Chaffe McCall is pleased to welcome former United States Attorney for the Southern District of Texas, Donald J. DeGabrielle, to the firm’s Houston office who will serve as a partner in the firm’s Government Investigations and White Collar Criminal Defense practice.

DeGabrielle, a 35-year veteran of legal services, is a highly experienced attorney with a notable career in federal law enforcement, including service as a Special Agent with the FBI, an Assistant District Attorney, an Assistant U.S. Attorney, and U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Texas. He has prosecuted matters involving public corruption, white-collar and environmental crimes, bank fraud, and general criminal and narcotics offenses. In private practice, he has defended a wide range of white collar criminal matters including violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) and has advised numerous corporate clients on corporate compliance. (more…)

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Pillsbury today announced the return of former partner Andrew Strong to the firm’s office in Houston, effective March 23, 2015. During Strong’s previous tenure with Pillsbury, he worked closely with many of the firm’s major energy clients on environmental issues and crisis prevention and response.

Strong left the firm in 2009, when he was selected by the Texas A&M System’s Board of Regents as its General Counsel and System Compliance Officer. As the chief legal officer, Strong was responsible for all legal matters over a $3.6 billion-per-year network that employs more than 45,000 people across more than 100 facilities, including 11 universities, seven state agencies and a health science center. (more…)

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Vinson & Elkins advised the management team of Moda Midstream, LLC, a liquids terminaling and logistics provider, in connection with a $750 million line of equity investment from Encap Flatrock Midstream (more…)

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Vinson & Elkins advised Foresight Reserves, LP, owner of Foresight Energy GP LLC, in an agreement with Murray Energy to acquire a controlling interest in Foresight Energy LP and Foresight Energy GP, to create the premier coal mining company in the U.S. The company will control over nine billion tons of coal reserves and will be one of the leading coal companies in the world (more…)

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Jones Walker LLP announced today that David R. Roth and Shahid A. Ghauri have joined the firm’s Houston office. Mr. Roth is a partner in the Real Estate Practice Group and Mr. Ghauri is a partner in the Business & Commercial Transactions Practice Group.

Mr. Roth has more than two decades of broad-based transactional experience working both in-house and in private practice with public and private companies. He counsels clients in a broad range of transactions and financing in the energy industry, including projects involving electric power; onshore and offshore oil and gas exploration and production; transportation and pipelines; liquefied natural gas processing; commodity marketing and trading; and ancillary services such as equipment supply and seismic analysis. (more…)

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Sidley Austin LLP announced today that Kevin P. Lewis has joined the firm’s Houston office. Kevin will be a co-leader of the firm’s Corporate Governance practice for the Southwest region, the leader of the firm’s Aviation and Airlines practice, and a member of the firm’s global M&A practice. At his prior firm, Mr. Lewis was a member of the Mergers, Acquisitions & Capital Markets group and led its Corporate Governance and Compliance group, as well as its Airlines and Aviation practice. Mr. Lewis is a highly experienced corporate lawyer with a multifaceted practice built around corporate governance, M&A, capital markets and restructuring work for clients including energy and infrastructure companies, major airlines, investment banks and private equity funds, among others. (more…)

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Valero Energy Corporation (NYSE: VLO) entered into a drop-down transaction with Valero Energy Partners LP (NYSE: VLP), pursuant to which VLP acquired membership interests in certain subsidiaries of VLO for total consideration of about $671 million, including approximately $100 million of common and general partner units of VLP.

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Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP, a leading counselor to global financial institutions and corporations, today announced that Chad Mills is joining the firm as Partner in its Energy & Commodities Practice in Houston. Mills is a leading practitioner in structured energy transactions and related energy trading agreements, project infrastructure development, mergers and acquisitions, and other corporate transactions for clients including energy providers, developers, investors and underwriters in gas, electric power and oil. (more…)

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Seyfarth Shaw LLP announced today the arrival of Paul Pryzant as a partner in the firm’s Corporate department in Houston. Pryzant joins Seyfarth from Burleson LLP, where he was a partner at the energy law boutique from 2008.

For more than 30 years, Pryzant has advised clients in a wide range of mergers & acquisitions, equity and debt financings, joint ventures, strategic alliances, and other corporate transactions. His practice includes securities, venture capital, executive compensation and commercial operating contracts. His mergers and acquisitions practice involves a wide range of industries including oilfield services, drilling, industrial services and products, healthcare, and software and technology. (more…)

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King & Spalding has recruited John H. Barr, Jr., a commercial litigator who focuses on intellectual property, energy and business litigation, as a partner in its intellectual property practice in the Houston office. Barr joins King & Spalding from Bracewell & Giuliani, where he was a partner and co-head of the intellectual property litigation practice. (more…)

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Jackson Walker is pleased to welcome attorney Nick Spiliotis. He joins the Houston office as a partner in the Labor & Employment group. (more…)

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Akin Gump advised the conflicts committee of the board of directors of Rose Rock Midstream, L.P.’s general partner in the partnership’s $325 million purchase of the remaining crude oil assets of SemGroup Corporation, which include the Wattenberg Oil Trunkline System and SemGroup’s 50 percent interest in the Glass Mountain Pipeline. (more…)

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