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John E. Lynch
John E. Lynch
Partner — Tax
Partner — Tax

John E. Lynch

John E. Lynch

Texas Tower
845 Texas Avenue
Suite 4700
Houston, Texas 77002

start quote symbolWhen I work on large, multifaceted transactions, my goal is to find practical solutions to complex tax issues that fit within my client’s commercial framework. I enjoy the challenge of balancing all of the competing interests and concerns.end quote symbol
John E. Lynch

Experience Highlights

  • EagleClaw Midstream Ventures, a portfolio company of Blackstone Energy Partners, in a joint venture with Kinder Morgan Texas Pipeline, a subsidiary of Kinder Morgan, to construct and own the approximately $2 billion Permian Highway Pipeline Project

  • International Paper Co. in the transfer of its $1.8 billion North American consumer packaging business to a joint venture with Graphic Packaging Corp. 

  • Plains GP Holdings, L.P. in its $2.9 billion initial public offering of common units; transaction was the first use of an Up-C structure in the MLP space

  • Antero Midstream Partners LP in its $1.15 billion initial public offering of common units

  • Frank’s International N.V. in its $759 million initial public offering of common stock

  • Parsley Energy, Inc. in its $750 million IPO utilizing an UP-C structure in the E&P space

  • A large international energy company in the spin-off of its California oil and gas business into an independent and separately traded company

  • Ranger Energy Services, Inc. in its $85 million initial public offering of common stock 

  • Solaris Oilfield Infrastructure, Inc. in its $121 million initial public offering of common stock

  • Select Energy Services, Inc. in its $122 million initial public offering of common stock

  • Jagged Peak Energy Inc. in its $474 million initial public offering of common stock

  • Venator Materials PLC in its $522 million initial public offering of ordinary shares by a selling shareholder and separation from Huntsman Corporation

  • RSP Permian, Inc. in its $448 million initial public offering of common stock

  • WildHorse Resource Development in its $625 million acquisition of 111,000 net acres and associated production from Anadarko Petroleum Corporation and affiliates of KKR and the $435 million private purchase of Series A perpetual convertible preferred stock by The Carlyle Group 

  • Blackstone in its $1.57 billion acquisition of an interest in the Rover pipeline project from a subsidiary of Energy Transfer Partners

  • Rice Energy in its $6.7 billion merger with EQT Corporation, creating the largest independent producer of natural gas in the United States

  • Blackstone in the $2 billion acquisition of Eagle Claw Midstream Ventures from EnCap Flatrock Midstream

  • Inergy, L.P. and Inergy Midstream, L.P. in an $8 billion multistep combination transaction with Crestwood Midstream Partners LP and Crestwood Holdings LLC

  • Permian Mud Service in the $2.3 billion sale of Champion Technologies, a global energy specialty products and services company, to Ecolab


  • The University of Texas School of Law, J.D. with honors, 1986 (Order of the Coif)
  • Baylor University, B.B.A., Accounting with honors, 1983
  • Chambers USA, Tax (Texas), 2011–2014 and 2016–2024
  • Legal 500 U.S., Domestic Tax: Central, 2012–2017; Tax: International Tax, 2018–2022 and 2024; Tax: US Taxes – Non-Contentious, 2018 and 2020–2024
  • The Best Lawyers in America© (BL Rankings, LLC), Tax Law (Houston), 2003, 2006−2024
  • International Tax Review: World Tax Review, Leading Lawyer list, 2021, 2022, and 2024
  • Member: Tax Section and Committee on Partnership Taxation, American Bar Association; Tax Section, Houston Bar Association
  • Texas
  • U.S. Tax Court
  • U.S. District Courts
  • “Implications of the Tax Reform Bill for Private Equity,” Tax Reform Webcast & Teleconference, November 6, 2017 (speaker)
  • “Relief for Taxpayers Affected by Hurricane Harvey,” V&E Tax Update E-communication, August 31, 2017 (co-author)
  • “M&A Transactions with Publicly Traded Partnerships, C Corp IPOs, and Up-C Transactions, ” 33rd Annual Texas Federal Tax Institute, June 15, 2017 (speaker)
  • “M&A Transaction Structures: Corporate, Reporting, and Tax Considerations,” V&E Houston Office, June 14, 2017 (speaker)
  • “Preparing for an IPO: Market Update, Process and Timeline,” V&E’s Houston Office, November 9, 2016 (speaker)
  • “New Disguised Sale Guidance Presents Major Change for Partnership Transactions,” V&E Tax Update E-communication, October 4, 2016 (co-author)
  • “LinnCo and LINN to Permit Partners to Exchange Into Corporate Blocker,” V&E Capital Markets and Tax Update E-Communication, March 24, 2016 (co-author)
  • “Taxation of Upstream and Downstream Partnerships,” Tax Executives Institute – Houston Chapter, Houston, Texas, February 17, 2016
  • “Thoughts for Officers and Directors of E&P Companies and MLPs in 2016,” V&E website, January 19, 2016 (co-author)
  • “Dramatic Changes to Partnership Audit Rules and Their Implications for Existing Partnerships,” V&E Tax Update E-communication, November 5, 2015 (co-author)
  • “Retail Preferred Offerings Expand Outside of the Traditional E&P MLP Space,” V&E MLP Update E-communication, October 12, 2015 (co-author)
  • “Trends in Energy Transactions,” V&E Client Presentation, Houston, Texas, November 7, 2013
  • “Pros and Cons of Using ‘Management Fee Waivers’ in NY,” Law360, New York, November 2, 2012 (co-author)
  • Federal income tax topics, including recent presentations to the Tax Executives Institute, American Bar Association, State Bar Advanced Tax School, Houston Bar Association, and Dallas Bar Association