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Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP

600 TRAVIS, SUITE 4200, HOUSTON, TX 77002, USA
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Michael O'Leary

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Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP

Work Department

Corporate/Securities

Position

Partner

Career

Mike is a member of the Policy Committee and co-chair of the Corporate/Securities practice.

Mike has an extensive corporate securities and mergers and acquisitions practice with particular emphasis on representation of issuers and underwriters in public and private offerings of equity and debt securities; representation of buyers, sellers and special committees in mergers and acquisitions (domestic and foreign) and of private equity firms' investments in energy and energy infrastructure; redemptions and exchanges of corporate debt; negotiating complex partnerships and joint ventures; structuring spin-offs and "going private" transactions; and corporate governance. The clients Mike represents include some of the largest and best-known names in the energy business. He has a significant reputation in master limited partnerships, energy and oilfield services, energy infrastructure, private equity investments, pipeline company transactions, royalty trusts and forest products companies.

Member

  • Houston Bar Association
  • State Bar of Texas

Education

  • JD, 1980, with honors, University of Houston Law Center
  • BS, 1977, cum laude, Finance, The University of Alabama


United States: Finance

Capital markets: debt offerings

Within: Capital markets: debt offerings

Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP’s practice is now led jointly by Houston-based Michael O’Leary and Austin managing partner Matthew Lyons, following the departure of a four-partner energy capital markets team, which included former co-head David Buck, to Sidley Austin LLP. Issuer-side mandates dominate the practice, and it is particularly active for energy companies, but it also garners a sizeable share of underwriter representations. In an example of the latter, O’Leary and Houston-based Jordan Hirsch advised the underwriters on two senior notes issuances by Energy Transfer Partners, worth a combined $1.5bn. On the issuer side Henry Havre, also based in Houston, acted for NuStar Logistics on its $550m senior notes offering. Stephanie Beauvais and Meredith Mouer left for in-house positions at Shell and Tellurian respectively.

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Capital markets: equity offerings

Within: Capital markets: equity offerings

Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP’s capital markets team is now led jointly by Michael O’Leary and Austin managing partner Matthew Lyons, following the departure of former co-head David Buck - and three other capital markets partners - to Sidley Austin LLP. The team leverages the firm’s signature strength in oil and gas matters to specialize in advising issuers and managers on equity offerings in the energy space, and it also secures a significant volume of real estate deals. Highlight manager-side transactions included O’Leary and Charlie Ofner advising the underwriters on Hess Midstream Partner’s $390.9m IPO, while Courtney Cochran Butler assisted the underwriters with Buckeye Partners’ $588.7m equity offering. Recent issuer clients include Just Energy Group, NGL Energy Partners and TETRA Technologies. Jordan Hirsch and Melinda Brunger are also recommended. Stephanie Beauvais and Meredith Mouer left for in-house positions at Shell and Tellurian respectively. Named attorneys operate from Houston, unless otherwise stated.

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United States: Industry focus

Energy transactions: oil and gas

Within: Leading lawyers

Michael O’Leary - Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP

Within: Energy transactions: oil and gas

Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP’s Houston-based practice continued to be busy on a variety of M&A and capital markets deals; highly regarded practice head Michael O’Leary acted for the underwriters on Hess Midstream’s IPO, and Hal Haltom assisted Hilcorp Energy with its acquisition of oil and gas properties in Texas and Louisiana. The group saw a number of partner departures in 2017, including David Buck, Jon Daly, George Vlahakos and Bill Cooper, who joined Sidley Austin LLP. Charlie Ofner joined White & Case LLP in 2018.

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United States: M&A/corporate and commercial

M&A: middle-market (sub-$500m)

Within: Leading lawyers

Michael O’Leary - Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP

Within: M&A: middle-market (sub-$500m)

In April 2018, Andrews Kurth Kenyon LLP merged with Hunton & Williams LLP to form Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP, a move which brought together two reputable middle-market M&A practices. The legacy Andrews Kurth Kenyon group is highly rated for its advice to public and private companies, MLPs, REITs, financial advisers and private equity funds on complex M&A transactions. Houston-based Michael O’Leary advised Energy Transfer Partners on its acquisition of certain interests in PennTex Midstream Partners, including a rich natural gas gathering system, two cryogenic natural gas processing plants, and residue gas and natural gas liquid pipelines. Highlights for the Austin office included the team advising virtual reality video game developer Owlchemy Labs on its sale to Google; and acting for GPB Capital Holdings, a New York-based global asset management firm, in its acquisition of a division of NTT Data. In the large deal space, Houston-based Christopher Richardson and Hal Haltom Jr acted for Hilcorp San Juan in its acquisition of San Juan Basin oil and gas properties from ConocoPhillips. Other recommended Houston advisers are John Clutterbuck, Melinda Brunger, Henry Havre, Mark Young, Jordan Hirsch, firm-wide managing partner Robert Jewell and Ashley Burns Muehlberger. The legacy Hunton & Williams group includes M&A group co-heads Steven Haas in Richmond, whose practice includes change-of-control transactions, strategic acquisitions and divestitures; Washington DC-based Steven Patterson, who works with a variety of retail and consumer products companies; and Fernando Alonso, who splits his time between Miami and New York and has particular experience in the energy, infrastructure and telecoms sectors. Highlights included advising Bank of the Cascades, and its parent company Cascade Bancorp, in their sale to First Interstate BancSystem, and assisting Darden Restaurants with its $780m purchase of Texas-based restaurant chain Cheddar’s Scratch Kitchen. Notable departures included David Buck, Jon Daly and Bill Cooper to Sidley Austin LLP; Mark Solomon, Peter Bogdanow, David Washburn, Victor Zanetti and Joseph Hoffman to Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP’s Dallas office; and Matthew Lyons, Carmelo Gordian, Alan Bickerstaff, Ted Gilman, Brian Dillavou and Russ Denton going to Shearman & Sterling LLP’s new Austin office.

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