Houston Partners and Counsel

Matthew P. Einbinder - Partner - Headshot
Matthew P. Einbinder - Partner Often focusing on the energy sector, Matt Einbinder represents lenders and borrowers in banking and credit transactions, including acquisition financings, project financings and credit derivatives transactions. Matt has been recognized as a leader in his field by Chambers USA, which reports that he is praised by clients for being “polished, thoughtful and quick” and always “deliver[ing] as promised.”  Matt’s recent clients have included Blackstone, Energy Capital Partners, First Reserve, JPMorgan, KKR, Peabody Energy Corporation and RBC.
M. Breen Haire - Partner - Headshot
M. Breen Haire - Partner Based in our Houston office, Breen Haire focuses on mergers and acquisitions and private equity transactions in the energy industry.  Breen’s clients have included major operating companies and investors in the oil and gas exploration and production, midstream, oilfield services, contract drilling, petrochemical and other sectors, including Schlumberger Limited, KKR, Regency Energy Partners, Mariner Energy, Riverbend Exploration and Production, TPC Group and McMoRan Exploration. Breen also represents issuers, underwriters and selling shareholders in public securities offerings and private placements.
Christopher R. May - Partner - Headshot
Christopher R. May - Partner Chris May is a Partner in our Houston office, where he specializes in mergers and acquisitions and other corporate transactions, with a focus on the energy sector. Chris regularly represents private equity firms and corporations in a variety of public and private acquisition and divestiture transactions.
Robert René Rabalais - Partner - Headshot
Robert René Rabalais - Partner 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.”
Byron C.  Romain - Senior Counsel - Headshot
Byron C. Romain - Senior Counsel As Head of the Firm’s North American Oil and Gas A&D practice, Byron Romain focuses on the acquisition, disposition and development of oil and gas assets and projects in the upstream and midstream sectors, where he has represented major and independent oil and gas companies, sovereigns, quasi-governmental agencies, and private equity sponsors and portfolio companies. He advises on asset and equity deals, carried or promoted interests (including drill cos), joint venture/development arrangements, equity investments, and financing/lending arrangements.

James M. Hays - Counsel - Headshot
James M. Hays - Counsel

Based in our Houston Office, James Hays is Counsel in the Firm’s Private Funds Practice, where he focuses on the organization and administration of private investment funds as well as regulatory and compliance matters related to alternative investment advisers. James has counseled fund sponsors across diverse asset classes and strategies on fund formation, strategic acquisitions, secondary transactions, regulatory compliance, and other aspects of alternative investment management. Prior to rejoining Simpson Thacher, James served as Vice President in the Blackstone Real Estate Group, focusing on legal and compliance matters related to Blackstone Real Estate Partners, the world’s largest platform of closed-end, opportunistic real estate funds. 

Richard L. Sitton - Counsel - Headshot
Richard L. Sitton - Counsel Richard Sitton is a Counsel in the Firm’s Houston office. Richard has more than 35 years of professional experience dealing with business, commercial and legal matters involving the energy business. His practice focuses on capital market transactions in oil and gas exploration and production, midstream and service sectors, as well as engineering, procurement, fabrication and construction matters in the onshore and offshore refinery, petrochemical and power industries. He represents commercial banks, mezzanine lenders, institutional investors, corporate borrowers, energy industry owners, industrial engineers and contractors and oil field service concerns.