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Robert Seber

Robert Seber Partner, Mergers & Acquisitions and Private Equity

Robert Seber is a leading corporate attorney who advises private equity firms and corporate clients in complex transactions. Many of his clients are involved in the energy industry, as well as a wide range of other sectors including technology and financial services.

Robert is highly experienced in managing the full transactional cycle of investment funds, including fund formations, acquisitions, recapitalizations, minority investments, complex equity arrangements, and exits.

His clients include Focus Financial Partners, an investor in independent, fiduciary wealth management firms, which he has advised from inception through its initial public offering. He has also advised such clients as White Deer Energy, Ridgewood Energy, and Pattern Energy Group.

A graduate of Yale Law School, Robert is an adjunct professor of law at New York University School of Law where he teaches “Oil and Gas: Public and Private Governance.” He is also a frequent panelist on energy policy issues.

Experience Highlights

  • Focus Financial Partners Inc. in its $615 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
  • Pattern Energy Group in a series of strategic transactions that include a $724 million long-term commitment by an investment entity managed by Riverstone
  • Ridgewood Energy Corporation in the formation of Ridgewood Energy Oil & Gas Fund III, a $1.9 billion fund to invest in oil exploration and production projects in the deepwater Gulf of Mexico  

Mergers & Acquisitions

  • White Deer Energy in its acquisition of Flogistix, an oil and gas optimization company
  • Arc Terminals, a portfolio company of Lightfoot Capital Partners, in the acquisition of Gulf Coast Asphalt Company’s 1.2 million barrel marine terminalling facility in Mobile, Alabama, and rail transloading facility in Saraland, Alabama
  • NRG Energy in the $280 million sale of the Itisa hydroelectric power plant in Brazil
  • Focus Financial Partners in its acquisition of more than 10 independent wealth management firms

Private Equity

  • Focus Financial Partners in an investment by Stone Point Capital and KKR that values Focus at approximately $2 billion
  • White Deer Energy in several equity investments, including (among others) Riverside Energy, Corterra Energy, Quanah Panhandle, PostRock Energy Corporation, Crescent Companies, Epic Midstream, Acteon Group, and Emerald Oil
  • An African tower company in its equity financing by a group of investors
  • GSO Capital Partners, the credit investment arm of Blackstone, in its $150 million investment in Rentech
  • Soros Fund Management and Albright Capital Management in their $250 million investment in APR Energy, a provider of major turnkey temporary power generation services
  • Focus Financial Partners in a $216 million investment in the company by Centerbridge Capital Partners
  • Tresalia Capital in its investment in Tory Burch LLC

Private Funds

  • White Deer Energy in the formation of a $1.38 billion private equity fund targeting investments in middle market energy companies active in oil and gas production, oilfield service and equipment manufacturing, and energy infrastructure
  • Ridgewood Energy Corporation in the formation of Ridgewood Energy Oil and Gas Fund II, a $1.1 billion fund to invest in exploration and production projects in the United States’ deep waters of the Gulf of Mexico
  • White Deer Energy in the formation of an $821 million debut private equity fund focused on oil and gas production, oil service and equipment manufacturing, and energy infrastructure, primarily in North America


Contact Details

New York

T +1.212.237.0132
M +1.917.414.6740
rseber@velaw.com
666 Fifth Avenue
26th Floor
New York, NY 10103
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Robert's Practices

  • Vienna Law School, 1981
  • Yale Law School, 1986
  • Admitted to practice: New York
  • Other Language: German (fluent)
  • Adjunct Professor of Law: NYU School of Law