Kirkland Advises GeoSouthern in its Joint Venture with GSO to Acquire $850M of Haynesville Shale Assets from Encana

Kirkland & Ellis LLP advised GEP Haynesville, LLC in its $850 million acquisition of Haynesville Shale assets from indirect, wholly-owned subsidiaries of Canada-based Encana Corporation (TSX: ECA, NYSE: ECA). The properties, which are located primarily in DeSoto and Red River Parishes, Louisiana, contain approximately 112,000 net acres and 300 operated wells in the most prolific area of the Haynesville Shale.

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Dentons Names Glenn Ballard as Managing Partner in Houston

The global law firm Dentons today named Glenn Ballard, a past president of the Houston Bar Association, as Managing Partner of the Firm’s Houston office. Ballard joins Dentons following a notable career as a litigator with another law firm for more than 30 years.

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Jones Day Welcomes Houston Energy Transactions Partner Stephen Olson

The global law firm Jones Day today announced that Stephen Olson has joined the Houston Office as a partner in the Energy Practice. Formerly a partner in BakerHostetler’s Houston and New York offices, Mr. Olson will focus on energy industry M&A, private equity investments, capital markets transactions, and corporate governance matters.

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Hogan Lovells Adds Top-Ranked Disputes Team in Houston

Hogan Lovells announced today that Maria Boyce, Jennifer Smith, and Cristina Rodriguez will be joining the Litigation and Arbitration practice group as partners in the firm’s Houston office.

“As Houstonians with global practices and perspectives, Maria, Jennifer, and Cristina are the kind of market leaders who will add to our diverse, collaborative, and client-centered team,” said Stephen Immelt, CEO of Hogan Lovells. “Houston is critical for many of our energy clients in Texas and international clients in Latin America and beyond. We welcome Maria, Jennifer, and Cristina and the ability they bring to serve clients in this important market.”

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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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