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Andrews Kurth Kenyon LLP

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United States: Dispute resolution

Product liability, mass tort and class action: toxic tort - defense
Product liability, mass tort and class action: toxic tort - defense - ranked: tier 3

Andrews Kurth LLP

Andrews Kurth LLP’s toxic tort practice is headed by Houston-based Thomas Taylor, whose experience includes serving as regional counsel for a major oil company in toxic tort, chemical exposure and personal injury litigation. Dallas-based Joseph Blizzard has particular expertise in defending clients against product liability and toxic tort claims alleging personal injury and wrongful death. Houston-based Alexis Gomez is also recommended. The firm’s client base includes BP.

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Securities litigation - defense
Securities litigation - defense - ranked: tier 5

Andrews Kurth LLP

Highlights for Andrews Kurth LLP included the defense of an insurance company in a multibillion-dollar class action, a federal MDL and multiple appellate proceedings. Bradley Foster and rising star Matthew Nielsen in Dallas and David Whittlesey in Austin are taking the lead on those matters. Nielsen also acted for a former owner of McGinn Smith in an SEC matter alleging violations of sections 10b and 17 of the ’34 Act. James Maloney recently left and set up his own law office.

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United States: Finance

Capital markets: debt offerings
Capital markets: debt offerings - advice to issuers - ranked: tier 4

Andrews Kurth LLP

The ‘outstanding’ corporate and securities team at Andrews Kurth LLP is jointly headed by David Buck and Michael O’Leary. Largely based out of Houston, but with practitioners also located in Austin, Dallas and Washington DC, the team advises issuers and underwriters on public and private offerings primarily within the energy space. Recent highlights include assisting master limited partnership ONEOK Partners with its offering of $800m of senior notes and handling Cheniere Energy’s registered direct offering of $625m of convertible notes; O’Leary led on both matters. Other names to note are Henry Havre, Meredith Mouer and Scott Olson. One client says of the team: ‘they have all provided the highest level of service and expertise and I trust each and every one of them as close advisers’.

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Capital markets: equity offerings
Capital markets: equity offerings - advice to issuers - ranked: tier 4

Andrews Kurth LLP

Capital markets: equity offerings - advice to managers - ranked: tier 4

Andrews Kurth LLP

Andrews Kurth LLPdemonstrates unquestionable integrity’ and ‘provides a very high level of service and expertise’, making it ‘highly trusted as a close adviser’. Practice heads Michael O’Leary and David Buck have significant experience acting for issuers and underwriters in IPOs, as well as in other public and private equity offerings. O’Leary and Stephanie Conklin Beauvais advised Green Plains Partners on its $173m IPO. Other highlights included assisting the underwriters with Energy Partners’ $275m IPO, and advising the underwriters, including FBR Capital Markets and Stifel Nicolaus, on the $90m IPO of Peak Resorts. Carmelo Gordian and Edward Gilman led the latter transaction from the Austin office, while the former was led by Jon Daly and Washington DC-based William Cooper. All other attorneys are based in Houston.

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Project finance
Project finance: advice to sponsor - ranked: tier 4

Andrews Kurth LLP

Timothy Unger leads the team at Andrews Kurth LLP. Highlights for Unger included assisting Cheniere Energy with the $4.6bn financing of the fifth train of the Sabine Pass LNG project, as well as advising the client on the $1.2bn working capital facility for the project’s first four trains. Also in the LNG space, Unger advised a major equity investor on its investment in Magnolia LNG, a $2.2bn facility being developed in Lake Charles, Louisiana. Mark Thurber was active on pipeline work, assisting Magellan Midstream Partners with the construction and management agreements and pipeline supply agreements concerning a 535-mile pipeline in the US. The department’s sponsor clients also include Energia del Pacifico, which Vera Rechsteiner advised on the financing and development of a 350MW power plant and LNG terminal in Central America. On the acquisitions side, Hal Haltom acted for FourPoint Energy in its purchase of oil and gas assets in Oklahoma and Texas from LINN Energy and Chesapeake Energy. The team is also seen on lender-side work; Rechsteiner advised Banco Agromercantil de Guatemala on a $95m loan to three subsidiaries of Grupo Santander in Guatemala. Giji John and George Humphrey left to join Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP in February 2016.

