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Matthew Strock

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Vinson & Elkins LLP

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Mergers, Acquisitions and Buyouts


Matt’s principal areas of practice include mergers and acquisitions, capital markets transactions, private equity investments, and corporate governance. He has counseled clients in connection with public and private acquisition and divestiture transactions, registered offerings and private placements of debt and equity securities, and general securities law compliance issues, as well as corporate governance and other general corporate matters. His representations range from private to mature public companies, investment banking firms, and private equity firms. Matt has assisted clients in a broad range of industries, including energy, energy services, airline, manufacturing, and technology.


  • Member: Houston Bar Association


Matt graduated from Washington & Lee University, B.A. magna cum laude in 1995, and The University of Texas, J.D. with Honors in 1999. Admitted to Texas Bar in 1999.

United States: Finance

Capital markets: debt offerings

Within: Capital markets: debt offerings

Among the leaders for energy offerings’, Vinson & Elkins LLP’s capital markets team also secures a steady flow of work relating to the aviation, healthcare, real estate and TMT sectors. David Oelman and Matthew Strock co-head a Houston-based team that also benefits from the senior experience of firm chairman Mark Kelly and of counsel Michael Harrington. Among its issuer-side highlights, the firm advised Concho Resources on its $1.8bn offering of senior notes and it also assisted Occidental Petroleum Corporation with its $1.5bn offering of senior notes. The firm has also been active on the manager side and recent work includes advising the underwriters on Enterprise Products Partners’ $1.7bn offering of junior notes. In 2017, Lande Spottswood and Thomas Zentner were promoted to partner.

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Capital markets: equity offerings

Within: Capital markets: equity offerings

In line with its firmwide strength in oil and gas, Vinson & Elkins LLP’s Houston-headquartered practice predominantly handles offerings for energy and natural resources issuers - it also acts for a significant volume of REITs, life sciences companies and financial institutions. In a deal that demonstrates its core strength, practice co-head David Oelman advised BP Midstream Partners on its $765m IPO. In another company-side highlight, Douglas McWilliams and Ramey Layne advised Natural Gas Partners-backed Vantage Energy Acquisition on its $552m IPO. The firm’s growing prominence on the manager side is evident in McWilliams and Layne’s recent advice to the underwriters on Silver Run Acquisition’s $1bn IPO, while Oelman assisted the underwriters with Antero Midstream’s $875m IPO. The group also draws on the experience of capital markets co-head Matthew Strock.

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United States: M&A/corporate and commercial

M&A: large deals ($1bn+)

Within: M&A: large deals ($1bn+)

For large-cap energy sector deals, Vinson & Elkins LLP virtually stands alone. It has the client base and extensive senior resources to handle multiple deals at any one time. Primarily split between Houston and New York, the team is praised for its ‘commercial approach’ and ‘ability to drive a process forward’. It is ‘always incredibly responsive and flexible to meet the client’s needs’, ‘shows dedication to getting things over the finish line’ and ‘has a pool of top-quality lawyers to draw from, including at the associate level’. It has particular expertise in the exploration and production space, and has made an additional impression in representing special purpose acquisition companies. Clients include AltaGas, Chisholm Energy, Devon Energy, Huntsman, Jonah Energy, MORSCO, Rice Energy, Southwest Airlines and a number of big-name private equity houses. It advised Sunoco Logistics Partners on its $20bn merger with Transfer Partners, creating one of the largest MLPs in the world. It also advised Rice Energy on its $8.2bn merger with EQT Corporation, creating the largest domestic natural gas producer in the US. Key partners in the team include senior name Keith Fullenweider, Matthew Strock and New York-based James Fox. Stephen Gill and Lande Spottswood are up-and-coming names. Jeffrey Floyd provides ‘sage guidance’ and ‘focuses on the issues that really matter’. Attorneys are based in Houston unless stated otherwise.

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Private equity buyouts

Within: Private equity buyouts

Vinson & Elkins LLP is a market leader in energy sector private equity. The firm’s ‘deep expertise within the energy sector’ has enabled it to attract engagements from the likes of Apollo, Blackstone, Crestview Partners, KKR, Morgan Stanley Private Equity, Oaktree Capital Management, Quantum Energy Partners, Riverstone, TPG and Warburg Pincus. It advised Apollo portfolio company Double Eagle Energy Permian on its $2.8bn sale of undeveloped acreage and producing oil and gas properties in the core of the Midland Basin to Parsley Energy. It also advised Blackstone Energy Partners on its $2bn acquisition of EagleClaw Midstream Ventures from EnCap Flatrock Midstream. Houston-based head of the corporate group Keith Fullenweiderhas an exceptional sense of business judgment for an attorney’ and is ‘consistently able to deliver the full firm’ for clients’ broader needs. Houston partner Matthew Strock and New York managing partner James Fox are also key partners.

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