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Shearman & Sterling LLP

111 CONGRESS AVENUE SUITE 1700, AUSTIN, TEXAS, 78701, USA
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Work +1 512 647 1900

Carmelo Gordian

Tel:
Work +1 512 647 1902
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Shearman & Sterling LLP

Work Department

Emerging Growth, M&A, and Capital Markets

Position

Carmelo focuses on life science, software, telecommunications, semiconductor and energy sector companies. He is known as a leader in the Texas venture capital and private equity community and was formerly the chairman of the San Francisco-based Brobeck Business & Technology Group.

Carmelo has represented buyers and sellers in numerous transactions in North America (United States and Canada), Europe and Asia. He has acted as counsel in 55 public offering transactions with 27 transactions representing the company, 25 transactions representing underwriters and three transactions advising significant shareholders. He has also acted as company and investment counsel on several hundred private offerings, principally venture financings over the past 30 years.

Carmelo advises companies and boards of directors on corporate governance issues as well as serving a counsel to special committees formed by boards of directors and has an active practice representing GPs and LPs of hedge, private equity, venture capital and real estate funds. These funds range from several tens of millions of dollars to multibillion-dollar funds.

Education

J.D.- Harvard Law School
B.A. - Harvard University


United States: M&A/corporate and commercial

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

Within: M&A: middle-market (sub-$500m)

In April 2018, Andrews Kurth Kenyon LLP merged with Hunton & Williams LLP to form Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP, a move which brought together two reputable middle-market M&A practices. The legacy Andrews Kurth Kenyon group is highly rated for its advice to public and private companies, MLPs, REITs, financial advisers and private equity funds on complex M&A transactions. Houston-based Michael O’Leary advised Energy Transfer Partners on its acquisition of certain interests in PennTex Midstream Partners, including a rich natural gas gathering system, two cryogenic natural gas processing plants, and residue gas and natural gas liquid pipelines. Highlights for the Austin office included the team advising virtual reality video game developer Owlchemy Labs on its sale to Google; and acting for GPB Capital Holdings, a New York-based global asset management firm, in its acquisition of a division of NTT Data. In the large deal space, Houston-based Christopher Richardson and Hal Haltom Jr acted for Hilcorp San Juan in its acquisition of San Juan Basin oil and gas properties from ConocoPhillips. Other recommended Houston advisers are John Clutterbuck, Melinda Brunger, Henry Havre, Mark Young, Jordan Hirsch, firm-wide managing partner Robert Jewell and Ashley Burns Muehlberger. The legacy Hunton & Williams group includes M&A group co-heads Steven Haas in Richmond, whose practice includes change-of-control transactions, strategic acquisitions and divestitures; Washington DC-based Steven Patterson, who works with a variety of retail and consumer products companies; and Fernando Alonso, who splits his time between Miami and New York and has particular experience in the energy, infrastructure and telecoms sectors. Highlights included advising Bank of the Cascades, and its parent company Cascade Bancorp, in their sale to First Interstate BancSystem, and assisting Darden Restaurants with its $780m purchase of Texas-based restaurant chain Cheddar’s Scratch Kitchen. Notable departures included David Buck, Jon Daly and Bill Cooper to Sidley Austin LLP; Mark Solomon, Peter Bogdanow, David Washburn, Victor Zanetti and Joseph Hoffman to Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP’s Dallas office; and Matthew Lyons, Carmelo Gordian, Alan Bickerstaff, Ted Gilman, Brian Dillavou and Russ Denton going to Shearman & Sterling LLP’s new Austin office.

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