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Michael Harrington

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Vinson & Elkins LLP

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Capital Markets


Mike's principal area of practice is corporate finance, with an emphasis upon high yield debt financings. His clients include both issuers and underwriters of debt securities, and Mike's industry experience includes a variety of Master Limited Partnerships and other energy companies as well as Southwest Airlines Co.

Nicknamed "Dr. Debt" by the CFO of an oilfield services company client, Mike's experience with corporate debt is especially broad. Over the last 35 years, he has worked on more than a hundred debt deals for public and private companies and their underwriters totaling tens of billions of dollars, including aircraft equipment pass through trust financings for Southwest Airlines, debt tender offers and consent solicitations, and underwritten offerings of both investment-grade and high yield (or "junk") bonds.

Mike prides himself upon his business-like, cost effective approach to his practice. The 2008 edition of Chambers USA says that Mike "solves difficult problems very creatively, yet simply" and arrives at "useful answers quickly."


Mike graduated from Yale College, B.A. in 1969, Cambridge University, Dip. Dev. Econ. in 1970, and Harvard University, J.D. in 1973 (Fraternity: Phi Beta Kappa). Admitted to Texas Bar in 1973.

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: high-yield debt offerings

Within: Capital markets: high-yield debt offerings

Vinson & Elkins LLP’s Houston-based practice, which acts for a relatively even split of issuers and managers, has a prominent record for offerings in the energy and natural resources sector - it also regularly handles deals relating to the real estate, telecoms and technology industries. Among its energy highlights, counsel Daniel Spelkin led advise to CrownRock on its $1bn offering of senior notes and of counsel Michael Harrington assisted Concho Resources with its $600m offering of senior notes. In a non-energy highlight, Spelkin and key partner David Stone advised telecoms company, Belden, on two offerings of notes totaling €750m. On the underwriter side, Stone advised the underwriters to Southwestern Energy on its $1.5bn public offering of senior notes. David Oelman, who co-heads the capital markets practice, is also recommended.

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