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Keith Fullenweider

Keith Fullenweider Partner, Mergers & Acquisitions and Private Equity

Keith Fullenweider is the co-head of Vinson & Elkins’ Corporate department and is a member of the firm’s Management Committee.

Keith advises private equity firms and their portfolio companies on their investments, financings, and exit transactions. In addition, he counsels private equity firms on structuring capital raises, new business opportunities and corporate development matters.  

Keith’s clients include some of the world's most prominent private investors including TPG, Blackstone, KKR, Crestview, Quantum and EnCap.

Before taking the helm of V&E’s Corporate department, Keith led the firm’s private equity and M&A practice, from 2008 to 2016. During that time, the firm saw a significant expansion of its private equity representations. Under Keith’s watch, V&E became the country’s No. 1 private equity energy practice1 and solidified its position as a leading legal advisor to private equity firms across sectors.

1Mergermarket, Energy Private Equity Deals (volume), 2009-2018

Experience Highlights

  • AltaGas in the $6.4 billion acquisition of WGL Holdings, owner of a regulated natural gas utility, a midstream franchise and non-regulated contracted power and energy marketing businesses throughout the United States
  • Select Energy Services in its $1.3 billion merger with Rockwater Energy Solutions
  • Blackstone in the $2 billion acquisition of Eagle Claw Midstream Ventures from EnCap Flatrock Midstream
  • Tudor, Pickering, Holt & Co. in its business combination with Perella Weinberg Partners
  • Vantage Energy in its $2.7 billion sale to Rice Energy 
  • Nexeo Solutions, a chemicals and plastics distributor and TPG Capital portfolio company, in its $1.575 billion merger with WL Ross Holdings Corp., a special purpose acquisition company formed by WL Ross
  • TPG Capital in its $1.8 billion acquisition of natural gas properties in Wyoming’s Jonah field from Encana Corporation
  • TPG Capital and Acon Investments in the $775 million sale of the general partner of Northern Tier Energy, owner of a Minnesota refinery and related assets, to Western Refining
  • Quantum Energy Partners in its joint acquisition with Forum Energy Technologies of Global Tubing, a coiled tubing manufacturer
  • TPG Capital in its $1.25 billion group investment in Chesapeake Cleveland-Tonkawa, a subsidiary of Chesapeake Energy Corporation
  • Crestview Partners in its $150 million line of equity commitment to W Energy Partners, a company focused on exploration and production assets in the Bakken shale play 

Contact Details


T +1.713.758.3838
F +1.713.615.5085
1001 Fannin Street
Suite 2500
Houston, TX 77002
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Keith's Practices

  • The University of Texas School of Law, J.D. with high honors, 1988 (Chancellors; Order of the Coif; Texas Law Review)
  • Princeton University, A.B., History summa cum laude, 1985
  • Attended the University of London, 1988
  • Admitted to practice: Texas
  • Law 360’s MVP List for Energy, 2014
  • Chambers Global, Energy: Oil & Gas (Transactional) (USA), 2011−2013 and 2019
  • Chambers USA, Nationwide Energy: Oil & Gas (Transactional) 2010−2019; Corporate/M&A (Texas), 2010−2019
  • Legal 500 U.S., M&A: Large Deals, 2015−2019; Venture Capital and Emerging Companies, 2017; Private Equity Buyouts, 2011−2019; Energy: Transactions, 2014, 2016−2019; Project Finance, 2018 and 2019
  • The Best Lawyers in America© (Woodward/White, Inc.),  "Lawyer of the Year," Mergers & Acquisitions (Houston), 2013, 2016, and 2018
  • The Best Lawyers in America© (Woodward/White, Inc.), Mergers and Acquisitions Law, 2007−2019
  • Selected to the Texas Super Lawyers list, Super Lawyers (Thomson Reuters), 2003−2018
  • Advisory Director: Catholic Charities of Galveston-Houston
  • Former Director: The Boys and Girls Club of Greater Houston, The University of Texas Law School Alumni Association, Kinkaid School Alumni Association, and The Fay School