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Robert René Rabalais
Partner

2 Houston Center – Suite 1475
909 Fannin Street
Houston, Texas 77010
Phone:  (713) 821-5610
Fax:  (713) 821-5602
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Robert Rabalais is a Partner in the Houston office of Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP and a member of the Firm’s Banking and Credit Group and Energy and Infrastructure Group.  Robert’s practice focuses on a range of lending and capital markets transactions in the oil and gas exploration and production, midstream and related service sectors.  He represents corporate borrowers and issuers, commercial banks and mezzanine lenders, institutional investors and insurance companies.

Robert, who has been identified as “one of the country’s top energy financing lawyers” by Law360 and named 2012 Houston Lawyer of the Year for Banking and Finance Law by Best Lawyers, has represented J.P. Morgan Securities LLC in connection with numerous financing transactions, including a $7.0 billion underwritten bank, institutional term loan and bridge financing for the acquisition of certain BP GOM assets by Plains Exploration & Production; Vantage Energy in its $200.0 million Second Lien Term Loan Credit Agreement; LLOG Bluewater in its $450.0 million reserve based development credit facility and Wells Fargo Bank in the credit facilities for certain affiliated investment funds managed by EnerVest, including one credit facility to effectively leverage Net Profit Interests investments by UBTI sensitive investors.

Robert received his J.D. from Louisiana State University Law Center and his B.S. from Louisiana State University.  Robert is admitted to practice in Louisiana and Texas. Prior to joining the Firm, Robert was at the law firm of Vinson & Elkins for over 20 years.

Honors/Associations
•  Legal 500 U.S. (Bank Lending, 2013)
•  Chambers USA: America's Leading Business Lawyers (Banking and Finance Law, Texas 2005 – 2013); Band 1 Ranking (2011-2013)
•  The Best Lawyers in America® (Banking Law, 2006 – 2011; Corporate and Derivatives Law, 2007 – 2011)
•  The International Who's Who of Capital Markets Lawyers (2010)
•  Legal 500 U.S. (Bank Lending - South, 2009)
•  Who's Who Legal: Texas (Capital Markets Law, 2007; Capital Markets and Banking Law, 2008)
•  "Texas Rising Star," Texas Monthly (2005)
•  "Texas Super Lawyer," Texas Monthly (2005 and 2007 – 2010)
•  "Lawyers on the Fast Track," H Texas (2004)
Publications
SEC Adopts Rules Requiring Payment Disclosures by Resource Extraction Issuers
Admissions
•  Texas 1990
•  Louisiana 1989
Education
•  Louisiana State University Law Center, 1989 J.D.
Louisiana Law Review (1988-89); Order of the Coif
•  Louisiana State University, 1986 B.S.



•  Banking and Credit
•  Corporate
•  Energy and Infrastructure
 
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