It’s been a busy time for mergers and acquisitions in Texas, particularly in the oil and gas industry. And over the last month or so, two Houston lawyers each handled three large transactions that together were worth more than $21 billion. The lawyers who put those deals together talked to The Lawbook’s Claire Poole about how those deals came about.
In the latest of a wave of billion-dollar-plus mergers between oil and gas producers, Denver-based Cimarex Energy Co. announced Monday that it agreed to buy crosstown company Resolute Energy Corp. for $1.6 billion, including debt. Texas lawyers from Akin Gump were involved, and The Lawbook’s Claire Poole has those details.
Dealmaking may have slowed slightly for the upcoming holiday, but don’t let the pace lull you into thinking energy company consolidation is over. In Texas, recent M&A has focused on exploration and production, but in her weekly roundup The Lawbook’s Claire Poole cautions: don’t forget about oilfield services companies.
Two segments of the mergers and acquisitions game that don’t get a lot of press are the middle market and venture capital. In her weekly roundup of transactions by Texas lawyers, The Lawbook’s Claire Poole shares evidence that both categories are alive and well.
The Texas Lawbook has exclusive top 30 rankings of financial advisors in mergers and acquisitions involving Texas-based companies. Mergermarket data shows that 15 investment banks worked on 10 deals or more.
Mergers and acquisitions involving Texas companies continue to be upbeat, with third-quarter deal value up almost 70 percent over the second to $131.9 billion, according to Mergermarket data provided exclusively to The Texas Lawbook.
Anadarko Petroleum Corp. announced Thursday that it agreed to sell almost all of its remaining midstream assets to affiliate Western Gas Partners for $4.015 billion, and three Texas law firms were involved. Claire Poole has the names and details.
Vinson & Elkins and Latham & Watkins advised on Vantage Energy Acquisition Corp.’s $1.65 billion purchase of oil and gas properties in North Dakota’s and Montana’s Williston Basin from a unit of QEP Resources Inc. Claire Poole has the details.
As the independent sponsor model continues to expand in popularity, private equity leaders and investment professionals need to find ways to differentiate themselves. More than 600 independent sponsors and capital providers came together last month to share insights on industry trends and best practices for structuring and executing transactions.
Observers have long said that the oil and gas industry needs to consolidate, given the number of players and investors’ push for companies to generate free-cash flow and higher dividends and stock buybacks. This week they got their wish with three different $1 billion-plus deals. Claire Poole has the details of those deals, and more.