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$3.8B Energy Merger = Lots of Texas Lawyers & Financial Advisers Billing Hours

By Mark Curriden – (Aug. 17) – More than 50 lawyers from five different law firms – Bracewell, Haynes and Boone, Kirkland & Ellis and Latham & Watkins – are representing clients in the $3.8 billion merger this week of Silver Run Acquisitions II with Alta Mesa Holdings and Kingfisher Midstream. The financial advisers include Barclays, Tudor, Pickering, Holt, Citigroup, Goldman Sachs, Morgan Stanley and JP Morgan. The Texas Lawbook has the details.


Transocean Turns to King & Spalding for $3.4B Acquisition

By Claire Poole – (Aug. 16) – Transocean GC Brady Long selected King & Spalding as the company’s lead U.S. legal adviser on its $3.4 billion purchase of Norway’s Songa Offshore announced Tuesday – a deal characterized as the biggest offshore drilling sector merger since oil prices collapsed in 2014.


HayBoo Leads $820M Dickies Deal

By Mark Curriden – (Aug. 16) – Fort Worth-based Williamson-Dickie turned to its long-time outside counsel Haynes and Boone to advise the family-owned workwear maker in its $820 million sale to branded lifestyle apparel manufacturer VF Corporation of North Carolina.


Why Pro Bono? The Payoff is Helping Others


By Todd Thorson and Rachael Gearing of Winston & Strawn – (Aug. 15) – Lawyers and firms often engage with causes by providing their services pro bono. It’s a way of giving back to the community and of strengthening ties to places where the ordinary course of business may not lead. And sometimes, those causes can make a positive impact on both the lives of individuals and the community at large. This story is one such example.



Updated – Texas General Counsel Pay Summary


By Mark Curriden – (Aug. 14) – Corporate Counsel magazine has identified the top 150 best paid corporate general counsel and a dozen work at Texas-based companies made the list, including the top legal officers at Baker Hughes, iHeartMedia, Yum!Brands and nine energy companies.


AK, Bracewell, Gibson Dunn and V&E lead week of M&A and Capital Markets

By Claire Poole – (Aug. 14) – Midstream and infrastructure oil and gas deals stood out among the transactions of note this week. Lawyers from Andrews Kurth, Gibson, Dunn, Bracewell and Vinson & Elkins were in the thick of things. See who they are and what they did in The Texas Lawbook.


Energy Litigator David Elrod Jumps to Dallas Law Firm

By Brooks Igo – (Aug. 14) – Elrod and a team of energy litigators have left Dallas litigation boutique Gruber Elrod.


Texas is Ground Zero for Pres. Trump Reshaping Judiciary


By Kevin Diaz of the Houston Chronicle – (Aug. 14) – President Trump is filling federal court vacancies at a record pace, hoping to reshape America’s judiciary while filling a nationwide backlog of openings that has Texas at its epicenter. Trump is expected to have an out-sized impact on legal climate in the Lone Star State, which has 13 openings – 11 at the district court level and two appeals court vacancies. That is more than any other state. This article has the details.


Jackson Walker adds four-partner group from Andrews Kurth Kenyon, launches white collar practice


By Brooks Igo – (Aug. 9) – Dallas partner Jay Dewald, a former U.S. attorney for the Northern District of Texas, will lead the firm’s new white-collar group.


Stephanie Hildebrandt Named New GC at Archrock

By Mark Curriden – (Aug. 9) – Archrock, a Houston-based provider of natural gas contract compression services, has hired former Enterprise Products Partners general counsel Stephanie C. Hildebrandt to lead its corporate in-house legal department. A partner at Norton Rose Fulbright, Hildebrandt replaces Donald Wayne, who left Archrock in April to become the new general counsel at Quanta Services, a Houston energy services contracting company.


