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V&E, Akin Gump Advise on Talon’s $1.9B Hookup with Stone

By Claire Poole – (Nov. 21) – Leaders at Talos Energy and Stone Energy say their combination will create a top offshore-focused exploration and production company with an initial equity market capitalization of $1.9 billion and an enterprise value of $2.5 billion. 

Corp. Deal Tracker Weekly Round-Up: 9 Firms, 62 Lawyers, 8 Transactions, $11.05B

By Claire Poole – (Nov. 21) – The corporate deal world in Texas saw fewer transactions the week before Thanksgiving, but capital markets activity caused deal value for Nov. 13-20 to jump to $11.05 billion. Activity ranged from private equity commitments and exits to a slew of public notes offerings as Wall Street marches toward year-end.

The industries involved included oil and gas, industrial, financial services and chemicals. The biggest deal transaction of the week was Marathon Petroleum’s $8.1 billion asset drop-down to affiliate MPLX followed by Energy Transfer Partners’ $1.5 billion sale of preferred units. The Texas Lawbook has all the names and details.

AT&T Hires Gibson Dunn in Dallas for Antitrust Battle with Trump Administration

By Mark Curriden – (Nov. 20) – The DOJ’s lawsuit filed Monday seeking to block AT&T’s acquisition of Time Warner sets up what will likely be an historic and potentially long and expensive court battle. But legal insiders say telecom giant has two Dallas lawyers – AT&T General Counsel David McAtee and Gibson Dunn partner Rob Walters – who give the company a great chance of success. The Texas Lawbook has the details.

Erin Nealy Cox Takes Over as NDTX U.S. Attorney

By Mark Curriden – (Nov. 20) – U.S. District Judge Jane Boyle swore in Erin Neely Cox on Friday as new United States Attorney for North Texas. Cox, in an exclusive interview with The Texas Lawbook, said she “had a good first day.”

“I told the staff Friday that I plan to go slow as fast as I can,” she said. “My plan is to spend the next 60 to 90 days meeting with our team, leaders of local federal law enforcement and federal judges” to help understand their needs and help “determine priorities.” The Texas Lawbook has full details.

TX GC Forum Honors Outstanding Corp. Legal Depts.

By Mark Curriden – SAN ANTONIO (Nov. 17) – More than 300 of the most prominent in-house and outside corporate lawyers in Texas met in San Antonio Thursday and Friday as part of the annual meeting of the Texas General Counsel Forum. The Forum recognized eight lawyers and two legal departments for outstanding successes and achievements during the past year. The Texas Lawbook, which has an exclusive partnership with the GC Forum, has complete details.

Lanier Scores $247M Verdict in Latest J&J Hip Implant Case

By Natalie Posgate – (Nov. 15) –A federal jury in Dallas has awarded $247 million to six New York residents for damages they have suffered from Johnson & Johnson and DePuy’s Pinnacle Acetabular Cup System hip implants. This is a breaking story and The Texas Lawbook will provide more details as the story develops.

Corp. Deal Tracker Weekly Round-Up: 10 Firms, 48 Lawyers, 10 Transactions, $2.7B

By Claire Poole – (Nov. 15) – Deal activity – led by Noble Energy’s $608 million property sale to SRC Energy and BlackRock fund’s $600 million pipeline acquisition from NGL Energy Partners and SemGroup – was strong last week. There were 10 transactions between Nov. 6 and Nov. 13, which is down 33 percent from the week before, but total deal value jumped to $2.7 billion – up from $2.38 billion the week before. The Texas Lawbook has all the deals and the legal and financial advisers who handled those transactions.


Election Procedures Continue to Raise Cybersecurity Concerns

By Michael Titens of Thompson & Knight – (Nov. 16) – Kenya’s Supreme Court nullified the country’s recent presidential election results, citing irregularities in the vote counting and reporting process. There were also allegations that the results were hacked and manipulated. While things are not so severe in the U.S., hackers have been active here, too. Michael Titens of Thompson & Knight looks at potential election cyber threats, including voting machine vulnerabilities and hacks of voter registry data.

