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Jeffrey L Kochian

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Partner; Corporate

Position

Jeffrey L. Kochian leads Akin Gump’s corporate practice. He primarily focuses on public and private mergers and acquisitions (including private equity transactions), shareholder activism campaigns and other complex transactions.  Mr. Kochian also provides ongoing advice to clients on a full spectrum of corporate matters, including fiduciary duties and corporate governance, ’34 Act issues and strategic investments.  Recent transactions include Diamondback’s $9.2 billion acquisition of Energen Corporation, Kingston Technology’s $18 billion acquisition (as a member of a Bain Capital-led consortium) of Toshiba Memory Corporation, and Durational Capital’s leveraged buyout of Bojangles’, Inc., together with The Jordan Company. He also advises many high-profile activist investors on their investments, as well as providing ongoing strategic advice to many public companies with respect to their shareholders.

To learn more about Mr. Kochian, please visit his full profile: https://www.akingump.com/en/lawyers-advisors/jeffrey-l-kochian.html

Member

New York Bar Association

Education

BA, University of Rochester (1990); JD, Cornell Law School (1998)


United States: Industry focus

Energy: transactions: oil and gas

Within: Energy: transactions: oil and gas

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.

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United States: M&A/corporate and commercial

Corporate governance

Within: 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.

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M&A: middle-market ($500m-999m)

Within: 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.

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Shareholder activism

Within: Shareholder activism

Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP's Jeffrey Kochian and litigator Doug Rappaport are instructed by a number of activist parties, including hedge funds and other minority shareholders.

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