You would think a merger between two affiliated entities would be easy to pull off. Not so with Energy Transfer Equity’s purchase of Energy Transfer Partners, which is a finalist for the 2018 M&A Deal of the Year award by the Dallas/Fort Worth chapter of the Association of Corporate Counsel.
When Capital One’s financial services division decided to exit the mortgage origination and servicing business in 2017, it had a pretty sticky problem: How do you shed a portfolio of 113,000 mortgages valued at $17 billion in an orderly and cost-conscious fashion? Apparently, you task your Assistant GC Elizabeth Chostner to deal with the details.
With the beginning of every new year comes a new round of data showing how dealmaking fared in the previous year – and projections of what’s to come. Last year was the most active year ever recorded for private equity-backed buyout deals, according to data from Preqin. Claire Poole has more insights from 2018 and highlights the deals of the past week.
The law firm said Monday it counseled Dallas-based Discovery Midstream Partners II and Discovery Midstream Holdings II management on a $1 billion initial equity commitment from Stonepeak Infrastructure Partners. Claire Poole has the details and the lawyers involved.
The midstream energy markets have been difficult, if not volatile, for some time now. In addition to the final deals of 2018, Claire Poole’s latest CDT Weekly Roundup discusses a new analysis by Morgan Stanley’s Tom Abrams, who suggests 10 things to watch for among midstreams in the coming year.
There are lots of reasons for mergers and acquisitions: to simplify corporate structure; to diversify product mix; to extend geographic reach. There is also the need for cash: to pay down debt, to boost shareholder return or to invest in lucrative prospects. In her Top 10 Texas M&A Deals, Claire Poole found an array of those motives on display in 2018.
As the year ends, at least one trend is becoming clear: private equity funds are getting larger, generating a need for more and bigger investments. In her weekly Roundup, The Lawbook’s Claire Poole shows how that will likely affect dealmaking in 2019.
With a new year barreling in, what do we expect of 2019? Well, maybe a slow start, at least in IPOs. New issues are likely down for 2018, and though their value is up, that might not continue. Still, in a slow starting season there are a few issues that may hit the market soon. The Lawbook’s Claire Poole has the names and numbers in her weekly CDT Roundup
Healthcare-centered private equity is on the brink of another record year. According to newly released data from Preqin, 585 healthcare-related deals had been announced through November worth $56 billion. The Lawbook’s Claire Poole explains how Texas dealmakers fit into the picture, along with her weekly assessment of Texas deals.
The energy sector is, and probably always will be, the leader in deals made in Texas. But don’t forget about technology. Tech is the third largest business sector for deals in Texas, and its influence is growing. The Lawbook’s Claire Poole has the tech deal numbers along with last week’s overall dealmaking.