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James J. Fox

James J. Fox Partner, Mergers & Acquisitions and Private Equity

Jim’s principal areas of practice include private equity investments, mergers and acquisitions, capital markets transactions, and corporate governance. He has counseled private equity firms in connection with a variety of strategic investments, mergers, acquisitions, divestitures, and joint venture transactions, as well as on corporate governance and other general corporate matters. Jim has also represented private and public companies and master limited partnerships in connection with a variety of strategic transactions, and issuers and underwriters in a number of capital markets transactions, including initial public offerings and other public and private debt and equity offerings. 

Jim is the Managing Partner of the New York office and a member of the firm’s Management Committee.

Experience Highlights

  • Apollo Global Management and Riverstone Holdings in the $7.15 billion acquisition, among a consortium of investors, of El Paso Corp.'s upstream assets
  • Riverstone Holdings in a $500 million line of equity commitment to Meritage Midstream Services II, a newly-formed company focused on the acquisition, development, ownership, and operation of midstream systems for natural gas, condensates, crude oil, and water in the United States and Canada
  • Apollo Global Management in the formation of Jupiter Resources, and Jupiter’s subsequent C$2 billion acquisition of Encana’s Bighorn assets in the Alberta Deep Basin

Mergers & Acquisitions

  • Apollo Global in the $620 million acquisition by its portfolio company, Talos Energy, of Gulf of Mexico oil and gas assets from Helix Energy Solutions Group
  • Frontier Drilling in the $2.16 billion merger of the independent drilling company with Noble Corporation, an offshore drilling contractor
  • Riverstone Holdings in its $650 million sale of producing properties and acreage in the Mississippian Lime formation by its portfolio company, Eagle Energy Production, to Midstates Petroleum
  • Athlon Energy, an Apollo Global portfolio company, in the $250 million acquisition of West Texas oil and gas properties

Private Equity

  • Apollo Global Management in an equity commitment to Apex Energy, a newly-formed company focused on operating upstream oil and gas interests in the Appalachian Basin, with a primary focus on the Marcellus Shale
  • Apollo Global Management in an equity commitment to Double Eagle Development, a newly-formed company focused on non-operating upstream oil and gas interests in Oklahoma
  • Riverstone Holdings in a $205 million equity commitment to Ridgebury Tankers, a newly-formed company focused on the acquisition and operation of vessels in the tanker sector
  • Riverstone Holdings in a $300 million commitment to Eagle Energy Exploration, which invests in oil and gas assets and related properties in the Mid-Continent region of the United States
  • Riverstone Holdings in a $300 million equity commitment to Carrier Energy Partners, which is focused on the acquisition and exploitation of upstream oil and gas assets in North America through partnership with select operators, and in a $100 million equity commitment to Carrier Energy Partners II

IPOs & Equity Offerings

  • PetroLogistics LP in its $595 million initial public offering of common units
  • Niska Gas Storage Partners LLC in its $75 million ATM program
  • Quintana Shipping Ltd. in its initial public offering of common stock (In Registration)
  • Underwriters to Pattern Energy Group Inc. in its $382 million initial public offering of common stock

Contact Details

New York

T +1.212.237.0131
F +1.917.849.5328
jfox@velaw.com
666 Fifth Avenue
26th Floor
New York, NY 10103-0040
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Jim's Practices

  • Brooklyn Law School, J.D., 2000
  • Villanova University, B.A., 1997
  • Admitted to practice: New York
  • Legal 500 U.S., Private Equity Buyouts, 2012–2015 and 2017
  • Legal 500 Latin America, Corporate and M&A, 2017