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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: Albanian, Arabic, Bosnian, Croatian, English, French, Gujarati, Italian, Mandarin, Portuguese, Russian, Serbian, Spanish, Turkish

Firm Overview:
Since 1887, Thompson & Knight attorneys have been anticipating clients’ needs and striving to exceed expectations. With an emphasis on energy, litigation, tax and insolvency matters, the firm’s attorneys provide clients with innovative, cost-effective legal and business solutions to their issues. Thompson & Knight’s experience in these areas establishes it as a leading global energy law firm, with more than two-thirds of its practice relating to the energy industry.

Main Areas of Practice:

Corporate & Securities:

■ Represented Yates Petroleum Corporation in its $2.4b merger with EOG Resources, Inc.
■ Represented Tailwater Capital LLC in the formation of Tailwater Energy Fund III LP, and Silver Creek Midstream CoInvest LP, with $100 million in committed capital
■ Represented Tempur Sealy International, Inc. in a $450m note exchange offer

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
■ Serving 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 $35m 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 Silver Hill Energy Partners in its $2.4 billion sale to RSP Permian Inc., which set ‘a new high-water mark’ for Delaware Basin transactions
■ 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 adopted by the City of Houston

■ 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 agent in a syndicated senior secured oil and gas upstream minerals credit facility involving approximately 184 oil and gas wellbore mortgages across 14 US states

Intellectual Property & Technology:

■ Representing a client in 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 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
■ Represented a global real estate and investment management firm in funding a $550 million loan transaction secured by properties in 15 US states

■ 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 involving the 2006-2009 tax years
■ 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


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