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Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP
600 TRAVIS, SUITE 4200
HOUSTON, TX 77002
United States

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United States > Finance > Capital markets: debt

Noted for its ‘depth in the energy space’, Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP also ‘punches above its weight’ in the utilities and real estate spheres. The firm secured several high-profile mandates for issuers over the past year, which saw department co-head Susan Failla advising Philip Morris International on two notes offerings totaling €1bn. Peter O’Brien, who co-leads the capital markets practice, and Christina Kwon advised Duke Energy on several debt capital markets deals, including a $500m public offering. On the underwriter front, Houston-based Michael O’Leary acted for the underwriters on $2bn worth of senior notes offerings by Kinder Morgan. The group also benefits from the experience of Houston-based co-lead Courtney Cochran Butler and Richmond-based real estate capital markets head David Wright. Named attorneys are based in New York, unless otherwise stated.

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

Following its high-profile combination in 2018, the newly merged Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP is included for the first time in the high-yield debt category. The manager-focused group, which is recognized for its ‘depth in the energy space’, secured a solid stream of high-yield deals over the past year, with energy, utilities and financial services standing out as the key drivers of the practice. Highlights included Houston-based Jordan Hirsch advising the initial purchasers on a three-tranche private placement of notes by Sunoco LP and Sunoco Finance Corp, which totaled $2.2bn. On the financial services front, Dallas-based Steven Leshin acted for the initial purchasers on a $700m notes offering by Freedom Mortgage Corporation. Houston-based corporate co-lead Michael O’Leary, who has a strong record in energy-related offerings, is also recommended.

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

Based primarily in Houston, the team at Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP acts for a wide range of project sponsors, trusts and investors in transactions involving oil and gas exploration, production, development, storage and transportation. The practice group is jointly headed by Harve Truskett and Hal Haltom, and includes Michael O’Leary, who co-heads the firm’s corporate group. Recent highlights included Robert Jewell acting for the Conflicts Committee of the Board of Directors of the General Partner of Antero Midstream GP (AMGP) in AMGP’s acquisition of all outstanding common units of Antero Midstream Partners in a stock and cash transaction valued at $7.2bn. DCP Midstream Partners, Hilcorp Energy Company and Sinopec are among the team’s key clients. Christopher Richardson and Charlie Ofner joined White & Case LLP.

United States > M&A/corporate and commercial > M&A: middle-market (sub-$500m)

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Michael O’LearyHunton Andrews Kurth LLP

Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP‘s ‘M&A team provides excellent representation on transactions of varying sizes; it takes a practical and realistic approach and is always focused on delivering the right outcomes at the right cost for the client. The practice also has great depth, from senior partners to junior associates, and ensures that work is performed at the right level and with appropriate supervision at all times‘. The firm was created in 2018 from the merger of Hunton & Williams LLP and Andrews Kurth Kenyon LLP and advises clients on negotiated acquisitions, takeover defenses and contested situations, LBOs and spin-offs. Other areas of strength are holding company formations, corporate auctions, mergers-of-equals, go-private transactions and strategic acquisition and divestiture programs; and the practice has a particular focus on the consumer products, retail, defense, real estate, healthcare, energy, technology and financial services sectors. Regular clients include ExxonMobil, Smithfield Foods, Citibank International and Diageo; the practice also assisted the conflicts committee of diversified midstream company Andeavor Logistics (AL) with AL’s acquisition of Western Refining Logistics; acted for Carlisle Companies in the sale of its Carlisle FoodService Products division to funds managed by middle-market private equity firm The Jordan Company; and advised longstanding client Xenith Bankshares on its sale to Union Bankshares. Other significant highlights included the team acting for Canadian energy infrastructure company AltaGas, as Virginia counsel, in its $9bn acquisition of WGL Holdings, as well as its advice to Pebblebrook Hotel Trust on its acquisition of LaSalle Hotel Properties. Steven Haas, who is based in both Richmond and Washington DC, and Steven Patterson in Washington DC, co-head the firm’s M&A team; Houston-based Robert Jewell has particular experience in the energy and forest products industries, master limited partnerships, real estate investment trusts, and representing special committees of boards of directors; and Fernando Alonso, who divides his time between Miami and New York, heads the Latin America team. Other key advisers include Houston’s co-corporate team head Michael O’Leary, Richmond-based Gary Thompson, who chairs the public company M&A practice, Michael McCann, Houston’s energy law specialist Ashley Burns Muehlberger and special counsel  Allen Goolsby.