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Kate Rainey Willson
Kate Rainey Willson
Associate — Mergers & Acquisitions and Capital Markets
Associate — Mergers & Acquisitions and Capital Markets

Kate Rainey Willson

Kate Rainey Willson

2801 Via Fortuna
Suite 100
Austin, TX 78746

Kate Rainey Willson

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

The following is a list of experience in which Kate has assisted.

Experience Highlights

  • Oiltanking Holdings Americas in the $4.41 billion acquisition by Enterprise Products Partners of the general partner of Oiltanking Partners, and all of the common and subordinated units of Oiltanking Partners held by Oiltanking Holding Americas and a wholly owned subsidiary

  • Energy XXI in its $2.3 billion acquisition of EPL Oil & Gas Inc., creating the largest publicly traded independent oil and gas producer on the Gulf of Mexico Shelf

  • Riverstone Holdings in the $9.5 billion formation of Talen Energy Corporation, one of the largest independent power producers in the U.S., through a Reverse Morris Trust spin-off of PPL Corporation’s merchant power generation business and the concurrent combination thereof with Riverstone’s merchant power generation business and associated debt financings

  • Natural Gas Partners in its $100 million equity commitment to MS Energy Services, an independent directional drilling service company

  • Avista Capital Partners in its $150 million investment in a joint venture with SEACOR Tankers to operate and construct  Jones Act vessels

  • LOLA Energy in the $250 million line of equity commitment to the company, a newly formed independent oil and gas company, from Denham Capital 

  • Energy XXI Gulf Coast, Inc. in its $650 million offering of senior notes 

  • Energy XXI Gulf Coast, Inc. in its $1.5 billion offering of senior secured notes

  • Core Laboratories N.V. in its $198 million public offering of common stock 

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


  • Tulane University Law School, J.D. magna cum laude, 2013 (Order of the Coif; Tulane Law Review)
  • The University of Texas at Austin, B.A., Government & Sociology with highest honors, 2009
  • Texas