Tax Reform Could Radically Change Executive Pay

By Gail Stewart and David Schiller of Baker Botts – (Nov. 16) – Nonqualified deferred compensation arrangements have become an integral component of executive compensation packages. They are a means by which employers attract and retain key employee talent. Tax reforms pending in Congress, if enacted as proposed, will significantly limit the advantages and usefulness of such agreements and impact the design and taxation of executive compensation going forward. Now, conflicting amendments have been introduced. This article examines the issue in-depth.

V&E, Kirkland advise on $746M SandRidge-Bonanza Creek merger

By Claire Poole – (Nov. 15) – SandRidge Energy announced Wednesday that it has agreed to acquire Bonanza Creek Energy for $746 million. Both companies had emerged from bankruptcies filed last year. Claire Poole has details of the deal and the names of the lawyers who advised them.

Appeals Court Permits Dallas Celeb Chef to Continue Using Name Pending Trial

By Natalie Posgate – (Nov. 14) – Dallas celebrity chef Kent Rathbun, known by some in the restaurant industry as the “Chef With No Name,” can continue using his own name to promote his restaurants, but not to incite damage or detriment on his former business partner’s reputation, a Dallas appellate court upheld on Friday. The appeals ruling is tied to a bitter legal dispute that heads to trial next month.

Texas AG Charges Two Businesses with Hurricane Harvey Price Gouging

By Mark Curriden – (Nov. 14) – Texas officials sued two Big Willy’s in Dallas-Fort Worth and Tejano Mart in Laredo on Monday for allegedly charging customers excessive prices for gasoline – ranging from $4 to $10 a gallon – in the days before and after the storm hit South Texas.

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T. Ray Guy ‘Would Not Change a Thing’ about his Career

By Mark Curriden – (Nov. 14) – T. Ray Guy told fellow UT Law students that he was the Oakland Raiders star punter of the same name and would play NFL games on the weekends and then fly back to school for classes. “Then they saw me play intramural sports and quickly knew better,” he says.

At 66, Guy is at the pinnacle of the legal profession. For four decades, he has represented some of the biggest global companies, including Credit Suisse, American Airlines and Verizon, in some of the most complex and controversial cases the litigation practice has to offer. This is his story.


Billie Ellis – A Pioneer in Private Equity & Corporate Real Estate Dealmaking

By Mark Curriden – (Nov. 1) – Billie Ellis posed as a rancher in 1984 to buy 2,500 acres in Arizona to develop a scientific experiment called Biosphere II, which was a dome designed to recreate Earth as a way to possibly settle Mars. He helped Bob Bass buy The Plaza Hotel for $250 million in 1988 and resold it to Donald Trump six months later for $410 million.

For four decades, Ellis has been recognized as the best commercial real estate lawyer in Texas history. He’s represented some of the most powerful and wealthy individuals in the state, including the Bass brothers, Richard Rainwater and David Bonderman. And does he have some stories to tell.

Corporate Deal Tracker: The Breakdown

The Corporate Deal Tracker tracks corporate transactions led or significantly handled by Texas-based lawyers, and shows which law firms and lawyers are the busiest in the state. Click on the left button below to learn more about the database and how to submit. To begin submitting deals now, click on the right button to fill out our online submission form.

GCs, Lawyers & Firms

Mayer Brown Elevates One to Partner in Houston

Kristen Ford focuses her practice on capital markets, mergers and acquisitions, corporate governance and general…

Capital Markets Pro Julian Seiguer Jumps to Kirkland

Seiguer ranked fifth in The Texas Lawbook’s Corporate Deal Tracker in 2016 for leading or…

Yvette Ostolaza Receives Prestigious ADL Award

Ostolaza is a managing partner of Sidley's Dallas office, member of the firm's executive and…

Gibson Dunn Promotes Two to Partner in Dallas

Olivia Adendorff and Jonathan Whalen are the newly-minted partners.…

Texas Securities Board Names New Deputy Commish

Texas Securities Board Names New Deputy Commish

Clinton Edgar, a veteran lawyer of the state security's agency and Texas Tech law grad,…

