Overview

Jeff Dobbs is a Corporate & Securities partner in the Houston office of Mayer Brown. He 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/technology companies, media/entertainment companies, healthcare 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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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, Joint Ventures and Private Equity Transactions

Upstream Oil & Gas

  • 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 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 private equity fund in connection with (i) the out-of-court restructuring of the outstanding indebtedness of a private equity-backed Permian Basin exploration and production company and (ii) its new money equity investment in the company. 
  • Represented the successor administrative agent in connection with the out-of-court restructuring of the outstanding indebtedness of a private equity-backed Williston Basin exploration and production company. 
  • 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 an upstream portfolio company of a private equity fund in connection with the sale of Niobrara shale oil assets in the North Park basin, Jackson County, Colorado, for approximately $190 million in cash.
  • Represented a private equity fund in connection with the sale of a subsidiary owning non-operated oil and gas interests in the Bakken and Three Forks formations in North Dakota.
  • Represented a national oil and gas company in connection with its purchase of a 30% interest in offshore oil and gas properties in the Gulf of Mexico.
  • 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 a private equity fund in its acquisition of oil and gas properties located in North Dakota for approximately $60 million.
  • Represented a portfolio company of a private equity fund in connection with its approximately $50M acquisition of oil and gas interests in the Bakken formation in North Dakota.
  • Represented a private oil and gas company in connection with its acquisition of operated and non-operated oil and gas properties located in the Uintah Basin.
  • 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 New York-based retirement fund in its acquisition of a Canadian publicly traded exploration and production company.
  • Represented the first lien lenders in connection with a borrower’s sale of oil and gas properties pursuant to Section 363 of the bankruptcy code.
  • Represented a portfolio company of a private equity fund in connection with multiple acquisitions of oil and gas royalty and mineral interests.
  • Represented an oil and gas royalty company in connection with its acquisition of a package of mineral interests across the U.S.

Midstream Oil & Gas, LNG and Master Limited Partnerships

  • Represented a master limited partnership in connection with a $1.6 billion dropdown of midstream assets and a related simplification transaction.
  • 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 principal financing and investing arm of a global financial services group in connection with its acquisition of a private equity-backed midstream company focusing on lateral distribution gas pipelines in North America.
  • 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 midstream portfolio company of a private equity fund in connection with multiple acquisitions of produced water infrastructure assets in the Permian Basin.
  • Represented a private oil and gas company in connection with its acquisition of a natural gas gathering and processing system located in the Piceance Basin.
  • 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 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.

Oilfield Services & Equipment

  • 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 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 an oilfield services company in connection with its framework agreement with a seismic services company providing for the licensing of seismic data for use in drilling and completions services activities.
  • 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 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 an international oil and gas company in a master services agreement in connection with the company’s sale of its drilling services business.

Private Equity

  • 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 across the U.S.
  • 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 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.

Power & Renewables

  • 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 a renewable energy developer in connection with the sale of an interest in a 242.8 megawatt wind project to, joint venture ownership arrangements with, and a mezzanine loan provided by, a group of Danish pension funds.
  • 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 west Texas.
  • 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 UK-based public company in its acquisition of a US-based developer of clean energy projects and gas-to-liquid facilities.
  • Represented a public exploration and production company in connection with the $224 million sale of its regulated natural gas local distribution utility.

Chemicals

  • Represented a Fortune 50 chemical company in connection with the formation of its polystyrene joint venture valued at approximately $2 billion.
  • Represented a global chemical company in connection with the sale of a waste incineration facility.
  • Represented a multinational chemical company in connection with the formation of a sodium bicarbonate joint venture.

Telecommunications/Technology

  • 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 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.
  • 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 technology company focused on LED displays in connection with its seed equity offering.

Media/Entertainment

  • 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 Dubai-based investment firm in connection with its investments in a film financing and production joint venture.
  • Represented a Mexican telecommunications company in connection with the buyout of its joint venture partner’s equity interest in a Spanish-language phone directories business.
  • Represented a Spanish-language free-to-air television channel in connection with its acquisition of a minority interest in a Spanish-language broadcast company.

Healthcare

  • Represented the physician sellers of a 51% ambulatory surgery center interest to a publicly traded national surgical center manager.
  • Represented the physician owners of a hospital and surgical center in connection with the purchase of assets from a joint venture in receivership.
  • Represented a charitable foundation in connection with the formation and funding of a genomic medicine initiative through a collaboration agreement with academic institutions.
  • Represented a major insurance company in connection with its venture capital investment in a specialty medical malpractice insurance company.

Securities

Upstream Oil & Gas

  • 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 the underwriters in a public offering of $500 million of senior notes by an exploration and production company.
  • 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 a public exploration and production company in connection with its private placement of perpetual preferred stock valued at $50 million.

Midstream Oil & Gas and Master Limited Partnerships

  • Represented the underwriters in a public offering of $900 million of senior notes by a master limited partnership.
  • 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 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 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.

Oilfield Services & Equipment

  • 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 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 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 the underwriters in connection with an offering of $500 million of senior notes by an NYSE-listed contract drilling company.

Government Services & Technology

  • Represented a global provider of professional services and solutions within the government services and technology sectors in a Rule 144A offering of $350 million of convertible senior notes.
  • Represented a global provider of professional services and solutions within the government services and technology sectors in a Rule 144A offering of $250 million of senior notes.

Manufacturing

  • Represented the underwriters in connection with an offering of $300 million senior notes by an NYSE-listed manufacturing company.

Financial Services

  • 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

Activities

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