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Jarratt Watkins

Jarratt Watkins focuses his practice on mergers and acquisitions, private equity investments, and general corporate matters. He regularly works with publicly-traded and privately held corporate companies, as well as private equity firms and management companies, on complex mergers and acquisitions, dispositions and internal restructurings. Mr. Watkins has worked on behalf of clients in a broad range of industries, including manufacturing, aerospace, technology, retail goods, financial services, energy, and entertainment.

Mr. Watkins also has experience in public finance representing both borrowers and lenders, and has assisted in the representation municipalities, counties, and a variety of special districts including school districts, water control districts and fresh water supply districts.

Outside of the office, Mr. Watkins serves as the Director of Fort Worth Now, a task force of business and community leaders organized by then Mayor Betsy Price to coordinate COVID-19 relief efforts and economic development opportunities.
Experience and highlights
  • Assisted in the representation of American Beacon Advisors, Inc. (a portfolio company of TPG Capital and Pharos Capital Group) in its sale to Kelso & Company and Estancia Capital Management
  • Assisted in the representation of a manufacturer of drilling machinery in the $65 million sale of its business to a strategic competitor
  • Assisted in the representation of Sabre Corporation (NASDAQ) in connection with its acquisition of the assets of Genares Worldwide Reservation Services, Ltd.
  • Represented a national for-profit childcare organization in the strategic acquisition of several child care centers

Affiliations and honors
  • American Bar Association
  • Tarrant County Bar Association
  • Tarrant County Young Lawyers Association
  • Texas Bar Foundation Fellow
  • Fort Worth Now, Director, 2020-Present


  • Top Attorney, 360 West magazine, 2019-2020
    • Corporate Finance | Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Top Attorney, Fort Worth, Texas magazine, 2018-2020
    • Corporate Finance | Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Top Attorney, 360 West magazine, 2019
    • Securities Law
  • Top Attorney less than five years in practice, 360 West magazine, 2016-2018
    • Corporate Finance | Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Top Attorney less than five years in practice, Fort Worth, Texas magazine, 2015-2017
    • Corporate Finance | Mergers & Acquisitions
  • SMU Dedman School of Law, J.D., cum laude, 2013
    • SMU Law Review Association, Editor of the 47th Annual Air Law Symposium 
    • Hatton W. Sumners Foundation Scholarship Recipient
  • The University of Texas at Austin, B.A., 2007
    • Distinguished College Scholar
  • State Bar of Texas, 2013