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W. Matthew Strock
W. Matthew Strock
Partner — Mergers & Acquisitions and Private Equity
Partner — Mergers & Acquisitions and Private Equity

W. Matthew Strock

W. Matthew Strock

1001 Fannin Street
Suite 2500
Houston, TX 77002

I get to work with sophisticated clients on transactions that are of the utmost importance to their businesses. Being part of the team that helps them achieve their goals is highly rewarding.
W. Matthew Strock

Matt Strock is the co-head of V&E’s Mergers & Acquisitions and Capital Markets practice and is a member of the firm’s Management Committee.

Matt advises private equity firms and their portfolio companies on investments, acquisitions, financings and divestitures. His clients are engaged in a wide range of industry sectors including midstream, upstream, oilfield services, manufacturing and technology.

Drawing on two decades of experience, Matt takes a commercial approach to his practice, focusing on legal issues that are critical to his clients’ meeting their business objectives.

Matt has received accolades from multiple sources including Chambers USA, which included him on its list of top Corporate/M&A lawyers in Texas from 2017 to 2019. Colleagues and clients surveyed by Chambers called Matt a “top private equity lawyer,” and describe him as “excellent,” and “very sharp” (2019).

Experience Highlights

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

  • Natural Gas Partners in an $800 million strategic joint venture with EnLink Midstream to operate and expand EnLink’s natural gas, natural gas liquids and crude oil midstream assets in the liquids-rich Delaware Basin

  • Energy Transfer Partners in its $3.75 billion exchange with Energy Transfer Equity of Sunoco Logistics Partners’ general partner interest and incentive distribution rights and its interests in the Bakken pipeline project 

  • Axip Energy Services in its $435 million sale of Valerus Field Solutions to Kentz Corporation and the sale of its international services business to Enerflex

  • Antero Resources Corporation in multiple public offerings of debt and equity securities

  • Concho Resources in multiple public offerings of debt and equity securities

  • SCF Partners in its acquisition of Beckman Production Services, a provider of comprehensive well services, including workover rigs, swabbing units, hot oilers, high-pressure pump trucks, anchor setting trucks, vacuum trucks, crude oil trucks, and tankers

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

  • Clearlake Capital Group in its $244 million acquisition of Archer Limited’s North American Rental and Tubular division, provider of equipment and services to E&P operators in land and offshore markets in the United States and Mexico

  • NGP Global Agribusiness Partners in the management-led recapitalization of Agspring, a provider of midstream grain, oilseed and specialty crop handling, processing and logistics operations, in partnership with American Infrastructure MLP Funds and other institutional investors 

  • Rockwater Energy Solutions, an SCF Partners portfolio company, in its acquisition of Poseidon Concepts Corp.’s high-capacity water storage and containment systems business, Vencor Production Testing, and MWS

  • Rubicon Oilfield International, a Warburg Pincus portfolio company, in the acquisition of Tercel Oilfield Products, an oilfield products company, from Lime Rock Partners 

  • EnCap Investments in a $250 million line of equity commitment to Verdun Oil Company, an E&P company focused on the Mid-continent and Gulf Coast regions

  • Beckman Production Services, an SCF Partners portfolio company, in its acquisitions of Big Lake Services, Northern Production, and Red Zone Coil Tubing

  • SCF Partners in its acquisition of Oil Patch Group, a provider of services to the oil & gas industry

  • Clearlake Capital Group in its formation of Mission WEST, a provider of tailored, complete, and long-term oilfield water management solutions to customers in North America

  • Energy Transfer Partners in the $1.8 billion acquisition of Susser Holdings Corporation, the owner of retail convenience stores and a wholesale fuel distributor, in a unit and cash transaction

  • Special Committee of Antero Resources Corporation in the $1.05 billion drop down of its integrated water business to Antero Midstream Partners

  • Azure Midstream Energy in the $162.5 million contribution of its Legacy gathering system to Marlin Midstream Partners as well as its acquisition of the general partner of and 90% of the incentive distribution rights in Marlin Midstream Partners

  • Frank’s International in its acquisition of Timco Services, a private company that provides tubular running services and rental equipment onshore in the southern United States and offshore in the Gulf of Mexico

  • Energy Transfer Partners in the $2.9 billion sale of its propane business, Heritage Operating and Titan Energy Partners, to AmeriGas Partners, making this the first time a large publicly traded partnership was acquired by another limited partnership in the propane space

  • FMC Technologies in the sale of its material handling products business to Syntron Material Handling, an affiliate of Levine Leichtman Capital Partners Private Capital Solutions

  • Energy Transfer Partners in its $768 million drop down of all of the ownership interests in Mid-Atlantic Convenience Stores to Susser Petroleum Partners

  • PVI Holdings in its acquisition of Louisiana Valve Source, acquisition of fire assets from Koorsen Security, and sale of assets by Setpoint Integrated Solutions to Proportion-Air

  • Forum Energy Technologies, Inc. in its $436 million initial public offering of common stock

  • Concho Resources in multiple public offerings of debt and equity securities

  • Antero Resources Corporation in multiple public offerings of debt and equity securities


  • The University of Texas School of Law, J.D. with honors, 1999
  • Washington & Lee University, B.A. magna cum laude, 1995
  • Legal 500 U.S., M&A: Large Deals, 2015, 2017–2019; Private Equity Buyouts, 2012–2015, 2017–2019; Capital Markets: Debt Offerings, 2017–2019; Equity Offerings, 2017–2019; High-Yield Debt Offerings, 2017; Technology: Transactions, 2013; Real Estate Investment Trusts, 2019
  • Selected to the Texas Rising Stars list, Super Lawyers (Thomson Reuters), 2008–2010 and 2013
  • Chambers USA, Corporate/M&A (Texas), 2017–2020; “Up and Coming”, 2016
  • The Best Lawyers in America© (BL Rankings, LLC)Corporate Law, 2019 and 2020
  • Member: Houston Bar Association
  • Texas
  • “The Efficiency Revolution,” Privcap Media’s 2017 Energy Game Change Conference, December 5, 2017 (moderator)
  • “7-Eleven Asset Acquisition,” Corporate Counsel Magazine, July 2017 (co-author)