Vorys Continues Growth in Houston; Welcomes Nine Litigators

Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease LLP announced today that nine trial lawyers, with diverse civil litigation backgrounds, will join the firm’s Houston office. The attorneys will start at the firm on January 5. Their arrival continues the firm’s expansion in Houston and strengthens Vorys nationally recognized litigation and energy groups.

Dick Schwartz, Monica Oathout, David Finck, Phillip Bechter, Steve Rech and Heather Kabele will join Vorys as partners. Jim Marrow will join as of counsel, and Mark Merrell and Jim Barnish come to the firm as associates. All nine lawyers most recently practiced law at Schwartz, Junell, Greenberg & Oathout LLP in Houston.

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Kirkland Advises CHS Capital and Royall & Company in Sale of Royall & Company to Advisory Board Company

Kirkland & Ellis LLP advised CHS Capital and Royall & Company in the sale of Royall & Company, the higher education industry leader in strategic, data-driven student engagement and enrollment management solutions, to the Advisory Board Company (NASDAQ: ABCO), a global, insight-driven technology, research, and services provider. Under the terms of the agreement, the Advisory Board will purchase Royall for $850 million, consisting of $750 million in cash and $100 million in Advisory Board stock.

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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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Bracewell Represents Kinder Morgan, Inc. in Closing of KMP, KMR and EPB Acquisition for Approximately $76 Billion in Transaction Value

Bracewell & Giuliani LLP is representing Kinder Morgan, Inc. (NYSE: KMI) in connection with the completion of its acquisition of the outstanding equity securities of Kinder Morgan Energy Partners, L.P. (NYSE: KMP), Kinder Morgan Management, LLC (NYSE: KMR), and El Paso Pipeline Partners, L.P. (NYSE: EPB) for approximately $76 billion in total transaction value. The transaction was initially announced on August 10, 2014.

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King & Spalding advises on $800 Million Clean Energy Project in Ohio

King & Spalding advised Oregon Clean Energy, LLC in the development of a contract for the engineering, procurement and construction of a greenfield 860 megawatt combined-cycle natural gas-fired generation facility in the Toledo, Ohio, suburb of Oregon. The financing for the transaction and the full notice to proceed under the contract occurred on November 14. The dollar amount of the transaction was not disclosed.

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Halliburton and Baker Hughes Reach Agreement to Combine in Stock and Cash Transaction Valued at $34.6 Billion

Baker Botts lawyers represent Halliburton in one of the largest energy deals of 2014.

Under the deal, Halliburton will acquire all the outstanding shares of Baker Hughes in a stock and cash transaction. The transaction is valued at $78.62 per Baker Hughes share, representing an equity value of $34.6 billion and enterprise value of $38.0 billion, based on Halliburton’s closing price on November 12, 2014, the day prior to public confirmation by Baker Hughes that it was in talks with Halliburton regarding a transaction. Upon the completion of the transaction, Baker Hughes stockholders will own approximately 36 percent of the combined company.

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Kirkland & Ellis LLP Represents Wynnchurch Capital in Raising $1.2 Billion Fund

Kirkland & Ellis LLP represented Wynnchurch Capital in the raising of its fourth private equity fund, Wynnchurch Capital Partners IV, L.P., which announced its final closing at $1.2 billion of limited partner commitments. The fund, which had a target of $900 million, was oversubscribed, resulting in the fund reaching its hard cap closing relatively quickly after its initial launch in September 2014.

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Willkie Launches Houston Office

Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP today announced that it is opening an office in Houston, Texas. The office will be the New York firm’s first new domestic office opening in more than 30 years. Willkie has a substantial client base in Texas including a number of the most highly regarded energy-related funds and most active industrial buyout firms in the region. This move furthers the firm’s strategy to combine the strengths of its existing relationships, the private equity, leveraged finance, M&A and capital markets skills of a traditional Wall Street firm and the talents of Houston-based attorneys specializing in energy and buyout transactions.

Launching the Houston office will be Willkie corporate partner Bruce Herzog, together with Michael Piazza, who joins from Bracewell & Giuliani LLP, and Angela Olivarez, who joins from Jones Day.

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King & Spalding Advises Edens Investment Trust on $762 Million Aquisition

King & Spalding represented real estate owner and developer Edens Investment Trust in its acquisition of all outstanding shares of AmREIT, Inc., in an all-cash transaction valued at $762 million. The deal was unanimously approved by AmREIT’s board of directors. It is expected to close in the first quarter of 2015.

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