Jenifer Smith advises private and public companies and private equity funds on a wide range of corporate transactions, including mergers and acquisitions and public and private investment deals. 

An experienced and versatile practitioner, Ms. Smith delivers trusted counsel to boards of directors, management teams, and private equity firms in connection with their key business, legal, and strategic issues over the life of the business. She brings experience across an array of industries, including technology, life sciences, restaurant and hospitality, and consumer packaged goods. 

Ms. Smith regularly advises clients on:

  • Domestic and cross-border mergers and acquisitions
  • Public and private investment transactions
  • Corporate governance and fiduciary duty issues
  • Securities law compliance and SEC disclosure matters
  • Emerging companies matters

Ms. Smith has been recognized as one of the Top Women in Dealmaking by The Deal and as a Texas Trailblazer by Texas Lawyer for her outstanding work on securities matters as well as her pro bono work empowering women domestically and abroad.  She has been active in the local Austin community throughout her career and currently serves on the board for Junior Achievement of Central Texas.  She is a member of Latham’s Associates Committee, as well as Latham’s Women Enriching Business (WEB) Committee, which promotes women in business both inside and outside the firm.

Ms. Smith’s experience includes advising:*

  • ZenBusiness, a business formation platform company and public benefit corporation, in multiple acquisitions, including its acquisition of Ureeka, a revenue growth-engine platform company, and in its equity and debt financing transactions
  • An NYSE-listed digital banking solutions company in its US$510 million acquisition of a banking sales and coaching platform company, its US$105 million acquisition of a lending and leasing platform company and its acquisition of an account opening technology provider 
  • An NYSE-listed, AI-enabled pricing and sales software company in its acquisition of a Bulgaria-based cloud software company providing advanced shopping and merchandising solutions in the travel industry
  • An NYSE-listed IT management software company in multiple acquisitions, including its acquisition of a remote authentication software company and its acquisition of a Scotland-based remote monitoring and management software company
  • A vacation rental marketplace company in its initial public offering, several pre-IPO venture capital financings and over 20 domestic and cross-border platform acquisitions
  • A cash-back offers platform company in its US$275 million sale to a Nasdaq-listed digital advertising platform company
  • Tegus, an investment research platform company, in its acquisition of Canalyst, a Vancouver-based financial data and analysis provider
  • Essentium, an industrial 3D printing solutions company, in its de-SPAC business combination agreement
  • A restaurant business in its primary and secondary sale of a US$400 million equity stake to global private equity and hedge fund investors
  • A full-service restaurant company in its acquisition of its largest franchisees and subsequent US$780 million sale to an NYSE-listed restaurant company featuring multiple national restaurant brands
  • A food and beverage focused private equity group in its acquisition of a foodservice product manufacturing and distribution company
  • An RV rental marketplace company in its US$100 million investment led by a global private equity fund
  • An online educational platform company in its acquisition of an online real estate exam preparation company and its acquisition of a healthcare-focused educational business
  • An IT management software company in its US$4.5 billion take-private acquisition by two global private equity funds
  • A mobile content discovery and advertising platform company in its sale to a Nasdaq-listed media and mobile communications platform company 
  • A real estate data analytics company in its sale to a Nasdaq-listed global data analytics company
  • A global healthcare company in its acquisitions of multiple medical device companies, including a wound care company
  • An Israel-based document editing technology company in its sale to a Fortune 100 global cloud-based document storage service company
  • A cloud-based media management software company in its acquisition by a global private equity backed advertising automation platform company
  • An augmented reality collaboration and video streaming software company in its sale to an enterprise software for augmented reality devices company
  • A benefit administration software company in its sale to a global provider of software and services for associations and nonprofits
  • A Fortune 100 NYSE-listed global agricultural manufacturing business in its acquisition of an Argentina-based manufacturer of sprayers, planters and specialty products for agriculture
  • A private equity-backed midstream oil and gas assets company in its US$2.4 billion cash and stock sale to a NYSE-listed oil and gas company focused on the Permian Basin
  • Various public companies in their reporting and compliance needs, boardroom governance, and capital raising transactions
  • Various emerging growth companies at all stages from formation to M&A exit or IPO and beyond, in their formation strategy, venture capital funding transactions, debt financings, corporate governance and employment, and equity compensation matters

*Certain matters handled prior to joining Latham.

Bar Qualification

  • Texas

Education

  • JD, University of Texas School of Law, 2006
    with honors
  • BS/MS, Ohio State University, 2003
    magna cum laude, with honors