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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Anthony represents private equity sponsors and energy companies in connection with acquisitions, divestitures and formation of joint ventures involving upstream and midstream assets. Anthony also advises clients on joint development and farmout agreements, gathering and processing agreements and production payments.


Anthony was a partner at Baker Botts until 2014 when he joined Kirkland to help establish the Houston office as leader of the oil & gas asset acquisition and divestiture practice.


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

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

(Leading lawyers)

Anthony SpeierKirkland & 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.