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M. Breen Haire
Partner
 
600 Travis Street, Suite 5400
Houston, TX 77002 
 
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Phone: +1-713-821-5640
Fax: +1-713-821-5602
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.

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Work Highlights
  • Vistra Energy Corp., the parent company for TXU Energy and Luminant, in its completed merger with Dynegy Inc.
  • Marathon Oil Corporation in its Permian basin acquisitions of over 90,000 net mineral acres for $1.8 billion
  • An affiliate of Investindustrial in the combination of Polynt Group and Reichhold to form a global company in the coating and composite resins industry
  • KKR in its joint venture with Monterra Energy to pursue investments in the midstream energy sector in Mexico and its preferred equity investment in Genesis Energy, L.P.
  • PPL Corporation in its Reverse Morris Trust transaction with Riverstone Holdings creating Talen Energy Corporation
  • Experience prior to Simpson Thacher includes:
    • Schlumberger Limited in its $11 billion acquisition of Smith International
    • Regency Energy Partners LP in its $5.6 billion acquisition of PVR Partners, L.P.
    • Mariner Energy in its $3.9 billion acquisition by Apache Corporation
Accolades
  • “Texas Rising Star,” Texas Monthly, 2007–2012
Education
  • New York University School of Law, 1999 J.D.
    magna cum laude; Editor, New York University Law Review; Order of the Coif
  • Boston University, 1994 B.F.A.
    summa cum laude
Admissions
  • Texas 2004

M. Breen Haire is a Partner in the Houston office of Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP and a member of the Firm’s Corporate Department. Breen’s practice focuses on mergers and acquisitions and private equity transactions in the energy industry.

Breen represents public and privately-held parties and private equity investors in negotiated acquisitions and dispositions, controlled auctions and investments. He has significant experience advising on M&A transactions involving energy companies and master limited partnerships in the oil and gas exploration and production, midstream, oilfield services, contract drilling, petrochemical and other sectors. Breen also represents issuers, underwriters and selling shareholders in public securities offerings and private placements.

Breen’s representative transactions include:

  • Vistra Energy Corp., the parent company for TXU Energy and Luminant, in its completed merger with Dynegy Inc.
  • Marathon Oil Corporation in its Permian basin acquisitions of over 90,000 net mineral acres for $1.8 billion
  • An affiliate of Investindustrial in the combination of Polynt Group and Reichhold to form a global company in the coating and composite resins industry
  • KKR in its joint venture with Monterra Energy to pursue investments in the midstream energy sector in Mexico and its preferred equity investment in Genesis Energy, L.P.
  • PPL Corporation in its Reverse Morris Trust transaction with Riverstone Holdings creating Talen Energy Corporation

Transactions on which Breen has worked prior to joining Simpson Thacher include the representation of:

  • Regency Energy Partners LP in connection with its $5.6 billion acquisition of PVR Partners, L.P.;
  • TPC Group in connection with its $1 billion acquisition by First Reserve and SK Capital;
  • Schlumberger Limited in connection with its $11 billion acquisition of Smith International, Inc.;
  • Waste Connections, Inc. in connection with its $1.3 billion acquisition of R360 Environmental Solutions, Inc.;
  • Schlumberger Limited in connection with its subsea joint venture with Cameron International Corporation;
  • Mariner Energy, Inc. in connection with its $3.9 billion acquisition by Apache Corporation;
  • McMoRan Exploration Co. in connection with its $818 million acquisition of Gulf of Mexico shelf properties from Plains Exploration & Production Company;
  • Mariner Energy, Inc. in connection with its reverse Morris trust spin/merge transaction with Forest Oil Corporation’s Gulf of Mexico operations;
  • EGL, Inc. in connection with its $2 billion sale to Apollo;
  • Pacific Energy Partners, L.P. in connection with its $2.5 billion acquisition by Plains All American Pipeline, L.P.;
  • Valero Energy Corporation in connection with the sale of a refinery to Suncor Energy Inc.;
  • Link Energy LLC in connection with its sale of North American crude oil and pipeline operations to Plains All American Pipeline, L.P.;
  • the underwriters in the initial public offering of Western Refining Logistics, LP;
  • PricewaterhouseCoopers in connection with its $3.5 billion divestiture of PwC Consulting to IBM;
  • Johnson & Johnson in connection with its $2.4 billion acquisition of Scios, Inc.;
  • TransMontaigne Partners L.P. in connection with its initial public offering;
  • the underwriters in the initial public offering of Atlas Pipeline Holdings, L.P., and follow-on offerings for Atlas Pipeline Partners, L.P.;
  • International Speedway Corporation in connection with its $245 million acquisition of Action Performance Companies, Inc.;
  • the underwriters in the initial public offering of ON Semiconductor;
  • OfficeMax, Inc. in connection with its $1.3 billion acquisition by Boise Cascade Corporation;
  • Johnson & Johnson in connection with its $88 million acquisition of 3-Dimensional Pharmaceuticals, Inc.;
  • the initial purchasers in the $220 million offering of senior subordinated notes and warrants of Huntsman Packaging Corporation;
  • IBM in connection with its acquisition of Productivity Solutions, Inc.;
  • Johnson & Johnson in connection with its $85 million acquisition of OraPharma, Inc.; and
  • IBM in connection with its acquisition of Green Pasture Software.

Breen received his J.D., magna cum laude, from New York University School of Law where he was an Editor of the New York University Law Review and a member of the Order of the Coif. He received his B.F.A., summa cum laude, from Boston University. Breen is admitted to practice in Texas.

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