Sean T. Wheeler is a corporate partner in the Houston office of Kirkland & Ellis LLP. His practice focuses on securities offerings, mergers and acquisitions, and corporate governance matters for companies in the energy industry.

He has led more than 30 IPOs since 2010, and, in 2016 alone, advised issuers and underwriters on more securities offerings than any other Texas-based partner.

Sean has been recognized in multiple industry publications including Chambers GlobalChambers USA, IFLR1000, Law360, The Legal 500 United States, Texas LawyerTexas Monthly and Law and Politics, The Best Lawyers in America and The Am Law Daily.


Thought Leadership


Panel Moderator, Oil & Gas Consolidation, MergerMarket Energy M&A Forum, Virtual Seminar, December 2020 

Presenter, Dealmaking in a Distressed Energy Market, 2020 UT Mergers & Acquisitions Institute, October 2020

Presenter, Take Private Transactions in the Oil and Gas Industry, Webinar, 2020

Presenter, M&A Strategies for Energy Companies in a Time of Market Distress, Webinar, 2020

Presenter, Recent Developments in Oil & Gas M&A, UT Law CLE’s 46th Annual Ernest E. Smith Oil, Gas and Mineral Law Institute and Fundamentals, March 2020

Presenter, Take Private Transactions, Webinar, 2020

Presenter, Structuring Solutions in Challenging Times, Webinar, 2020

Speaker, Oklahoma City General Counsel Luncheon, February 2020

Panel Moderator, How M&A, Activism, and Restructurings are Shaping the Energy Sector and Its ESG Posture, ESG and Energy: The Sequel Conference, Houston, January 2020

Panelist, UT 15th Annual Mergers and Acquisitions Institute, Dallas, October 2019

Presenter, Liability Management, Webinar, 2019

Speaker and Co-Presenter, 6th Annual Mergers & Acquisitions in Energy Conference, Houston, May 2019

Presenter, Energy M&A Market Update, Webinar, 2018


Chambers Global, Capital Markets: Debt & Equity: Central United States, 2020

Texas Lawyer, Texas Trailblazer, 2019

Texas Lawyer Professional Excellence Awards, Most-Effective Deal-Maker, 2019

Chambers USA, Corporate/M&A and Capital Markets: Debt & Equity, 2013–2020

IFLR1000, Highly Regarded in Texas, Capital Markets: Debt, Capital Markets: Equity, Private Equity, M&A, 2018–2019

Law360, MVP of Energy, 2013

The Legal 500 United States, Energy Transactions: Oil and Gas, 2012–2013, 2016, 2019–2020

The Legal 500 United States, Shareholder Activism: Advice to Boards, 2020

The Best Lawyers in America, Corporate Governance, Corporate Law, M&A Law, Securities and Capital Markets Law, 2008–2015

Best Lawyers, Lawyers of the Year for Securities and Capital Markets Law, 2015

The Am Law Daily, Dealmaker of the Year, 2015

Texas Monthly and Law and Politics, Texas Super Lawyer, 2010–2018

The Am Law Daily, Dealmaker of the Week, June 2011 and May 2012


Admissions & Qualifications

  • Texas


  • Harvard Law SchoolJ.D.cum laude1995
  • The University of Alabama at BirminghamB.S.summa cum laude1992