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H. Watt Gregory, III


Since 1969, Watt's practice has been concentrated in business development and finance, including handling initial public offerings and issuance of other equity and debt securities in the public and private capital markets.

Watt provides lead counsel services in mergers and acquisitions of public and private companies, and in handling private equity and venture capital-related financings involved in business formation and development. He also provides corporate governance, securities and M&A guidance to companies in the banking, information technology, health care, food safety and biotechnology sectors, and he has represented issuers, underwriters and institutional placement agents in many other fields, including medical technology, mobile software, power electronics, other manufacturing industries and specialty insurance fields. 

In the life sciences industry, Watt’s practice has included representation of emerging technology companies as well as institutional private equity funding sources in fields such as cancer diagnostics, osteoporosis and other fields.

Recent Representative Transactions:

  • Represent mobile software platform company in multiple equity capital raises and in M&A activities
  • Represent publicly held regional bank holding company in its multi-year acquisition program and in its public capital markets offerings and securities regulatory reporting activities
  • Represent offshore institutional investors in a $210 million private placement of secured debt of a startup renewable energy fuel manufacturer
  • Represent UK-based global industrial company in acquisition of U.S.-based extruded plastic industrial parts manufacturer also having Mexican manufacturing and UK-located sales operations
  • Represent South American commercial baking company having operations in multiple Latin American countries in its acquisition of a U.S-based non-meat, non-GMO high end canine treat bakery
Community Involvement
  • Accelerate Arkansas, Board of Directors, Chair, 2008-2010
  • Arkansas Arts Center, Board of Trustees, 1990-1998
  • Arkansas Venture Forum

  • Best Lawyers®, Little Rock "Lawyer of the Year" in Mergers and Acquisitions Law, 2019, 2015, 2012
  • Best Lawyers®, Corporate Law, Mergers and Acquisitions, Venture Capital, Corporate Compliance, Corporate Governance, Financial Services Regulation,
    Leveraged Buyouts and Private Equity, Securities/Capital Markets, Securities Regulation, Securitization and Structured Finance, 2017, 2021
  • Best Lawyers®, Little Rock "Lawyer of the Year," Securities Regulation, 2016, 2018, 2020
  • Best Lawyers®, Little Rock "Lawyer of the Year" in Corporate Law, 2014
  • Best Lawyers®, Little Rock "Lawyer of the Year" in Securities/Capital Markets Law, 2013 
  • Super Lawyers®, 2007-2011, 2013-2021
  • Fribourgh Award, University of Arkansas at Little Rock
  • Arkansas Venture Forum, Award for Leadership and Support for Entrepreneurship in Arkansas
  • Chambers USA®, Leading Corporate/Commercial Attorney, Arkansas (Band 1)