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Caroline Blitzer Phillips

Caroline Blitzer Phillips Partner, Mergers & Acquisitions and Private Equity

Caroline Blitzer Phillips advises public and private companies engaged in mergers and acquisitions. In addition, she represents private equity firms with respect to their investments in creating and growing their portfolio companies.

Caroline is also active in advising both corporate investors and private equity firms on the formation of development joint ventures. She has significant experience serving clients throughout the energy industry, including oil and gas exploration and production, transportation and midstream, power, oilfield services, coal, and renewables and clean energy.

In addition to her client work, Caroline is a co-chair of V&E’s Women’s Initiative in the firm’s New York office. She serves on the board of trustees of the LSU Law John P. Laborde Energy Law Center.

Experience Highlights

  • Morgan Stanley Energy Partners its acquisition of Specialized Desanders, a provider of sand management solutions to the oil and gas industry
  • Warburg Pincus in its $500 million line of equity commitment to Independence Resources Management, an oil and gas exploration and production company
  • Windy Cove Energy in the commitment by Blackstone Energy Partners and its affiliates to invest up to $700 million of equity for Windy Cove to acquire and develop CO2 enhanced oil recovery assets in the United States 
  • Riverstone Holdings in its line of equity commitment to Enviva Holdings, a biomass renewable energy company 
  • Trilantic Capital Partners in its partnership with Ward Petroleum Corporation to form a new oil and gas exploration and production company, Ward Energy Partners
  • Riverstone Holdings in its $500 million line of equity co-investment in Sage Midstream, a midstream company focused on the acquisition, development and operation of NGL-related assets in emerging U.S. shale plays
  • Warburg Pincus in its $315 million line of equity commitment to Hawkwood Energy, an exploration and production company focused in the Rocky Mountains and Midcontinent
  • Buckeye Partners in its $260 million acquisition of a petroleum products facility and related assets from Chevron

Mergers & Acquisitions

  • Penn Virginia Resource Partners in its $1 billion acquisition of energy pipeline company Chief Gathering
  • Buckeye Partners in the $1.7 billion acquisition of Bahamas Oil Refining Company, owner of the largest storage terminal facility in the Caribbean, from First Reserve and Vopak
  • Buckeye Partners in its acquisition of the Yabucoa, Puerto Rico, refined petroleum products terminal from Shell
  • Warburg Pincus in its acquisition and subsequent sale of its interest in APT Generation, a portfolio of three electric generating plants
  • Tenaska Capital Management in its acquisition of the New Covert natural gas-fired power generation facility
  • Copano Energy in its acquisition of the Cantera Natural Gas gathering system and the Tri-County Gas gathering system
  • 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
  • Natural Resource Partners in the $310 million acquisition, and related debt and equity financing, of interests in OCI Wyoming, a producer of soda ash, and operator of a trona ore mining operation and a soda ash refinery in Wyoming, from subsidiaries of Anadarko Petroleum Corporation
  • Natural Resource Partners in its acquisition of coal reserves and infrastructure assets from The Cline Group
  • Ascent Energy, an independent exploration and production company, in its sale to Ram Energy Resources

Private Equity

  • Morgan Stanley Capital Partners in its equity investment in Sterling Investment Holdings, a natural gas gathering and processing company
  • Warburg Pincus in its line of equity commitments to domestic and international exploration and production companies (Latigo Petroleum, Laredo Petroleum, Canbriam Energy, Kosmos Energy and Broad Oak Energy), as well as in Competitive Power Ventures Holdings, a power industry development and asset manager
  • A private equity fund in the $343 acquisition of an asphalt terminal and storage company
  • Morgan Stanley Private Equity in its acquisition of the Trinity CO2 pipeline and supply companies
  • American Infrastructure MLP Fund in its equity investments in United Bridge Holdings and StoneMor Partners
  • Altpoint Capital in its equity investment in Sanchez Resources, an exploration and production company
  • Pine Brook Road Partners in its line of equity commitment to Nemaha Oil & Gas and Stonegate Production Company, both exploration and production companies
  • Warburg Pincus in its formation of energy fund Sheridan Production Partners


Contact Details

New York

T +1.212.237.0251
F +1.917.849.5317
cphillips@velaw.com
666 Fifth Avenue
26th Floor
New York, NY 10103
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Caroline's Practices

  • Louisiana State University Law Center, J.D., 1996 (Valedictorian; Order of the Coif; Phi Kappa Phi; Articles Editor, Louisiana Law Review)
  • Duke University, A.B. with honors, 1993
  • Admitted to practice: New York; Texas; Louisiana
  • Judicial clerk to The Honorable Jacques L. Wiener, Jr., U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit, 1996–1997
    • Legal 500 U.S., Private Equity Buyouts, 2013 and 2014
    • Selected to the New York Metro Super Lawyers list, Super Lawyers (Thomson Reuters), 2012, 2014−2015, 2018 and 2019
    • Legal Media Group’s (Euromoney) Rising Star, 2015
    Board of Trustees: LSU John P. Laborde Energy Law Center