Overview

Jeff Dobbs is a Corporate & Securities partner in the Houston office of Mayer Brown. Jeff has a broad corporate practice and leads a wide range of transactions for clients. Jeff’s experience includes:

Mergers and Acquisitions.  Jeff regularly represents buyers and sellers in domestic and international mergers, acquisitions and dispositions of businesses and assets. Jeff has extensive experience advising public and private companies and private equity funds in transactions involving private targets. Jeff has represented clients in a broad range of industries, including energy companies, chemical companies, telecommunications companies, healthcare companies, technology companies, media/entertainment companies and financial services companies.

Energy.  Jeff is a member of the Oil & Gas and Infrastructure Investment groups and has particular experience with clients engaged in the energy industry, including upstream and midstream oil and gas companies, LNG companies, oilfield services and equipment companies, seismic services companies, conventional and renewable power generation companies and specialty chemicals companies. Jeff advises these clients in connection with the acquisition, financing, operation and disposition of energy assets. 

Capital Markets.  Jeff has experience representing issuers and investment banks in public offerings and private placements of debt and equity securities.  He has served as designated underwriters’ counsel for offerings by several issuers.  Jeff also has experience with liability management transactions, including cash tender offers, exchange offers and consent solicitations. 

Master Limited Partnerships.  Jeff advises issuers, investors and investment banks in matters involving master limited partnerships, including matters related to formation, financing, governance and mergers and acquisitions.

Joint Ventures.  Jeff is a member of the Joint Ventures & Strategic Alliances practice and regularly represents clients in structuring, negotiating and documenting joint ventures. Jeff has advised clients in connection with the formation of domestic and cross-border joint ventures, including those concerning the development of oil and gas properties, specialty chemicals businesses, energy assets and other infrastructure assets.

Private Equity.  Jeff has represented private equity funds, portfolio companies and management teams in structuring, negotiating and documenting private equity investments in the energy industry, with a particular focus on upstream oil and gas and energy infrastructure investments.

General Corporate Practice.  Jeff provides ongoing advice to clients regarding general corporate and securities matters, including Exchange Act reporting, fiduciary duties, corporate governance, defensive measures and NYSE and NASDAQ compliance.

Jeff has been:

  • Profiled in "Who's Who in M&A," Houston Business Journal (2015)
  • Named a 2014 "Rising Star" by Law360 in the Energy category
  • Recognized as a "Texas Rising Star" by Texas Monthly and Law & Politics Magazine

