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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
  • 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, a portfolio company of Apollo Natural Resources Partners Funds I and II, 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