Mr William Benitez > Kirkland & Ellis LLP > Houston, United States > Lawyer Profile

Kirkland & Ellis LLP
609 Main Street
Houston, Tx 77002
United States

Work Department

Corporate

Position

Bill’s practice concentrates on complex business transactions in the energy industry, including mergers and acquisitions, private equity and venture capital investments, leveraged buyouts, recapitalizations, executive compensation and equity incentive arrangements, and related general corporate counseling. Bill has worked on transactions in a variety of energy industry segments, including upstream, transportation and midstream, coal and other mining, chemicals and industrials, energy and industrial services, engineering and construction, renewables and clean energy and power generation.

Career

Admitted to Illinois and Texas Bar.

Education

Louisiana State University, B.S., 1998; Northwestern University Kellogg School of Management, M.B.A., Finance, 2009; Northwestern Pritzker School of Law, J.D., 2009

Lawyer Rankings

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

(Next Generation Partners)

William BenitezKirkland & Ellis LLP

Led from Houston by Anthony Speier and Andrew Calder, and also benefiting from a significant number of oil and gas focused transactional lawyers operating out of the firm’s nascent Dallas office, the ‘very responsive and knowledgeable’ team at Kirkland & Ellis LLP continues its upward trajectory in the sector, with clients benefiting not only from the firm’s longstanding M&A and finance expertise but also considerable sector knowledge. Although it is active across the value chain, the team is perhaps best-known for its upstream offering and has been involved in a significant amount of the recent  consolidation in the space, including its recent work for petroleum and natural gas exploration and production company Newfield Exploration on its $7.7bn merger with Encana Corporation. The firm is also able to leverage its longstanding private equity ties with heavy-hitters including KKR and the Carlyle Group which have seized on the relatively recent downturn in the sector to purchase assets at a discount with a view to realizing significant value through divestments in the years to come. ‘Knowledgeable, responsive and business-oriented’ partner David Castro has a flourishing reputation for M&A and capital works in the sector on behalf of public companies and private equity firms and is a key member of the team that also includes Sean WheelerWilliam Benitez and ‘seasoned professional Lindsey Jaquillard. All practitioners named are based out of Houston.