Spoken Languages

  • English

Experience

Mergers and Acquisitions

  • Represented a Chinese national oil company in its approximately $1.7 billion acquisition of a 40% undivided interest in approximately 207,000 net oil and natural gas leasehold acres in the horizontal Wolfcamp shale play in west Texas.
  • Represented a Fortune 50 chemical company in connection with the formation of its polystyrene joint venture valued at approximately $2 billion.
  • Represented an exploration and production company in connection with its merger with a subsidiary of a major integrated oil and gas company for cash consideration of approximately $695 million.
  • Represented a master limited partnership in connection with (i) the sale of its general partner in exchange for preferred units with a value of approximately $300 million and (ii) its acquisition of a 49.9% ownership interest in an interstate natural gas pipeline company in exchange for common units with a value of approximately $600 million.
  • Represented the sellers in connection with the drop down of certain oil and gas royalty assets to an affiliated master limited partnership in exchange for common units with a value of approximately $100 million.
  • Represented a retirement and life insurance company in connection with a series of agreements with a U.S. utility scale solar developer, including a minority equity investment in the developer and the acquisition of a series of solar projects being developed by the developer.
  • Represented an exploration and production company in connection with the sale of certain onshore and offshore oil and gas properties for approximately $360 million.
  • Represented an exploration and production company in connection with its $200 million divestiture of Sacramento Basin oil and gas assets.
  • Represented multiple international oil and gas companies in connection with the separate sales of their minority ownership interests in a Peruvian pipeline company that transports natural gas and liquids from the Camisea field to the Peruvian coast.
  • Represented the energy investing and energy financing division of a multinational conglomerate corporation in connection with its preferred unit investment in a master limited partnership that used the proceeds to fund the construction of natural gas liquefaction facilities.
  • Represented a private equity fund in its acquisition of oil and gas properties located in North Dakota for approximately $60 million.
  • Represented a start-up exploration and production company in connection with its formation, capital raise and multiple acquisitions of oil and gas properties in the North Park Basin.
  • Represented the management team in the formation and private equity financing for a company focused on acquiring producing mineral, royalty and overriding royalty interests.
  • Represented the management team in the formation and private equity financing for an exploration and production company focused on the Bakken Formation, and the acquisition of the company’s initial assets.
  • Represented a midstream portfolio company of a private equity fund in connection with multiple acquisitions of produced water infrastructure assets in the Permian Basin.
  • Represented the management team in the formation and private equity financing for an exploration and production company focused on the Washakie Basin and the STACK play.
  • Represented the management team in the formation and private equity financing for an exploration and production company focused on the Raton Basin.
  • Represented a public oilfield services company in connection with its acquisition of a provider of specialty coil tubing tools and services for the oil and gas industry for approximately $60 million.
  • Represented a public energy company in connection with the sale of oil and gas properties located in Montana and North Dakota for approximately $132 million.
  • Represented a public oilfield services company in connection with the sale of its surface safety valve business.
  • Represented a public oilfield and seismic services company in connection with the formation of its land seismic joint venture with a subsidiary of a Chinese national oil company and related financing transactions.
  • Represented a major telecommunications company in connection with the formation of its joint venture to establish a national mobile commerce network.
  • Represented a major telecommunications company in connection with its merger with a publicly traded internet provider for the hospitality industry.
  • Represented a multinational record label and entertainment distribution company in connection with the formation of a global independent film, television and digital branded entertainment content studio.
  • Represented a Japan-based global manufacturer specializing in electronics and entertainment products in connection with its acquisition of a provider of communications solutions.
  • Represented a private investment firm focused on energy infrastructure in its acquisition of a 369 megawatt portfolio of three natural gas-fired power generation facilities.
  • Represented a private investment firm focused on energy infrastructure in its acquisition of a 550 megawatt natural gas combined-cycle electric power generation facility located in the Permian Basin.
  • Represented an international infrastructure fund in its acquisition of a 50% interest in an unregulated electric-generation holding company with ownership interests in 13 electric generation plants in the United States.
  • Represented a master limited partnership in connection with the formation of its joint venture that acquired a natural gas liquids storage, fractionation and transportation business for approximately $1.925 billion.
  • Represented a master limited partnership in connection with multiple investments in an intrastate gas pipeline system.
  • Represented a public Canadian drilling company in connection with its merger with a public U.S. drilling company for $2 billion in cash and trust units.
  • Represented a public oilfield and seismic services company in connection with its cross-border $350 million purchase of all of the outstanding shares of a private manufacturer of land seismic data equipment and its affiliated rentals unit.
  • Represented the independent committee of a public company in its acquisition of substantially all of the assets of an affiliated provider of distressed petroleum collection, recycling, transportation, storage and re-refining services.
  • Represented a New York-based retirement fund in its acquisition of a Canadian publicly traded exploration and production company.
  • Represented a UK-based public company in its acquisition of a US-based developer of clean energy projects and gas-to-liquid facilities.
  • Represented the financial advisor to the conflicts committee of a master limited partnership in connection with the acquisition by the master limited partnership of several natural gas gathering and processing businesses from its parent company for approximately $420 million in a drop-down transaction.
  • Represented a multinational chemical company in connection with the formation of a sodium bicarbonate joint venture.
  • Represented the financial advisor to the independent committee of an international oil and gas services company in its acquisition of an additional 90 percent stake in an operator of tender rigs.
  • Represented a public exploration and production company in connection with the $224 million sale of its regulated natural gas local distribution utility.
  • Represented the physician sellers of a 51% ambulatory surgery center interest to a publicly traded national surgical center manager.
  • Represented an international chemical and pharmaceuticals company in its multiple investments in a start-up technology company specializing in printed lighting, display, solar and other organic electronics.

