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Benjamin R. Barron

Benjamin Barron Senior Associate, Mergers & Acquisitions and Capital Markets

Benji’s principal area of practice is corporate finance and securities law, including mergers and acquisitions, securities offerings, private equity, and general corporate representation. The following is a list of representative matters in which Benji has assisted.

Experience Highlights

  • EagleClaw Midstream Ventures, a portfolio company of Blackstone Energy Partners, in a joint venture with Kinder Morgan Texas Pipeline, to construct and own the approximately $2 billion Permian Highway Pipeline Project 
  • EagleClaw Midstream and Blackstone Energy Partners in the $500 million cash commitment from I Squared Capital in connection with the contribution of its Permian midstream portfolio company 
  • TPG Pace Energy Holdings, a Special Purpose Acquisition Company and affiliate of TPG, in the $2.66 billion acquisition of oil and gas assets from EnerVest
  • Deep Gulf Energy Companies, a deepwater oil and gas exploration and development business operating in the Gulf of Mexico and a portfolio company of First Reserve, in its $1.225 billion sale to Kosmos Energy
  • AltaGas in the $6.4 billion acquisition of WGL Holdings, owner of a regulated natural gas utility, a midstream franchise and non-regulated contracted power and energy marketing businesses throughout the United States
  • Targa Resources Corp. in the $1.1 billion development joint venture with Stonepeak Infrastructure Partners for ownership of a 25% interest in the Gulf Coast Express Pipeline, a 20% interest in the Grand Prix Pipeline, and a 100% interest in Targa's next fractionation train 
  • NorthStar Realty Finance in its approximately $16 billion combination with NorthStar Asset Management Group and Colony Capital in an all-stock merger of equals 
  • Memorial Resource Development in its $4.4 billion merger with Range Resources
  • Targa Resources Corp. in its $6.7 billion acquisition of Targa Resources Partners in an all stock-for-unit transaction
  • The Conflicts Committee of the Board of Directors of El Paso Pipeline Partners in the $76 billion acquisition by Kinder Morgan Inc. of El Paso Pipeline Partners, Kinder Morgan Pipeline Partners and Kinder Morgan Management

Mergers & Acquisitions

  • Select Energy Services, an affiliate of Crestview Partners, in its $1.3 billion merger with Rockwater Energy Solutions
  • CVR Partners in the $533 million acquisition of Rentech Nitrogen Partners, creating a leading North American nitrogen fertilizer producer

    • Targa Resources Partners and Targa Resources Corp. in the $7.7 billion acquisition of Atlas Pipeline Partners and Atlas Energy 
    • Foresight Reserves in the $1.37 billion sale of a significant economic interest in Foresight Energy, a coal producer, to Murray Energy
    • QR Energy in its $3 billion merger with Breitburn Energy Partners
    • Natural Resource Partners in its $205 million acquisition of VantaCore, a private limited partnership specializing in the construction materials industry,  from Trilantic, Kayne Anderson, and other minority owners
    • Eagle Rock Energy Partners in the $1.325 billion contribution of its midstream business to Regency Energy Partners
    • Oil States International in the $2.6 billion spin-off of its accommodations business, Civeo Corporation, into an independent, publicly traded company

    Capital Markets

    • Venator Materials PLC in its $522 million initial public offering of ordinary shares by a selling shareholder
    • Targa Resources Corp. in its $1 billion private placement of Series A preferred stock
    • Sprague Resources LP in its $153 million initial public offering of common units
    • Targa Resources Partners LP in its $127 million public offering of preferred units 
    • Targa Resources Corp. in its $296 million public offering of common stock
    • Parsley Energy, Inc. in its $226 million private placement of common stock
    • Targa Resources Partners LP in its $600 million offering of senior notes
    • Blue Racer Midstream, LLC in its $550 million offering of senior notes 
    • Underwriters to Tullow Oil plc in its $650 million offering of senior notes

    Private Equity

    • Talara Capital Management in its $50 million line of equity commitment to Viola Oil & Gas, an exploration and production company
    • Pine Brook Road Partners in its equity commitment to Stonegate Production Company II, an oil and gas exploration and production company focused on oil and gas projects in the United States
    • Century Payments in the sale of the company, an electronic payment processing company, to a wholly owned subsidiary of WorldPay US

    Shareholder Activism

    • Ciber in its proxy contest defense against Lone Star Value
    • Endeavour International Corporation in its proxy contest defense against the Talisman Group
    • Crest Financial Limited in its proxy contest against the merger of Clearwire Corporation with Sprint Nextel Corporation, resulting in an increase of the merger consideration of approximately 70% from $2.97 to $5.00, valuing Clearwire at $14 billion

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    Benji's Practices

    • Columbia Law School, J.D., 2012 (James Kent Scholar; Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar)
    • Georgetown University, A.B., History (Honors) and Classics magna cum laude, 2009
    • Admitted to practice: Texas 
    • Other Languages: Proficient in Italian
    • Selected to the Texas Rising Stars list, Super Lawyers (Thomson Reuters), 2019