Overview

With nearly 20 years of legal experience, Kevin’s practice focuses on significant M&A/private equity transactions with a primary emphasis on: (i) mergers and acquisitions, including auctions, carve-outs and divestitures; (ii) joint ventures, including related greenfield and project development; and (iii) equity investments, including preferred equity (debt-like and convertible/participating), structured equity (with and without back-leverage), recapitalizations and other complex equity holder arrangements.

Kevin regularly advises leading private equity sponsors, including TPG, Morgan Stanley Infrastructure, CPPIB, Ontario Teachers’ and Tailwater Capital, as well as strategic clients. Clients have described Kevin as “exceptional in every way,” delivering “great market knowledge” and “highly commercial” legal advice, and “always there for you with the right answer, no matter the situation” in connection with his recognition in various national industry publications, including The Legal 500 U.S.

Kevin has broad experience negotiating and closing transactions across many industries, including (without limitation) energy, infrastructure, logistics, industrials, transportation, real estate, forestry/timber, business services, consumer, apparel, manufacturing, technology, media and telecom. In the energy space, where clients have described Kevin as “an advisor in all aspects of energy investing,” Kevin’s practice covers traditional midstream, upstream, downstream and oilfield services, and extends to all current and emerging energy transition and climate verticals, including (without limitation): carbon credits; waste-to-fuels, RNG and biofuels; battery, natural gas and other energy storage; power generation including solar and wind renewables; hydrogen and low-carbon fuels; produced water management; energy technology; decarbonization; carbon capture and sequestration; and adjacent areas such as critical minerals and chemicals.

Kevin is a founding partner of the Kirkland & Ellis Dallas office. Prior to Columbia Law School, Kevin worked in the New York-based M&A department at a leading bulge bracket investment bank.

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Thought Leadership

Press Mentions

"Midstream Missing from Carbon Capture Incentives, Analysts Say," Hart Energy, November 3, 2022

Publications

Unlocking Value in Carve-Out M&A Transactions,” Law360, November 2, 2023

The Carbon Capture Opportunity for Midstreamers,” The Texas Lawbook, October 22, 2021

"Preparing a Midstream Company for a Successful Post-Pandemic Exit," The Texas Lawbook, August 11, 2020 

"Midstream M&A," Financier Worldwide Magazine, October 2018

"Oil And Gas – Seeking The Hand of Private Equity," Law360, January 16, 2013

Speaking Engagements

Moderator, “Fireside Chat,” Energy Infrastructure Council Investor Conference, May 2023

Presenter, “It’s Not Easy Being Green: Energy Dealmaking in a Decarbonizing Future,” 18th Annual Mergers and Acquisitions Institute, UT Law CLE, October 2022

Presenter, “The COVID Evolution of Purchase Agreements: Where Are We Now?” Association of Corporate Counsel, September 2021

Recognition

Energy Transactions: Electric Power, The Legal 500 United States, 2024

Energy Transactions: Renewable/Alternative Power, The Legal 500 United States, 2024

500 Leading Energy Lawyers, Lawdragon, 2024

Best Lawyers in Dallas, D Magazine, 2023–2024

Notable Practitioner, Mergers & Acquisitions, IFLR1000, 2020–2023

Best Lawyer Under 40, D Magazine, 2021

On the Rise, Professional Excellence Awards, Texas Lawyer, 2020 

Forty Under 40, Hart Energy, Oil and Gas Investor, 2019

Energy Transactions: Oil and Gas, The Legal 500 United States, 2019

Rising Star, Texas Super Lawyers, 2014–2020

Leadership Arts Institute, Business Council for the Arts, 2017–2018

Memberships & Affiliations

Board, KidLinks Energy

Member, Dallas Bar Association

Dallas Association of Young Lawyers

Kevin is also an adjunct lecturer at University of Texas Law School teaching a course on negotiating M&A and other corporate transactions.

Credentials

Admissions & Qualifications

  • 2008Texas

Education

  • Columbia Law SchoolJ.D.2008

    Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar

    Columbia Business Law Review

  • University of North Carolina at Chapel HillB.A.summa cum laude, with Highest Honors2003