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Janice Z. Davis
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Janice Davis's practice focuses primarily on corporate and securities law matters. She has more than 25 years of experience in complex business and commercial transactions, including mergers and acquisitions; divestitures; joint ventures; software licenses and software license agreements; alliance arrangements; reorganizations; recapitalizations; management and leveraged buy-outs; corporate financing; private placements; securities law compliance; and venture capital investments. In addition, Ms. Davis has represented private investment funds in connection with fund formations, special purpose vehicles, and portfolio investments, and has substantial experience in the formation and financing of early stage and emerging growth companies.

Ms. Davis's transactional experience has covered a wide range of industries, including automotive, airlines, real estate (developed and undeveloped properties), technology, pharmaceutical, animal health, telecommunications, Voice over the internet protocol (VoIP), energy, healthcare, banking, manufacturing, and oil and gas.

Ms. Davis also advises corporate clients and boards of directors on corporate governance, Sarbanes-Oxley compliance, stockholder matters, shareholder agreements, registration rights agreements, fiduciary obligations, federal and state securities laws and general corporate matters.

Representative Joint Venture Arrangements

Joint venture arrangement between Equilon Enterprises LLC (an affiliate of Shell Corporation) and Globeground North America LLC with respect to airport services

Joint venture arrangement involving the roll-up of entities’ ownership into holding company followed by contribution of ownership interests into joint venture entity with technology company

Joint venture agreement involving a special servicing company for distressed bank assets, and which joint venture is focused exclusively on managing commercial real estate (CRE) and commercial and industrial (C&I) assets throughout the United States

Joint venture agreement between an investment company in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and  an United States corporation involved in the defense industry to manufacture and/or provide information technology and security services in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

Joint venture agreement between venture company in the United States and Shanghai Cenova Bioventure Co., Ltd. regarding project in Shanghai

Joint venture agreements between various clients and third parties located in India with respect to outsourcing arrangements

Joint venture agreement between two Australian companies in connection with check processing system deployed in the United States

Private Equity Transactions

Represented New-York based real estate investment firm focusing on middle-market, underperforming and undervalued assets located throughout the United States, in connection with the analysis of its partnership documents

Represented a DE Shaw affiliate in connection with proposed investment in home equity mortgage business structured as a preferred trust transaction

Represented Xpressdocs Partners, Ltd., an on-demand, print-based marketing company, in recapitalization by private equity firms led by Polaris Venture Partners, a Massachusetts-based venture capital fund

Represented private equity real estate fund formed to develop world-class resort and golf course in connection with formation, capital raising efforts and securities offering

Represented Exeter Finance Corp., an automobile lending company, in up to $60 million investment by private equity firms led by Navigation Capital Partners, an Atlanta-based venture fund, and separately in high-yield debt offering to private investors

Represented Tech Pharmacy Services, Inc., an automated remote pharmacy company, in a recapitalization by private equity firms led by DFW Capital Partners, a New Jersey-based venture capital fund, and in prior private equity investment by NeighborCare, Inc. (now known as Omnicare, Inc.)

Represented Resercom, LP, a web-based restaurant services company, in corporate organization and $1 million start-up equity financing from angel investors

Represented privately held company in the internet telephony business in connection with formation and investment by Hunt Capital Partners

Merger, Acquisition and Divestiture Transactions

Represented GTE Corporation (now known as Verizon Telecommunications, Inc.) in connection with the sale of 500,000 telecommunications access lines located in nine states to Citizens Utilities Company for $1.1 billion

Represented a real estate company in connection with a corporate reorganization in order to dispose of a 22 property (home and retail) portfolio in Las Vegas, Nevada for a total purchase price of $347 million

Represented Poco Graphite Holdings, LLC, a Texas based graphite and silicon carbide materials company, in connection with its merger with a subsidiary of Entegris, Inc., a publicly traded materials management company, for $158 million

Represented Fidelity National Information Services, Inc., an NYSE company, in connection with the purchase of a privately held company in the mortgage ancillary services business for $100 million

Represented Fidelity National Information Services, Inc., an NYSE company, in connection with the purchase of a privately held company in the business of providing mortgage lien release solutions, assignment services and related mortgage banking industry services for $40 million

Represented Fidelity National Information Services, Inc., an NYSE company, in connection with the purchase of a privately held company in the flood certification business for $40 million

Represented Domino Printing Sciences plc, a world-leader in ink jet and laser technologies offering total coding and printing solutions, in connection with the acquisition of a privately-held company owning a system that applies identifying UPC codes to end products

Represented Lingualcare, Inc., a Dallas-based orthodontic technology and services company offering the iBraces systems, in connection with its merger with a subsidiary of 3M Company

Represented Virbac Corporation, the U.S. subsidiary of a French veterinary pharmaceutical company, in the sale of consumer products division to Sergeant's Pet Care Products, Inc. and the acquisition of assets of a privately-held company owning water chemical testing technology and a separate privately-held company owning oral liquid electrolyte products

Represented HNG Liberty Gas Storage, LP in connection with the sale of an LNG salt cavern and related assets to Sempra

Represented MatlinPatterson Global Opportunities Partners, L.P., a private investment fund, in connection with its purchase of a controlling stake in a major Brazilian airlines company

Representative Restructure Transactions

Represented creditors in connection with restructuring transactions involving the Chapter 11 proceedings of Oneida

Represented telecommunications provider in connection with restructuring transaction to avoid bankruptcy proceedings

Representative Healthcare Transactions

Roll-up of multiple physicians practice groups into a single practice group

Represented entity in connection with capital raising efforts for physicians practice group in connection with ambulatory surgery centers

Formation and counseling of various practice groups (orthopedic practice group, ob-gyn practice groups, anesthesia practice groups and CRNAs) with respect to formation and related issues

Represented major hospital in connection with policies manual and joint operating agreement

Outside General Counsel Roles

Served as outside general counsel for roofing supply and services business

Served as outside general counsel to national accounting firm on contractual issues for its consulting practice


J.D., Baylor University School of Law, 1986
B.S., with honors, University of Illinois, 1981

Bar Admissions



Certified Public Accountant, Texas 1981


State Bar of Texas
Dallas Bar Association, Corporate Counsel, Corporate Securities and Health Law Sections
American Bar Association, Member of Business Law Section
Southern Methodist University, Adjunct Teacher
General Counsel Forum, DFW Area Board Member (2004-present)
Dallas Summer Musicals, Board of Trustees and Member of the Finance Committee
Dallas CASA, Board of Directors and Member of the Finance Committee
NEXUS Recovery Center, Advisory Board Member
Texas Women Ventures Fund-Investment Committee


Legalease, The Legal 500 United States, Technology: Transactions, 2015
Woodward/White, Inc., Best Lawyers, Corporate Law, 2010-2017
Martindale-Hubbell® AV® Preeminent™ Rating