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Baker Botts Leads Huge Shell Midstream IPO


ogpix2L By Mark Curriden – (October 29) – There is a new ticker on the NYSE: SHLX. Houston-based Shell Midstream Partners, a MLP, is expected to raise $920 million. Shell Midstream GC Lori Muratta selected Baker Botts partners Kelly Rose, Hillary Holmes and A.J. Ericksen to be its legal advisers. Vinson & Elkins partners Doug McWilliams and Gillian Hobson served as the lead legal advisers for the underwriters.


Oil and Gas Partnership by Ambush: The Challenges of Disclaiming a Partnership or Joint Venture in Texas


sfletcher1L By Scott Fletcher, Josh Fuchs, Basheer Ghorayeb, and Will Taylor – (October 29) – ETP's landmark $535 million court victory over Enterprise earlier this year raises an important issue facing many Texas companies: Can companies effectively disclaim the existence of a joint venture or partnership—and the fiduciary obligations these relationships entail—or will Texas courts disregard the disclaimers and look to the parties’ course of conduct?

This article provides a thorough examination of the ETP v. Enterprise jury verdict and the impact the case is having on businesses.


Five TX Firms Advise in Western Gas’ $1.5 Billion Acquisition – Updated


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By Natalie Posgate – (October 29) –The Woodlands-based Western Gas Partners, LP has agreed to acquire Houston-based Nuevo Midstream Partners, a startup midstream company that is backed by the private equity firm, EnCap Flatridge Midstream.


Four TX Firms Advise in $50 Billion Williams Partners-Access Midstream Merger


rmaierson1L By Natalie Posgate – (October 27) – Texas lawyers from Baker Botts, Andrews Kurth, Latham & Watkins and Gibson Dunn are advising on the $50 billion merger between two Oklahoma-based energy master limited partnerships – Williams Partners LP and Access Midstream Partners, LP.


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Latham Advises ETP in New Pipeline JV with Phillips 66

Latham Advises ETP in New Pipeline JV with Phillips 66

The two Texas companies entered two joint ventures to develop the previously announced Dakota Access Pipeline and Energy Transfer Crude Oil Pipeline.…

Kirkland and Sidley Advise in KKR’s Investment in Anadarko

Kirkland and Sidley Advise in KKR’s Investment in Anadarko

Global investment firm KKR announced that it has invested a non-disclosed amount to become a non-operated working interest partner with Anadarko Petroleum Corporation in the development of its…

Jones Day and Winstead Advise in $250 Million Lennox Financing

Jones Day and Winstead Advise in $250 Million Lennox Financing

Richardson-based Lennox International has obtained a $250 million short-term loan facility that was provided by JPMorgan Chase Bank, NA and Morgan Stanley Bank, NA. …

Baker Botts and Porter Hedges Advise in $250 Million Eagle Ford Asset Deal

Baker Botts and Porter Hedges Advise in $250 Million Eagle Ford Asset Deal

Houston-based Carrizo Oil & Gas, Inc. has completed its acquisition of additional leasehold and producing interests in the Eagle Ford Shale from Eagle Ford Minerals, LLC for $250…

Gibson Dunn Advises in Veterinary Assets Deal

Gibson Dunn Advises in Veterinary Assets Deal

French animal health company Virbac has agreed to acquire major U.S. veterinary products from the global pharmaceutical company, Eli Lilly and Company.…

J&J Hip Implant Trial Score: Locke Lord – 1, Mark Lanier – 0

J&J Hip Implant Trial Score: Locke Lord – 1, Mark Lanier – 0

A Dallas federal jury stunned plaintiffs lawyers Thursday when it ruled in favor of Johnson & Johnson in a massive seven-week defective hip implant trial.…

TX Lawyers Advise in Three Deals Worth $12.6 Billion

TX Lawyers Advise in Three Deals Worth $12.6 Billion

Texas lawyers at Porter Hedges, Locke Lord, Latham & Watkins and McGuireWoods were involved in three deals that totaled to $12.6 billion. …


Exclusive - Xerox GC Don Liu to Texas Law Firms: “No Excuse” for Lack of Diversity


dliu1L By Mark Curriden – (October 21) – Don Liu minced no words over last week's God-awful findings by the Dallas Diversity Task Force. “There is no excuse. None,” Xerox's GC said. “The demographics of Dallas and Texas make hard for any law firm to justify these results.” Liu, who hires dozens of Texas lawyers to handle his company's legal business, recently fired a law firm because it refused to take diversity seriously. Clay Scheitzach says his boss "understands that a lot of law firms talk about being committed to diversity but their actions don’t back it up."



Texas Legal Aid Then and Now


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By Janet Elliott – (October 27) – AUSTIN – With IOLTA revenues still in the toilet, advocates of legal aid have been forced to seek funding from conservative Texas politicians who once demonized the effort as supporting a liberal agenda. But last week, the Texas Supreme Court and Texas Access to Justice leaders celebrated their success in depoliticizing the issue, which has meant that tens of thousands of low-income Texans could get necessary legal representation.


Porter Hedges Expands Energy Practice to Oklahoma


clees1L By Mark Curriden – (Oct. 22) – Houston-based Porter Hedges has opened an office in Oklahoma City and added four energy lawyers in the law firm’s first expansion outside of Texas in its 33-year history.


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Lawyers & Firms

Prominent Healthcare Expert Lisa Genecov Jumps to Norton Rose Fulbright

Prominent Healthcare Expert Lisa Genecov Jumps to Norton Rose Fulbright

Genecov will lead the firm’s healthcare transactional practice in Dallas.…

Locke Lord Picks Up Bankruptcy Expert Berry Spears

Locke Lord Picks Up Bankruptcy Expert Berry Spears

Spears was formerly the partner-in-charge of Norton Rose Fulbright’s Austin office. …

Texas Access to Justice Foundation Funds Legal Aid for Veterans

Texas Access to Justice Foundation Funds Legal Aid for Veterans

TAJF recently announced grants totaling more than $426,000 that will help fund civil legal services…

Munsch Hardt Expands in Houston, Talks Future Growth

Munsch Hardt Expands in Houston, Talks Future Growth

The firm added eight attorneys from Harrison Bettis to their Houston office, who will solidify…


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Exclusive: Fluor GC Carlos Hernandez Insists that Ethics Must Be Priority for Lawyers & Businesses


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By Mark Curriden – (Oct. 13) – The General Counsel Forum honored Hernandez, a civil engineer-turned-construction lawyer, for a career committed to ethics, even during times of severe crisis. In an exclusive interview, Hernandez discusses his escape from Cuba as a boy, the tough days he spent as GC at grocery wholesaler Fleming and the need for increased diversity in law firms.

“Carlos put a previous job as general counsel on the line," says Fluor asst. GC Craig Birchette. "He had to tell senior executives that their conduct was improper and that the CEO had to leave."

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Hillary Holmes
Wallace Jefferson
Mike Kennington
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Phil Neisel
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Will Taylor
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Mergers and acquisitions continued at a record-setting pace during the third quarter of 2014. The corporate sections at V&E, Bracewell, Norton Rose, Baker Botts and Andrews Kurth were busier than ever. Latham, Kirkland and Jones Day led the way for out-of-state firms. Kinder Morgan's $71 billion consolidation leads the way.
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New Texas A&M School of Law Dean Participates in Aggie Ring Day


dayl1L By Brooks Igo - (Oct. 7) – Dean Andrew P. Morriss awarded 20 students their rings at the law school's second Aggie Ring Day.
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