Professor Joseph B. Armes

Joseph B. Armes Visiting Professor of Law, 2011

Joseph B. Armes has over 20 years of experience in mergers and acquisitions, capital markets transactions, and private equity. From 2005 to 2010, he served as Chief Operating Officer of Hicks Holdings LLC, a holding company with investments in sports, private equity, real estate and other assets, serving as a director and officer of numerous private companies across a broad spectrum of industries. During that period, Mr. Armes led the acquisition, management and disposition of a diverse portfolio of private equity investments including Gammaloy, Inc., River City Landscape Supply, Inc., Ocular LCD, Inc., DirecPath LLC, Latrobe Specialty Steel Inc., Grupo Pilar, and Anvita, Inc. Of particular note, Mr. Armes served as President, CEO and Director of Hicks Acquisition Company I, Inc. (ASE:HACI), a special purpose acquisition company that successfully completed a $552.0 million initial public offering in 2007.

Mr. Armes previously served as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Hicks Sports Group LLC, as Executive Vice President and General Counsel of Suiza Foods Corporation (the predecessor to Dean Foods Corporation (NYSE:DF)), and as Vice President and General Counsel of The Morningstar Group Inc. (NASDAQ:MSTR). Prior thereto, he was associated with the law firm of Weil, Gotshal and Manges LLP where he specialized in mergers and acquisitions.

Mr. Armes received his BBA in finance from Baylor University in 1983, his MBA from Baylor University in 1984 and his JD from Southern Methodist University School of Law in 1991, where he served as Notes and Comments Editor of the Southwestern Law Journal. From 2001 to 2010, Mr. Armes served on the Board of Regents of Baylor University.