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Houston Partners and Counsel

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Chris Bennett - Partner Based in the Firm’s Houston office, Partner Chris Bennett has extensive experience counseling public and private companies, private equity sponsors and other investors on a wide array of corporate transactions across the energy industry, with a focus on upstream and midstream oil and gas sectors. He advises clients on high-profile mergers and acquisitions, dispositions, joint ventures and other strategic combinations relating to energy  assets and businesses, and the development and negotiation of related partnership, operating, processing and services agreements, in addition to advising on broader corporate governance issues.
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Shamus M. Crosby - Partner

Recognized for his corporate transactional work by IFLR1000, Shamus Crosby is a Partner based in Simpson Thacher’s Houston office. Shamus advises private equity sponsors, institutional investors and strategic companies in a broad range of mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures and financing transactions, with a particular focus on energy and related infrastructure.

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Matthew P. Einbinder - Partner

Matt Einbinder is a leading energy and infrastructure finance lawyer. He regularly represents borrowers, direct lenders and lenders in complex banking and credit transactions, including acquisition and bridge financings, project financings, back leverage financings, workout and restructuring situations and acquisitions of debt portfolios. 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 BlackRock, Citi, EIG, Essential Utilities, JPMorgan, Riverstone, Stonepeak, SouthWest Water Company and Summit Partners. Matt was also recently recognized as a Law360 “Rising Star” in the energy sector, a “Lawyer on the Rise” by Texas Lawyer, a 2021 American Lawyer “Trailblazer” for the southern region and a “Next Generation Partner” by The Legal 500

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M. Breen Haire - Partner Based in our Houston office, Breen Haire focuses on mergers and acquisitions and private equity transactions in the energy and infrastructure sector. Breen’s clients have included major operating companies and investors in the power and oil and gas exploration and production, midstream, oilfield services, contract drilling, petrochemicals, renewables and other energy-related sectors. Breen also works on transactions in the infrastructure sector, including water, communications and transportation. A leading practitioner in the region, Breen was named a 2020 “Texas Trailblazer” by Texas Lawyer.
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James M. Hays - Partner

Leading the Firm’s Private Funds Practice in Houston, James Hays counsels some of the world’s largest and best-known private fund sponsors on the organization and administration of private investment funds across a diverse range of asset classes and strategies, including energy, infrastructure, buyout, real estate, debt and secondaries. James also has significant experience with set-up and operation of Luxembourg alternative investment funds and alternative investment fund managers, and is frequently sought by sponsors seeking to establish fund platforms in Europe. His clients include both domestic and international private fund sponsors, such as BC Partners, Blackstone, First Reserve, GSO, Macquarie and Stonepeak, among others. In 2019, the Texas Lawyer named James a lawyer “On the Rise.”

Prior to rejoining Simpson Thacher in 2017, James was a Vice President in the Blackstone Real Estate Group, where he oversaw legal and compliance matters related to Blackstone Real Estate Partners, one of the world’s largest real estate private equity platforms.

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David Lieberman - Partner Heading our Energy and Infrastructure Practice, David Lieberman has extensive experience representing parties on energy and infrastructure M&A and financing transactions. He has advised such clients as Blackstone, Stonepeak Infrastructure Partners, Global Infrastructure Partners, Digital Colony Partners, EQT Infrastructure, Vistra Energy Corp. and NextEra Energy. David was recently recognized as a 2021 “Dealmaker of the Year” by The American Lawyer and has been previously recognized as an “Energy MVP” by Law360. He has been identified as a leading practitioner by Chambers, The Legal 500, Which Lawyer? and The International Who’s Who of Lawyers.
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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.
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Erland Modesto - Partner

A Partner in the Firm’s Houston office, Erland Modesto brings over a decade of knowledge and experience, with a focus on financing, credit and other corporate transactional matters. Throughout his career, Erland has provided essential counsel to lenders and borrowers across a wide variety of debt financing transactions, including leveraged buyouts, acquisition financings, general refinancings, restructurings and reserve-based financings. His clients have included JPMorgan, Citibank, Goldman Sachs, First Reserve Corporation, KKR, Wells Fargo and Bank of Montreal.

Erland has represented clients in a variety of industries, including in the oil and gas exploration and production, midstream and oilfield services sectors. He has served as Senior Counsel in the legal department of Energy Transfer, which owns and operates one of the largest portfolios of energy assets in the United States, where he focused primarily on debt financing and other general corporate matters.

Erland was also recently ranked in Legal 500 and dubbed a “Rising Star” by Texas Lawyer earlier in his career.

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 sector, 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.”
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Brian E. Rosenzweig - Partner Noted by Chambers as “a fantastic and knowledgeable high-yield lawyer” who is “commercial, collaborative and super responsive,” Brian Rosenzweig is a Partner in the Firm’s Corporate Department. Based in the Houston office, Brian concentrates on capital markets financings, where he regularly advises on transactions in the energy, industrials, infrastructure, technology and utilities sectors, among others. Brian has guided transactions across the capital structure, including IPOs, high yield and investment grade debt, equity-linked securities, acquisition financings, restructurings, liability management transactions, and de-SPAC transactions. He also has extensive experience advising on disclosure matters, corporate governance, and deal structuring. Brian’s clients have included the leading investment banks and corporate clients such as AEP, GardaWorld, BrightView, and Ingersoll Rand.

Brian is Co-Hiring Partner for the Firm’s Houston office and serves on the Firm’s Personnel, Knowledge, Innovation & Technology, and Recruiting committees.
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Brandan Still - Partner A Partner in the Firm’s Houston office, Brandan Still regularly represents lenders and borrowers in banking and credit transactions. Brandan also has significant experience advising hedge providers and counterparts in connection with commodity hedging transactions. In 2021, he was recognized by Texas Lawyer among the lawyers “On The Rise” as part of the Texas Legal Excellence Awards.
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Linda Tieh - Partner

Linda Tieh is a Partner in the Firm’s Private Funds Practice. She advises sponsors on the formation, structuring and operation of private equity funds, including buyout funds, real estate funds, opportunistic funds and secondary funds, as well as on co-investment arrangements, “funds-of-one” and separately managed accounts for large investors. Her practice also includes advising sponsors on GP-led structured secondary and other liquidity transactions, economic, governance and other internal sponsor arrangements, as well as regulatory compliance and fund-related aspects of mergers and acquisitions transactions.   

Linda’s experience includes representing some of the largest and most prominent private fund sponsors, including Blackstone, Centerbridge, Hellman & Friedman, The Carlyle Group, MatlinPatterson Global Advisers and Palladium Equity Partners.

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Jason A. Hwang - Senior Counsel Jason Hwang is Senior Counsel in the Houston office of Simpson Thacher where he regularly represents lenders and borrowers in banking and credit transactions.
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Matthew Hart - Counsel

Counsel Matt Hart’s practice concentrates on domestic and international corporate finance matters. He advises clients on equity and debt securities offerings, as well as corporate restructurings, with a particular focus on high yield debt offerings and the energy sector. Matt also regularly represents financial institutions and issuers alike on an array of complex corporate transactions.