Porter Hedges Grows Bankruptcy Practice with New Partner Eric English

Eric English has joined Porter Hedges as a partner in the Bankruptcy section of the Corporate Practice Group. Mr. English has a diverse restructuring, litigation and creditor rights practice, including the representation of debtors, secured lenders, trade creditors, and equity holders in commercial workouts, bankruptcy restructurings and disputes. He also has experience with commercial foreclosures and has represented buyers in distressed acquisition transactions.

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Kirkland & Ellis Represents Building Materials Holding Corp. in $1.5B Merger with Stock Building Supply

Kirkland & Ellis LLP represents Building Materials Holding Corporation (BMC), which along with Stock Building Supply Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ: STCK), announced today the signing of a definitive merger agreement under which the two companies will combine in an all-stock transaction. The combined company is expected to have an implied pro forma enterprise value of $1.5 billion based on Stock Building Supply’s closing price on June 2. The transaction will create a premier provider of lumber, diversified building products and construction services with over $2.7 billion in pro forma 2014 revenues and enhanced product and service offerings.

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Locke Lord Counsels Enterprise in $2.15 Billion Purchase of Eagle Ford Shale Midstream Assets From Pioneer

A team of Locke Lord lawyers led by Terry Radney and including Joe Perillo, Dale Smith, Hunter Summerford and Walker Clarke, provided counsel to Enterprise Products Operating, LLC (“Enterprise”) in its $2.15 billion purchase of the Eagle Ford Shale Midstream business (EFS Midstream) of Pioneer Natural Resources Company (“Pioneer”) and Reliance Holding USA, Inc. (“Reliance”). Assistant General Counsel Charlie San Miguel led the legal team at Enterprise on the deal. The transaction is subject to regulatory approvals and normal closing adjustments. Pioneer owns 50.1% of EFS Midstream and Reliance owns the remaining 49.9%.

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Sidley Austin LLP Adds New Restructuring, Energy Partner in Houston

Sidley Austin LLP announced today that Duston K. McFaul has joined the firm’s Houston office as a partner in both its Corporate Reorganization and Bankruptcy, and Energy practices. Mr. McFaul is an experienced restructuring lawyer with a concentrated practice built around complex business restructurings, negotiated workouts and contested proceedings.

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Crestwood Equity Partners LP And Crestwood Midstream Partners LP Announce $7.5 Billion Merger

Paul Hastings LLP, a leading global law firm, announced today that it represented the conflicts committee of Crestwood Midstream Partners LP (NYSE: “CMLP”) (“Crestwood Midstream”) in the negotiation of a definitive agreement to merge Crestwood Midstream and Crestwood Equity Partners LP (NYSE: “CEQP”) (“Crestwood Equity”) into a single publicly traded partnership with a consolidated enterprise value of $7.5 billion.

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Jackson Lewis Adds Lucrecia Davis, Bolsters Immigration Presence in Texas

Jackson Lewis P.C., one of the country’s largest and fastest-growing workplace law firms, is pleased to announce Lucrecia M. Davis has joined the firm’s Houston office as Shareholder. Ms. Davis joins Jackson Lewis from Fragomen, Del Rey, Bernsen & Loewy, LLP, where she spent almost 15 years practicing exclusively in the field of corporate immigration and nationality law.

“We are delighted to welcome Lucrecia to Jackson Lewis,” said Sean G. Hanagan, Leader of the firm’s Immigration practice group. “Her extensive background working within the complexities of U.S. immigration law, and specifically her experience with the energy sector, will greatly benefit our client base in Texas and throughout the country.”

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Kirkland & Ellis Advises Avista Capital Partners and Armored AutoGroup in Sale

Kirkland & Ellis LLP represented Armored AutoGroup., a portfolio company of Avista Capital Partners, in its sale to Spectrum Brands Holdings Inc. in a transaction valued at $1.4 billion in cash and assumed debt.

Avista Capital Partners is a leading private equity firm with approximately $6 billion under management and offices in New York, Houston and London.

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Jackson Walker Expands Real Estate Practice With Addition of Four Key Partners from Thompson & Knight

Jackson Walker L.L.P. welcomes Alfie Meyerson, Thad Armstrong, David Jones, and David Robins as partners in the firm’s Houston office. The four partners, who join the firm from Thompson & Knight LLP, add considerable depth and distinction to Jackson Walker’s already robust Real Estate and Finance practice groups.

“The addition of this excellent group of lawyers, along with other high-profile lateral partners who have joined us recently, truly gives us the premier real estate practice group in the Southwest,” said Jackson Walker managing partner Wade Cooper. “We anticipate great synergies from having a large, efficient, and cost-effective real estate team that is as good as any in this part of the world.”

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McKool Smith Adds Ex-Vinson & Elkins IP Litigation Pro

McKool Smith PC has added a seasoned patent trial litigator to serve as a principal with a dual assignment in its Houston and Washington, D.C., offices, after he spent nearly 42 years working at Vinson & Elkins LLP, McKool Smith announced on Monday.

At McKool Smith, William “Bill” LaFuze will handle a wide range of intellectual property law issues, with a particular focus on patent litigation in the smartphone, computer, electronics, oilfield equipment, telecommunications and Internet-related fields, the firm said. LaFuze’s clients have included Chesapeake Energy Co., Motorola Corp., The Coca-Cola Co., Halliburton Co. and Harley-Davidson Inc., among others, his new employer said.

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