Securities

  • Represented two subsidiaries of one of the world’s largest oilfield services companies in their cash tender offers for and redemptions of five issues of institutionally-held investment-grade debt for aggregate consideration of more than $1.7 billion.
  • Represented the underwriters in a public offering of $1.8 billion of senior notes by an exploration and production company as well as the dealer manager in a tender offer to purchase any and all of two series of the company’s outstanding senior notes.
  • Represented the underwriters in a public offering of $1.6 billion of senior notes by an exploration and production company.
  • Represented a global engineering, procurement and construction company in a Rule 144A offering of $350 million of convertible senior notes.
  • Represented the underwriters in a public offering of $900 million of senior notes by a master limited partnership.
  • Represented an exploration and production company in a consent solicitation to amend the indenture governing an outstanding series of notes in connection with an asset sale.
  • Represented the initial purchasers in a Rule 144A offering of $350 million of senior notes by a master limited partnership.
  • Represented the underwriters in a public offering of $150 million of common units by a master limited partnership.
  • Represented the underwriters in a public offering of $55 million of common units by a master limited partnership.
  • Represented the dealer manager in an offer to exchange up to $550 million of outstanding senior unsecured notes issued by the seller of a midstream business into an equivalent amount of senior unsecured notes with the same tenor, coupon and a comparable covenant package issued by the buyer of the midstream business.
  • Represented the sales agents in an “at-the-market” offering of up to $100 million of common units by a master limited partnership.
  • Represented the initial purchasers in a Rule 144A offering of $350 million of senior notes by a provider of natural gas compression products and services to natural gas pipelines.
  • Represented a public oilfield and seismic services company in connection with its Rule 144A offering of $175 million of senior secured second priority notes.
  • Represented a public oilfield and seismic services company in connection with its offer to exchange its $175 million of outstanding senior secured second priority notes for new notes and common stock.
  • Represented the initial purchasers in a Rule 144A offering of $650 million of senior notes by an oilfield services company.
  • Represented the underwriters in a public offering of $600 million of senior notes by a master limited partnership as well as the dealer manager in a tender offer to purchase any and all of the master limited partnership’s outstanding senior notes.
  • Represented the underwriters in a public offering of $500 million of senior notes by a master limited partnership.
  • Represented a public oilfield and seismic services company in connection with its private placement of cumulative convertible preferred stock valued at $35 million.
  • Represented a public oilfield and seismic services company in connection with its private placement of 18,500,000 shares of common stock for gross proceeds of approximately $40.7 million.
  • Represented a master limited partnership in an offering of 12.075 million common units at a price of $19.12 per unit.
  • Represented a master limited partnership in a private placement of convertible preferred units for net proceeds of approximately $80 million.
  • Represented the underwriters in connection with an offering of $500 million of senior notes by an NYSE-listed contract drilling company.
  • Represented the underwriters in connection with an offering of $300 million senior notes by an NYSE-listed manufacturing company.
  • Represented a public exploration and production company in connection with its private placement of perpetual preferred stock valued at $50 million.
  • Represented the underwriters in an $800 million common stock offering by an NYSE-listed financial services company.

Education

The University of Texas School of Law, JD, with honors

The University of Texas at Austin, BBA

Admissions

  • Texas

Memberships

  • Houston Bar Association, Mergers and Acquisitions Section, Section Council
  • Institute For Energy Law, Advisory Board Member
  • State Bar of Texas, Business Law Section