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Gemma L. Descoteaux - Dallas, TX

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Updated 1/15/2014
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Polsinelli PC

2501 N. Harwood
Suite 1900
Dallas, TX 75201

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    Gemma L. Descoteaux Overview

    Gemma Descoteaux represents participants in complex international joint ventures and partnerships; buyers and sellers in public and private mergers, acquisitions and divestitures; providers and customers of outsourcing services; and issuers and underwriters in public securities offerings in a wide range of industries, including health care, steel manufacturing, business process outsourcing, pharmaceuticals, technology, entertainment, transportation and energy. She has worked in-house at EXE Technologies and Texas Instruments and on a seconded basis at Computer Sciences Corporation and ACS--all of which give her a unique and incredibly practical perspective on legal matters.

    •Acting as counsel to a French public company in the construction of a rolling mill in Ohio; the negotiation of international joint venture arrangements; the negotiation of multiple acquisitions, including the acquisition and subsequent operation of steel manufacturing facilities in Houston and Youngstown and the acquisition of a steel drill pipe manufacturing facility in Houston from a Canadian corporation; and general corporate matters.

    •Acting as counsel to a U.S. public business process outsourcer and integrated information-based loyalty and marketing solutions corporation in connection with numerous private acquisitions and the negotiation of outsourcing service contracts.

    •Acting as counsel to a U.S. public business process outsourcing and information technology services provider in connection with multiple private acquisitions and securities matters.

    •Acting as counsel to a leading independent pharmaceutical company in multiple public offerings, acquisitions and divestitures exceeding $1 billion in the aggregate, including the acquisition of a public pediatric pharmaceutical corporation; long-term licensing of pharmaceutical products and technologies; pharmaceutical development projects; the acquisition of various pharmaceutical products; and international transactions involving the acquisition of the North American rights to the dominant natural, cosmetic wrinkle filler.

    Current Employment Position(s)

    • Shareholder

    Bar Admissions

    • Texas

    Other Affiliations

    • State Bar of Texas (Member)


    • Southern Methodist University School of Law, Dallas, Texas, 1998
      Honors: magna cum laude
      Honors: Member of Order of the Coif
      Law Journal: Journal of Air Law and Commerce, Editor-in-Chief
      Law Review: Southern Methodist University Law Review Association, Staff Member
    • Grove City College, 1986
      Honors: cum laude
      Major: Economics

    Past Positions

    • Texas Instruments, Inc., Contract Negotiator

    Pro Bono Activities

    • Served on the board of trustees of Wednesday's Child Benefit Corporation, 2005 - 2007
    • Member of Leadership Texas, 2000 - Present


    • D Magazine as one of the Best Women Lawyers in Dallas in the area of Corporate Finance/Mergers
    • Recognized in Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business as "Up and Coming" in the area of Corporate/M&A
    • Texas Super Lawyers, Rising Star, 2004 - 2006
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    2501 N. Harwood
    Suite 1900
    Dallas, TX 75201






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