Joseph L. Motes III

Joseph L. Motes III is a partner in Akin Gump’s corporate practice.

Practice & Background

Mr. Motes represents public and private clients in a variety of industries, focusing primarily on mergers and acquisitions, public debt and equity offerings, general corporate and securities matters, corporate governance and general corporate advice.
Representative Matters

Mr. Motes’ representative engagements include advising:

an NYSE traded provider of transaction processing, loyalty and marketing solutions in public and private offerings of debt and equity, numerous acquisitions and dispositions and a broad range of general corporate and securities matters
an NYSE traded exploration and production company in its securities offerings, including its initial public offering of equity securities, a secondary public offering of equity securities, a PIPE transaction and several Rule 144A debt offerings
an NYSE traded healthcare company in a “going private” transaction
a staffing services provider in its merger with a publicly traded competitor
an NYSE traded exploration and production company in its acquisition of a publicly traded competitor
an NYSE traded exploration and production company in the sale of the company to a publicly traded competitor
the major shareholder of the target company in a tender offer
a privately held exploration and production company in its acquisition of the offshore assets of a publicly traded competitor
the underwriters of numerous debt and equity offerings
a major Texas-based beer distributor in the sale of substantially all of the company’s assets
a public company in numerous mergers, acquisitions and divestitures of privately held automobile dealerships and dealership groups
the purchaser in the acquisition of a major software and technology company and its foreign affiliates
the seller in the sale of a significant clothing manufacturing business to a nationally known clothes manufacturer
a German manufacturer in the formation of an international joint venture project with operations in Germany, France, Canada and the United States
a German manufacturer in the acquisition of domestic and foreign and specialty chemical manufacturing facilities
a German publishing company in establishing US operations
an ethanol manufacturer in the acquisition of an ethanol manufacturing facility
a South American client in the acquisition of a domestic winery.

Community Involvement

Mr. Motes’ community, civic and charitable activities include being a:

member and former board member of the Associate of Retarded Citizens of Dallas
member and former board member of Launchability, a non-profit agency supporting families, children and adults with developmental disabilities.

Awards & Accolades

Chambers U.S.A.: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business (2011 and 2012) as a leading lawyer in the area of corporate/M&A
Recognized in peer-reviewed surveys as a Texas “Super Lawyer” and as a Texas “Rising Star” numerous times since 2006.

Good to know

Areas of Practice 1) Capital Markets, 2) Corporate, 3) Corporate Governance, 4) Cross-Border Transactions, 5) Mergers and Acquisitions, 6) Outsourcing and Technology, 7) Pro Bono, 8) Oil and Gas and 9) North America
Law School Southern Methodist University School of Law, J.D., 1996
Education Trinity University, B.S., 1983
Bar Member / Association Texas State Bar Associations
Most recent firm Akin, Gump, Strauss, Hauer & Feld, LLP
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