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Latham, V&E Advise on Gastar’s $425M Capital Financing

Latham, V&E Advise on Gastar’s $425M Capital Financing

Houston E&P company Gastar Exploration said Friday that it has secured $425 million in new financing from funds managed by affiliates of Ares Management, a Los Angeles-based investment firm. …

SEC Accuses Patrick Howard & Two Dallas Investment Funds of Fraud

SEC Accuses Patrick Howard & Two Dallas Investment Funds of Fraud

The SEC has charged Dallas venture capitalist Patrick O. Howard, Howard Capital Holdings and Optimal Economics Capital Partners with operating a $13 million Ponzi scheme and providing false or misleading…

Gibson Dunn and Baker Botts Handle FBM’s $179M IPO

Gibson Dunn and Baker Botts Handle FBM’s $179M IPO

© 2017 The Texas Lawbook. By Natalie Posgate (Feb. 14) – A group of Dallas lawyers from Baker Botts and Gibson Dunn are working on an initial public offering expected…

Trump. Russians. Hacking.

Trump. Russians. Hacking.

Cybersecurity professionals usually welcome the exposure of major data privacy breaches in the news (think Target, Home Depot, Yahoo!). The result of the media attention drives cybersecurity awareness, leading to…

Updated: Baker Botts and Latham Close First MLP IPO of 2017

Updated: Baker Botts and Latham Close First MLP IPO of 2017

Lawyers from Baker Botts and Latham & Watkins are expected today to close a $103.5 million initial public offering for Kimbell Royalty Partners, the first master limited partnership to announce…

Bracewell and V&E Advise in $2.8B Midland Basin Asset Deal

Bracewell and V&E Advise in $2.8B Midland Basin Asset Deal

(Feb. 8) – Austin-based Parsley Energy and Fort Worth-based Double Eagle Energy Permian have entered a deal that will expand Parsley's net acreage in the Permian Basin to 227,000 acres.…

Jury Rules for Homeowners Damaged by I-635 Express Lane Construction

Jury Rules for Homeowners Damaged by I-635 Express Lane Construction

In 2014, Farmer’s Branch homeowners Felipe and Aurora Rodriguez noticed huge cracks developing in their foundations, floors and walls. Big cracks. The value of their property plummeted. They blamed Trinity…

What to Expect from the Texas Legislature in 2017

What to Expect from the Texas Legislature in 2017

The Texas Legislature's 85th Regular Session poses new and old challenges. The Texas House has 22 freshman members. The Senate has three fresh faces. The House also has eight vacant…

Skadden and Andrews Kurth Kenyon Advise on $9.3B ONEOK Deal

Skadden and Andrews Kurth Kenyon Advise on $9.3B ONEOK Deal

Tulsa-based natural gas pipeline company ONEOK said Wednesday that it will purchase all outstanding common units of its master limited partnership, ONEOK Partners, for $9.3 billion in common stock. The…

SCOTX Considers ‘Independent Injury’ Requirement in Hurricane Ike Claim Denial

SCOTX Considers ‘Independent Injury’ Requirement in Hurricane Ike Claim Denial

(AUSTIN) – A Hurricane Ike claim that grew from $11,000 in home repairs to more than $1 million in awarded damages is the eye of a brewing legal storm at…

Court affirms dismissal of First Amendment case; splits over remand

Court affirms dismissal of First Amendment case; splits over remand

© 2017 The Texas Lawbook. By Allen Pusey (Jan. 30) – The Supreme Court of Texas on Friday affirmed an appeals court decision setting aside a jury verdict against a…

Corporate Deal Tracker: 2016 = More M&A Action for TX Lawyers

Corporate Deal Tracker: 2016 = More M&A Action for TX Lawyers

Texas-based M&A lawyers worked on 24 percent more deals last year than they did in 2015, new data from The Texas Lawbook’s Corporate Deal Tracker shows. This article highlights everything…

Kirkland and V&E Handle $6.4B Utilities Deal

Kirkland and V&E Handle $6.4B Utilities Deal

Vinson & Elkins and Kirkland & Ellis lawyers from Houston and Dallas were involved in the big $6.4 billion utilities merger between Canada-based AltaGas and Washington, D.C. based WGL Holdings.…

Norton Rose Fulbright, V&E Advise in $1.2B Delaware Basin Pipeline Deal

Norton Rose Fulbright, V&E Advise in $1.2B Delaware Basin Pipeline Deal

Lawyers from Norton Rose Fulbright and Vinson & Elkins said they advised on a $1.2 billion deal involving the Alpha Crude Connector System, which is the first large-scale crude oil…

Updated: Locke Lord, V&E and DLA Piper Advise in $565M Permian Basin Deal

Updated: Locke Lord, V&E and DLA Piper Advise in $565M Permian Basin Deal

Houston-based Targa Resources Corp. said Monday that its subsidiary, Targa Resources Partners, will acquire assets in the Delaware and Midland regions of the Permian Basin for $565 million in cash.…

JW Media Law Experts: Trump’s Bark Worse than His Bite

JW Media Law Experts: Trump’s Bark Worse than His Bite

The media law gurus at Jackson Walker told a gathering of Texas journalists Tuesday that Pres. Trump's campaign promise to loosen libel laws to make news operations more vulnerable to…

Jack Co. Family Hit with $23M Cattle Fraud Verdict

Jack Co. Family Hit with $23M Cattle Fraud Verdict

In what is believed to be one of the largest cattle fraud cases in Texas history, a jury has found that a North Texas cattle farming family perpetrated a check-kiting…

Bankruptcy Asset Purchasers Anxious Over Texas Supreme Court Case Involving Louisiana School Land Pollution

Bankruptcy Asset Purchasers Anxious Over Texas Supreme Court Case Involving Louisiana School Land Pollution

The Texas Supreme Court heard arguments last week in a dispute between ConocoPhillips and Noble Energy. Although the case ostensibly involves liability for a $63 million oil field cleanup, many…

Patent Infringement Lawsuits Plummet, but EDTX Still Dominates IP Litigation

Patent Infringement Lawsuits Plummet, but EDTX Still Dominates IP Litigation

There were 33 percent fewer patent infringement lawsuits filed in Texas in 2016 than there were the year before. Even so, Texas' Eastern District has more than three times as…

Updated: Skadden, Latham and Bracewell Advise on $2.7B Noble-Clayton Williams Deal

Updated: Skadden, Latham and Bracewell Advise on $2.7B Noble-Clayton Williams Deal

Houston-based Noble Energy said Monday that it will acquire all the outstanding stock of Clayton Williams Energy, a Midland-based independent E&P company, in a deal that is anticipated to create…