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United States: Industry focus

Energy transactions: oil and gas
Energy transactions: oil and gas - ranked: tier 3

Andrews Kurth LLP

The Houton-based Michael O’Leary heads the department at Andrews Kurth LLP, which is praised for its ‘unquestionable integrity’ and its ‘high levels of service and expertise’. O’Leary and Mark Young acted for Crestwood Equity Partners on the $7.5bn merger of Crestwood Midstream Partners with a newly formed subsidiary. Other clients include Enterprise Products Partners and FourPoint Energy.

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Energy: litigation
Energy: litigation - ranked: tier 3

Andrews Kurth LLP

Andrews Kurth LLP represents its predominantly oil and gas industry clients in litigation and arbitration arising from energy industry operations such as exploration and production, including royalty and product and service contracts disputes. Timothy McConn and co-heads Stuart Hollimon and Craig Stahl represented Apache Corporation in a dispute relating to the alleged failure to properly conduct shallow water flood operations, resulting in damage to deeper formations and adjacent leases. In another case, McConn and Courtney Ervin defended Apache against allegations of breaches of a purchase and sale agreement and a joint operating agreement. Hollimon and Charles Hampton defended Encana against a claim for underpayment of an overriding royalty interest in the Deep Bossier play in Robertson County. Michelle Scheffler was elevated to the partnership, while Rex VanMiddlesworth and Phillip Oldham went to Thompson & Knight LLP.

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Energy: regulatory
Energy: regulatory - ranked: tier 2

Andrews Kurth LLP

Andrews Kurth LLP’s long established energy practice is experienced in advising oil and gas producers, developers and pipeline companies as well as energy marketing companies on a wide range of regulatory matters. The team, which is headed by Washington DC-based Kenneth Wiseman, regularly represents transmission owners, generators and end-users in rate proceedings before the FERC and state regulatory agencies. Mark Sundback represents interstate natural gas storage provider ANR Storage in seeking market-based rates. Austin-based Meghan Griffiths assisted BlackRock Infrastructure Investment Group with Texas electric regulatory matters regarding its purchase of a 50% cash equity interest in the Longhorn North Wind Project from EDF Renewable Energy.

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Energy: renewable/alternative
Energy: renewable/alternative - ranked: tier 2

Andrews Kurth LLP

Andrews Kurth LLP is well versed in the whole spectrum of project development, including financing, M&A and power purchase agreements, and advises developers, sponsors and buyers. Timothy Unger’s team assisted BlackRock Infrastructure Investment Group with the acquisition of 50% of the cash equity strips of the 200MW Hereford Wind Project and the 200MW Longhorn Wind Project from EDF Renewable Energy. Washington DC-based partners Vera Rechsteiner and Eric Markus led advice to the Inter-American Development Bank in a $300m secured loan to Klabin. Drew Baldinger joined DLA Piper LLP (US).

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United States: M&A/corporate and commercial

