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December 15, 2014 – Transactional lawyers at Locke Lord LLP provided counsel to a wide range of clients on deals valued at more than $33 billion during 2014, including transactions involving Cleco Corporation, Cobalt Capital Partners and Memorial Production Partners LP.
“Transaction activity during 2014, particularly in the middle-market sector, was strong, creating a demand for legal counsel on complex deals in a number of industries, including in energy and finance,” said Bill Swanstrom, Co-Chair of Locke Lord’s Energy Practice and Vice Chair of the Firm’s Executive Committee. “Early indications are that 2015 will remain active, particularly in the energy sector where major firms are looking to possibly make strategic investments in order to enhance their positions as market leaders.”
In three high-profile transactions during 2014, Locke Lord lawyers:
- Provided counsel to Cleco Corporation in a $4.7 billion agreement for the company to be acquired by a North American Investor Group. Cleco is a public holding utility company and owner of regulated electric utility Cleco Power LLC. The Locke Lord team was led by Partner David Taylor and Swanstrom, and included lawyers Michelle Earley, Mike Rutledge, Ben Cowan, Bruce Grabow, Ed Razim, Brit Nelson, Vince Cangolosi, Pamela Taylor and Ben Smolij.
- Represented Cobalt Capital Partners and certain of its affiliates in a transaction in which ColFin Industrial Holdings, LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Colony Financial, Inc., agreed to acquire a portfolio of light industrial real estate assets and the operating platform of Cobalt Capital Partners for $1.6 billion. The Locke Lord team included Lane Folsom, Don Hammett, Janis Loegering, Elizabeth Mack, Jon Olsen, Marc Lipscomb, Josh Benson and Raffi Rosenzweig.
- Represented Memorial Production Partners LP in the acquisition of certain oil producing properties in Wyoming for approximately $935 million. The deal closed on July 1. The Locke Lord team included Terry Radney, Mitch Tiras and Hunter Summerford.
Background on Locke Lord’s Mergers and Acquisitions Group is available here.
Locke Lord will officially combine with Edwards Wildman Palmer on January 10, 2015, creating a Firm with more than 1,000 lawyers operating from 23 offices worldwide. At that time, Locke Lord Edwards LLP will move into the Top 50 of The American Lawyer’s annual rankings of U.S. law firms based on gross revenues of the legacy firms. The combination will enable the Firm to strengthen its position and product offerings around the world in the middle market sector with the ability to represent private equity and venture capital clients across a broad spectrum of industries including energy, telecommunications, technology, real estate, health care and life sciences. The combined Firm will also experience a significant increase in the depth of its insurance, reinsurance, intellectual property, financial institutions and fund formation teams.
Locke Lord Edwards LLP will have offices in Atlanta, Austin, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Hartford, Hong Kong, Houston, Istanbul, London, Los Angeles, Miami, Morristown, N.J., New Orleans, New York, Orange County, Calif., Providence, R.I., Stamford, Conn., Sacramento, San Francisco, Tokyo, Washington, D.C. and West Palm Beach.