Rhett Van Syoc is a partner in the Houston office of Kirkland & Ellis LLP. His 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.

Rhett has been repeatedly recognized by The Legal 500 U.S. for his work in both the Power and Mexican energy space. In addition, Rhett’s work on the sale of the Ventika wind generation facility by an affiliate of Blackstone was recently named the 2017 Private Equity Deal of the Year by LatinFinance.


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


Texas Trailblazer, Texas Lawyer, 2020

Recognized by The Legal 500 as a leading attorney in the Private Practice Powerlist: US-Mexico, 2017, and as a leading Next Generation Attorney for Energy Transactions: Conventional Power, 2017–2020

Named to Law 360’s “Rising Stars” list for energy, 2017


Admissions & Qualifications

  • Texas
  • New York


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