FERC Attorney Joins T&K in Austin

For the past five years, Nicolas McTyre has served as a trial attorney for the…

Morgan Lewis Adds Healthcare Duo in Houston

Former BakerHostetler partners Susan Feigin Harris and Donna Clark represent hospitals, health systems and other…

SEC Names SMU Prof to Corporate & Muni Bond Task Force

SEC Names SMU Prof to Corporate & Muni Bond Task Force

The SEC has created a special committee to study possible new regulatory improvements in the…

Five TX Firms Get Perfect Scores in LGBTQ Report

Five TX Firms Get Perfect Scores in LGBTQ Report

The Human Rights Campaign Foundation announced Thursday that five Texas-based law firms garnered top honors…

Gardere, Foley Confirm Merger Talks

Gardere, Foley Confirm Merger Talks

Dallas-based Gardere and Milwaukee-based Foley & Lardner confirm that they are in serious talks about…

Former GC of El Paso Corp. Joins Forces with Reed Smith in Houston

Peggy Heeg was most recently at Norton Rose Fulbright…

Dallas Litigation Pro Michelle Hartmann Jumps to Baker McKenzie

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A.J. Ericksen
Tim Fenn
Paul Genender
Steve Gill
Ray Guy
Bruce Herzog
Kim Hicks
Greg Hill
Arnold Johnson
Evan Kastner
Mark Kelly
Robert Little
Ryan Maierson
Chris May
Jeremiah Mayfield
James McAnelly
Alan Perkins
James Ranspot
Ed Rhyne
David Schiller
Gerry Spedale
Gail Stewart
Evan Stone
Michael Titens
Sam Zabaneh

Firms in the News

Baker Botts
DLA Piper
Gibson Dunn
Hogan Lovells
Kastner Gravelle
Post Oak Energy Capital
Simpson Thacher




The Corporate Deal Tracker is currently undergoing a redesign. While we work on the final touches, check out our recent reports below on Mergermarket’s Texas-specific data. Corporate Deal Tracker will return with up-to-date data in mid-September.

Texas Lawbook Surpasses 9,000 Subscribers & 2,000 Corporate In-House Counsel

By Mark Curriden – (Sept. 22) – I am pleased to announced that The Texas Lawbook officially surpassed 9,000 paid subscribers in August – more than 2,000 of them are corporate in-house counsel and general counsel. The 25 largest law firms in Texas and more than 35 corporate in-house legal departments have subscriptions for all their lawyers. In addition, tens-of-thousands of more business leaders read Texas Lawbook articles that are republished in the Dallas Business Journal and Houston Chronicle. This article is an update on recent developments at The Texas Lawbook and plans for the months ahead.


Mergermarket Expert: TX M&A Market in ‘Real Danger of Developing Congestion or Heartburn’


By Mark Curriden – (July 18) – The Texas market has seen 15 consecutive quarters with about 200 or more deals. “Before the third quarter of 2013, 200 deals was the high water mark. Since then, 200 deals has been the floor,” says Mergermarket M&A analyst Chad Watt. “We’ve had so many deals completed [during the past couple years] that the market may need a period to digest it all. “There’s a real danger of developing M&A congestion or heartburn.”

Mergermarket: Texas M&A Flat but Solid in H1 2017


By Claire Poole – HOUSTON (July 17) – Merger and acquisition activity among Texas-based businesses remained healthy during the first half of 2017, but far from the exuberant pace of dealmaking in 2014. Deal count has been flat, but deal value is up significantly over 2016, fueled by steady oil and gas M&A and Whole Foods’ sale to Amazon. The Texas Lawbook has the exclusive data from Mergermarket, along with a list of the 30 biggest deals during the first six months of 2017.

Experts: Texas M&A Activity Unpredictable for H2 2017


By Claire Poole – HOUSTON (July 17) – How will M&A activity shape up in the second half of the year? The Texas Lawbook interviewed nearly a dozen of the leading corporate and private equity lawyers in the state to gauge their view on the M&A market for the first half of 2017 and what they forecast for the remainder of the year. This is their analysis.