As a partner at Walker Eisenbraun, Clare Reilly advises companies on a broad range of corporate, securities and transactional matters, such as mergers, acquisitions and divestitures, private offerings of debt and equity, entity structuring and formation, corporate governance, and complex commercial transactions.  Drawing from her training at an Am Law 100 firm and the perspective gained in-house as mergers and acquisitions counsel for a leading, Nasdaq-listed software company, Clare provides experienced and insightful guidance to clients on matters ranging from ongoing operations to sophisticated transactions.  Our clients appreciate Clare’s experience, responsiveness, and attention to detail, which allow her to thoughtfully counsel them with respect to even their most complex legal needs.  She understands the impact that details may have on the success of each client’s business and operations, and she evaluates transactions in light of their long-term business goals.  Clare has been recognized as a Rising Star by Super Lawyers©, a Thomson Reuters business.

Clare graduated with distinction from Stanford Law School, where she served as a Development and Member Editor of the Stanford Law Review.  Before becoming a lawyer, Clare earned her B.A., summa cum laude, in Psychology from Rice University and her M.Ed. in Counseling from the University of Houston.  Clare was drawn to the analytical, data-driven aspects of clinical psychology, which has served her well as she now assists clients in navigating the legal technicalities of complex corporate and transactional matters.  Outside of work, Clare enjoys running and swimming and greatly values family time with her husband and three children.

REPRESENTATIVE MATTERS

  • Seller’s counsel in approximately $47,000,000 equity sale of energy brokerage technology firm to private equity acquirer
  • Represented venture capital group in $10,000,000 disposition of interests in industrial automation portfolio company to strategic acquirer
  • Represented private equity-sponsored midstream energy company in negotiation and preparation of approximately $13,000,000 engineering, procurement and construction agreement with engineering and construction services company for processing facility construction project in Baytown, Texas
  • Represented private equity-sponsored downstream energy company in approximately $62,000,000 processing facility construction and development project, and associated long-term lease and services arrangements, for New Jersey-based refining facility
  • Ongoing representation of NYSE-listed funeral and cemetery services provider in numerous dispositions of regional funeral and cemetery services businesses throughout the U.S.
  • Advised industrial services technology company in multiple private offerings of equity, ranging from $1,500,000 to $3,000,000
  • Ongoing representation of private equity group in portfolio companies’ employment and compensation-related matters, including negotiation of executive non-competition and employment agreements, preparation of offer letters for rank-and-file employees, establishment of incentive compensation programs and management of employee disputes
  • Advised private equity sponsored co-working space company in $5,000,000 private offering of Class A2 equity
  • Ongoing representation of private equity-sponsored midstream energy company in general corporate matters, including preparation of materials for board meetings, resolutions and consents for approval by board, managers and members, and development of risk management practices
  • Ongoing representation of private equity-sponsored midstream energy company in negotiating purchase and sale agreements, general terms and conditions, carrier access agreements, master services agreements, consulting agreements and nondisclosure agreements
  • Advised industrial services technology company in joint venture with industrial facility owner for buildout of industrial cleaning facility and licensing of proprietary technology for use on site

COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES

  • Rice University 15th Reunion Committee (Class of 2003)
  • Human Rights Campaign (Former)

CONTACT

P: 713-904-1945
creilly@walkereisenbraun.com
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EXPERTISE

Mergers & Acquisitions
Corporate & Securities
Private Equity & Venture Capital
Joint Venture Transactions
Corporate Governance
Complex Commercial Transactions
Entity Formation & Restructuring
Executive Employment & Compensation

EDUCATION

  • J.D., graduation with distinction, Stanford Law School, 2009
    Stanford Law Review, Development and Member Editor
  • M.Ed., Counseling, University of Houston, 2006
  • B.A., summa cum laude, Psychology, Rice University, 2003
    Phi Beta Kappa

HONORS & AWARDS

  • Rising Star, Thomson Reuters, 2015, 2016 (California), 2018, 2019 (Texas)

PREVIOUS EXPERIENCE

  • Mergers & Acquisitions Counsel, Autodesk, Inc. (Secondment)
  • Corporate Attorney, Morrison & Foerster LLP

PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS & ASSOCIATIONS

  • Texas Bar Association
  • Houston Bar Association

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