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Updated- Not Quite Cheaper Than the Dozen: Six Dozen Houston Lawyers Work on $2.3B Eagle Ford Deal

Updated- Not Quite Cheaper Than the Dozen: Six Dozen Houston Lawyers Work on $2.3B Eagle Ford Deal

The Woodlands-based Anadarko Petroleum Corp. is pulling out of the Eagle Ford Shale by selling its $2.3 billion assets there to Blackstone Group and Sanchez Energy Corp., the companies said…

Gardner Haas Scores Win for Highpoint Risk in South Carolina

Gardner Haas Scores Win for Highpoint Risk in South Carolina

A South Carolina federal judge handed Dallas-based Highpoint Risk Services and its owner Charles David Wood, Jr. a $30 million victory this week in the company’s three-year legal battle with…

Texas Lawbook Exclusive: Mega-deals Broke Texas M&A Size Records in 2016

<em>Texas Lawbook</em> Exclusive: Mega-deals Broke Texas M&A Size Records in 2016

Texas businesses smashed all records when it came to mega-mergers, acquisitions and divestitures during the fourth quarter of 2016. The average value of M&A deals in Texas topped $1 billion…

Exclusive: Runaway Swiss Businessman Returns to Dallas… In Handcuffs

Exclusive: Runaway Swiss Businessman Returns to Dallas… In Handcuffs

A Swiss arbitration ruled that Rudolf Suter owed $2 million to a Florida investor from a failed business deal. Suter ignored it. When the investor discovered he was living large…

Pipeline Industry Notches Win at Texas Supreme Court in Eminent Domain Case

Pipeline Industry Notches Win at Texas Supreme Court in Eminent Domain Case

After a nine year fight in Texas courts to establish that its carbon dioxide pipeline is a common carrier, Denbury Green walked away from the Supreme Court of Texas Friday…

Analysis: Who Are the Top Contenders for Trump’s First SCOTUS Pick?

Analysis: Who Are the Top Contenders for Trump’s First SCOTUS Pick?

When the next history of the Supreme Court of the United States is written, several pages will be devoted to Judge Merrick Garland’s nomination and the 2016 presidential election. Some…

SM Energy GC and Baker Botts Lead $800M Eagle Ford Deal

SM Energy GC and Baker Botts Lead $800M Eagle Ford Deal

Austin-based Venado Oil & Gas chose Baker Botts partner Mike Bengtson of Austin to advise the E&P company in its purchase of property and midstream assets in the Maverick Basin…

Analysis: ERISA Fee Litigation in 2016

Analysis: ERISA Fee Litigation in 2016

Litigation involving the reasonableness of fees in ERISA plans was more prominent in 2016. New suits targeted plan sponsors, universities and investment companies. The fees of plans with balances less…

Exclusive – Legal & Financial Advisers Feast on Bankruptcy Fees from the Oil Patch

Exclusive – Legal & Financial Advisers Feast on Bankruptcy Fees from the Oil Patch

During the past 30 months, more than 240 companies in the energy sector – a majority of them based in Texas – have declared bankruptcy. The Texas Lawbook conducted an…

Norton Rose Fulbright, V&E and Gibson Dunn Advise in $675M Refining Deal

Downstream energy company Delek US Holdings said Tuesday that it will beef up its presence in the Permian Basin by combining with Dallas-based Alon USA Energy, an independent refiner and…

Texas Business Bankruptcies Spiked, then Tapered Off in 2016

Texas Business Bankruptcies Spiked, then Tapered Off in 2016

Corporate bankruptcies in Texas jumped more than 40 percent in 2016 and are up 80 percent during the past two years, according to new data research by Androvett Legal Media.…

Yogurt CEO Settles SEC Charges of Immigrant Investor Program Abuse

Yogurt CEO Settles SEC Charges of Immigrant Investor Program Abuse

The SEC’s Fort Worth Office charged Fsmoothie and yogurt franchises operator Adam Ogden with wrongly using investor funding intended to create jobs through the EB-5 Immigrant Investor Program. Juiceblendz and…

V&E and Baker Botts Lead Select Energy’s Securities Offering

V&E and Baker Botts Lead Select Energy’s Securities Offering

Gainesville-based Select Energy Services turned to Texas’ two most prominent energy law firms to advise the company in its private placement of 16,100,000 shares of its Class A-1 common stock…

Alta Marcellus Taps Kirkland for Two Christmas Week Acquisitions

Alta Marcellus Taps Kirkland for Two Christmas Week Acquisitions

Andrew Calder and the M&A team at Kirkland & Ellis helped Houston-based Alta Resources Development add two shiny new assets under the shale oil and gas developer’s Christmas tree.…

Kirkland and Latham Work on PE Investment in San Antonio Midstream Co

Kirkland and Latham Work on PE Investment in San Antonio Midstream Co

Alberta Investment Management Corp. (AIMCo) has agreed to purchase a 28 percent ownership stake in San Antonio-based Howard Energy Partners from its EnLink Midstream Partners, AIMCo said Tuesday. Both companies…

Two Houston Companies Combine for $400M

Two Houston Companies Combine for $400M

Houston blank check company KLR Energy said Tuesday that it will combine businesses with Tema Oil and Gas Co., a fellow Houston company with assets in the core of the…

Akin Gump ‘SCOOPS’ Up Oklahoma Oil Assets from V&E Client for $1.85B

Akin Gump ‘SCOOPS’ Up Oklahoma Oil Assets from V&E Client for $1.85B

Lawyers for Akin Gump and Vinson & Elkins said Tuesday that they recently facilitated a deal between Oklahoma City-based Gulfport Energy Corp. and a Quantum Energy Partners portfolio company involving…

ABA Sues Education Dept. for Flip-flopping on Law School Loan Forgiveness Program

ABA Sues Education Dept. for Flip-flopping on Law School Loan Forgiveness Program

The nation’s largest legal organization filed a federal lawsuit Tuesday challenging the U.S. Education Department’s decision to retroactively refuse to honor loan forgiveness commitments to newly minted lawyers who worked…

SEC Slaps SandRidge Energy for $1.4 Million for Illegal Retaliation Against Whistleblower

SEC Slaps SandRidge Energy for $1.4 Million for Illegal Retaliation Against Whistleblower

© 2016 The Texas Lawbook. By Mark Curriden (Dec. 20) – Oklahoma City-based SandRidge Energy Inc. has agreed to pay a $1.4 million fine after the U.S. Securities and Exchange…

Three TX Firms Close $392M Upstream IPO, Start on Another

Three TX Firms Close $392M Upstream IPO, Start on Another

Associates and partners across Texas law firms are feeling the holiday cheer as year-end bonuses hit their paychecks or firmwide profits get distributed. A group of lawyers from Vinson &…