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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

Vinson & Elkins LLP is hailed for its ‘responsive and practical approach’ and ‘coordinated Houston and UK offices, which are a great asset in cross-border transactions’. An undoubted leader in the energy arena, where it is widely regarded as ‘a top choice for issuers’ counsel’ but also acts for underwriters, the group’s robust experience in transport, financial services, real estate and telecoms matters also deserves mention. Practice co-head David Oelman is a sought-after name, who recently acted with Alan Beck and firm chair Mark Kelly in advising Anadarko on its $3bn offering of senior notes. Oelman and Beck teamed up again to assist Plains All American Pipeline with its $1bn investment grade offering of senior notes. Michael Harrington has ‘deep expertise in debt deals’ and acted alongside Kelly to advise LyondellBasell Industries on its €750m offering of senior notes. Matthew Strock jointly leads the Houston-headquartered team together with Oelman.

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Capital markets: equity offerings

Within: Capital markets: equity offerings

‘Responsive’, ‘efficient’ and ‘practical’, Vinson & Elkins LLP ‘staffs matters appropriately and works closely with internal counsel to produce a quality work product’. The capital markets group was significantly bolstered in 2016 through a string of new hires. Among the new arrivals were four partners from Hunton & Williams LLP, with Christopher Green and Gregory Cope joining in Washington DC, and David Freed and Daniel LeBey joining in New York and Richmond respectively. In addition, Paul Tobias joined the Austin office from Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati. From Houston, David Oelman and Matthew Strock co-lead a team that excels in energy matters but also regularly handles deals in the life sciences, healthcare and financial services spaces. Recent work saw Houston-based Gillian Hobson advising Columbia Pipeline Group on its $1.4bn public offering. Other clients include Anadarko Petroleum, Core Laboratories and MarkWest Energy Partners.

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Capital markets: high-yield debt offerings

Within: Capital markets: high-yield debt offerings

Vinson & Elkins LLP’s dominant energy practice means it is a top choice for high-yield issuers in that space, but it also continues to increase its market share of high-level bank-side work. Recent examples of its energy prowess include Michael Harrington advising key client Anadarko on its $3bn offering of senior notes; he also acted for Targa Resources Partners in its $1bn notes offering. David Stone advised Extraction Oil & Gas on its $550m Rule 144A/Regulation S offering of senior notes. In a high-value manager-side matter, Harrington assisted the underwriters with Weatherford International’s $1.5bn public offering of high-yield senior notes. David Oelman and Matthew Strock jointly lead the capital markets group from Houston.

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United States: M&A/corporate and commercial

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

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

Vinson & Elkins LLP is praised for its ‘strong understanding of oil and gas’, enabling it to ‘understand how to be commercial and drive a process forward’. Clients are ‘extremely impressed with the team from partners to associates’, including its ‘good response times’ and ‘fully baked answers and advice’. In 2016, the firm saw an uptick in deals, in line with a recovering energy industry. Clients include Devon Energy, Rice Energy, Pioneer Natural Resources, Ridgewood Energy, Teva Pharmaceuticals, White Deer Energy and a long list of private equity houses such as Apollo Global Management, Ares Capital, Morgan Stanley Capital Partners, Quantum Energy Partners, Riverstone and Warburg Pincus. The firm boosted its technology M&A and private equity credentials in 2016 with the hire of Paul Tobias from Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, and previous recruits have solidified the firm’s position in real estate and REIT deals. In a recent example, it advised NorthStar Realty Finance on its three-way all-stock merger of equals with NorthStar Asset Manegement and Colony Capital to create Colony NorthStar. In another highlight, the firm advised Memorial Resource Development on its $4.4bn acquisition by Range Resources. Illustrating its standing with major private equity houses, the firm advised TPG Capital portfolio company Nexeo Solutions on its $1.57bn merger with WL Ross Holdings. Head of department Keith Fullenweider remains the firm’s marquee name in M&A and has a number of key relationships, especially with private equity houses such as TPG. Fellow department head Matthew Strock is another prominent name, as are Stephen Gill and New York-based James Fox. All named partners are based in Houston unless stated otherwise.

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Private equity buyouts

Within: Private equity buyouts

Vinson & Elkins LLP has committed a great deal of effort, resources and expertise to the private equity sector and has made impressive progress, especially in its core industry sector of energy. The team is ‘among the best’, providing an ‘outstanding service’ and clients are ‘impressed with its level of industry and market knowledge’. Highlights included advising TPG portfolio company Nexeo Solutions on its $1.57bn merger with WL Ross Holdings and representing long-term client Riverstone in its partnership with Kinder Morgan in the $500m Utopia Pipeline Project. Other clients include Apollo, Blackstone, Crestview Partners, KKR, Morgan Stanley Private Equity, Oaktree Capital Management, Quantum Energy Partners and Warburg Pincus. Keith Fullenweider is a pivotal member of the team and leads the firm’s relationship with a series of bulge-bracket private equity sponsors, including TPG. Matthew Strock, Stephen Gill and New York managing partner James Fox, who is close to Apollo and Riverstone, are also recommended. All named partners are based in Houston unless stated otherwise.

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