With oil prices up 40% since spring, it’s not surprising that there is modest optimism among O&G industry watchers that producers will see increases in borrowing strength in both the credit and exchange markets. The 14th edition of Haynes and Boone’s Borrowing Base Redeterminations Survey predicts as much, but with some surprising differences between producers and bankers. The CDT Roundup has those details, as well as last week’s deals.
Baker Botts led the deal for Crestwood while V&E represented Oasis. Claire Poole has the nuts and bolts of the deal and names of the lawyers involved.
In a quarter that saw more mergers and acquisitions than any three-month period in the past seven years, five law firms represented clients in 10 or more M&A transactions in which the buyers, sellers or targets were headquartered in Texas, according to Dealogic, an independent research firm that provides M&A data on Texas-based companies exclusively to The Texas Lawbook. Guess who is No. 1 … again…
Since recovering from the demand shock wrought by the pandemic, upstream energy M&A is suddenly “red hot,” according to Andrew Dittmar, a director at Enverus. With oil sitting at prices unseen since 2014, both value and mood is ripe for vigorous dealing in Q4, particularly among those holding smaller assets. Think consolidation. Details are in this week’s CDT Roundup.
West Texas Crude, which was barely over $60 per barrel as recently as August, is hovering over $80 this week. The rise has been steady enough and it’s certainly stirred the M&A market. But can it be trusted? We have no idea. So our Claire Poole asked a few of her trusted experts.
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In the third quarter of 2021 there were 437 M&A transactions involving Texas businesses in deals worth more than $84 billion, according to exclusive data provided to The Texas Lawbook by Dealogic. But that isn’t even the good news. The Lawbook has more.
The transition to a net-zero energy marketplace is an unprecedented investment opportunity for midstream operators and energy infrastructure stakeholders who are willing to rise to the challenge. But there are a number of commercial and legal considerations for stakeholders pursuing CCUS projects.
Barnes & Thornburg corporate partner John Willding is a showman. His often two-a-day selfies on Facebook are flashy, funny, political and often risqué. His personality could fill boxcars with an admixture of exuberance, confidence and stylishness. Willding’s zealous support of Donald Trump has caused backlash, but those who know him best say he is an adamant proponent of pro bono, public service and diversity.
Willding’s flamboyant personality has also been a key to him developing a highly successful midmarket transactional practice with a particular niche representing entrepreneurs. He’s helped some sell their businesses at exponential multiples of the startup costs.
Oil pricing hit a high unseen in nearly seven years, and energy deals seemed suddenly a thing again. It may be a passing moment, but one worth noting in this week’s CDT Roundup.
In a deal that received some notice in October 2019, Houston’s Kraton Corp. sold off one of its signature polymer businesses, Cariflex, to a Korean concern. This week, Kraton itself was acquired by that same Korean industrial company in the Corporate Deal Tracker Deal of the Week.