Environmental, Life Sciences Authority To Rejoin Pillsbury

Pillsbury today announced the return of former partner Andrew Strong to the firm’s office in Houston, effective March 23, 2015. During Strong’s previous tenure with Pillsbury, he worked closely with many of the firm’s major energy clients on environmental issues and crisis prevention and response.

Strong left the firm in 2009, when he was selected by the Texas A&M System’s Board of Regents as its General Counsel and System Compliance Officer. As the chief legal officer, Strong was responsible for all legal matters over a $3.6 billion-per-year network that employs more than 45,000 people across more than 100 facilities, including 11 universities, seven state agencies and a health science center.

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David R. Roth and Shahid A. Ghauri Join Jones Walker’s Houston Office

Jones Walker LLP announced today that David R. Roth and Shahid A. Ghauri have joined the firm’s Houston office. Mr. Roth is a partner in the Real Estate Practice Group and Mr. Ghauri is a partner in the Business & Commercial Transactions Practice Group.

Mr. Roth has more than two decades of broad-based transactional experience working both in-house and in private practice with public and private companies. He counsels clients in a broad range of transactions and financing in the energy industry, including projects involving electric power; onshore and offshore oil and gas exploration and production; transportation and pipelines; liquefied natural gas processing; commodity marketing and trading; and ancillary services such as equipment supply and seismic analysis.

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Kirkland & Ellis Represents Madison Dearborn, Ikaria in $2.3B Sale to Mallinckrodt

Kirkland & Ellis LLP represented Madison Dearborn Partners and Ikaria, Inc., a privately held critical care company, which today announced that it has reached a definitive agreement with Mallinckrodt plc under which a subsidiary of Mallinckrodt will acquire Ikaria from a Madison Dearborn-led investor group in a transaction valued at approximately $2.3 billion. Mallinckrodt (NYSE: MNK), is a leading global specialty biopharmaceutical company. Subject to customary closing conditions, the parties expect the transaction to be completed early in the second calendar quarter of 2015. 

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Cadwalader Adds Chad Mills to Energy and Commodities Practice in Houston

Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP, a leading counselor to global financial institutions and corporations, today announced that Chad Mills is joining the firm as Partner in its Energy & Commodities Practice in Houston. Mills is a leading practitioner in structured energy transactions and related energy trading agreements, project infrastructure development, mergers and acquisitions, and other corporate transactions for clients including energy providers, developers, investors and underwriters in gas, electric power and oil.

“Chad’s addition demonstrates our firm’s continuing ability to attract top talent,” said Patrick Quinn, Managing Partner. “Chad is a great fit with our firm’s emphasis on coordinating our expertise across all our practice areas to produce the best results for clients on their most complex matters. He embraces the opportunity to combine his energy transactional experience with our regulatory, financial, corporate and other strengths to best serve our clients, and we couldn’t be more pleased to have him join us.”

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Baker Botts Represents American Industrial Partners in Purchase of Anixter’s Fasteners Unit For $380 Million

Anixter International Inc. (NYSE: AXE) announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to sell its OEM Supply – Fasteners (“Fasteners”) segment to American Industrial Partners (“AIP”) for $380 million in cash, subject to certain post-closing adjustments. The transaction, which was approved by Anixter’s Board of Directors, is expected to close during the second quarter of 2015, subject to customary closing conditions and regulatory approval.

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Akin Gump Advises Rose Rock Midstream in $325 Million Crude Oil Deal

Akin Gump advised the conflicts committee of the board of directors of Rose Rock Midstream, L.P.’s general partner in the partnership’s $325 million purchase of the remaining crude oil assets of SemGroup Corporation, which include the Wattenberg Oil Trunkline System and SemGroup’s 50 percent interest in the Glass Mountain Pipeline.

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