Daseke, Inc.’s Acquisition of The Roadmaster Group


Vinson & Elkins advised Daseke, Inc. on the deal

The Roadmaster Group, based in Phoenix, AZ, was originally formed in 2011. In 2016, it purchased Tri-State, one of the largest high-security cargo carriers in the industry. Led by John Wilbur, CEO of Roadmaster, the company brought in new ideas, such as a salary-type pay structure for drivers, instead of the industry norm of pay-by-the-mile.

Daseke, Inc. is the leading consolidator and the largest flatbed and specialized transportation and logistics company in North America. Daseke offers comprehensive, best-in-class services to many of the world’s most respected industrial shippers through experienced people, more than 5,200 tractors, more than 11,000 flatbed and specialized trailers, and a million-plus square feet of industrial warehousing space. Daseke is the largest company, yet has only 1 percent market share, of the highly fragmented $133 billion flatbed and specialized transportation market.

Vinson & Elkins advised Daseke, Inc. with a team including Michael Gibson, Thomas Laughlin, Alan Bogdanow (Picture), Zach Spencer, KJ Pedersen, David Peck, Julia Pashin, Lauren Meyers, Chris Dawe, Rafa Alvarado, Daniela Gutierrez, Evan Hall and Marco Chan, Randy Jurgensmeyer, Courtney Hammond, PJ Tatum, Brian Bloom, Karsten Busby, Vanessa Griffith, Larry Pechacek, Ross Woessner, Scott Brown, Lanchi Huynh, Ryan Clyde and Austin Elder.

Involved fees earner: Michael Gibson – Vinson & Elkins LLP; Thomas Laughlin – Vinson & Elkins LLP; Alan Bogdanow – Vinson & Elkins LLP; Zachary Spencer – Vinson & Elkins LLP; Kjarom Pedersen – Vinson & Elkins LLP; David Peck – Vinson & Elkins LLP; Julia Pashin – Vinson & Elkins LLP; Lauren Messonnier Meyers – Vinson & Elkins LLP; Christopher Dawe – Vinson & Elkins LLP; Rafael Alvarado – Vinson & Elkins LLP; Daniela Gutierrez – Vinson & Elkins LLP; Marco Chan – Vinson & Elkins LLP; Randy Jurgensmeyer – Vinson & Elkins LLP; Courtney Hammond – Vinson & Elkins LLP; Patrick Tatum – Vinson & Elkins LLP; Brian Bloom – Vinson & Elkins LLP; Karsten Busby – Vinson & Elkins LLP; Vanessa Griffith – Vinson & Elkins LLP; Larry Pechacek – Vinson & Elkins LLP; Ross Woessner – Vinson & Elkins LLP; Scott Brown – Vinson & Elkins LLP; Lanchi Huynh – Vinson & Elkins LLP; Ryan Clyde – Vinson & Elkins LLP; Austin Elder – Vinson & Elkins LLP;

Law Firms: Vinson & Elkins LLP;

Clients: Daseke, Inc.;

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Author: Ambrogio Visconti