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David Oelman

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Vinson & Elkins LLP

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Capital Markets


David focuses his practice primarily on corporate and securities transactions for public companies, private companies, investment banking and private equity firms. His representation includes: advising boards on corporate governance matters; public offerings and private placements of equity and debt; publicly traded limited partnerships; mergers, acquisitions and dispositions; joint ventures and private equity investments; and redemptions and exchanges of preferred equity and debt. David has particular experience with publicly-traded master limited partnerships, exploration and production companies and royalty trusts.


  • Member: Houston Bar Association
  • Trustee: The Kinkaid School
  • Former Steering Committee Member: Young Leaders Campaign, United Way of the Texas Gulf Coast
  • Former Director: Juvenile Diabetes Foundation, Houston; University of Houston Honors College


David graduated from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University, B.A. summa cum laude in 1987, and The University of Texas, J.D. with honors in 1990 (Fraternities: Chancellors, Order of the Coif, Phi Beta Kappa, and Phi Kappa Phi). Admitted to Texas Bar in 1991.

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 LLPstaffs 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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