Mr Anthony Speier > Kirkland & Ellis LLP > Houston, United States > Lawyer Profile

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

Anthony’s practice focuses on corporate mergers & acquisitions and formation of joint ventures involving assets across the energy value chain, including traditional, renewable and alternative energy sources.

Career

Anthony was a partner at Baker Botts until 2014 when he joined Kirkland to help establish the Houston office as leader of the energy real asset practice.

Education

J.D. (summa cum laude), Tulane University Law School, 2005; Order of the Coif, Tulane Law Review; B.A. (cum laude), Tulane University, 1997

Lawyer Rankings

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

(Leading lawyers)

Anthony SpeierKirkland & Ellis LLP

Extremely knowledgeable about the industry and market conditions‘, and also able to leverage deep institutional firm-wide ties with a raft of heavyweight private equity sponsors, including KKR and the Blackstone Group, Kirkland & Ellis LLP is regularly at the forefront of the most significant transactions in the market. This work spans the entire value chain and is primarily led from the firm’s Houston office, which since its foundation in 2014 has successfully established itself as one of the premier oil and gas M&A outfits in the market and is lauded for its ‘amazing commercial knowledge on top of legal expertise’. Over the review period, the team’s workflow has benefitted from the ability to draw from the firm’s wider restructuring offering, which has been increasingly active, both on the debtor side, as well as for investors seeking to realize value by acquiring assets out of bankruptcy. While private equity-related work is without doubt a core strength, the team also has broader strengths acting for private and publicly-held energy companies, which continue to generate substantial work as they seek to consolidate and to divest non-core assets. In this respect, a notable recent highlight was the firm’s high-profile work for WPX Energy on its merger with Devon Energy, which has subsequently positioned the combined entity as the third largest unconventional oil producer in the US. Anthony Speier was involved in the aforementioned deal and alongside Andrew Calder co-heads the energy practice group. Other recommended practitioners include Sean Wheeler, who handles oil and gas M&A, as well as energy-related securities offerings and corporate governance work; the ‘very bright‘ David Castro, who ‘has a great pulse on what is important and what is not when working on a transaction‘; Rahul Vashi, who is ‘straightforward, easy to work with and very helpful‘; William Benitez, for upstream and midstream strategic and private equity-led M&A; and associate Lindsey Jaquillard, who is developing a strong reputation advising on upstream acquisitions, divestitures and joint venture work. All practitioners named are based in Houston.