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Thompson & Knight LLP

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Managing Partner: Mark M Sloan
Number of partners: 160 approximately
Number of lawyers: 300 approximately
Languages: Arabic, English, French, Gujarati, Italian, Mandarin, Portuguese, Russian, Serbian, Spanish, Turkish

Firm Overview:
Established in 1887, Thompson & Knight has been at the forefront of groundbreaking litigation and transactions that have historically shaped the legal and business communities in Texas and the Southwest. Today, Thompson & Knight maintains that influence and leadership as a full-service law firm providing legal solutions to clients and communities around the world. The firm’s client-focused, team-oriented, high-performance culture prizes innovation, intuition, and communication. In addition to providing a wide range of traditional legal services to clients in many industries, the firm takes pride in the depth of experience in the energy industry. Thompson & Knight has counseled oil, gas and energy industry clients for 120 years, and more than 85 percent of the Firm’s attorneys have worked on energy industry matters.

Main Areas of Practice:

Corporate & Securities:
■ Represented Yates Petroleum Corporation in its $2.4 billion merger with EOG Resources, Inc.
■ Represented Tailwater Capital LLC in the formation of Tailwater Energy Fund III LP, with approximately $900 million in committed capital
■ Represented Haggar Clothing Co. and Yue Yuen Industrial (Holdings) Limited in Haggar’s acquisition by Randa Accessories, bringing revenues for the combined companies to more than $1 billion

Bankruptcy & Restructuring:
■ Served as counsel to Thomas Moran, Chapter 11 trustee for Life Partners Holdings, Inc., as well as debtors’ counsel to the Life Partners operating subsidiaries; advanced and obtained confirmation of a joint plan of reorganization, which, among other things, preserves a $2.4 billion life insurance policy portfolio for the benefit of more than 22,000 investors
■ Served as counsel to P&A claimants in the bankruptcy filing of an offshore E&P debtor with greater than $2 billion in total debt
■ Served as counsel to OHA Investment Corporation in a Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals victory involving the dismissal of $35 million in statutory mineral lien claims asserted against certain term overriding royalties (production payments) purchased in outer continental shelf oil, gas and mineral leases; case was one of first impression in the Fifth Circuit and the first of its kind in American jurisprudence

Oil, Gas & Energy:
■ Represented Ajax Resources LLC in the sale of its northern Midland Basin assets to Diamondback Energy Inc. for $1.25 billion
■ Representation of Roan Holdings, LLC in the consolidation of Roan Holdings, LLC’s and LINN Energy Inc.’s respective interests in Roan Resources LLC under a newly formed, publicly, Roan Resources Inc.
■ Represented Fisterra Energy in the sale of the Mexican holding companies of Ventika, one of the largest wind farms in Latin America

Government & Regulatory:
■ Represent energy companies on environmental issues with E&P, midstream and downstream operations
■ Represent Texas Industrial Energy Consumers, a trade association representing the 40 largest commercial energy users in the state
■ Represent BNSF Railway Co., Union Pacific Railroad Co. and Houston Belt & Terminal Railway Co. in challenging a drainage fee ordinance in Houston

Finance:
■ Represented agent bank in two affiliated syndicated senior unsecured oil and gas gathering, transportation and processing midstream credit facilities totaling $5.5 billion
■ Represented one of the largest US exploration and production companies in a $4 billion 100% amendment to its revolving credit facility
■ Represented administrative agents in two affiliated syndicated senior unsecured oil and gas gathering, transportation and processing midstream credit facilities totaling more than $5 billion

Intellectual Property & Technology:
■ Obtained three favorable settlements in connection with litigation involving claims of patent infringement related to battery-saving technology for mobile devices
■ Represented an energy-industry client in a patent infringement suit related to drilling technology
■ Represented the University of Houston in a trademark infringement suit regarding another institution’s proposed changes to its name and color scheme

Employment & Labor:
■ Represented a large publicly traded oil and gas exploration and production company in connection with a multi-plaintiff federal lawsuit claiming unpaid severance
■ Represented BNSF in multiple whistleblower discrimination claims brought under the Federal Railroad Safety Act
■ Represented a major aeronautics company in a wrongful termination case that included claims for disability discrimination, national origin discrimination and defamation; obtained summary judgment victory that was not disturbed on appeal to the Fifth Circuit

Real Estate:
■ Represented a global real estate and investment management firm in the $1.2 billion refinance of a loan secured by 150 properties in 28 US states
■ Represented Wells Fargo Bank, N.A. in a $700 million loan secured by a portfolio of properties in Hawaii, Texas and Maryland
■ Represented Trimont Real Estate Advisors, LLC, as special servicer of the $900 million single-asset securitized financing of 225 Liberty Street in New York

Tax:
■ Represented Energy Future Holdings Inc. as Special Counsel for certain tax-related matters in connection with the largest non-financial bankruptcy in US history
■ Representing an international oil and gas company in connection with multi-billion dollar refund claims
■ Assist international upstream oil and gas company with tax, executive compensation and employee benefits issues for its US workforce and US expatriates

Trial & Appellate:

■ Obtained a verdict in favor of the Life Partners Creditors’ Trust in a fraud case against the company’s former CEO and others
■ Successfully defeated a $200 million+ claim filed against a subsidiary of our client, a major oil and gas exploration and production company, by a competitor
■ Secured an appellate victory affirming a dismissal with prejudice of a class-action lawsuit filed against a major US airline involving expired travel credits