Kirkland & Ellis LLP announced today that it has expanded its corporate practice with the addition of leading M&A corporate attorney Andrew T. Calder, formerly a partner in Simpson Thacher & Bartlett’s Houston office. Mr. Calder joins as a partner in the Firm’s new Houston office. The office marks the Firm’s seventh in the United States and twelfth worldwide. (more…)

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Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C. (Ogletree Deakins), one of the largest labor and employment law firms representing management, is pleased to welcome Merritt Chastain as a shareholder in the firm’s Houston office. Chastain joins Ogletree Deakins from the Houston office of Gardere Wynne Sewell, where he was a partner. His arrival at the firm will immediately strengthen the firm’s Employment Law and Workplace Safety and Health Practice Groups in Texas. (more…)

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Bracewell & Giuliani LLP represented BOH Holdings, Inc. and its subsidiary, Bank of Houston, in an agreement to sell its operations to Independent Bank Group, Inc., the holding company for Independent Bank, for $243 million. The merger consideration consisted of $34 million in cash and 3,636,060 shares of Independent Bank Group common stock. (more…)

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Daniel Nossa is a partner in the Energy, Derivatives, and Investment Funds group at Jackson Walker. He advises public and private entities on commodity and financial transactions ranging from plain vanilla trades to complex multi-billion dollar structured deals. Mr. Nossa has extensive experience negotiating and drafting industry standard documentation such as the ISDA, GMSLA, MSLA, MSRA, EEI and NAESB agreements and many forms of credit support documents including CSAs, security agreements, guaranties and letters of credit. He advises dealers and end users on the Commodity Exchange Act and Dodd-Frank regulations. Mr. Nossa received his A.B., cum laude, from Princeton University and his J.D. degree from Stanford Law School.

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Bracewell & Giuliani LLP represented CBFH, Inc., the holding company of CommunityBank of Texas, in the acquisition of MC Bancshares, Inc., the holding company of Memorial City Bank.

The all-cash transaction combines the roughly $2.8 billion combined assets of the banks to make CBFH one of the largest privately held banks in Texas, with the majority of its loans and deposits in the Houston marketplace. (more…)

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Akin Gump today announced the addition of Michael J. Byrd as a partner in the firm’s energy practice in Houston. Mr. Byrd is an experienced and recognized attorney in the oil and gas industry, whose practice emphasizes upstream M&A transactions. He comes to Akin Gump from Baker & McKenzie, where he served as chair of that firm’s North America oil and gas practice group (more…)

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Andrews Kurth LLP is pleased to announce that corporate attorney Kevin Trautner has joined the firm’s Houston office as a partner.

Mr. Trautner joins Andrews Kurth’s corporate/securities practice group, where he will focus on working with public and privately held companies in a variety of corporate transactions. Mr. Trautner has extensive experience representing targets and acquirers in mergers and acquisitions, in addition to guiding businesses through initial public offerings. He also represents issuers and underwriters in a variety of securities offerings and provides strategic counsel in regulatory and corporate governance issues. (more…)

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Seyfarth Shaw LLP announced today that highly regarded real estate partner Peter M. Oxman has joined the firm’s Houston office. The addition of Oxman marks the continued expansion of the firm’s 130-lawyer national Real Estate Department, recognized as the fourth largest real estate practice in the country. Oxman joins Seyfarth from King & Spalding LLP’s Houston office, where he was a partner in its Capital Transactions and Real Estate practice group. (more…)

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Chesapeake Energy Corporation (NYSE:CHK) announced today the execution of two agreements to sell midstream compression assets for total proceeds of approximately $520 million. (more…)

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Leech Tishman recently welcomed Shana Metteauer Smith to the firm. Shana is an associate in the Energy Practice Group and is based in Houston, Texas. She focuses her practice primarily on oil and gas title examination. (more…)

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The Houston office of global law firm K&L Gates LLP welcomes Brett J. Young as a partner in the firm’s toxic tort/product liability practice. Young joins K&L Gates from Norton Rose Fulbright LLP. (more…)

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Locke Lord LLP is expanding its International Tax Practice with the addition of Partner Jaremi Chilton. Though he will be based in Houston, Chilton will work across the Firm to assist clients with his strong experience in international tax matters and commercial immigration work. (more…)

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