According to a recent report by PitchBook, private equity deals are a mixed bag of late: deal count up a wisp from Q1; deal value down double-digits. Is that terrible? Maybe not. The Roundup looked at the numbers from PitchBook and there are a few surprises and maybe a little perspective; that, along with the usual run-down of the week’s M&A deals.
Texas dealmakers don’t do pessimism. There’s no point. Downtimes provoke creativity. Uptimes demand energy. And even during times of lean money markets, Texas seems to maintain an ample supply of both. As we move past a mediocre first half in 2023, the CDT Roundup looks at sources of optimism for what’s coming — with the assistance of a new report from Intralinks. And, course, there are the names of the Texas lawyers behind 18 deals reported last week.
In addition to warmer temperatures, the end of spring brings us the end of Q2/H1, and a good time to check on the mid-year status of dealmaking. This week is our roundup of what the CDT Roundup has been reporting for the past six months. That, and a roster of lawyers involved in the 11 M&A/Funding deals and five CapM transactions reported last week.
If oil and gas producers (and their lenders, and their investors) seem ill-at-ease these days, it’s not imaginary. Haynes Boone’s Spring 2023 survey of the O&G deal community suggests they are pessimistic about the near-term availability of capital and are looking at a variety of sources to maintain growth and profitability — sources that increasingly include their own cash flow. This week’s CDT Roundup has the specifics of the survey, which included 96 top executives from the industry and the banks that lend to them. And, as usual, there are the names of the Texas firms and lawyers behind the 23 deals reported last week.
Omar Samji’s departure follows the recent high-profile exits of Hugh Tucker and Jeremy Kennedy who left Shearman for Haynes and Boone. Samji plans to tool his energy practice towards the rapidly-evolving transitional sectors, like decarbonization, that are gaining significant ground within the traditional oil & gas industry.
Since the fall of Silicon Valley Bank, many eyes have been on the start-ups that became its raison d’etre. Unfortunately, those eyes have also been on wallets and purse strings, as a new Crunchbase study shows. Venture capital investments for Q1 2023 are down over the same period last year. Moreover, they’ve been trending down for each quarter since last year. The CDT Roundup takes a look at the numbers, as well as the M&A and CapM deals reported last week. There’s some good news in there — somewhere. You just have to look hard for it.
It’s been five years since New York-headquartered Shearman & Sterling opened its first offices in Texas. The CDT Roundup thought it might be a good time to check in with Bill Nelson, the head of those Texas offices. His thoughts about the transition and the changes he’s seen in his practice are featured this week, along with a relatively skimpy roll call of the 78 lawyers who ignored spring break to turn in this week’s roster of deals.
In dealmaking 2022 was no 2021. Still, the CDT Roundup reported a total of 778 deals during the 52 weeks just ended, and we can show you how the CDT Roundup’s year stacked up against last year’s record-smasher — not to mention the names of those Texas lawyers who worked before and during the holidays.
The year about to elapse may not have been a year for record-breaking deals, but it was a year of more than a few notable deals. Tracking the most important transactions is, at best, a fool’s errand. But here are ten deals that the CDT Roundup considers the most significant. Not everyone will agree with the choices, but they are worth arguing for or against as we toast the New Year.
There’s no surprise in the fact that global PE deals are down. With inflation, market volatility and geopolitical concerns, investors have become increasingly cautious and borrowers increasingly concerned, according to a new Mergermarket report. But there are also indications that some underlying changes are taking place in the PE pipeline. This week’s CDT Roundup has more on the Mergermarket survey, as well as the usual roster of lawyers who reported deals last week.