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Austin B. Light
Austin B. Light
Senior Associate — Executive Compensation & Benefits
Senior Associate — Executive Compensation & Benefits

Austin B. Light

Austin B. Light

2801 Via Fortuna
Suite 100
Austin, TX 78746

Austin B. Light

Austin’s practice focuses primarily on executive compensation and benefits. His experience includes structuring, drafting and implementing a variety of compensation-related plans and arrangements, including employment agreements, omnibus equity incentive plans, change in control and severance agreements, and named executive officer pay packages. Austin’s practice involves advising clients on a variety of executive compensation and benefits issues, such as tax and securities law, corporate governance, periodic and event-driven SEC disclosure, and employee-related issues in mergers and acquisitions and private equity transactions.

Experience Highlights

  • Crestview Partners in its investment in Upwell Water, a water-focused specialty finance company

  • NorthStar Realty Finance in its approximately $16 billion combination with NorthStar Asset Management Group and Colony Capital in an all-stock merger of equals 

  • Double Eagle Energy Holdings ll, a portfolio company of Apollo Natural Resources Partners Funds I and II, in its merger with Veritas Energy, creating one of the largest pure play exploration and production companies focused on the Permian’s Midland Basin

  • Nexeo Solutions, a chemicals and plastics distributor and TPG Capital portfolio company, in its $1.575 billion merger with WL Ross Holdings Corp., a special purpose acquisition company formed by WL Ross

  • Riverstone Energy Limited in a $103 million line of equity commitment to Aleph Midstream S.A., an Argentine midstream company 

  • Apollo Global Management in the formation of a strategic partnership with Chisholm Oil and Gas to invest in oil and gas properties in Oklahoma, and Chisholm’s initial acquisition of STACK assets

  • AltaGas in the $6.4 billion acquisition of WGL Holdings, owner of a regulated natural gas utility, a midstream franchise and non-regulated contracted power and energy marketing businesses throughout the United States

  • Sunoco Logistics Partners LP in its $20 billion merger with Energy Transfer Partners in a unit-for-unit transaction

  • KLR Energy Acquisition Corp. in the $445 million combination with Tema Oil and Gas Company to form Rosehill Resources in a SPAC business combination

  • Quantum Energy Partners in the combination of two of its portfolio companies, Xplorer Midstream and Intensity Midstream 

  • Riverstone Holdings in its upsized equity commitment to, and formation of, Salt Fork Resources, an oil and gas exploration and production company focused on the Appalachian Basin

  • Oaktree Capital Management in the $600 million line of equity commitment to Charger Shale Oil Company, an oil and gas company focused in the Permian Basin

  • Morgan Stanley Infrastructure Partners in its $1.03 billion sale of Eureka Midstream Holdings and Hornet Midstream Holdings to EQM Midstream Partners 

  • Quinbrook Infrastructure Partners in its $300 million investment in GlidePath Power Solutions

  • Underwriters to Noble Midstream Partners LP in its $323 million initial public offering of common units 

  • Ramaco Resources, Inc. in its $81 million initial public offering of common stock


  • The University of Texas School of Law, J.D. with honors, 2015 (Associate Editor, Texas Law Review)
  • Austin College, B.A., Business Administration magna cum laude, 2011
  • Texas
  • “Tax and Accounting Year-End Update,” V&E Austin Office, December 5, 2019 (presenter)