Latham & Watkins partner Ryan Maierson has been very, very busy, leading three billion-dollar deals in the last month. The Lawbook’s Claire Poole had a chance to talk to him about those deals and what they say about dealmaking right now.
M&A is down in the first quarter of 2019. That is a fact. But in the energy sector, according to Drillinginfo, it was worse than you think. Claire Poole has the startling numbers, along with her weekly roundup of Texas transactions.
Business is booming in Texas, and recent changes to U.S. tax laws have brought billions of dollars from foreign investors to the state. These developments have elevated the importance of choosing the right entity when structuring a new business venture. Business lawyers seeking to stay up-to-date on this topic should attend the 17th Annual “Choice, Governance & Acquisition of Entities” course in Dallas on May 24.
Jimmy Vallee, a top energy-focused M&A expert, has moved to Winston & Strawn in Houston with the avowed purpose of quadrupling the firm’s practice there. Vallee says others are already planning to join him. Claire Poole has him on the record.
Two deals in the energy sector were announced Tuesday. They involved 58 Texas lawyers at six different firms and an enterprise value of nearly $10 billion. Claire Poole has the names and numbers.
Sure deals were down in Texas for the first quarter of 2019. It’s not your imagination. Apparently, they were pretty much down across the globe, according to the data provider Refinitiv. But remember, the first quarter of 2018 was a particularly good one, so comparisons are relative. Moreover, there are a couple of sectors worth watching as the year progresses. Claire Poole has the numbers, as well as this week’s CDT Roundup.
Law firms in Texas are engaged in a fierce battle to represent businesses, private equity funds and banks involved in mergers, acquisitions, divestitures and joint ventures – and an estimated $3 billion in legal fees are at stake.
Baker Botts called 2018 “the year of the special situation.” It was certainly that, with activists everywhere, especially in the O&G and the power and utilities markets. So what does that mean for 2019? More activist-incited M&A? Maybe. Claire Poole has the scoop along with her weekly Roundup of Texas deals.
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.
Although the first half of 2018 saw a flurry of energy IPOs, the decrease in oil and gas prices created a difficult IPO environment for the remainder of the year, and no energy IPOs by Texas-headquartered companies were completed during that time. As it turned out, all 13 of the Texas IPOs registered during 2018 were emerging growth companies. But there were some high points and a few emerging trends, and E. Ramey Layne and his colleagues at V&E discuss them at length.