Law360 Names Doug McWilliams a 2019 Energy MVP
Vinson & Elkins
partner Doug McWilliams has been named one of Law360’s 2019 Energy MVPs
for his work on several multibillion-dollar oil and gas transactions over the
In a profile
appearing in Law360, McWilliams cites the $7.2 billion roll-up of Antero
Resources Corp.’s midstream master limited partnership as his most challenging
deal of the year. The deal, which closed in March 2019, also saw the MLP
convert to a C-corporation and required sign-off from multiple stakeholders.
“It was basically
about a six- or seven-way dance that took place over a 9- to 12-month period,”
McWilliams told Law360. “It’s one of the more complex, longest-running
transactions I’ve ever worked on.”
After earning his
bachelor’s degree from the University of Texas and a law degree from Harvard,
McWilliams returned to Texas to join V&E in 1995. He works with major
energy clients across the world, focusing on taking privately held companies
public, either through IPOs or combinations with public companies, and then
advises them throughout their lifespans in various capital markets, shareholder
activism and M&A transactions.
describes the deal flow in the energy industry in Texas as one of his draws to
the practice, but cautions younger attorneys against simply checking the box on
a completed deal and moving on to the next one. “If you want to be successful
in this practice, really dive into it and really take an interest in it and a
love for it,” he said.
Law360’s MVP awards honor
lawyers who have distinguished themselves from their peers by securing
hard-earned successes in high-stakes litigation, complex global matters and
record-breaking deals. Winners were selected by a committee of Law360 editors,
who reviewed more than 900 nominations.
full profile here.