Apr 19, 2014 | Associates' Corner | 
By: Shelley Logan

Whether you’re actively looking for a new job or simply curious about the current market, you might opt to work with a recruiter to help you through the process. There are as many legal recruiters in the industry as there are law firms, and you might wonder what sets them all apart. Here’s a quick peek at the inner workings of Kinney Recruiting so you can decide if we’re the firm for you.

Experience counts. Most of our recruiters are attorneys who have big firm experience. All of our recruiters have significant recruiting backgrounds, deep client relationships and substantial knowledge concerning the legal markets they serve. We specialize in a wide range of attorney and professional legal staff placement services, including permanent, temp-to-perm, project and contract/hourly and other arrangements as the needs of our clients arise. We are also very well versed in the nuances of partner/shareholder placement and have unique expertise opening new offices for our law firm clients in markets across the globe.

Expertise matters. We are not and don’t want to be a one-size-fits-all recruiting firm. We focus on the industry we know. Our clients are a wide variety of law firms and corporations looking for top-notch legal talent. The depth of our experience and knowledge related to our clients and markets is absolutely unmatched. If you are an attorney, paralegal, office administrator or other professional whose work relates to the legal industry and you think we can help, we’d love to hear from you.

Our business is all about relationships. Our clients trust that we will find them the best candidates, and our candidates trust that we have their best interest at heart. A significant part of our client and candidate resources come from referrals. We are honest brokers of information and we always give what we think is the best advice, subordinating our own interests when they diverge. We also take a long-view on recruiting. Many of the candidates we place we have known for years. This is true on the hiring side, as well.

We are not a “resume farm.” We don’t send blast emails to our clients, selling them on non-existent candidates, just to drum up business. Likewise, we never spam a candidate’s resume into markets, hoping someone will bite. We work hand-in-hand with our clients and candidates on an individual basis to understand their needs, and we strive to ensure that when we make a placement, it is a good match for all involved.

We are small but mighty. With our team of recruiters, we have a wide reach that spans from the Pacific Northwest and California to Texas, New York and Asia. We are nothing if not flexible, we pride ourselves on being available and responsive and we do our absolute best to exceed the expectations of the folks we have the privilege to represent. The recruiters at Kinney Recruiting share information and client contact seamlessly across markets and often team up to give candidates the best representation possible. You rarely will find this kind of coordination at larger competitors where territorial restrictions and client ownership are operational realities.

We hope you’ll take a few minutes to check out our open positions at www.kinneyrecruiting.com and we look forward to working with you!

 

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Akin Gump advised Newfield Exploration Company in a deal announced July 29, in which the company signed a $588 million purchase and sale agreement for its Granite Wash assets to Oklahoma City-based Templar Energy LLC (operating through Le Norman Operating LLC). The sale will have an effective date of July 1, 2014, and is expected to close in the third quarter of 2014. (more…)

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Locke Lord LLP has added depth to its already strong energy team with the addition of Jason Schumacher as Partner in the Corporate Department and Energy Practice Group. He will operate out of the Firm’s Dallas office. (more…)

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Fenimore, Kay, Harrison & Ford, LLP, is pleased to announce that veteran bank attorney, Stephanie E. Kalahurka, has rejoined the firm as a Partner effective July 1, 2014.  Ms. Kalahurka is reuniting with long‐time partners, Chet A. Fenimore, Geoffrey S. Kay and Lowell W. Harrison, after a one‐year absence prompted by her relocation to Kansas City, Missouri.  Prior to her departure, Ms. Kalahurka had worked with the firm since its formation in July 2010. (more…)

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A Hogan Lovells cross-border, cross-practice team made up of lawyers from Denver, Houston, Washington, D.C., and Tokyo, advised JX Nippon Oil & Gas Exploration Corporation (“JX Nippon”) in its formation of a 50/50 joint venture company (“ the Company”) through its wholly owned subsidiary JX Nippon Oil Exploration (EOR) Limited1; and Petra Nova Holdings LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of NRG Energy, Inc. (“NRG”). (more…)

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Charles S. Baker, a recognized leader in intellectual property law, has joined Locke Lord’s Houston office as Partner, working in the Firm’s Intellectual Property Department and IP Litigation Practice Group, and heading-up the IP Litigation Group in the Houston office.

In his 25-plus years of practice, Baker has litigated numerous complex IP matters, including patent, trademark, trade dress and copyright infringement cases, as well as trade secret and unfair competition matters. (more…)

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Caroline Wiess Law Building, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

Akin Gump advised Diamondback Energy on a pair of transactions announced on July 21.

