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Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP
111 LOUISIANA STREET, 44TH FLOOR
HOUSTON, TX 77002
United States
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Work Department

Partner; Oil & Gas/Natural Resources

Position

John Goodgame helps U.S. energy clients in strategic and capital-raising transactions. He advises public and private companies and private equity funds in public and private equity and debt offerings, including initial public equity offerings. Additionally, John counsels public companies, their boards of directors and board committees in strategic matters, including mergers, sales of control and conflict situations, as well as corporate governance and Securities and Exchange Commission compliance.

John has particularly deep experience in the rapidly changing MLP industry, advising on the formation, financing, governance, and restructuring of these entities. He has advised sponsors and board conflicts committees in more than 70 “dropdown” transactions, as well as in highly complicated MLP conflict transactions, including mergers and buy-in transactions, recapitalizations, and Incentive Distribution Rights (IDR) restructurings.

John is co-leader of Akin Gump’s securities practice, as well as a member of the firm’s Management Committee and its Partner Compensation Committee. In 2018, among other high-profile transactions, he advised Stone Energy Corporation and its board of directors in its $1.9 billion merger transaction with Talos Energy and counseled WildHorse Resource Development Corporation’s largest shareholder NGP Energy Capital Management LLC in WildHorse’s $4 billion sale to Chesapeake Energy Corporation.

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Lawyer Rankings

United States > Finance > Capital markets: debt

Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP’s issuer-focused group is particularly well versed in advising energy companies and MLPs on debt offerings. Among its recent highlights, New York-based Rosa Testani advised Warrior Met Coal on its $350m offering of senior secured notes and its subsequent $125m tack-on offering. In Dallas, Seth Molay assisted Diamondback Energy with three debt transactions, which included a $750m offering of senior notes. The team has also recently undertaken work for CEVA Logistics, Gulfport Energy and Sanchez Energy. Other key contacts include securities co-lead John Goodgame, Vincent Kendrick and Christine LaFollette, all of whom are based in Houston. Further, in 2018, Robert Shearer joined in Houston from Baker & Hostetler LLP.

United States > Industry focus > Energy: transactions: oil and gas

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Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP advises public and private energy companies, project sponsors, banks and investors on construction and development mandates, operational matters and finance transactions. Standout highlights included Dallas-based Seth Molay and New York-based Jeffrey Kochian acting for Diamondback Energy in its announced $9.2bn acquisition of Energen Corporation. The practice is jointly headed by Rick Burdick  in the Washington DC office, and John Goodgame and Christine LaFollette in Houston. Other key lawyers include Michael Byrd, who specializes in upstream M&A, and David Elder, who focuses on securities offerings and corporate governance. Steven Otillar left for White & Case LLP, but David Sweeney and Robert Shearer joined the team from K&L Gates and Baker & Hostetler LLP, respectively.

United States > M&A/corporate and commercial > Corporate governance

Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP handles a mix of governance work, with many instructions evincing the firm’s strong reputation in the energy industry. In Houston, Christine LaFollette advised Landmark Infrastructure Partners’ conflicts committee on numerous transactions, while John Goodgame acted for the conflicts committee of Shell Midstream Partners in its purchase of a majority stake in the Amberjack pipeline. Dan Fisher has experience acting for special committees in the wake of corporate scandals. Additionally, Fisher advised the special committee of the board of Neff Corporation on canceling a proposed merger with H&E Equipment Services and merging with United Rentals instead. Jeff Kochian is another key contact.

United States > M&A/corporate and commercial > M&A: middle-market ($500m-999m)

Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP‘s corporate team assists high-profile companies and investment funds with complex M&A transactions, including buyouts, distressed transactions, shareholder activist campaigns and company defenses. The client list includes Alliance Data Systems, AT&T, Diamondback Energy and 7-Eleven. Other clients include EagleClaw Midstream Ventures (a portfolio company of Blackstone Energy Partners), for whom the team advised on its agreement to acquire Caprock Midstream Holdings for $950m. It also acted for the conflicts committee of Valero Energy Partners, a master limited partnership, in its merger with Valero Energy Corporation, a Fortune 50 refinery company; and large deal highlights included advising long-time client Kingston Technology, as a member of the consortium that acquired Toshiba Memory Corporation for approximately $18bn. In New York, Jeffrey Kochian leads the firm’s corporate practice and Kerry Berchem is highly rated for net-operating-loss-driven transactions designed to leverage deferred tax assets. Elsewhere, Rick Burdick, who splits his time between Washington DC and London, is the managing partner for the firm’s international offices and the co-head of the firm’s transactional practices; Houston’s John Goodgame advises on high-profile energy M&A; Los Angeles-based Frank Reddick is experienced in M&A, corporate finance and public company representations; Daniel Fisher divides his time between Washington DC and New York and is focused on special situations; and Thomas Yang in Dallas is noted for M&A involving both strategic deals and private equity funds. Robert Shearer joined the energy practice in Houston from Baker & Hostetler LLP, while private equity specialists Adam Weinstein and Tony Feuerstein joined Sidley Austin LLP in New York.