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Kevin has been recognized by peer rankings in the each of the following areas of practice: securities and corporate finance, capital markets, general corporate law, project finance, structured finance and securitizations, international, and energy and natural resources
 
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Kevin P. Lewis

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Lewis, Kevin P.

Biography

Kevin is a member of the Mergers, Acquisitions and Capital Markets Department, and currently serves as a lead contact for V&E's Corporate Governance and Compliance Group and its Aviation and Airlines Practice Area. Kevin is also a former co-head of the Capital Markets Practice Group.


Kevin regularly represents boards of directors and audit committees, major oil and gas exploration and production companies, oilfield service companies and other energy and infrastructure companies, major commercial airlines, investment banks, private equity funds and other public companies. He has significant experience in capital markets financings, including IPOs and 144A transactions, equipment pass-through certificates and other asset securitizations. He also has extensive experience in mergers and acquisitions, and in structured financings (including aircraft sale-leaseback and other leveraged lease transactions). Prior to relocating to Houston, Kevin practiced for many years in Singapore and New York City.


Representative Experience
Corporate Governance
  • Represented several boards of directors in connection with investigations of corporate executives and failures of internal control over financial reporting
  • Represented numerous public company boards of directors, audit committees, compensation committees, and nominating and governance committees in connection with Sarbanes-Oxley Act matters, board and committee structure, and other corporate governance issues
  • Represented numerous special committees and committees of independent directors in connection with the approval of special transactions, including the 2007 US$4 billion spinoff of entities by a leading manufacturing company focused on corrugated packaging and building products
Capital Markets and Corporate Finance
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  • Represented oil and gas exploration and production companies in numerous capital markets transactions
  • Represented oilfield service companies in numerous capital markets transactions
  • Represented major commercial airlines in numerous capital markets transactions, including the largest-ever IPO for a U.S. airline
Mergers and Acquisitions
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  • Represented oilfield service company in several acquisition transactions
  • Represented Continental Airlines in connection with the 2010 merger of SkyWest Airlines and ExpressJet Airlines
  • Represented Houston-based Continental Airlines in its 2010 merger with UAL Corp's United Airlines, a deal estimated to be worth more than $3.4 billion
Restructuring and Reorganizations
  • Represented several public and private companies in reorganizations in Chapter 11 proceedings, including Energy Partners Ltd. and Trico Marine Services
  • Represented a regional airline creditor in connection with the bankruptcy of Northwest Airlines
Project and Structured Finance
  • Represented developers and lenders in international project finance transactions, including the sponsors of a large international offshore gas development and cross-border pipeline transaction, including the structuring and financing aspects of the project
  • Worked extensively on behalf of project sponsors and international commercial banks in connection with the development and financing of gas processing facilities power plants (including gas, coal, and hydroelectric projects) in Vietnam, Indonesia, the Philippines, Thailand, and various provinces in China
Prior results do not guarantee a similar outcome.

Education and Professional Background
  • Harvard Law School, J.D. cum laude, 1986
  • Yale University, B.A., magna cum laude, History and Economics with honors, 1983
  • Judicial clerk to The Honorable Jerre S. Williams, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, 1986 - 1987
  • Admitted to practice: Texas, 1986; New York, 1988
Professional Recognition
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  • The Best Lawyers in America©, Corporate Law; International Trade and Finance Law; and Corporate Governance and Compliance Law, 2006 - 2014
  • Legal 500 U.S., Capital Markets: Equity Offerings, 2012 and 2013; Capital Markets: Debt Offerings, 2013 and 2014
  • Selected to the Texas Super Lawyers list, Super Lawyers, 2005 - 2013
Activities and Affiliations
  • Adjunct Professor, University of Houston Law Center
  • Current Affiliations: Asia Society Texas Center, Congregation Beth Israel, inPrint, Interfaith CarePartners, Acorn Foundation
  • Past Affiliations: Career and Recovery Resources, OrchestraX
Publications and Presentations
  • "Expanded Disclosure Requirements for Oil, Gas, and Mining Companies," V&E Financial Reform Update E-communication, August 19, 2010 (co-author)
  • "The Qualified Legal Compliance Committee: A Practical Choice?" Securities Regulatory Update, Vol. 6, Issue 11, June 9, 2003 (co-author)
  • "Shareholder Access to Company Proxy Statements for Director Nominations," Association of Corporate Counsel, Houston, Texas, July 2008


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Kevin P. Lewis
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Houston, TX 77002-6760

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Aviation and Airlines

Capital Markets and Securities

Corporate Governance and Compliance

Energy

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Mergers and Acquisitions

Project Finance and Development

Structured Finance


Kevin has been recognized by peer rankings in the each of the following areas of practice: securities and corporate finance, capital markets, general corporate law, project finance, structured finance and securitizations, international, and energy and natural resources