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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

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: 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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