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Jay B. Blackman

Jay B. Blackman Counsel, Mergers & Acquisitions and Private Equity

Jay’s area of practice includes the representation of private equity funds, financial sponsors, private and public companies, and other capital providers in investment and M&A transactions, including private equity investments and exit transactions, private investment fund formation and administration, securities offerings, governance matters, and general corporate representation. He works with private equity investors, their portfolio companies and investors, and a variety of other public and private companies in connection with mergers, acquisitions, dispositions, and strategic investments.

Experience Highlights

  • Morgan Stanley Infrastructure in its sale of Southern Star Central Corp., a FERC-regulated interstate natural gas transmission and storage system, to a consortium consisting of affiliates of GE Energy Financial Services and Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec
  • CenterPoint Properties Trust in all aspects of the development, and pending $240 million plus sale to Arc Logistics Partners LP and GE Energy Financial Services, of a crude oil unloading terminal in Joliet, Illinois
  • Morgan Stanley Infrastructure Partners in its acquisition of interests in Eureka Hunter Holdings, owner of a natural gas gathering system in the Marcellus and Utica shale basins in the Appalachian region of the United States
  • 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
  • Rubicon Oilfield International, a Warburg Pincus portfolio company, in the acquisition of Tercel Oilfield Products, an oilfield products company, from Lime Rock Partners 
  • Consortium of private equity sponsors in a $7.2 billion leveraged buyout of a privately held exploration and production company
  • Private equity fund in a $3.2 billion leveraged buyout of a public industrial products conglomerate

Private Equity

  • Private equity sponsors and mezzanine debt providers in a $1 billion sale of a Jones Act product tanker business to a leading transportation and energy storage company
  • Public international energy company in its $4.5 billion acquisition of a private equity-backed company with leasehold interests in the Marcellus Shale
  • Private equity sponsors in a $1 billion equity commitment to a joint venture to acquire and develop leases, and oil and gas assets, in the Gulf of Mexico
  • Private equity fund in a series of acquisitions of oilfield services companies with an aggregate transaction value in excess of $1.5 billion
  • Private equity portfolio company in its acquisition of $1 billion of oil and gas assets located in Oklahoma and the Texas Panhandle
  • Private equity fund in a series of acquisitions of portfolio companies across a variety of industries, including banking, telecommunications, logistics, and entertainment
  • Private equity fund in connection with its investment in South American mining projects
  • KKR, Goldman, Sachs & Company, and TPG Capital, LP in the $45 billion acquisition of TXU Corp
  • Sponsor in preferred equity investment in Australian public company 
  • Private equity fund in its acquisition of multiple wind energy projects throughout the United States

Mergers & Acquisitions

  • Royal Dutch Shell in its $4.7 billion acquisition of East Resources, a major owner of shale gas holdings in the northeast United States, from private investors
  • One of the nation’s largest coal companies in a $600 million divestiture of non-core assets
  • Public international energy company in its $3.2 billion acquisition and joint venture drilling program in the Marcellus Shale
  • Chinese energy company in its $2 billion acquisition and joint venture drilling program in the Eagle Ford Shale
  • A UK financial services provider in the sale of its multibillion dollar energy industry loan portfolio and lending business
  • Portfolio company in a series of asset and stock acquisitions to build up a construction materials and products business

Contact Details


T +1.713.758.2230
F +1.713.615.5220
1001 Fannin Street
Suite 2500
Houston, TX 77002
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Jay's Practices

  • Columbia Law School, J.D., 2007 (Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar; Senior Editor, Columbia Law Review)
  • The University of Texas at Austin, B.A. Plan II Honors, 2003
  • Admitted to practice: Texas
  • Selected to the Texas Rising Stars list, Super Lawyers (Thomson Reuters), 2016

  • Member: Houston Bar Association