J.D. degree from Harvard Law School, an M.A. degree in Theology from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, a B.S. degree in Economics from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and was previously a Fulbright Scholar in Hong Kong. He's currently working on an M.B.A. degree through the University of Nebraska-Lincoln's part-time/online program.

Representative Matters

Mergers and Acquisitions / Joint Ventures

  • NYSE-listed waste management company - $1.94 billion sale of its waste to energy division to a private equity fund
  • Private equity fund - sale of shallow water offshore oil wells to another private equity fund for $30 million plus an overriding royalty interest in the wells of up to another $30 million
  • NYSE-listed midstream oil and gas company – exchange of assets valued at more than $50 million for assets and cash of another midstream oil and gas company
  • NYSE-listed midstream oil and gas company – purchase of gathering system and other midstream oil and gas assets in the Barnett Shale
  • NYSE-listed midstream pipeline company - sale of a pipeline system in the SCOOP to an NYSE-listed company
  • Nasdaq-listed construction and infrastructure company – acquisition of oil and gas pipelines by a newly-created joint venture company
  • Publicly-listed Norwegian company – acquisition of a Texas-based company providing exploration services to off-shore oil and gas companies
  • Privately held propane distribution company – acquisition of substantially all of the assets of another company’s propane distribution division for $23 million plus earnout
  • Privately held U.S. distribution company – sale of substantially all of the assets of a Texas-based midstream oil and gas parts distribution company
  • NYSE-listed chemical industry company – proposed acquisition of a division of a Taipei Stock Exchange-listed company
  • Privately held U.S. distribution company – acquisition of substantially all of the assets of a China manufacturing subsidiary of a Nasdaq-listed company
  • Fortune Global 500 company - $20 million acquisition of an emerging technology company
  • Privately held technology services company for the legal sector – sale of substantially all assets to an NYSE-listed company
  • NYSE-listed company - joint venture with a private equity fund to commercialize certain technology of NYSE-listed company
  • Private equity fund - $7.4 billion acquisition of an 80.1% interest in a U.S. automobile manufacturing company and its related financial services business
  • Owners of cheesecake and specialty dessert manufacturing company –sale of company to a private equity fund
  • Private equity fund - $185 million acquisition of seven television stations from a television media company
  • Privately held healthcare product company – strategic partnership with a healthcare product distributor, concerning exclusive distributorship granted with respect to certain products of healthcare product company
  • Private equity funds - bids to acquire companies in various industries, including healthcare, insurance and aircraft manufacturing

Private Securities Matters

  • Start-up propane distribution company –private capital raise of $14 million, consisting of issuance of partnership common units and convertible promissory note
  • Selling shareholder - $7 million rollover investment into private equity fund affiliate of buyer in a sale of company
  • Start-up technology-focused E&P services provider – $1 million investment by angel investor
  • Private equity fund - bid to provide over $1 billion of equity funding for a LNG export terminal
  • Venture capital fund - $62.5 million investment in a pharmaceuticals company
  • Angel investor - convertible note investment in a medical technology company
  • Insurance industry company - private placement of $15 million in debt securities
  • Private equity fund - $200 million investment in a China-based automobile rental company
  • China-based internet data center services provider - $30 million investment by a consortium of venture capital investors

Public Securities Offerings

  • Underwriters - $371 million follow-on offering of common units of a NYSE-listed MLP natural gas pipeline company
  • Underwriters - $1.5 billion public offering of debentures of a NYSE-listed railroad company
  • NYSE-listed China-based social networking company - $855 million initial public offering of American depositary shares (ADSs) and listing on NYSE and $110 million concurrent private placement
  • NASDAQ-listed China-based internet search company - $1.5 billion public offering of senior notes
  • NYSE-listed China-based online video company - public offering of ADSs used as consideration in a $1.1 billion acquisition and take-private transaction of a NASDAQ-listed company
  • NYSE-listed China-based internet company - public offering of ADSs used as consideration in a $600 million acquisition and Schedule 13E3 take-private of a NASDAQ-listed company
  • China-based mining company - $239 million Rule 144A/Regulation S private placement of equity securities, in connection with IPO and listing of securities on Hong Kong Stock Exchange
  • Various initial purchasers, including Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Citigroup, Standard Chartered and UBS - Rule 144A / Regulation S private placements of equity securities for various China-based companies totaling over $1 billion, in connection with such companies’ IPOs and listings of securities on Hong Kong Stock Exchange

Publications

  • Key trends in Midstream Oil and Gas Deals: Parts 1 and 2, Law360, 2018
  • Due Diligence: The importance of Checking the Key Provisions of Gas Gathering and Processing Agreements when Acquiring Midstream Assets, Midstream Business, 2017
  • Acquiring Midstream Assets and Gas Agreements: Part 2, Law 360,  2017
  • Acquiring Misdtream Assets and Gas Agreements: Part 1, Law 360, 2017
  • Midstream Acquisitions, Midstream Business,  2016
  • US Fortunes in China, Oil and Gas Investor, 2015
  • How are Texas Oil Gas Cos. Faring in China?, Law 360, 2015
  • CFIUS Report Reveals Rise of Chinese Investments in US Cos., Law360,  2015

Professional & Community Involvement

  • State Bar of Texas
  • New York State Bar Association
  • State Bar of California
  • American Bar Association
  • Texas Bar Foundation (Fellow)
  • Institute for Energy Law (IEL) - Advisory Board Member
  • International Law Section of Houston Bar Association - Treasurer (2016-17), Council (2015-16)
  • Houston Bar Association - Juvenile Consequences Partnership Committee (2015-17)
  • China Committee of American Bar Association
  • Greater Houston Partnership - Foreign Direct Investment Subcommittee (2015-20; Vice Chairman 2016-17)
  • Urban Enrichment Institute - Board of Directors, Governance Committee (2018-present)
  • Center for Houston's Future Business/Civic Leadership Forum (Class of Spring 2017)
  • Houston Chinese Church

Awards

  • Texas Rising Star, Super Lawyers (Thomson Reuters Corporation), 2016-17
  • Houston's Top Lawyers, H Texas (PenciDesign), 2014-16

Presentation Topics

  • Midstream M&A Dead Point Study
  • Top issues to Consider in Cross-border M&A