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Eight Deals, Three Offerings, $13 billion, Nine Law Firms – A Week of Deals

Eight Deals, Three Offerings, $13 billion, Nine Law Firms – A Week of Deals

The middle of August is usually a dry period for deals, but several transactions across the energy spectrum kept Texas lawyers occupied the past week. Eight M&A transactions valued at…

Updated – Jeff Tillotson Deposes Warren Buffett & Marissa Mayer, Defeats Yahoo at 5th Circuit

Updated – Jeff Tillotson Deposes Warren Buffett & Marissa Mayer, Defeats Yahoo at 5th Circuit

The Fifth Circuit ruled Monday that Yahoo owes Dallas-based prize promoter SCA Promotions $5.5 million for backing out of a deal designed to pay $1 billion to anyone who successfully…

Kirkland and Jones Day Advise in Newest EFH-Oncor Deal

Kirkland and Jones Day Advise in Newest EFH-Oncor Deal

Law firms have generated hundreds of millions of dollars from the EFH bankruptcy and the billable hours continued to mount over the weekend. EFH GC Andy Wright and the Houston…

Fifth Circuit: Context Matters in Review of Workplace Rules Under NLRA

Fifth Circuit: Context Matters in Review of Workplace Rules Under NLRA

In a recent decision, the Fifth Circuit overturned much of a National Labor Relations Board holding that several workplace conduct rules at T-Mobile and MetroPCS violated employee rights under the…

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

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

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…

Transocean Turns to King & Spalding for $3.4B Acquisition

Transocean Turns to King & Spalding for $3.4B Acquisition

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…

HayBoo Leads $820M Dickies Deal

HayBoo Leads $820M Dickies Deal

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…

Why Pro Bono? The Payoff is Helping Others

Why Pro Bono? The Payoff is Helping Others

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…

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

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

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 and Elkins were in the…

Texas is Ground Zero for Pres. Trump Reshaping Judiciary

Texas is Ground Zero for Pres. Trump Reshaping Judiciary

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…

Analysis: How New Bankruptcy Rules Will Impact Financial Institutions

Analysis: How New Bankruptcy Rules Will Impact Financial Institutions

Significant changes to federal rules governing the administration of consumer bankruptcy cases – and Chapter 13 cases in particular – are set to take effect Dec. 1. In the meantime,…

IPOs pick up steam with $454 million Venator Materials NYSE offering

IPOs pick up steam with $454 million Venator Materials NYSE offering

Vinson & Elkins lawyers were behind an IPO involving one of the nation's key producers of paint pigments. The $454 million deal placed shares of Venator Materials on the New…

Oncor GC: ‘There is only one deal on the table’

Oncor GC: ‘There is only one deal on the table’

Oncor General Counsel Allen Nye will become the utility’s CEO. In an exclusive interview, Nye discusses negotiations with Warren Buffett, the Energy Future Holdings bankruptcy and how the Texas Public…

Houston Lawyers Advise in $1.3 Billion Genesis Energy-Tronox Deal

Houston Lawyers Advise in $1.3 Billion Genesis Energy-Tronox Deal

Genesis Energy has agreed to a $1.3 billion purchase of the world’s largest producer of natural soda ash—used to make glass and other industrial products. Houston-based lawyers were all over…

DBJ: Dallas’ Jacobs to buy Denver-based Rival in $3.27B Deal

<em>DBJ:</em> Dallas’ Jacobs to buy Denver-based Rival in $3.27B Deal

Global engineering firm Jacobs Engineering Group Inc. has decided to buy one of its rivals — Denver-based CH2M HILL Companies Ltd. — in a deal valued at $3.27 billion, which…

Kelly Hart, Gibson Dunn Work on $150M Sony Anime Deal

Kelly Hart, Gibson Dunn Work on $150M Sony Anime Deal

Anime enthusiasts would be jealous of the lawyers at Kelly Hart & Hallman and Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher who just handled Sony Pictures’ majority stake purchase of Flower Mound-based Funimation,…

Willkie Farr & Gallagher advises on $525 million sale of Samson Resources II energy assets

Willkie Farr & Gallagher advises on $525 million sale of Samson Resources II energy assets

By Claire Poole (Aug. 1) Samson Resources II announced Tuesday the sale of $525 million in East Texas and Louisiana oil and gas assets to Houston-based Rockcliff Energy II. Willkie…

Andrews Kurth Kenyon and V&E Work on $1.1B MLP Exchange Transaction

Andrews Kurth Kenyon and V&E Work on $1.1B MLP Exchange Transaction

A group of Houston lawyers on Monday handled a complex transaction for the coal industry’s first publicly-traded master limited partnership and its general partner that is worth around $1.1 billion.…

DBJ: Energy Transfer Sells Troubled Pipeline Stake to Blackstone for $1.5 Billion

<em>DBJ:</em> Energy Transfer Sells Troubled Pipeline Stake to Blackstone for $1.5 Billion

Lawyers from Vinson & Elkins and Latham & Watkins advised on Dallas-based Energy Transfer Partners' $1.57 billion sale of its stake in the Rover Pipeline to funds managed by Blackstone…

Jury: Dallas Wedding Photog Defamed, Gets $1M

Jury: Dallas Wedding Photog Defamed, Gets $1M

A jury has ordered a Dallas couple to pay $1 million to prominent portrait photographer Andrea Polito for conducting a public campaign that defamed the photographer and basically destroyed her…