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Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP
United States
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Work Department

Partner; Oil & Gas/Natural Resources


John Goodgame represents clients in strategic and capital-raising transactions, as well as in matters of corporate governance. He advises public and private companies and private equity funds in public and private equity and debt offerings, including initial public equity offerings, and complex joint ventures. 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 Securities and Exchange Commission compliance.

John has particularly deep experience representing corporate and MLP boards and board committees, advising on various conflict transactions arising in financings, acquisitions and restructuring transactions. He has, for example, advised sponsors and board conflicts committees in more than 70 MLP “dropdown” transactions, as well as in highly complicated MLP conflict transactions, including mergers and buy-in transactions, recapitalizations, and Incentive Distribution Rights (IDR) restructurings. In 2021, among other high-profile transactions, he advised the Conflicts Committee of the Board of Directors of Golar LNG Partners on its $1.9 billion acquisition by New Fortress Energy.

John is the partner in charge of Akin Gump’s Houston office, co-leader of the firm’s corporate practice, and a member of its Management Committee and Partner Compensation Committee.

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Lawyer Rankings

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

(Leading lawyers)

John GoodgameAkin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP

Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP’s oil-and-gas transactional practice is led by the experienced John Goodgame, who is well regarded for strategic and capital-raising transactions in the energy sector. The firm’s broad engagement in the area includes matters involving oil and gas, petrochemicals, liquefied natural gas, coal, utilities, renewables and energy transition matters on behalf of public and private companies, sponsors, portfolio companies and management teams and investors from upstream to down. A key name in the team is David H. Sweeney, whose expertise ranges from exploration, production and processing to infrastructure and monetization; both he and Goodgame are based in Houston.

United States > M&A/corporate and commercial > M&A: large deals ($1bn+)

The corporate team at Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP supports clients on major M&A deals, buyouts, private debt investment, distressed transactions, SPAC deals and shareholder activist affairs. New York-based Zachary Wittenberg co-leads the practice alongside John Goodgame, a Houston lawyer who is especially well-accomplished within the energy sector; their team serves as general counsel to a number of companies, boards and executives and is also reputed for its investment fund representation.

United States > Finance > Capital markets: debt offerings

Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP remains best known for its work in the energy sector with strong capital markets specialists in Houston and Dallas, though with the further growth of the New York office it is developing its spread of engagements across a number of industries, most notably through New York partner Rosa A. Testani. The capital markets group has a particularly strong record in high-yield debt and in transactions linked to refinancings, liability management and corporate restructuring exercises. Houston partner John Goodgame is co-head of the securities practice and an experienced figure in energy sector capital markets offerings, including those by master limited partnerships (MLPs). Dallas partners Garrett DeVries and Seth Molay are also key names, along with Christine B LaFollette in Houston.

United States > Finance > Commercial lending

Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP has a solid debt finance practice, which works closely with its restructuring and bankruptcy practice assist with debtor-in-possession financings and Chapter 11 cases. On the lender side, the firm focuses on assisting alternative lenders such as investment funds, while the borrower practice has a client portfolio that includes numerous energy and construction companies. The New York office is home to corporate practice co-head Zachary Wittenberg, in addition to Scott Welkis and Meng Ru. John Goodgame leads the Houston team.