M&A: middle-market (sub-$500m)
M&A: middle-market (sub-$500m) - ranked: tier 2

Andrews Kurth LLP

Andrews Kurth LLP grew its practice through the promotions to partner of Jordan Hirsch in Houston and Cindy Lin and Brian Dillavou in Austin. The practice is ‘always very responsive, provides stellar advice, has the depth of resources to work multiple projects for clients and provides the highest investment return for the legal work done’. Energy mandates included advising the conflicts committee of Shell Midstream Partners GP’s board of directors during its $448m acquisition of additional interests in Zydeco Pipeline Company and Colonial Pipeline Company; and advising Crestwood Equity Partners (CEP) on its agreement with Crestwood Midstream Partners to merge with CEP’s newly formed subsidiary, simplifying Crestwood’s corporate structure into a single publicly traded partnership; and acting for Sunoco in its acquisition of Susser Holdings Corporation from Energy Transfer Partners. It also advised Highlander Partners on its sale of The Composites Group to Citadel Plastic Holdings. Houston-based David Buck and Michael O’Leary are highly rated. Other recommended Houston advisers are John Clutterbuck, Jon Daly, Melinda Brunger, Hal Haltom Jr, Henry Havre and firm managing partner Robert Jewell. Key Washington DC attorneys include Bill Cooper and Eric Markus, while Dallas-based office managing partner Mark Solomon, Peter Bogdanow, David Washburn and Victor Zanetti, as well as Austin-based Alan Bickerstaff (‘trusted adviser’, ‘always professional and experienced in a wide variety of legal areas’) also merit mention.

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United States: Media, technology and telecoms

Technology: transactions
Technology: transactions - ranked: tier 4

Andrews Kurth LLP

Andrews Kurth LLP’s practice centers around its Austin, Dallas and Houston offices. The firm assists clients with a broad range of M&A and financing matters in multiple sectors, including life sciences and telecoms. Austin-based Carmelo Gordian and Matt Lyons lead the team, which includes newly made partner Brian Dillavou. Dillavou worked with Alan Bickerstaff and Edward Gilman to advise Mavenir Systems on several transactions, including its $560m acquisition by Mitel. The firm also assisted Iroko Pharmaceuticals with several capital raises in 2015 totaling $116m. Other clients include eCardio Diagnostics, Gravitant and Dell Ventures.

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United States: Real estate and construction

Real estate
Real estate - ranked: tier 5

Andrews Kurth LLP

Jack Fields and Michael Boyd lead the practice at Andrews Kurth LLP, which has a particular strength in retail and office leasing. In one example, the team acted for Stage Stores in the negotiation and execution of an office lease relating to the client’s consolidation of multiple offices into a single corporate headquarters. The team was also active in a range of equity and debt mandates, with hotel specialist Daniel McCormick assisting BW RRI with the $600m purchase and financing of 90 hotels in 22 states, and David Runnels and Callie Parker acting for MetroNational on the $140m construction financing of the Air Liquide Campus in Houston, Texas. All named above attorneys are based in Houston, but the practice also has a presence in Dallas, where Andrew Campbell handled various joint venture formations, loan assumptions and acquisitions relating to residential and office developments.

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United States: Tax

US taxes: non-contentious
US taxes: non-contentious - ranked: tier 5

Andrews Kurth LLP

Andrews Kurth LLP typically advises clients in the energy sector, and has expertise in relation to publicly traded partnerships and tax-exempt investing. It is also experienced in relation to REITs. Highlights included Robert McNamara and Thomas Popplewell assisting Enterprise Products Operating with its public offering of $2.75bn senior unsecured notes; McNamara and practice head Thomas Ford advising Green Plains Partners on its $172m IPO; and Ford, Allison Mantor and Angela Richards advising Sunoco LP in relation to its acquisition of Susser Holdings Corporation from Energy Transfer Partners.

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Latin America: International firms

Banking and finance
Banking and finance - ranked: tier 4

Andrews Kurth LLP

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Projects and energy
Projects and energy - ranked: tier 4

Andrews Kurth LLP

Andrews Kurth LLP remains a dynamic player in the renewables sector, as well as in oil-and-gas and infrastructure projects. It represented Energia Basica in the development of a 24MW solar generating facility in Honduras, and Energia del Caribe in connection with the EPC contracts, transportation agreements and other related matters for the development of a natural gas power plant in Mexico to serve Guatemala. Prominent Washington DC partner Vera Rechsteiner has a fine record in Latin America, most notably in renewable energy, but also in infrastructure and oil and gas. Houston partners Doris Rodríguez and Mark Thurber are also key members of the team.

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