Rimon

Greg Krafka

Partner

Corporate and Business Transactions, Emerging Companies and Venture Capital, Technology, Life Sciences
Houston

EDUCATION

Harvard Law School

J.D.

University of Nebraska - Lincoln

M.B.A., Business Analytics Specialization

Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary

M.A., Theology

University of Nebraska - Lincoln

B.S., Economics

PREVIOUS EXPERIENCE

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

    ADMISSIONS

  • State of California
  • State of New York
  • State of Texas

    Languages

  • English
  • Mandarin

Greg Krafka is a corporate and securities attorney who advises companies in mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, securities offerings, corporate governance, and other general corporate matters. Many of his clients are startup and emerging growth companies, and he advises them in their formation, funding, day-to-day operational matters, expansion, and exit plans.  Greg’s other clients include larger corporations, family offices, investors, and subsidiaries of foreign corporations.  He represents clients in a wide range of industries, including technology, life sciences, energy, and logistics, among others.

In additional to his transactional experience, Greg assists clients as outside general counsel, advising them on commercial agreements, labor and employment matters, technology licensing, and other matters.  Greg leverages his business acumen to deeply understand his clients’ businesses, operations and expansion plans, and provides insightful, business-focused legal counsel at each stage of the company’s growth.

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

Greg earned his J.D. degree from Harvard Law School, an M.B.A degree (Business Analytics specialization) and B.S. degree (Economics) from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, an M.A. degree (Theology) from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, and he was previously a Fulbright Scholar in Hong Kong. Greg is licensed to practice law in Texas, New York and California. He has been recognized as a “Texas Rising Star” by Thomson Reuters Corporation.

Greg also served as a Non-commissioned officer in the United States Army Reserve.

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
  • Privately held technology services company for the legal sector – sale of substantially all assets to an NYSE-listed company
  • Owners of specialty dessert manufacturing company – $135 million sale of company to a private equity fund
  • Fortune Global 500 company – $20 million acquisition of an emerging technology company
  • Privately held U.S. distribution company – acquisition of substantially all of the assets of a China manufacturing subsidiary of a Nasdaq-listed company
  • Private healthcare industry service company – purchase of private company for consideration including cash payment at closing plus earnout.
  • Privately held propane distribution company – acquisition of substantially all of the assets of another company’s propane distribution division for $23 million plus earnout
  • 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 – 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
  • Publicly-listed Norwegian company – acquisition of a Texas-based company providing exploration services to off-shore oil and gas companies
  • Privately held U.S. distribution company – sale of substantially all of the assets of a Texas-based midstream oil and gas parts distribution 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
  • 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
  • Private equity fund – $185 million acquisition of seven television stations from a television media company

Securities Matters

  • Start-up propane distribution company –private capital raise of $14 million, consisting of issuance of partnership common units and convertible promissory note
  • Private contract research organization – private securities issuance to financial investor
  • Technology-focused E&P services provider – $1 million investment by angel investor
  • Angel investor – convertible note investment in a medical technology company
  • Selling shareholder – $7 million rollover investment into private equity fund affiliate of buyer in a sale of company
  • Venture capital fund – $62.5 million investment in a pharmaceuticals 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
  • 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
  • The Cannon Community – Mentor, The Cannon Advisor Network
  • Urban Enrichment Institute – Board of Directors, Governance Committee (2018-2022)
  • Greater Houston Partnership – Foreign Direct Investment Subcommittee (2015-20; Vice Chairman 2016-17)
  • International Law Section of Houston Bar Association – Treasurer (2016-17), Council (2015-16)
  • Houston Bar Association – Juvenile Consequences Partnership Committee (2015-17)
  • Center for Houston’s Future Business/Civic Leadership Forum (Class of Spring 2017)
  • Houston Chinese Church – Adult Sunday School teacher

EDUCATION

Harvard Law School

J.D.

University of Nebraska - Lincoln

M.B.A., Business Analytics Specialization

Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary

M.A., Theology

University of Nebraska - Lincoln

B.S., Economics

PREVIOUS EXPERIENCE

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

    ADMISSIONS

  • State of California
  • State of New York
  • State of Texas

    Languages

  • English
  • Mandarin