Nate J. Christensen

Of Counsel

Overview

Nate Christensen is business attorney and former general counsel who understands his client’s needs from both legal and business perspectives. Nate is based in the Dallas office, where he is a member of the firm’s Transactions Practice Group and the Private Investment & Family Office practice.

Nate’s wide-ranging practice focuses on business transactions and general corporate representations for public companies, private equity sponsors and their portfolio companies, private/family-owned companies, private investors, and founders. Nate has deep experience in acquisitions and divestitures, structuring partnerships and joint ventures, equity and debt financings, direct investing, and complex commercial transactions. Nate’s broad industry experience includes energy/power, infrastructure, real estate, media, professional sports, transportation, and financial services. 

Nate also serves as outside general counsel for private equity sponsors and their portfolio companies, private companies, family offices, and investors. He guides clients on a full range of strategic, transactional, and operational matters. By partnering with his colleagues, Nate “quarterbacks” a variety of engagements, including litigation, tax, labor and employment, intellectual property, trusts and estates, insurance, and regulatory.

Nate joined the firm after a decade of private company and family office experience and eight years practicing at top-tier law firms. Most recently, he led transactions and managed legal affairs for HN Capital Partners LLC, an opportunistic private investment manager and real estate sponsor, as its managing director and general counsel. Nate continues to support HN Capital in an outside general counsel capacity. Prior to HN Capital, he served as senior vice president and general counsel at Hunt Consolidated, Inc., with enterprise-wide responsibilities, including mergers and acquisitions, direct investing, strategic initiatives, corporate governance, and community engagement programs. Before going in-house, Nate practiced at international law firms, focusing on private equity, mergers and acquisitions, and capital markets.

Representative Matters*

MERGERS AND ACQUISITIONS, JOINT VENTURES AND STRATEGIC PARTNERSHIPS
Energy, Power & Infrastructure
  • Hunt Consolidated, Inc. – Sale of InfraREIT, Inc., a publicly traded infrastructure REIT managed by Hunt, to Oncor Electric Delivery Company for approximately $1.275 billion*
  • Hunt Consolidated, Inc. – Sale of 50% of Sharyland Utilities, a Texas-based regulated electric utility, to Sempra Energy for approximately $98 million*
  • Private equity sponsor – $90 million investment in midstream natural gas services provider *
  • Private company – public-private partnership with the Department of Energy to develop interstate transmission lines*
  • Private company – acquisition and disposition of strategic investments in a publicly-traded transmission company and a publicly-traded global energy fund*
  • Private equity sponsor – acquisition and development of renewable energy projects, including a windfarm in Costa Rica* 
  • Private equity sponsor – asset purchase in a Chapter 7 bankruptcy*
  • Global energy company – joint venture with a leading steel manufacturer*

REAL ESTATE

  • HN Capital Partners – acquisition of the Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek in Dallas, Texas *
  • HN Capital Partners – acquisition of a portfolio of core properties in the Dallas Design District*
  • HN Capital Partners – control investments in hospitality assets*
  • Private equity sponsor – acquisition of a 2,500-acre real estate development*
  • Private equity sponsor – sale of $900 million real estate fund*

FINANCIAL SERVICES

  • Financial institution – $13 billion acquisition of lending and leasing business; $1.3 billion sale of private-label credit card portfolio*
  • Financial institution – sale of certain venture capital funds in bankruptcy proceeding*
  • Financial institution – restructuring of warehouse lending program*

MEDIA

  • Television network – network combinations and joint ventures* 
  • Private equity sponsor – acquisition of platform media company and subsequent add-on transactions* 

TRANSPORTATION

  • Automobile manufacturer – dealer network acquisitions and dispositions*
  • Global aviation company – sale of engine components* 

PROFESSIONAL SPORTS

  • Private equity sponsor – sale of the Texas Rangers major league baseball franchise*
  • Private investor – investment in professional sports franchise*

PRIVATE/ALTERNATIVE INVESTMENTS

  • Family office – over 50 investments in hedge funds, private equity funds and privately held companies*
  • Family office – formation of a strategic partnerships with a private equity sponsor, a multi-strategy investment manager and a infrastructure asset manager* 

General Counseling

CORPORATE GOVERNANCE

  • Private holding company – advising boards of directors, board committees and executives on corporate governance issues*
  • Global asset manager – general corporate governance matters*

REGULATORY COMPLIANCE AND RISK MANAGEMENT

  • Private transmission company – regulatory matters before the Public Utility Commission of Texas and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission*
  • Private funds sponsor – first-time SEC registration and registered investment advisor compliance*

COMPLEX COMMERCIAL CONTRACTS

  • Hunt Consolidated, Inc. – various commercial contracts in connection with software licensing, technology implementation, financial services and operations*
  • Private transmission company – power development agreements for utility-scale grid technology* 
  • Financial institution – negotiation of program agreements for its private label credit card portfolio*

CORPORATE FINANCE & CAPITAL MARKETS

  • Hunt Consolidated, Inc. – $460 million initial public offering of portfolio company InfraREIT, Inc.*
  • Public company - $1 billion of convertible senior notes* 
  • Private equity sponsor – $100 million private placement*
  • Various clients – securing debt financing, revolving credit facilities and term loans*

LITIGATION AND DISPUTE RESOLUTION 

  • Private investor – shareholder dispute litigated in Delaware Chancery Court* 
  • Public company – resolution of significant contract disputes*

* Prior to joining the firm.

Education

  • Duke University School of Law (J.D., cum laude, 2002)
    • Founding Member and Staff Editor, Duke Law & Technology Review 
  • University of Washington (B.A., cum laude, 1999)
    • Bonderman Travel Fellow

Community Engagement and Professional Affiliations

  • Board of Directors, Community Partners of Dallas 
  • Board of Directors, Genesis HeROs (Men’s Auxiliary of Genesis Women’s Shelter)
  • Board of Sponsors, Lumin Education
  • Member, State Bar of Texas
  • Member, Dallas Bar Association
  • Education and Workforce Council, Dallas Regional Chamber® (2018 – 2020) 
  • Leadership Dallas, Dallas Regional Chamber® (2017; Class Advisor 2018)
  • Adjunct Professor, Daniels College of Business at University of Denver (2005 – 2007)

Admissions

  • Texas
     
 

Capabilities