Debbie P. Yee > Latham & Watkins LLP > Houston, United States > Lawyer Profile

Latham & Watkins LLP
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HOUSTON, TX 77002
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Debbie P. Yee, a partner in Latham & Watkins' Houston office, focuses her practice on matters in the energy industry, with experience representing clients on capital markets transactions, mergers and acquisitions, and corporate governance matters.

Ms. Yee has been recognized as a 2016 "Texas Rising Star" by Super Lawyers, was one of five energy attorneys named as a 2016 "Rising Star" by Law360 and was recognized as "Dealmaker of the Week" by The Am Law Daily in February of 2015

Position

Partner

Career

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Lawyer Rankings

United States > Finance > Capital markets: high-yield debt offerings

Latham & Watkins LLP’s ‘first-class group’ strikes an enviable balance between issuer and underwriter representations, with clients and peers alike asserting it is ‘one of the most well-rounded practices in the market’. The team, which is noted for its ‘broad sector focus’ and ‘extremely deep bench’, ranked among the top two firms by total deal value for both issuer and manager-side high-yield corporate bond offerings during 2018. Global corporate chair Marc Jaffe is ‘an institution in the capital markets space’ and recently paired up with ‘excellentIan Schuman to advise Jefferies on Nathan’s Famous’ $150m senior notes offering. Houston-based David Miller is ‘a very productive counterparty’ and, together with Houston’s Michael Chambers, advised Goldman Sachs on Endeavor Energy Resource’s $800m cash tender offer and also on its new issuance of $1bn worth of notes. On the issuer side, Houston’s Debbie Yee advised Sunoco on its $2.2bn notes offering, while Century City’s Steven Stokdyk advised Churchill Downs on its $500m senior notes offering. The group also benefits from the senior experience of Michael Benjamin (‘a great all-around lawyer’), Washington DC-based Patrick Shannon and Senet Bischoff. Named lawyers are based in New York, unless otherwise stated.

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

Latham & Watkins LLP is ‘always responsive and exceptionally adaptable’ and ‘has built a very deep and dependable practice‘. Highlights have included Houston-based Debbie P. Yee and Washington DC-based Nicholas P. Luongo acting for Silver Run Acquisition Corporation in its $3.8bn acquisition of Kingfisher Midstream and Alta Mesa. Also recommended in the Houston office is Robin Fredrickson, who ‘brings a ton of value to any transaction‘; Ryan Maierson, who heads the Houston corporate team; and Stephen Szalkowski, who focuses on M&A, joint ventures and private equity investments in the upstream and midstream sectors. New York-based Christopher Cross chairs the oil and gas group. Sean T. Wheeler left the firm for Kirkland & Ellis LLP.