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Thomas G. Zentner III

Thomas G. Zentner III Partner, Capital Markets and Mergers & Acquisitions

Thomas’ principal area of practice is corporate finance and securities law, including securities offerings, private equity, mergers and acquisitions, and general corporate representation.

His capital markets experience includes representation of both issuers and underwriters in initial public offerings, as well as public and private offerings of equity and debt securities. He also works with private equity investors, their portfolio companies, and a variety of other public and private companies in connection with mergers, acquisitions, dispositions, and strategic investments. Thomas has particular experience with publicly traded master limited partnerships, exploration and production companies, midstream energy, and oilfield services companies. 

Experience Highlights

  • Brigham Minerals, Inc. in its $261 million initial public offering of Class A common stock 
  • Oasis Midstream Partners LP in its $147 million initial public offering of common units
  • Underwriters to Tapstone Energy Inc. in its initial public offering of common stock (In Registration)
  • Brigham Resources in the $2.55 billion cash and stock sale of all of its leasehold interests and related assets to Diamondback Energy
  • Oasis Petroleum Inc. in its $275 million offering of convertible senior notes 
  • Anadarko Petroleum Corporation in its $2.1 billion public offering of common stock 
  • Underwriters to Jones Energy, Inc. in its $73 million ATM program 
  • Anadarko Petroleum Corporation in its $3 billion offering of senior notes
  • Anadarko Petroleum Corporation in the $420 million sale of a portion of its future royalties associated with existing soda ash and coal leases in Sweetwater County, Wyoming  

Master Limited Partnerships

  • Oasis Petroleum Inc. in its $183 million public offering of common stock
  • Underwriters to Tesoro Logistics LP in its $298 million public offering of common units
  • Targa Resources Partners LP in its $127 million public offering of preferred units 
  • Underwriters to USD Partners LP in its $155 million initial public offering of common units
  • Underwriters to CONE Midstream Partners, LP in its $443 million initial public offering of common units
  • Underwriters to QEP Midstream Partners, LP in its $483 million initial public offering of common units
  • Underwriters to Tesoro Logistics LP in its $314 million initial public offering of common units and its combined $2.0 billion public offerings of common units
  • Targa Resources Partners, LP in its combined $2.1 billion public offerings of common units
  • Underwriters to Martin Midstream Partners L.P. in its combined $554 million public offerings of common units

IPOs & Equity Offerings

  • Targa Resources Corp. in its $1 billion private placement of Series A preferred stock 
  • Newfield Exploration Company in its $808 million public offering of common stock
  • Underwriters to Jones Energy, Inc. in its $73 million ATM program 
  • Core Laboratories N.V. in its $198 million public offering of common stock 
  • FMSA Holdings Inc. in its $400 million initial public offering of common stock by a selling stockholder 
  • RSP Permian, Inc. in its $158 million public offering of common stock
  • Anadarko Petroleum Corporation in its issuance of $460 million of Tangible Equity Units 
  • Underwriters to Cimarex Energy Co. in its $752 million public offering of common stock
  • Underwriters to Jones Energy, Inc. in its $188 million initial public offering of common stock
  • Oasis Petroleum Inc. in its $676 million initial public offering of common stock and its $471 million public offering of common stock
  • Targa Resources Corp. in its $360 million initial public offering of common stock 

High Yield & Other Debt Offerings

  • RSP Permian, Inc. in its $200 million offering of senior notes
  • Range Resources Corp. in its $750 million offering of senior notes     
  • Newfield Exploration Company in its $816 million investment grade offering of senior notes
  • CrownRock, L.P. in its $350 million offering of senior notes
  • Underwriters to Jones Energy, Inc. in its $500 million offering of senior notes
  • Underwriters to Cimarex Energy Co. in its $750 million offering of senior notes
  • Targa Resources Partners, LP in its combined $2.4 billion offerings of senior notes
  • Oasis Petroleum Inc. in its combined $1.8 billion offerings of senior notes
  • Underwriters to Martin Midstream Partners L.P. in its combined $400 million offerings of senior notes
  • Anadarko Petroleum Corporation in its $1.25 billion investment grade offering of senior notes

Mergers & Acquisitions

  • Targa Resources Corp. in its $6.7 billion acquisition of Targa Resources Partners in an all stock-for-unit transaction
  • Devon Energy Corp. in the $220 million drop down of the Victoria Express Pipeline System and related assets to EnLink Midstream Partners in exchange for cash and equity
  • Targa Resources Partners and Targa Resources Corp. in the $7.7 billion acquisition of Atlas Pipeline Partners and Atlas Energy
  • Devon Energy Corporation 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

Corporate Governance

  • Routinely advises multiple publicly traded corporations and MLPs on 1933 Act and 1934 Act compliance, listing exchange requirements, corporate governance best practices, and board of directors matters


Contact Details

Houston

T +1.713.758.3671
M +1.832.289.1554
F +1.713.615.5669
tzentner@velaw.com
1001 Fannin Street
Suite 2500
Houston, TX 77002
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Thomas' Practices

  • University of Texas School of Law, J.D. with honors, 2008
  • University of Texas, B.B.A., Business Honors/Finance with honors, 2005
  • Admitted to practice: Texas
    • Selected to the Texas Rising Stars list, Super Lawyers (Thomson Reuters), 2015−2018
    • Legal 500 U.S., Debt Offerings, 2018; Energy: Transactions - Oil & Gas, 2019
    • Member: Houston Bar Association; Houston Young Lawyers Association