King & Spalding Wins Dismissal of $1.5 Billion Class Action Against Former ATP Oil & Gas Corp. Officers

King & Spalding obtained a victory on behalf of former officers of ATP Oil & Gas Corp., persuading a federal court to dismiss claims brought by a putative class that had purchased $1.5 billion in notes from the company. In an Aug. 14 ruling, the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana dismissed with prejudice the claims brought under Section 11 of the Securities Act of 1933.

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Littler to Open Office in Booming Austin

Littler, the world’s largest employment and labor law practice representing management, will expand its presence in Texas with a new Austin office, effective Sept. 1. Three attorneys from Littler’s Dallas location will establish the firm in Austin – one of the nation’s most dynamic and growing cities.

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K&L Gates Bolsters Labor & Employment Practice with Immigration Partner Addition in Texas

The Austin office of global law firm K&L Gates LLP welcomes Brian Graham as a partner in its labor, employment & workplace safety practice and Global Employer Solutions offering. An internationally recognized business immigration lawyer, Graham joins K&L Gates from Strasburger & Price, LLP, where he was chair of that firm’s immigration law team and EB-5 Task Force.

Board certified in immigration & nationality law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization, Graham has extensive experience in corporate immigration and investment-based immigration for high net worth immigrants. He works with lawyers in the labor & employment, tax, estate planning, securities, and corporate law areas to develop comprehensive strategies for clients.

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K&L Gates Adds Environmental, Administrative Law Trio in Austin Office

Global law firm K&L Gates LLP has expanded its Austin office with the addition of environmental and administrative law practitioners Bill Moltz, Steve Morton, and Janessa Glenn. The three lawyers join K&L Gates from Austin’s Moltz Morton & Glenn, LLP, where they together represented publicly traded and privately held companies in the industrial, manufacturing, agriculture, oil and gas, chemical, refining, real estate, waste management, and land development sectors, among others. They regularly represent clients before state and federal regulatory agencies including the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, the Texas Railroad Commission, Texas Department of Transportation, and Texas Health and Human Services Commission.

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Leading Environment and Land Use Attorneys, Alan M. Glen and Steven P. Quarles, Join Nossaman in Austin, Texas and Washington, D.C.

Nossaman LLP is pleased to announce the addition of Alan M. Glen and Steven P. Quarles as Partners in the Firm’s Environment and Land Use Practice Group. Mr. Glen will be based in the Firm’s Austin, Texas office and Mr. Quarles will be based in the Firm’s Washington, D.C. office.

Mr. Glen and Mr. Quarles are well known and highly respected environment and land use practitioners, and advise clients on a wide range of critical issues at both the federal and state level. Their extensive experience enables Nossaman to enhance its nationally recognized Environment and Land Use Practice Group and better serve its clients across the United States. Mr. Glen’s and Mr. Quarles’ practice focus includes various areas of federal environmental law, such as wildlife and species protection issues under the Endangered Species Act, the Migratory Bird Treaty Act, and the Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act, as well as federal and state environmental issues that impact renewable and traditional energy, transportation, water law, real estate development, agriculture, forestry, and mining.

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Pillsbury Broadens Practice In Texas To Serve Tech

Pillsbury today welcomed new corporate partner Steven M. Tyndall. With a broad client base ranging from formation stage and emerging companies to established public and private companies, Tyndall focuses on advising clients in the areas of technology, life sciences and clean energy.

“We are very pleased to welcome Steve to Pillsbury,” said Firm Chair Jim Rishwain Jr. “His deep industry knowledge and experience will be of great benefit to our clients in Texas and around the world. With our global platform and the recent addition of Andrew Strong, former CEO of Kalon Biotherapeutics, we are poised to further build on our recognized position as a worldwide leader in the life sciences industry.”

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Baker Botts Represents EnLink in $600 Million Acquisition of Coronado Midstream

The EnLink Midstream companies, EnLink Midstream Partners, LP (NYSE:ENLK) (the Partnership) and EnLink Midstream, LLC (NYSE:ENLC) (the General Partner) (together “EnLink”), announced a definitive agreement to acquire Coronado Midstream Holdings LLC (“Coronado”), which owns natural gas gathering and processing facilities in the Permian Basin, for approximately $600 million, subject to certain adjustments

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Baker Botts Represents The Energy & Minerals Group in $460 Million Investment in American Energy Minerals Holdings, LLC

On November 26, 2014, an affiliate of The Energy & Minerals Group, LP (“EMG”) closed on its $460 million equity commitment to American Energy Minerals Holdings, LLC (“AEMN”), an affiliate of American Energy Partners, LP, representing a 92% interest in AEMN. AEMN was formed to pursue a business plan focused on the acquisition of minerals and overriding royalty interests (“ORRIs”) across targeted high-return onshore basins in the United States. An aggregate of $350 million was funded at the initial closing, which will be used to acquire 28,000 net mineral acres and 29,000 acres of ORRIs across the Utica, Marcellus, Woodford and Permian Basin plays as well as to provide AEMN with initial working capital.

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Greenberg Traurig’s Austin Office Expands with Five New Attorneys

Continuing its strategic growth in Texas, the international law firm Greenberg Traurig LLP has added a top-tier team of five attorneys and one director across various practice areas including real estate, energy regulatory, corporate & securities and government law & policy to its Austin office. The team, whose experience further enhances the firm’s highly regarded multi-practice capabilities, includes shareholders Joshua Bernstein, Todd Kimbrough and Elizabeth Rogers along with associates William Teten, Jr. and Katie Van Dyk. Rounding out the group is Government Law & Policy senior director, Dr. Jennifer McEwan.

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Baker Botts Represents Hunt Oil in $278 Million Sale of Assets to Vanguard

Vanguard Natural Resources, LLC today announced it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire natural gas, oil and natural gas liquids (“NGLs”) assets in North Louisiana and East Texas for a purchase price of $278 million from Hunt Oil Company. The properties consist of approximately 23,000 net acres that are currently producing approximately 17.5 MMcfe per day, with approximately 67% natural gas and 33% oil and NGLs. The effective date of the acquisition is June 1, 2014, and the anticipated closing of the acquisition is on or before October 1, 2014.

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