The Simpson team was co-led by partner Christopher May in Houston. KKR already served as Global Atlantic’s asset manager for the last three years, offering access to its global investment and origination capabilities for the benefit of GA’s policyholders.
BlackRock is a dirty name, at least among some Texas legislators, for its vigorous investments in energy transition. But it is also the world’s largest asset manager with $9.42 trillion under management. This week’s CDT Roundup looks at BlackRock and the law firms whose Texas offices often count BlackRock as a client. That, along with the Texas lawyers and firms behind the nine deals reported during the holiday-shortened week.
Houston deal lawyer Jon Daly has counseled a range of clients so far this year, including Intrepid Partners, Blue Ocean Acquisition Corp. and Sunoco on M&A and Western Midstream Partners and JP Morgan on capital markets.
Sometimes the biggest deal of the week tells us something beyond just its value. Last week, the last full week before Thanksgiving, the deal with the largest reported value involved healthcare. And according to the consulting firm Kaufman Hall, the $2.4 billion sale of three hospitals by Texas healthcare giant Tenet Healthcare is part of a resurgence of M&A in the medical space. This week’s CDT Roundup focuses on that uptick, as well as the usual roll call of Texas firms and lawyers who reported deals as the holiday season approaches.
A recent Mergermarket survey of top global private equity executives yielded few surprises concerning the once and future deal environment. The survey, conducted on behalf of Dechert, revealed that more than a quarter of respondents cited interest rates as the most important factor in determining deal development in the next 12 months. Among the few surprises, however, was the overwhelming and newly found attraction to take-private deals. The Roundup looks at the data, as well as the firms and lawyers behind 15 Texas-related transactions reported last week.
Locke Lord’s Kevin Peter counseled KMI and Hogan Lovells’ Greg Hill represented NextEra on the sale of the pipeline system, with KMI viewed as the likely buyer.
For the first time in a while, energy didn’t dominate the week for value. Still, energy deals dominated the deal count among the 12 M&A transactions reported. This comes as the Haynes Boone financing survey shows increasing interest in financing new upstream E&P. Claire Poole’s CDT Roundup has more, along with the names and firms of the 186 lawyers who worked on last week’s transactions.
Riverstone-backed Hammerhead Energy agreed to be sold to Crescent Point Energy for $1.86 billion and Enbridge purchased landfill gas-to-renewable natural gas facilities in the U.S. from Morrow Renewables for $1.2 billion.
Weil in New York counseled Cedar Fair while Kirkland did so for Six Flags, including an M&A partner in Austin and a debt partner in Houston.
What a difference a quarter makes. Even as deal numbers for the third quarter continue to numb, some really big deals are beginning to unfold in the fourth — particularly in the energy sector — with two $60 billion whoppers in the past three weeks. But a recent analysis by Pitchbook suggests that they are only the beginning. With an estimated global total of $1.4 trillion in dry powder available, dealmakers who have been eyeing market variables may be ready to pounce. This week’s CDT Roundup looks the possibility of a coming breakout, along with the usual roster of lawyers and firms who reported $68 billion over 18 different deals.