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Robert René Rabalais
Partner
 
600 Travis Street, Suite 5400
Houston, TX 77002 
 
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Phone: +1-713-821-5610
Fax: +1-713-821-5602
Based in our Houston office, Robert Rabalais is “one of the country’s top energy financing lawyers,” as Law360 describes him. Part of the Firm’s Banking and Credit Practice and Energy and Infrastructure Group, he focuses on a range of lending and capital markets transactions in the oil and gas exploration and production sectors, as well as in the midstream and related service sectors. Robert represents corporate borrowers and issuers, commercial banks and mezzanine lenders, institutional investors and insurance companies. In 2012, Best Lawyers named him “Houston Lawyer of the Year for Banking and Finance Law.” Three times Texas Monthly included Robert as a “Texas Super Lawyer.”

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Work Highlights
  • JPMorgan in a $7 billion underwritten bank, institutional term loans and bridge financing for Plains Exploration & Production’s acquisition of certain BP GOM assets
  • Barclays as lead arranger in the $400 million cross-border Second Lien Term Loan Credit Agreement
  • Credit Suisse as lead arranger for various bridge and institutional term loans to Energy Transfer Equity
  • Wells Fargo as lead arranger in a reserve-based loan to Linn Energy consisting of a $4.5 billion revolving credit facility and $500 million term loan facility to assist in the acquisition of Berry Petroleum
  • Vantage Energy in its $200 million Second Lien Term Loan Credit Agreement
  • LLOG Bluewater in its $450 million reserve-based development facility
Accolades
  • The Legal 500 U.S. (Bank Lending, 2013)
  • Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business (Banking and Finance Law, Texas 2005–2013); Band 1 Ranking (2011–2015)
  • 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)
  • The 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)
Education
  • Louisiana State University Law Center, 1989 J.D.
    Louisiana Law Review (1988-1989); Order of the Coif
  • Louisiana State University, 1986 B.S.
Admissions
  • Texas 1990
  • Louisiana 1989

Robert Rabalais is a Partner in the Houston office of Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP and a member of the Firm’s Banking and Credit Practice and Energy and Infrastructure Practice. 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 JPMorgan Securities LLC in connection with numerous financing transactions, including a $7 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 million Second Lien Term Loan Credit Agreement; LLOG Bluewater in its $450 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.

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