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Douglas E. McWilliams

Douglas E. McWilliams Partner, Capital Markets and Mergers & Acquisitions

Doug has an extensive corporate practice, advising on capital markets transactions, including initial public offerings and other equity and debt offerings, and merger and acquisition transactions.

Doug has been consistently ranked as one of the top 10 lawyers in the country in representing issuers in connection with their IPOs. As a result, Doug has developed a robust practice representing private equity backed companies seeking an exit either through the public markets or through complex sale transactions. Additionally, Doug has considerable expertise in assisting public companies in connection with capital markets and merger and acquisition transactions. He has particular experience with clients engaged in the energy industry, including oil and gas exploration and production, midstream, oilfield service, oilfield equipment manufacturing and supply and seismic companies.

 

Doug is head of V&E’s Equity Capital Markets Group.

Experience Highlights

  • Brigham Minerals, Inc. in its $261 million initial public offering of Class A common stock 
  • Berry Petroleum Corporation in its $183 million initial public offering of common stock 
  • Sentinel Energy Services Inc., a special purpose acquisition company, in its $345 million initial public offering of common stock
  • WildHorse Resource Development in its $3.977 billion sale to Chesapeake Energy
  • RSP Permian in its $9.5 billion sale to Concho Resources, creating the largest unconventional shale producer in the Permian Basin
  • 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

Initial Public Offerings

  • Brigham Minerals, Inc. in its $261 million initial public offering of Class A common stock 
  • Berry Petroleum Corporation in its $183 million initial public offering of common stock 
  • Sentinel Energy Services Inc., a special purpose acquisition company, in its $345 million initial public offering of common stock
  • Ranger Energy Services, Inc. in its $85 million initial public offering of common stock 
  • Vantage Energy Acquisition Corp., a special purpose acquisition company, in its $552 million initial public offering of units
  • Underwriters to Silver Run Acquisition Corporation II, a special purpose acquisition company, in its $1.035 billion initial public offering of units
  • Underwriters to ProPetro Holding Corp. in its $402 million initial public offering of common stock
  • Ramaco Resources, Inc. in its $81 million initial public offering of common stock
  • Jagged Peak Energy Inc. in its $474 million initial public offering of common stock
  • WildHorse Resource Development Corporation in its $447 million initial public offering of common stock
  • Extraction Oil & Gas, Inc. in its $728 million initial public offering of common stock
  • Underwriters to Noble Midstream Partners LP in its $323 million initial public offering of common units 
  • Underwriters to CNX Coal Resources LP in its $83 million initial public offering of common units
  • Underwriters to PennTex Midstream Partners, LP in its $238 million initial public offering of common units
  • Rice Midstream Partners LP in its $474 million initial public offering of common units
  • Underwriters to Shell Midstream Partners, L.P. in its $1.1 billion initial public offering of common units
  • Underwriters to USD Partners LP in its $155 million initial public offering of common units
  • Underwriters to Memorial Resource Development Corp. in its $935 million initial public offering of common stock
  • Parsley Energy, Inc. in its $1.1 billion initial public offering of common stock

Mergers & Acquisitions

  • WildHorse Resource Development in its $3.977 billion sale to Chesapeake Energy
  • RSP Permian in its $9.5 billion sale to Concho Resources, creating the largest unconventional shale producer in the Permian Basin
  • 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
  • TPG in the $2.66 billion acquisition of oil and gas assets from EnerVest
  • Hiland Partners in the $3 billion sale of the company to Kinder Morgan
  • Fifth Creek Energy Company in its $649 million combination with Bill Barrett Corporation, creating an E&P company focused on oil-weighted rural areas in the Denver-Julesburg Basin
  • Rice Energy in its $6.7 billion merger with EQT Corporation, creating the largest independent producer of natural gas in the United States
  • Brigham Resources in the $2.55 billion cash and stock sale of all of its leasehold interests and related assets to Diamondback Energy
  • Patterson-UTI Energy in its $1.76 billion merger with Seventy Seven Energy
  • Centennial Resource Production in the approximately $1.39 billion sale of the company, a Natural Gas Partners portfolio company, to Silver Run Acquisition Corporation
  • Memorial Resource Development in its $4.4 billion merger with Range Resources
  • Sabine Oil & Gas in its merger with Forest Oil Corporation through an all-stock transaction
  • Duncan Energy Partners in its $2.5 billion merger with Enterprise Products Partners and Enterprise GP Holdings in its $8 billion merger with Enterprise Products Partners
  • Caiman Energy in the $2.5 billion sale of Caiman Eastern Midstream, LLC, a gas and liquids processing company focused in the Marcellus Shale, to Williams Partners
  • Inergy Midstream in the $425 million acquisition of Rangeland Energy, the owner and operator of a crude oil rail terminal, storage, and pipeline facilities in the  Bakken and Three Forks shale oil-producing areas

High-Yield Debt Offerings

  • Extraction Oil & Gas, Inc. in its $400 million offering of senior notes 
  • Underwriters to Tapstone Energy Inc. in its $300 million offering of senior notes 
  • Covey Park Energy LLC in its $450 million offering of senior notes 
  • Parsley Energy, Inc. in its $450 million offering of senior notes 
  • WildHorse Resource Development Corporation in its $350 million offering of senior notes
  • RSP Permian, Inc. in its $450 million offering of senior notes
  • Parlsey Energy, Inc. in its $650 million offering of senior notes 
  • Extraction Oil & Gas Holdings, LLC in its $550 million offering of senior notes 
  • RSP Permian, Inc. in its $200 million offering of senior notes
  • Rice Energy, Inc. in its $400 million offering of senior notes


Contact Details

Houston

T +1.713.758.3613
F +1.713.615.5725
dmcwilliams@velaw.com
1001 Fannin Street
Suite 2500
Houston, TX 77002
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Doug's Practices

  • Harvard Law School, J.D. magna cum laude, 1995
  • University of Texas, B.B.A., Finance with highest honors, 1992
  • Admitted to practice: Texas
    • Legal 500 U.S., Energy Transactions, 2017; Capital Markets: Equity Offerings, 2012-2015 and 2018; Capital Markets: Debt Offerings, 2013, 2014, 2019; US Taxes: Non-Contentious, 2019
    • Chambers USA, Capital Markets (Texas): Debt & Equity, 2015−2019, “Up and Coming”, 2014; Capital Markets (Nationwide): Debt & Equity: Central United States, 2019
    • Selected to the Texas Super Lawyers list, Super Lawyers (Thomson Reuters), 2004 and 2007–2018
    • The Best Lawyers in America© (Woodward/White, Inc.), Corporate Law, 2007–2015 and 2017–2019
    • Selected to the Texas Rising Stars list, Super Lawyers (Thomson Reuters), 2004
    • H Texas Magazine, one of the “Lawyers on the Fast Track,” 2004