G. Michael O'Leary
Mike is a member of the Policy Committee and co-chair of the Corporate/Securities practice.
Mike has an extensive corporate securities and mergers and acquisitions practice with particular emphasis on representation of issuers and underwriters in public and private offerings of equity and debt securities; representation of buyers, sellers and special committees in mergers and acquisitions (domestic and foreign) and of private equity firms investments in energy and energy infrastructure; redemptions and exchanges of corporate debt; negotiating complex partnerships and joint ventures; structuring spin-offs and "going private" transactions; and corporate governance. The clients Mike represents include some of the largest and best-known names in the energy business. He has a significant reputation in master limited partnerships, energy and oilfield services, energy infrastructure, private equity investments, pipeline company transactions, royalty trusts and forest products companies.
- Counsel to Energy Transfer Partners, L.P. in its $1.5 billion sale of Southern Union Gathering Company to Regency Energy Partners LP.
- Counsel to La Grange Acquisition, L.P. (a wholly owned subsidiary of Energy Transfer Partners, L.P.) in its sale of ETC Canyon Pipeline, LLC to Summit Midstream Partners, LLC.
- Counsel to Hilcorp Energy in the sale of Eagle Ford shale assets to Marathon Oil Corporation in a transaction valued at $3.5 billion.
- Counsel to Hilcorp Energy Company in a $400 million investment by Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co. in a newly-formed partnership to own and develop Hilcorp's oil and gas properties in Texas.
- Counsel to Evercore Partners in the merger of Berry Petroleum with and into LinnCo.
- Counsel to Cordillera Energy Partners III in its merger with Apache Corporation.
- Counsel to GSO Capital in its investment in a joint venture with Chesapeake Energy in the Utica Shale.
- Counsel to Blackstone Capital in its $1.0 billion joint venture with Alta Energy, L.P.
- Counsel to Energy Transfer Partners and Regency Energy Partners in their joint acquisition to LDH Energy.
- Issuer's counsel on the Rose Rock Midstream, LP IPO.
- Underwriters' counsel on the PetroLogistics LP IPO.
- Issuer's counsel on the American Midstream Partners, LP IPO.
- Issuer's counsel on the LRR Energy, LP IPO.
- Underwriters' counsel on Kinder Morgan Inc. IPO.
- Underwriters' counsel on the Rentech Nitrogen Partner, L.P. IPO.
- Underwriters' counsel on the Laredo Petroleum Inc. IPO.
- Underwriters' counsel on the Oiltanking Partners, LP IPO.
- Counsel to Hilcorp Energy in the sale to Marathon Oil of Eagle Ford properties owned by a joint venture with KKR and affiliated funds for $3.5 billion.
- Counsel to Blackstone Capital in its Eagle Ford joint venture with GeoSouthern Energy Corporation.
- Counsel to Conflicts Committee of the Board of Directors of Energy Transfer Partners L.P. in connection with a transaction relating to Regency Energy Partners, L.P.
- Counsel to BJ Services Company in connection with its merger with Baker-Hughes Inc.
- Underwriters' counsel on the Oasis Petroleum Inc. IPO.
- Underwriters' counsel on the Oxford Resource Partners, LP IPO.
- Issuer’s counsel on the recent $300+ million common unit offering by El Paso Pipeline Partners, L.P. and $110 million senior note offering by El Paso Pipeline Partners Operating Company.
- Counsel to Quintana Capital Group in connection with its acquisition of the general partner of Genesis Energy L.P.
- Counsel to American Infrastructure Group in connection with the formation of American Midstream Partners L.P. and the acquisition from Enbridge Energy Partners L.P. of several intrastate and interstate pipeline systems.
- Counsel to Global Infrastructure Partners in connection with its acquisition of a 50% interest in Chesapeake Midstream Partners, L.P. and the related acquisition and contribution transactions.
