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E. Ramey Layne

E. Ramey Layne Partner, Capital Markets and Mergers & Acquisitions

Ramey’s principal areas of practice are capital markets, securities law, and mergers and acquisitions. He has a particular focus on transactions relating to publicly traded master limited partnerships (MLPs). He represents both issuers and underwriters in public and private securities offerings. Ramey has advised clients on general corporate matters, public company reporting issues, restructuring of partnerships, and reporting obligations in connection with acquisition and disposition of partnership securities. Additionally, Ramey advises clients on Investment Company Act of 1940 avoidance.

Experience Highlights

  • Spartan Energy Acquisition Corp., a special purpose acquisition company, in its $552 million initial public offering of common units 
  • Sentinel Energy Services Inc., a special purpose acquisition company, in its $345 million initial public offering of common stock
  • Liberty Oilfield Services, Inc. in its $249 million initial public offering of common stock 
  • TPG RE Finance Trust, Inc. in its $233 million initial public offering of common stock
  • Rockpile Energy Holdings, a portfolio company of White Deer Energy, in the $284.5 million sale of RockPile Energy Services to Keane Group
  • Double Eagle Energy Permian in its $2.8 billion sale of certain undeveloped acreage and producing oil and gas properties in the core of the Midland Basin to Parsley Energy
  • Underwriters to Silver Run Acquisition Corporation II, a special purpose acquisition company, in its $1.035 billion initial public offering of units
  • Vantage Energy Acquisition Corp., a special purpose acquisition company, in its $552 million initial public offering of units
  • CVR Refining, LP in its $690 million initial public offering of common units

Master Limited Partnerships

  • Underwriters to 8point3 Energy Partners LP in its $420 million initial public offering of common units 
  • Enviva Partners, LP in its $230 million initial public offering of common units
  • Dominion Midstream Partners, LP in its $423 million initial public offering of common units
  • Westlake Chemical Partners LP in its $311 million initial public offering of common units
  • Foresight Energy LP in its $350 million initial public offering of common units
  • Underwriters to USA Compression Partners, LP in its $198 million initial public offering of common units
  • Hi-Crush Partners LP in its $220 million initial public offering of common units
  • CVR Partners, LP in its $353 million initial public offering of common units

Mergers & Acquisitions

  • CVR Partners in the $533 million acquisition of Rentech Nitrogen Partners, creating a leading North American nitrogen fertilizer producer 
  • Niska Gas Storage Partners in the $911.9 million sale of the company, a natural gas services provider and Riverstone Holdings portfolio company, to Brookfield Infrastructure 
  • Foresight Reserves in the $1.37 billion sale of a significant economic interest in Foresight Energy, a coal producer, to Murray Energy
  • Hi-Crush Proppants in the drop down of Hi-Crush Augusta, owner of a 1,187-acre facility with integrated rail infrastructure and production capacity of 1.6 million tons of frac sand per year, to Hi-Crush Partners
  • Devon Energy Corp. in the $8.84 billion contribution of substantially all of its U.S. midstream business to Crosstex Energy and Crosstex Energy to form a consolidated midstream business controlled by Devon
  • Buckeye Partners in the $1.14 billion merger between Buckeye Partners and Buckeye GP Holdings


Contact Details

Houston

T +1.713.758.4629
F +1.713.751.5396
rlayne@velaw.com
1001 Fannin Street
Suite 2500
Houston, TX 77002
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Ramey's Practices

  • New York University School of Law, J.D., 2002
  • The University of Texas, B.A., Latin American Studies with honors, 1999
  • Admitted to practice: New York; Texas
    • Legal 500 U.S., "Next Generation Lawyer" in Capital Markets: Equity Offerings, 2015, 2018, and 2019
    • Chambers USA, Capital Markets (Texas): Debt & Equity, 2017-2019; “Up and Coming”, 2016 and 2017; Capital Markets (Nationwide): Debt & Equity: Central United States, 2019
    • Selected to the New York Metro Rising Stars list, Super Lawyers (Thomson Reuters), 2011–2017
    • Selected to the Texas Rising Stars list, Super Lawyers (Thomson Reuters), 2013–2017
    • Member: American Bar Association and New York State Bar Association