PureWest was sold last week for $1.84 billion to an unusual consortium of family offices and financial institutions. But you knew that because we wrote about the 67 lawyers at four different firms that worked on it. But PureWest has an interesting history that winds from Wyoming to Appalachia through a couple of bankruptcies and a couple of different names. The CDT Roundup recounts that history, along with a list of the lawyers and firms who reported their deals last week.
Clifford Chance Officially Hangs Shingle in Houston
The Texas Lawbook exclusively reported on Friday that Jonathan Castelan joined the Magic Circle firm from Latham & Watkins’ Houston office. Trevor Lavelle, a partner at Latham, will also be accompanying him.
Clifford Chance Lands Castelan
The energy M&A/infrastructure attorney worked on several deals for Latham, including counseling ExxonMobil and Chevron on projects.
PureWest Energy Closes Merger with Family Offices, Financial Institutions for $1.84B
Members of buying consortium included A.G. Hill Partners, Cain Capital, Eaglebine Capital Partners, Fortress Investment Group, HF Capital, Petro-Hunt and Wincoram Asset Management.
CDT Roundup: 17 Deals, 10 Firms, 67 Lawyers, $12.2B
While the CDT Roundup has noted the part played by Texas lawyers at Vinson & Elkins and Kirkland & Ellis on behalf of PE giants KKR and Blackstone, another has raised its hand: Simpson Thacher & Bartlett. This week’s Roundup notes the seven deals involving Texas bar card holders at the vaunted New York white shoe firm. As always there’s the usual rundown of transactions reported last week, along with the names of the firms and lawyers attached to them.
Chris Bennett leaving STB for Weil
The recruiting of Bennett is part of Weil’s buildout of its energy practice in Texas after some recent departures. Bennett is the second prominent addition to Weil’s energy group in Houston in the past month, following the arrival of partner Omar Samji in April.
CDT Roundup: 11 Deals, 8 Firms, 103 Lawyers, $22.5B
At the top of the most active private equity performers during the first quarter of 2023 was Ares Management, according to recent rankings by PitchBook. The CDT Roundup this week looks at the part played by Texas firms in Ares’ activity over the last year or so. That, of course, comes with the weekly roster of firms and lawyers who are reporting deals in what is a less-than-shiny market.
CDT Roundup: 12 Deals, 10 Firms, 101 Lawyers, $7B
With oil prices both up and stable Bryan Loocke of Vinson & Elkins has been as busy as any Houston energy lawyer. The CDT Roundup decided it was time to Q&A him: about his most recent deals, renewables and what he sees happening over the rest of the year. You can even learn what he’s been reading, along with the usual list of firms and names of the lawyers who reported their deals last week.
Winston Snags Rodney Moore, Sam Peca from Weil
Adding the dealmaking attorneys is part of Winston’s strategy to further bolster its energy-focused ranks.
CDT Roundup: 20 Deals, 18 Firms, 196 Lawyers, $3.3B
While the economy is encountering stress in some areas, some firms are reporting high levels of activity for their Texas corporate lawyers during the first months of 2023. One of them is Dykema, and the Corporate Deal Tracker Roundup this week peeks at what their five Texas locations have been up to. Of course, it wouldn’t be a roundup without rounding up the names of lawyers and firms that reported 20 deals worth $3.3 billion last week. There was even an IPO sighting — and a standard IPO at that.