Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher announced Monday that Jesse Myers joined the firm’s Houston office as a partner.
Myers, previously a partner at Willkie Farr & Gallagher, will continue his private equity and capital markets practice at the firm.
The attorney often worked on deals with Mike Piazza, a former Willkie partner who also recently joined Gibson Dunn.
In January the two advised Post Oak Energy Capital on its investment in Earthstone Energy Inc. related to its purchase of the assets of privately held Bighorn Permian Resources for $860 million. Last year they also counseled Oak Street Real Estate Capital on its sale to Blue Owl Capital for $950 million and Oaktree Capital Management on its investment in Diversified Energy Co. related to its purchase of some assets from Tapstone Energy Holdings for $419 million.
Myers also assisted Paul Hobby’s special purpose acquisition company Genesis Park Acquisition Corp. on its merger with AE Industrial Partners-backed Redwire Corp. valued at $630 million.
There has been a flurry of partner defections from Willkie’s Houston office, including Piazza, Bruce Herzog and Scott Miller, both of whom joined Latham, and Angela Olivarez, Steven Torello and Ryan Cicero, who bolted to the new Houston office of O’Melveny.
Myers previously was a partner at Latham, where he advised Aeva Inc. on its proposed merger with SPAC Interprivate Acquisition Corp. and Superior Energy Services on an exchange offer of up to $500 million of newly issued 7.125% senior notes due 2021 and cash.
Over his career, Myers has represented Quantum Energy Partners, Energy Transfer Partners, Enbridge Energy, Viper Energy and Suncoke Energy Partners on transactions.
Barbara Becker, chair and managing partner of Gibson Dunn, said in the release that Myers is a “very well-regarded dealmaker” whose private equity, mergers and acquisitions and capital markets experience will add further depth to the firm’s Houston team.
Michael Darden, partner-in-charge of the Houston office and chair of the firm’s oil and gas practice group, said with his experience in guiding clients through complex private equity, M&A and capital markets transactions, Myers will continue to build out the firm’s private equity capability and bolster its expanding corporate practice in Houston and firm-wide.
Myers himself said Gibson Dunn’s corporate platform will serve as a “great foundation” as he continues to grow his practice.
He graduated from the University of Tennessee College of Law, summa cum laude in 2007, where he was also elected to the Order of the Coif and served as research editor for the Tennessee Law Review.