Rhett’s practice focuses on domestic and international mergers and acquisitions in the energy, mining and infrastructure sectors, with a particular emphasis on private equity and complex joint ventures. Rhett’s experience covers a broad spectrum of matters in the energy and natural resources industries, including power generation, coal and other mining, oil and gas exploration and production, renewables and clean energy, energy services, transportation and midstream, and refining. He also has significant experience in the acquisition and development of infrastructure projects in the U.S., Africa and Latin America.

Now based out of the Firm’s New York and Houston offices, Rhett was a founding partner of Kirkland’s Houston office in 2014. He has handled matters on behalf of private equity clients such as ArcLight Capital Partners, Ares Management, Apollo Global Management, The Blackstone Group, First Reserve Corporation, Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co. and Texas Pacific Group.


Thought Leadership


Panelist, 10th Annual Mergers & Acquisitions Institute: The State of the Art in Private Company Acquisitions, University of Texas School of Law, October 16, 2014


Admissions & Qualifications

  • Texas
  • New York


  • University of Virginia School of LawJ.D.2005
  • Williams CollegeB.A., Historycum laude2000