Keith Fullenweider > Vinson & Elkins LLP > Houston, United States > Lawyer Profile

Vinson & Elkins LLP
SUITE 2500
HOUSTON, TX 77002-6760
United States

Work Department

Mergers & Acquisitions and Private Equity




Keith Fullenweider is the co-head of Vinson & Elkins’ Corporate department and is a member of the firm’s Management Committee.

Keith advises private equity firms and their portfolio companies on their investments, financings, and exit transactions. In addition, he counsels private equity firms on structuring capital raises, new business opportunities and corporate development matters. Keith also has extensive experience in public company merger transactions, particularly those involving conflict, special committee processes and regulated businesses.

Lawyer Rankings

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

(Leading lawyers)

Keith FullenweiderVinson & Elkins LLP

Combining ‘great experience and expertise, strong knowledge of the energy industry and ability to handle highly-complex transactions’, Vinson & Elkins LLP’s oil-and-gas practice draws from the firm’s strength in tax, environmental and regulatory law. With substantial cross-border experience, the group advises clients including producers, developers, midstream companies, oilfield-services companies, banks, regulatory commissions, contractors, fuel suppliers, private equity investors and hedge funds on matters the length of the hydrocarbons value-chain. The practice is led by three co-heads: John Connally, who handles the spectrum of domestic and international upstream and midstream M&A, joint ventures and development transactions; Kaam Sahely, whose experience covers renewable and sustainable energy-assets, power generation, traditional hydrocarbons’ and infrastructure assets; and Keith Fullenweider, who advises private equity firms and their portfolio companies on investments, financings and exit transactions. Other key names in the practice are transactional lawyer Bryan Loocke and Danielle Patterson, who focuses on the energy and infrastructure industries. All named individuals are based in Houston.

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

Vinson & Elkins LLP is a long-established player in the field of energy-related M&A and is also an active name in the technology, consumer goods, life sciences, real estate and finance sectors. Based in Houston, Keith Fullenweider handles private equity and public company merger deals, boasting specialist expertise in transactions with conflict, specialist committee process and regulated business components. Other key names are based in Dallas and New York, among other locations.

United States > M&A/corporate and commercial > Private equity buyouts

Vinson & Elkins LLP continues to expand its share of the national private equity market, advising on a number of sophisticated transactions for notable sponsors including KKR, Carlyle, and Riverstone, combining traditional buyouts and portfolio company M&A with regular involvements in PE-led SPAC deals for the likes of Apollo and TPG. The firm is a long-standing leader in the energy space, handling bulge-bracket deals in areas such as midstream oil & gas and renewable energy, and is increasingly involved in tech and telecoms work in New York and California. The team is led from Houston by Keith Fullenweider , Matthew Strock , and David Oelman , with New York’s Jim Fox also a key player. Benji Barron joined the Houston office from an in-house position in July 2021, furthering the firm’s expertise in midstream energy transactions, while Gabriel Silva arrived at the New York office from January 2021 and brings a valuable relationship with Digitalbridge. Lande Spottswood in Houston is an increasingly influential name in the team, while Dallas’s John Grand is relationship partner for several of the firm’s major clients.