Robert Seber

Robert Seber Partner, Mergers & Acquisitions and Private Equity

Robert’s principal areas of practice are private equity and privately negotiated mergers and acquisitions. He has represented numerous investment funds and corporate clients in different sectors of the energy industry and a wide spectrum of other industries, including technology and financial services. Robert’s extensive private equity experience covers the full transactional cycle of investment funds, ranging from fund formation to acquisitions, recapitalizations, minority investments, complex equity arrangements, and exits. A graduate of Yale Law School, he teaches classes on “Oil and Gas: Public and Private Governance” and “Energy Deals" at New York University.

Experience Highlights

  • Focus Financial Partners, an international partnership of wealth management firms, in an investment by Stone Point Capital and KKR that values Focus at approximately $2 billion
  • Rockpile Energy Holdings, a portfolio company of White Deer Energy, in the $284.5 million sale of RockPile Energy Services to Keane Group
  • Pattern Energy Group in a series of strategic transactions that include a $724 million long-term commitment by an investment entity managed by Riverstone
  • 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  

Mergers & Acquisitions

  • White Deer Energy in its acquisition of Flogistix, an oil and gas optimization company
  • Arc Terminals, a portfolio company of Lightfoot Capital Partners, in the acquisition of Gulf Coast Asphalt Company’s 1.2 million barrel marine terminalling facility in Mobile, Alabama, and rail transloading facility in Saraland, Alabama
  • PostRock Energy Corporation in the acquisition of an equity stake in Constellation Energy Partners
  • NRG Energy in the $280 million sale of the Itisa hydroelectric power plant in Brazil
  • Focus Financial Partners in its acquisition of more than 10 independent wealth management firms, including (among others) GW & Wade, Sentinel Financial Group, Greystone Financial Services (UK), Colony Group, Geller Group, and Dion Money Management
  • VantaCore Partners in its formation, several equity and debt financings, and acquisition of several aggregates and construction materials businesses, including McIntosh Construction, Winn Materials, and Southern Aggregates
  • Star Gas Partners in the $480 million sale of Star Gas Propane to Inergy Propane

Private Equity

  • White Deer Energy in several equity investments, including (among others) Riverside Energy, Corterra Energy, Quanah Panhandle, PostRock Energy Corporation, Crescent Companies, Epic Midstream, Acteon Group, and Emerald Oil
  • An African tower company in its equity financing by a group of investors
  • GSO Capital Partners, the credit investment arm of Blackstone, in its $150 million investment in Rentech
  • Soros Fund Management and Albright Capital Management in their $250 million investment in APR Energy, a provider of major turnkey temporary power generation services
  • Focus Financial Partners in a $216 million investment in the company by Centerbridge Capital Partners
  • Tresalia Capital in its investment in Tory Burch LLC
  • Accretive Solutions, Inc. in a comprehensive debt and equity restructuring
  • Riverstone Holdings in several energy-focused private equity matters, including renewable energy and cleantech projects

Private Funds

  • 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
  • Ridgewood Energy Corporation 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
  • White Deer Energy in the formation of an $821 million debut private equity fund focused on oil and gas production, oil service and equipment manufacturing, and energy infrastructure, primarily in North America

Contact Details

New York

T +1.212.237.0132
M +1.917.414.6740
rseber@velaw.com
666 Fifth Avenue
26th Floor
New York, NY 10103-0040
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Robert's Practices

  • Vienna Law School, 1981
  • Yale Law School, 1986
  • Admitted to practice: New York
  • Other Language: German (fluent)
  • Adjunct Professor of Law: NYU School of Law