Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease LLP announced today that nine trial lawyers, with diverse civil litigation backgrounds, will join the firm’s Houston office. The attorneys will start at the firm on January 5. Their arrival continues the firm’s expansion in Houston and strengthens Vorys nationally recognized litigation and energy groups. (more…)

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Winston & Strawn LLP has announced that Jonathan Judkowitz has joined the firm’s corporate transactions group in Houston. Mr. Judkowitz, who joins Winston as a partner, was most recently a banking and finance partner at Mayer Brown.

“We’re excited to have Jonathan join our team in Houston. His reserve-based lending experience is a welcome addition and will support and add depth to the firm’s finance practice,” said John Keville, Winston & Strawn Houston office managing partner. (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 Ted Meyer as a shareholder in the firm’s Houston office. Meyer joins Ogletree Deakins from Meyer Moser Lang LLP, where he was a founding and managing partner. He is the sixth attorney and second shareholder to join Ogletree Deakins’ Houston office in 2014, a testament to the firm’s strategic growth in the market in response to client demand. Shareholder Merritt Chastain joined the firm in April. (more…)

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Bracewell & Giuliani LLP is representing Kinder Morgan, Inc. (NYSE: KMI) in connection with the completion of its acquisition of the outstanding equity securities of Kinder Morgan Energy Partners, L.P. (NYSE: KMP), Kinder Morgan Management, LLC (NYSE: KMR), and El Paso Pipeline Partners, L.P. (NYSE: EPB) for approximately $76 billion in total transaction value. The transaction was initially announced on August 10, 2014. (more…)

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Sidley Austin LLP announced today David B. Denechaud and Joe F. Flack III have joined the firm as partners. Mr. Denechaud will be a member of Sidley’s Private Equity practice and Mr. Flack, a member of its Energy practice. Both will reside in Sidley’s Houston office. Mr. Denechaud focuses his practice on private equity and energy (oil and gas) M&A transactions, while Mr. Flack has built his practice around oil and gas acquisition and disposition transactions. (more…)

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Baker Botts lawyers represent Halliburton in one of the largest energy deals of 2014.

Under the deal, Halliburton will acquire all the outstanding shares of Baker Hughes in a stock and cash transaction. The transaction is valued at $78.62 per Baker Hughes share, representing an equity value of $34.6 billion and enterprise value of $38.0 billion, based on Halliburton’s closing price on November 12, 2014, the day prior to public confirmation by Baker Hughes that it was in talks with Halliburton regarding a transaction. Upon the completion of the transaction, Baker Hughes stockholders will own approximately 36 percent of the combined company. (more…)

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MehaffyWeber is pleased to announce that Bill Hicks will join the firm’s Houston office as a shareholder in its energy group. Bill has over 34 years combined experience in the energy sector, both as in-house counsel and in private practice. Former General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer of a leading oil and gas service provider, Bill has also represented clients in private practice in Federal and State courts throughout Texas. He is a member of the American Board of Trial Advocates and a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers. (more…)

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Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP today announced that it is opening an office in Houston, Texas. The office will be the New York firm’s first new domestic office opening in more than 30 years. Willkie has a substantial client base in Texas including a number of the most highly regarded energy-related funds and most active industrial buyout firms in the region. This move furthers the firm’s strategy to combine the strengths of its existing relationships, the private equity, leveraged finance, M&A and capital markets skills of a traditional Wall Street firm and the talents of Houston-based attorneys specializing in energy and buyout transactions.

Launching the Houston office will be Willkie corporate partner Bruce Herzog, together with Michael Piazza, who joins from Bracewell & Giuliani LLP, and Angela Olivarez, who joins from Jones Day. (more…)

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King & Spalding represented real estate owner and developer Edens Investment Trust in its acquisition of all outstanding shares of AmREIT, Inc., in an all-cash transaction valued at $762 million. The deal was unanimously approved by AmREIT’s board of directors. It is expected to close in the first quarter of 2015. (more…)

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Vinson & Elkins advised Nuevo Midstream, LLC in the sale of the company to Western Gas Partners, LP for $1.5 billion in cash. The transaction is expected to close by the end of 2014. (more…)

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BakerHostetler is proud to announce that Sashe D. Dimitroff has joined the firm, resident in the Houston office, as a member of the Litigation Group and the Energy and Shale team. He comes to BakerHostetler from Haynes and Boone. Dimitroff will join more than 360 trial lawyers in the firm’s expanding Litigation Group. (more…)

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Western Gas Partners, LP (NYSE: WES) (“WES” or the “Partnership”) announced that it agreed to acquire Nuevo Midstream, LLC (“Nuevo”), a leading Delaware Basin gas gatherer and processor, for $1.5 billion. The Partnership expects the acquisition will close in the fourth quarter of 2014, subject to regulatory approval and customary closing conditions. (more…)

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