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Features

Jim Coleman Tribute: A Lion Among Texas Lions



By Mark Curriden – (Aug. 18) – Legendary Dallas lawyer Jim Coleman was hailed Wednesday night as a gentleman, an honest, genuine and passionate lawyer, and a leader with integrity. The Texas Lawbook and the Association of Corporate Counsel’s DFW Chapter hosted a tribute to the 94-year-old lawyer. We brought together many lawyers he mentored and impacted – many of whom are now among the most prominent and successful lawyers and judges in Texas.

U.S. District Chief Judge Barbara Lynn, Fifth Circuit Judge Patrick Higginbotham, Bill Dawson, Rod Phelan, Dick Sayles, Bruce Collins, Judge Royal Furgeson and Mike Lynn told stories and reminisced about the time they spent with Coleman and the impact he had on their lives. We have the photos and the stories. (No Subscription Required)


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GCs, Lawyers & Firms

Updated – Energy Litigator David Elrod Jumps to Shackelford

Updated – Energy Litigator David Elrod Jumps to Shackelford

Elrod and a team of energy litigators have left Dallas litigation boutique Gruber Elrod. Also…

Oil and Gas Litigation Shareholder Joins Underwood Law Firm

Amber James will split time in Fort Worth and Midland-Odessa.…

Texas Access to Justice Commission’s 2017 Deborah G. Hankinson Award Goes to HBA

HBA President Neil Kelly, a partner at Andrews Kurth Kenyon, accepted the award during the…

Harriet Miers to Receive Texas Appleseed Good Apple Award

Locke Lord partner Miers will receive her award on Nov. 16 at the annual Good…

Jackson Walker adds four-partner group from Andrews Kurth Kenyon, launches white collar practice

Jackson Walker adds four-partner group from Andrews Kurth Kenyon, launches white collar practice

Dallas partner Jay Dewald, a former U.S. attorney for the Northern District of Texas, will…

Baker McKenzie Dallas partner Melinda Phelan named chair of North America Tax Practice Group

Phelan advises multinational companies on international tax planning and transfer pricing matters.…

Bracewell boosts upstream oil and gas practice with Houston deal partner Carl von Merz

Von Merz is a former lead in-house attorney at Statoil.…

Polsinelli adds depth to restructuring practice in TX with new shareholder Trey Monsour

Monsour will office in both Dallas and Houston.…

Locke Lord partners Michelle Earley and Scott Hastings elected to ALI membership

Earley and Hastings are two of six newly-elected ALI members from Texas.…

DBA Judicial Evaluation Poll: No ‘A’s’ but Nine ‘F’s”

DBA Judicial Evaluation Poll: No ‘A’s’ but Nine ‘F’s”

The Dallas Bar Association’s bi-annual judicial evaluation poll is out and there are only two…

Greenberg Traurig builds up Austin corporate practice with shareholder Kyle Fox – Updated

Fox was previously at Miller, Egan, Molter & Nelson.…

Appellate Vet Gwen Samora Reunites with Former Colleagues at Copeland & Rice

Samora practiced for 20-plus years at Vinson & Elkins, where she worked with Morgan Copeland…

Willkie Farr Picks Up Private Equity Pro Kfir Abutbul

Abutbul joins from Kirkland & Ellis, where he made partner last fall.…

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Lawyers in the News

James Chenoweth
David Elrod
Tull Florey
Adam Forman
Rachael Gearing
Troy Harder
Kathryn Hastings
Atma Kabad
Tom Leslie
R. Eric McCord
Mike O’Leary
Gary Orloff
John Shackelford
Mark Shank
W. Creighton Smith
Angela Teer
Todd Thorson

Firms in the News

American Midstream
Andrews Kurth Kenyon
Bracewell
Gibson Dunn
Kinder Morgan
V&E
Winston

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The Texas Lawbook’s Corporate Deal Tracker reports M&A activity and securities offerings handled by lawyers based in Texas, even if those transactions involve non-Texas-based companies. The Corporate Deal Tracker ranks matters by deal/offering count primarily and value secondarily. The data includes the announcement date, the names of the companies involved and the lawyers and their law firms. These charts are up to date as of December 31, 2016.

Please contact us if you see any information that is inaccurate or missing.

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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.