Mr David Castro > Kirkland & Ellis LLP > Houston, United States > Lawyer Profile

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

Corporate

Position

David Castro Jr. is a corporate partner in the Houston office of Kirkland & Ellis LLP. David’s practice focuses on acquisitions, divestitures and formation of joint ventures involving energy assets, with an emphasis on unconventional resources. David represents clients in connection with the purchase and sale of a broad range of assets, including upstream and midstream oil and gas assets and companies. David’s transactional experience also includes advising clients in connection with the formation of joint ventures and complex energy projects, farmout and participation agreements to develop oil and gas properties, oil and gas transportation and gathering agreements, natural gas processing and fractionation agreements and other commercial transactions concerning the development of oil and gas properties.

Career

Kirkland & Ellis LLP, 2014–present. Baker Botts LLP, 2009–2014.

Education

University of Chicago Law School, J.D., 2009; Duke University, B.A., History, 2006.

Lawyer Rankings

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

(Next Generation Partners)

David CastroKirkland & 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.

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

Kirkland & Ellis LLP has a broad transactional practice, acting as lead counsel in public M&A, large-scale and cross-border joint ventures, and contested transactions. Clients of note include Bristol Myers-Squibb, GlaxoSmithKline, and General Motors. Bristol Myers-Squibb in particular provided a key mandate for the practice in the form of its $90bn acquisition of Celgene, a significant transaction within the pharmaceuticals sector led by established ‘outstanding practitionersDaniel Wolf, David Fox, and Jonathan Davis. The team is also active in transactions in the logistics, healthcare, shipping, and manufacturing industries. The firm’s US-wide platform is aided further by strong global connectivity with offices in Europe, Africa, South America, and Asia, enabling it to access ‘great expertise’ from a variety of sources in complex cross-border transactions. The ‘exceptionalEric Schiele is also highly recommended by clients, while Houston-based David Castro and Christopher Heasley are noted for their work in energy sector transactions. All lawyers are in New York unless otherwise stated.