Paul Hastings LLP, a leading global law firm, announced today that the firm represented Atlas Pipeline Partners, L.P., a master limited partnership, in amending its revolving credit facility with the initial borrowing capacity of $800 million, and contains an accordion feature of up to an additional $250 million, which, if exercised, will increase the Partnership’s total available borrowing capacity to $1.05 billion. (more…)

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Skadden represented Houston-based independent power generator Dynegy Inc. in its $3.25 billion acquisition of EquiPower Resources Corp. and Brayton Point from private equity firm Energy Capital Partners.

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Houston Business Journal editor, Emily Wilkinson selected Cameron International Corp. pending sell of its centrifugal compression business to Dublin, Ireland-based Ingersoll Rand PLC (NYSE: IR), a heating and air-conditioning systems manufacturer, for $850 million in cash as this weeks “Deal of the Week.” (more…)

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Akin Gump advised Gulfport Energy Corporation in an offering of $300 million aggregate principal amount of its 7.750 percent senior notes due 2020 at an issue price of 106 percent of the aggregate principal amount of the notes. The notes were sold to qualified institutional buyers pursuant to Rule 144A under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and to certain non-U.S. persons in accordance with Regulation S under the Securities Act. (more…)

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LINN Energy, LLC (Nasdaq:LINE) (“LINN”) and LinnCo, LLC (Nasdaq:LNCO) (“LinnCo”) announced that LINN signed a definitive purchase agreement to acquire assets in the Hugoton Basin from Pioneer Natural Resources Company (NYSE:PXD) (“Pioneer”) for a contract price of $340 million. The assets are currently producing approximately 40 MMcfe/d, approximately 60 percent of which is natural gas, with a shallow base decline of approximately six percent. Total proved reserves are estimated to be approximately 340 Bcfe (approximately 95 percent PDP). The asset package is comprised of approximately 235,000 net acres, all held by production, with approximately 1,200 producing wells. LINN has identified 180 future drilling locations and 150 recompletion opportunities. The acquisition is anticipated to close in the third quarter of 2014 with an effective date of July 1, 2014. (more…)

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VTTI Energy Partners LP (NYSE: VTTI), a Marshall Islands limited partnership, completed its initial public offering of 20,125,000 common units (including 2,625,000 common units pursuant to the underwriters’ option to purchase additional common units). The common units were sold by VTTI MLP Partners B.V., a wholly-owned subsidiary of VTTI B.V. (more…)

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On August 5, 2014, Transocean Partners LLC (NYSE: RIGP), a Marshall Islands limited liability company formed by Transocean Ltd. (NYSE: RIG), completed its initial public offering of 20,125,000 common units representing limited liability company interests (including 2,625,000 common units sold pursuant to the underwriters’ option to purchase additional units) at $22.00 per unit. All of the common units were sold by Transocean Partners Holdings Limited, a wholly owned subsidiary of Transocean Ltd. (more…)

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Vanguard Natural Resources, LLC today announced it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire natural gas, oil and natural gas liquids (“NGLs”) assets in North Louisiana and East Texas for a purchase price of $278 million from Hunt Oil Company. The properties consist of approximately 23,000 net acres that are currently producing approximately 17.5 MMcfe per day, with approximately 67% natural gas and 33% oil and NGLs. The effective date of the acquisition is June 1, 2014, and the anticipated closing of the acquisition is on or before October 1, 2014. (more…)

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Akin Gump represented Alliance Data Systems Corporation in a recently completed Rule 144A/Regulation S offering of senior notes.

The offering consisted of $600 million aggregate principal amount of 5.375 percent senior notes due 2022. The notes are general unsecured senior obligations of Alliance Data Systems, guaranteed on a senior unsecured basis by certain subsidiaries of the company and will pay interest semi-annually, commencing on February 1, 2015. Alliance Data intends to use the net proceeds of the offering to repay a portion of the outstanding indebtedness under its revolving credit facility. (more…)

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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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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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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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