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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Dentons US and McKenna Long to Combine

A merger of Dentons US LLP (“Dentons US”) and McKenna Long & Aldridge LLP (“McKenna Long”) has been approved by the partners of both firms. The news builds on the momentum of the previously announced combination between Dentons and 大成, creating the world’s largest law firm. Clients inside the US will gain unrivaled access to markets around the world, and international clients will enjoy increased strength and reach across the US

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Akin Gump Advises Genesis Energy in $204 Million Public Offering of Securities

Akin Gump advised Genesis Energy, L.P., a master limited partnership or MLP, in an approximately $204 million underwritten public offering of common units representing limited partner interests. Genesis will use the net proceeds from that offering for general partnership purposes, such as funding acquisitions (including organic growth projects) or repaying a portion of the borrowings outstanding under its revolving credit facility

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Akin Gump Advises Sanchez Energy on Eagle Ford Shale Sale

Akin Gump advised Sanchez Energy Corporation (SN) in the execution and closing of an agreement with Sanchez Production Partners LP (SPP) to sell escalating amounts of partial working interests in certain wellbores and associated assets to a subsidiary of SPP for aggregate consideration of approximately $85 million to the Company, subject to normal and customary closing and post-closing adjustments. In connection with the transaction, SN novated certain gas and oil hedging transactions related to the production of the wellbores to SPP

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