Tess N. Wafelbakker

Associate

Houston
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Overview

Tess Wafelbakker's developing practice reflects a passion for corporate work and a comfort working with complicated details. Resourceful and collaborative, she has assisted team members on a variety of transactional matters, including drafting purchase agreements involving cash and stock consideration, drafting and reviewing public company disclosures on Forms 8-K, 10-K, 10-Q and proxy statements, and drafting corporate governance documents for joint venture transactions and mergers and acquisitions. She also has experience drafting non-disclosure agreements and overseeing a corporate reorganization.

Experience

  • Assisted in due diligence for oil and gas acquisition, including in-depth review of purchase and sale agreements, joint development agreements and joint operating agreements.
  • Assisted in client acquisition of approximately 38,230 net acres of oil and gas properties in Texas and New Mexico for an aggregate consideration of $291 million, consisting of $264 million in cash and $27 million of common stock, financed by an Amended and Restated Senior Secured Revolving Credit Facility with a $1 billion maximum facility.
  • Assisted in client acquisition of approximately 4,763 net acres of oil and gas assets in the Central Basin Platform for stock consideration of approximately 2.6 million shares.

Recognitions and Memberships

Memberships

  • Dallas Association of Young Lawyers

Community

  • Southern Methodist University Board of Advocates, Dallas Kids Project: Mock Trial Coach (2016)

Pro Bono

  • As former pro bono case assistant, collaborated with attorneys to enforce judgement for a nonprofit organization, liaised with Los Angeles County Assessor's Office to obtain property information, prepared writs of execution and more.

Prior Positions

  • Human Rights Initiative of North Texas Inc.: Extern (2017)
  • Children At Risk: Legal Intern (2016)
  • The Honorable Martin Hoffman, 68th Civil District Court: Judicial Intern (2016)

Admissions

  • Texas

Education

  • J.D., Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law, 2018, cum laude; SMU International Law Review Association, Associate Managing Editor; Student Bar Association, Mentor; Association for Public Interest Law, Executive Board
  • B.A., Loyola Marymount University, 2012

Languages

  • Dutch