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Eliot C. Cotton

Eliot C. Cotton Senior Associate, Venture Capital

Eliot represents founders, high-growth companies and venture capital firms through the entire life cycle of a company, with a particular emphasis on the formation and financing of emerging companies.  He guides our clients through issues involving corporate and securities law, corporate formations, venture capital financings, mergers and acquisitions, intellectual property, and all other issues that early-stage companies encounter.

In addition, Eliot represents clients in the formation and operation of investment funds, public and private transactions, including mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, internal reorganizations, and general corporate matters across several different industries, such as oil and gas (upstream, midstream, and downstream), real estate, health care, and entertainment. He regularly drafts and negotiates key transactional agreements, including purchase and sale agreements, term sheets, nondisclosure agreements, and other ancillary agreements. The following is a list of representative matters in which Eliot has assisted.

Experience Highlights

  • Ridgewood Energy Corporation in the formation of Ridgewood Energy Oil & Gas Fund III, a $1.9 billion fund to invest in oil exploration and production projects in the deepwater Gulf of Mexico  
  • White Deer Energy in the formation of a $1.38 billion private equity fund targeting investments in middle market energy companies active in oil and gas production, oilfield service and equipment manufacturing, and energy infrastructure
  • Medical Action Industries in the $207 million sale of the company, a producer of custom procedure trays and minor procedure kits, to Owens & Minor, a health care logistics company
  • Riverstone Holdings in a C$300 million equity commitment to Canadian Non-Operated Resources, which pursues partnerships with operators to develop oil and gas assets in the Western Canadian Sedimentary Basin
  • PBF Logistics LP in its $364 million initial public offering of common units

Private Investment Funds

  • Ridgewood Energy Corp in the formation of Ridgewood Energy Oil and Gas Fund II, a $1.1 billion fund to invest in exploration and production projects in the United States, deep waters of the Gulf of Mexico
  • Related Fund Management in the formation of a real estate fund focused on investments in energy-driven markets
  • Tudor, Pickering, Holt & Co. in the formation of its $97 million debut private equity fund focused on investments in the energy industry, with an emphasis on the upstream, midstream, and oilfield services sectors

Mergers & Acquisitions

  • Harbinger Group in its $118.75 million acquisition of EXCO Resources’ interests in Compass Production Partners and Compass Production GP, operators of conventional oil and natural gas properties in the Permian Basin, as well as East Texas and North Louisiana
  • White Deer Energy in the $70 million acquisition of a controlling interest in Sharewell LP, a company that provides directional services and equipment to the oil and gas industry
  • Post Rock Energy in its acquisition of a minority stake in Constellation Energy Partners

Contact Details

New York

T +1.212.237.0164
F +1.917.849.5393
ecotton@velaw.com
666 Fifth Avenue
26th Floor
New York, NY 10103-0040
Local time: 7:53 AM
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Eliot's Practices

  • The University of Texas School of Law, J.D., 2010
  • The University of Texas at Austin, B.A., 2007
  • Admitted to practice: New York