In one, Diamondback priced an underwritten public offering of five million shares of its common stock at a price to the public of $87 per share. The underwriters have an option to purchase up to an additional 750,000 shares of common stock from Diamondback at the public offering price (less the underwriting discount). Net proceeds to Diamondback, after the underwriting discount and estimated offering expenses, will be approximately $421.7 million or approximately $484.9 million if the underwriters’ option is exercised in full.

In the other transaction, Diamondback announced it had entered into a definitive purchase agreement with unrelated third party sellers to acquire additional leasehold interests in the Midland Basin for an aggregate purchase price of approximately $538 million, subject to certain adjustments. Upon completion, the acquisition will provide Diamondback with primarily operated leasehold interests, the majority of which are located in Texas’ Midland and western Glasscock counties. (more…)

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Bracewell & Giuliani LLP announced today that Michael E. Niebruegge has joined the firm as a partner in its Houston, Texas office. Niebruegge focuses his law practice on corporate, finance, bankruptcy and workout matters, primarily in the mining and energy industries. His wide-ranging experience includes the representation of the leading global credit providers and financial advisors to oil and gas producers, refiners, midstream business, oil field service providers, and businesses and corporations engaged principally in service and extractive industries. (more…)

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Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy LLP represented the lenders in connection with the senior debt financing for the Petra Nova Carbon Capture Project, a groundbreaking $1 billion carbon capture and sequestration (CCS) and enhanced oil recovery (EOR) project that is expected to be the world’s largest facility using captured carbon dioxide from an existing power facility to assist in extracting otherwise difficult-to-reach oil.

A Milbank team led by Tokyo-based Global Project Finance partner Alec Borisoff advised the senior lenders, including Japan Bank for International Cooperation (JBIC) and Mizuho Bank, Ltd., who is backed by insurance provided by Nippon Export and Investment Insurance (NEXI). (more…)

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Dentons announced today that Garreth Sarosi has joined the Firm’s Intellectual Property and Technology practice as a partner in the Dallas office. He arrives with more than a decade of experience handling complex IP litigation matters in multiple areas of focus, as well as managing antitrust compliance and government investigations, consumer policies, transactional due diligence, class action litigation and more. (more…)

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Lyman Paden, who has more than 34 years of experience in representing borrowers and lenders in a wide range of financings, joined Baker Botts L.L.P. today as a partner in its Corporate Department. He will be based in the firm’s Houston office.

Paden’s primary focus is on commercial lending transactions, with broad experience in negotiating complex financial covenants and with loans involving a wide range of collateral. He has provided counsel to clients in asset securitizations, commercial paper back-up lines, municipal finance transactions and work-outs of troubled transactions. (more…)

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On July 11, 2014, Noble Corporation plc (NYSE: NE) announced that its board of directors approved the spin-off of Paragon Offshore plc, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Noble, through a pro rata distribution of an aggregate of 84,753,393 Paragon ordinary shares to the holders of Noble ordinary shares. Noble shareholders will receive one ordinary share of Paragon for every three ordinary shares of Noble held at 5:00 p.m., New York City time, on the record date of the distribution, July 23, 2014. No fractional Paragon shares will be issued; however, shareholders entitled to receive a fractional Paragon share in the distribution will instead receive the cash value of that fractional share. Subject to the satisfaction of the conditions to the spin-off, the distribution is expected to occur on August 1, 2014. Noble first announced its plan to separate Noble’s standard specification business in September 2013. Following the distribution of the Paragon ordinary shares, Paragon will be a separate, publicly traded company, and Noble will not retain any ownership interest in Paragon. Paragon has applied to list its ordinary shares on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol “PGN.”

In connection with the spin-off, Paragon executed debt financings of approximately $1.73 billion, including a private offering of senior notes under Rule 144A and a term loan financing. Paragon also entered into an $800 million revolving credit facility. (more…)

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A team of attorneys from Andrews Kurth LLP served as project development counsel to NRG Energy Inc. in the company’s joint venture with JX Nippon Oil & Gas Exploration Corp. to build the world’s largest post-combustion carbon capture and sequestration (CCS) facility on an existing coal plant in Fort Bend County, Texas.

The Petra Nova Carbon Capture Project at the W.A. Parish Power Plant Facility will capture 90 percent of the carbon dioxide (CO2) from processed flue gas, or approximately 1.6 million tons of CO2 annually. The CO2 will be delivered through an 82-mile pipeline for enhanced oil recovery at the West Ranch Oil Field in Jackson County, Texas. The West Ranch Oil Field is estimated to contain more than 60 million barrels of oil, available through enhanced recovery operations. (more…)

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