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Robert Hughes
Robert Hughes
Partner — Mergers & Acquisitions and Private Equity
Partner — Mergers & Acquisitions and Private Equity

Robert Hughes

Robert Hughes

Texas Tower
845 Texas Avenue
Suite 4700
Houston, Texas 77002

Robert Hughes

Experience Highlights

  • DigitalBridge in its acquisition of a controlling stake in Vertical Bridge Holdings, the largest private owner and operator of wireless communications infrastructure in the U.S.

  • KKR in the $5.7 billion merger between Independence Energy and Contango to form Crescent Energy Company

  • EVgo Services, a portfolio company of LS Power and an electric vehicle public fast charging network, in its $2.6 billion business combination with Climate Change Crisis Real Impact I Acquisition Corporation, a SPAC

  • TPG Pace Tech Opportunities, a SPAC, in its $1.7 billion business combination with Nerdy Inc., a direct-to-consumer platform for live online learning

  • Renewable and Sustainable Energy Fund of The Carlyle Group in the formation of a joint venture with Alchemy Renewable Energy, LLC (ARE), a renewable energy developer and tax equity arranger, together with the acquisition of certain operating and development-stage solar projects from ARE

  • TPG Growth and The Rise Fund in the acquisition of CLEAResult, the country’s leading provider of efficiency solutions for utility companies, from General Atlantic

  • 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

  • Quantum Energy Partners and Post Oak Energy Capital in the $3.6 billion sale of Oryx Midstream to Stonepeak Infrastructure Partners 

  • Vantage Energy in its $2.7 billion sale to Rice Energy 

  • TPG in its $2.66 billion acquisition of assets from EnerVest in a SPAC business combination

  • Covey Park Energy in its $2.2 billion sale to Comstock Resources 

  • Centennial Resource Production in the approximately $1.39 billion sale of the company, a Natural Gas Partners portfolio company, to Silver Run Acquisition Corporation

  • TPG Growth in the $1.2 billion sale of Discovery Midstream to KKR and Williams

  • First Reserve Sustainable Growth Corp., a SPAC, in its $675 million business combination with EO Charging, a leader in electric vehicle fleet charging (pending)

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

  • WildHorse Resource Development in its $435 million private placement of Series A perpetual convertible preferred stock to The Carlyle Group

  • Covey Park Energy LLC in its $225 million private placement of Series A preferred units to fund in part Covey Park’s acquisition of properties in the Haynesville Shale from Chesapeake Energy Corporation 


  • The University of Texas School of Law, J.D. with honors, 2013 (Member, Texas Law Review)
  • The University of Texas, B.A., Government, 2009
  • Chambers USA, Private Equity: Buyouts (Texas), 2024
  • The Best Lawyers in America© (BL Rankings, LLC), “Ones to Watch,” (Houston): Leveraged Buyouts and Private Equity Law, 2023 and 2024; Mergers & Acquisitions Law, 2023 and 2024
  • Selected to the Texas Rising Stars list, Super Lawyers (Thomson Reuters), 2020–2024
  • Dealmakers League, North America Private Equity Dealmakers: Top 10 M&A Lawyers, 2022
  • MergerLinks, Top Private Equity Lawyers (North America), 2022
  • Legal 500 U.S., M&A/Corporate & Commercial: M&A: Large Deals ($1 Billion-Plus), 2023 and 2024; M&A/Corporate & Commercial: Private Equity Buyouts, 2024
  • Texas