THE FIRM This first-class team continues to be a top choice for high-end corporate/M&A work in Texas. With 47 partners in its Texas M&A group, the firm is rightly lauded for its strength in depth. The team has focused on private equity, capital markets and M&A matters over the past year, and has been involved in high-value transactions in each area. M&A highlights include representing Holly Corporation in its $7 billion merger with Frontier Oil.
Sources say: "They are very proactive, well connected and responsive."
KEY INDIVIDUALS Market sources have a "tremendous amount of respect" for Mark Kelly, who is always "very practical and calm." In a busy year, his highlights include providing ongoing advice to Anadarko.
Highly talented attorney Michael Wortley focuses on representing private equity funds. He is highly regarded by interviewees, who were quick to highlight his effective negotiating style.
Scott Wulfe is "an excellent lawyer and a great problem solver," and is "well liked by everybody." He has a broad practice and recently played a key role in assisting SCF Partners in two major portfolio combinations.
David Oelman has an excellent reputation in Texas, and is highlighted for his first-class client care. According to sources, clients "trust his judgment" and "look to him as a good counselor." They note that he is particularly well connected in the industry, and is a "steady pair of hands."
James Prince earns praise for his responsiveness and close attention to detail, and is "knowledgeable and easy to work with."
Keith Fullenweider heads the firm's M&A/private equity practice group and is widely respected in the market for being "very sharp and laser-focused."
"Nothing ever falls through the cracks" with Robert Kimball, say sources, because he "listens very carefully to his clients" and "really focuses on getting a deal done."
Alan Bogdanow is highly regarded for his experience across a wide range of corporate matters. He played a key role in advising Holly Corporation on its merger with Frontier Oil.
Jeffery Floyd has a busy practice and recently led a team advising Energy Transfer Partners on its acquisition of Southern Union Gas's 50% interest in Florida Gas Transmission, worth $1.9 billion.