- Conflict Minerals Rule Update: Court Denies Request for Stay (May 16, 2014)
- SEC Issues Partial Stay of Conflict Minerals Rule (May 2, 2014)
- The Conflict Minerals Rule: Important Recent Developments (May 2, 2014)
- SEC Proposes Pay Ratio Disclosure Rule (October 10, 2013)
- SEC Provides Guidance on Dodd-Frank Conflict Minerals Rule (June 19, 2013)
- JOBS Act Options for General Counsel to Ponder in IPOs In-House Texas, A Publication of Texas Lawyer in Association with The General Counsel Forum (May 13, 2013)
- SEC Adopts Rules Implementing Dodd-Frank Disclosure Requirements for Payments by Resource Extraction Issuers (September 13, 2012)
- Recent Ruling Allows a Shareholder Lawsuit to Proceed After a Negative Say-on-Pay Vote: Quirk or Harbinger? (October 6, 2011)
- DC Circuit’s Proxy Access Decision to Stand, but SEC to Allow “Private Ordering” of Proxy Access (September 20, 2011)
- Oil and Gas Companies Should Expect Increased SEC Scrutiny of Operations and Reserves (September 6, 2011)
- SEC Replaces Credit Ratings with New Wide Market Following Test for Shelf Registration Statement Eligibility (September 1, 2011)
- PCAOB Floats Possibility of Mandatory Audit Firm Rotation Financial Fraud Report (January 2012) (August 31, 2011)
- DC Circuit Panel Vacates Proxy Access Rule (July 28, 2011)
- PCAOB Considers Changes to Standards for Auditors’ Reports on Audited Financial Statements Financial Fraud Report (November/December 2011) (July 6, 2011)
- SEC Proposes Rules for Compensation Committees and Compensation Advisers (April 21, 2011)
- SEC Proposes Rules to Implement the Dodd-Frank Act’s Mine Safety Disclosure Requirements (January 25, 2011)
- SEC Proposes Disclosure Rules for Payments by Resource Extraction Issuers (January 13, 2011)
- Takeaways From SEC Comments On New Oil, Gas Rules (pdf) Law360 (December 2, 2010)
- SEC Issues Interpretive Guidance Regarding Liquidity and Capital Resources Disclosures (October 20, 2010)
- SEC Proposes Enhanced Short-Term Borrowing Disclosure Rules (October 20, 2010)
- SEC Stays Proxy Access Rules (October 6, 2010)
- Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act: Corporate Governance and Executive Compensation Provisions (July 21, 2010)
- SEC Proposes Amendments to Issuer Repurchase Rule (February 16, 2010)
- Administration Unveils Over-The-Counter Derivatives Reform (August 28, 2009)
- Congress Pushes Forward Executive Compensation Regulation and Say on Pay Legislation (August 18, 2009)
- "Obama Administration Announces Financial Regulatory Overhaul" (June 24, 2009)
- "Inbound U.S. M&A: Decline of the Dollar Attracts Foreign Buyers" (pdf) Financier Worldwide (May 2008)
In The News
- Interviewed in "Andrews Kurth's Michael O'Leary on Chesapeake's Asset Sales," by David Marcus, The Deal Pipeline (June 11, 2012). Click here to view the interview.
- 2012 Trends in Annual Disclosures (January 17, 2012)
- "MLPs—Measuring Cost of Capital by Evaluating IDRs and Restructurings," The MLP Conference, New York (October 17, 2011)
- Platts 2011 MLP Symposium (October 11, 2011)
- 2011 Trends in Annual Disclosures (January 12, 2011)
- 2010 Trends in Annual Disclosures, Houston (January 2010)
- Lawyer of the Year in Corporate Law in Houston, Best Lawyers (2015)
- Profiled as one of the leading Energy: Oil & Gas (Transactional) (2012-2014) and Corporate/M&A (2014) lawyers in the world, Chambers & Partners Global: The World's Leading Business Lawyers
- Profiled as one of the leading Oil & Gas (2010-2014) lawyers in the United States, Chambers & Partners USA: America's Leading Business Lawyers
- Profiled as one of the leading Capital Markets (Debt & Equity) (2013-2014), Corporate/M&A (2006-2014), and Energy & Natural Resources (2009) lawyers in Texas, Chambers & Partners USA: America's Leading Business Lawyers
- The Best Lawyers in America, Corporate Law; Mergers & Acquisitions Law (2006-2015)
- Texas Super Lawyer in Securities and Corporate Finance, Texas Monthly (2003-2014)
- Profiled as one of the leading Mergers and Acquisitions (2009-2014), Capital Markets Debt Offerings (2012-2014) Capital Markets Equity Offerings (2012-2014) and Energy Transactions (2012-2014) lawyers in the United States, The US Legal 500
- Energy Regulatory
- Energy Services
- Energy Transactions
- Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG)
- Natural Gas
- Oil and Gas
- Private Equity
- Capital Markets
- Corporate Compliance, Investigations and Defense
- Debt Financing
- Initial Public Offerings (IPOs)
- Master Limited Partnerships (MLPs)
- Mergers and Acquisitions
- Private Equity
- JD, 1980, with honors, University of Houston Law Center
- BS, 1977, cum laude, Finance, The University of Alabama
- Texas 1980
- Houston Bar Association
- State Bar of Texas
- 9/5/201438 Andrews Kurth Lawyers Named in Texas Super Lawyers 2014
- 8/25/2014Andrews Kurth Elects 2014-2015 Policy Committee
- 8/18/201459 Andrews Kurth Lawyers Named Best Lawyers in America 2015
- 6/27/2014The 2014 Legal 500 Guide Ranks Andrews Kurth in 13 Practice Areas
- 5/23/2014Andrews Kurth Receives High Marks from 2014 Chambers & Partners USA Guide