M&A activity needs to pick up significantly, or Texas – and everywhere else – could be looking at a significant decline this year. The experts differ on the specific reasons, but their caution is unmistakable. Claire Poole has the details, as well as last week’s dealmaking by Texas lawyers.
With major M&A activity reduced to a few blockbuster simplification transactions and IPOs all but dead, the consensus of those on the floor at CERAWeek is that management is leery of deals when major investors have no interest. “We’re going through a major period of adjustment,” says Credit Suisse banker Osmar Abib. The Lawbook’s Claire Poole reports.
Giant energy conference CERAWeek by IHS Markit is in full swing in Houston. About 5,000 are expected to attend. What there isn’t a lot of at the conference, however, is lawyers. Senior M&A writer Claire Poole is there and has the details.
The sale preempts Goodnight’s plans to go public, although Bloomberg reported in November that Tailwater was also looking at a possible sale of the company that would value it at $2 billion.
On the eve of SXSW, it seems like a good time to explore the venture capital business in Texas, especially since some major firms are using the festival’s venues in Austin to court some of the emerging VC stars. The Lawbook’s Claire Poole takes a look at some of the names to look for, along with her weekly chronicle of Texas-inflected transactions.
Year-to-date, there have been 136 deals valued at $42.58 billion – about the same number of transactions at this time last year but 46 percent less in terms of value ($78.8 billion). Capital markets activity continued to build this past week, with six transactions valued at $1.262 billion versus 14 M&A/private equity/venture capital deals worth $1.771 billion. Texas Lawbook Senior M&A Writer Claire Poole has the inside details.
Lawyers in Texas reported work on 18 percent more transactions last year than in 2017 with $1 billion-plus deals dominating the activity. Claire Poole takes a deep dive into data collected exclusively by The Texas Lawbook’s Corporate Deal Tracker.
With the increased influence of private equity, dealmaking in a marketplace crowded by money is skewing toward larger and larger deals. But a survey shows that a large number of private equity firms say they are ready to unload their portfolios if there is a market correction in the next 12 months. In her CDT Weekly Roundup Claire Poole explores that further, as well as last week’s Texas deals.
Former Dynegy GC Catherine Callaway James was named to the top legal job at infrastructure giant Kinder Morgan Inc. She replaces Curt Moffatt who died unexpectedly in December. Claire Poole has more.
At the North American Prospect Expo there were back rubs and parties, an artist painting colorful vistas and a replica of a 1936 Auburn Speedster. But there were also deals. And talk of deals. So Claire Poole begins her weekly Roundup of Texas deal activity from the NAPE exhibit floor.