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Leonard Wood

Leonard Wood Associate, Mergers & Acquisitions and Capital Markets

Leonard is a member of Vinson & Elkins’ Mergers & Acquisitions and Capital Markets group where his practice focuses on mergers and acquisitions, corporate governance and strategic investor relations for public companies. Leonard is an active member of V&E’s Shareholder Activism practice and has extensive experience advising companies responding to proxy contests and corporate governance activism. The following is a list of representative matters in which Leonard has assisted. 

Experience Highlights

Shareholder Activism

  • Fred’s Inc. in connection with the investment of Alden Global Capital  
  • magicJack VocalTec in its proxy contest defense against Kanen Wealth Management 
  • Bluescape Energy in its group investment with Elliott Management in NRG Energy 
  • Conn’s in connection with activist activity by Luxor Capital and Greenlight Capital
  • Ciber in its proxy contest defense against Lone Star Value
  • Stratus Properties in its proxy contest defense against Carl Berg 
  • VAALCO Energy in its proxy contest defense against Group 42 and BLR Capital Partners
  • Endeavour International Corporation in connection with activist activity by Steelhead Partners, O-Cap Management and Lone Star Value

Corporate Governance

  • Routinely advises multiple publicly traded corporations and master limited partnerships (MLPs) regarding corporate governance best practices, board of directors matters, investor relations, Rule 14a-8 practice and shareholder proposals, engagement with proxy advisory services (ISS and Glass Lewis), 1934 Act compliance, and stock exchange listing requirements

Mergers & Acquisitions

  • Rice Energy in its $6.7 billion merger with EQT Corporation (pending) 
  • Targa Resources Partners and Targa Resources Corp. in the $7.7 billion acquisition of Atlas Pipeline Partners and Atlas Energy
  • C&J Energy Services in its $2.86 billion merger with Nabors’ completion and production business to create a leading diversified completion and production services provider
  • Eagle Rock Energy Partners in its $614 million merger with Vanguard Natural Resources 
  • CVR Partners in the $533 million acquisition of Rentech Nitrogen Partners, creating a leading North American nitrogen fertilizer producer 

Private Equity and Restructuring

  • Warburg Pincus in its lead role in a $600 million line of equity investment in Zenith Energy, an international liquids and bulk terminaling company
  • Zenith Energy, an international liquids and bulk terminaling company and Warburg Pincus portfolio company, in its acquisition of the Bantry Bay Oil Terminal in West Cork, Ireland, from Phillips 66
  • Double Eagle Energy Holdings, an Apollo Global portfolio company, in its merger with Veritas Energy, creating one of the largest pure play exploration and production companies focused on the Permian’s Midland Basin
  • Rubicon Oilfield International, a Warburg Pincus portfolio company, in the acquisition of Tercel Oilfield Products, an oilfield products company, from Lime Rock Partners 
  • Related Fund Management in the formation with an institutional investor of an investment vehicle dedicated to renovating multifamily real estate assets
  • Talara Capital Management in its $50 million line of equity commitment to Viola Oil & Gas, an exploration and production company

Contact Details

Houston

T +1.713.758.2238
F +1.713.615.5597
lwood@velaw.com
1001 Fannin Street
Suite 2500
Houston, TX 77002
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Leonard's Practices

  • Harvard Law School, J.D., 2013 (Editor-in-Chief, Harvard Business Law Review)
  • Harvard University, Ph.D., M.A., 2011
  • Oxford University, M.Phil., 2002
  • University of Pennsylvania, M.A., B.A., 2000
  • Admitted to practice: Texas