Kirkland & Ellis LLP advised Blackstone (NYSE:BX) on its strategic 50/50 partnership with Sanchez Energy Corp. (NYSE:SN) to acquire, with funds managed by Blackstone Energy Partners L.P., Anadarko Petroleum Corp.’s (NYSE:APC) working interest in approximately 318,000 gross acres in the Western Eagle Ford for approximately $2.3 billion. Kirkland also represented Sanchez Energy and Blackstone on the acquisition and Sanchez Energy on the financing of the deal. Blackstone’s release is available here, Sanchez Energy’s release is available here and Anadarko’s release is available here.
The Kirkland team that represented Blackstone on the JV was led by corporate partners Andrew Calder, Rhett Van Syoc, Bradford Rossi, Cody Carper and Scott Gordon and associates Jackie Kelso, Jesse Wallin, Sanjay Bapat, Timothy Vaughan, Leah Charlesworth, John Montgomery and Drue Santora; environmental transactions partners Paul Tanaka and Stefanie Gitler and associate Aaron Newell; tax partners Chad McCormick and Zackary Pullin and associate Tim Campany; debt financing partner Andy Veit and associates John Zarbock and Chad Nichols; and capital markets partner Justin Hoffman and associate Michael Rigdon.
The Kirkland team that represented Sanchez Energy on the financing was led by corporate partners Andrew Calder, John Pitts and Jeffrey O’Connor and associates Allan Kirk, William Mabry and Brandon Bishoff; tax partners Russell Light and David Mannion; capital markets partner Matt Pacey and associate Robbie Hopkins; and debt finance partners William Bos, Mary Kogut and Erik Hepler and associates Kevin Elliot and Angel Torres.
The Kirkland team that represented Blackstone and Sanchez on the acquisition was led by corporate partners Anthony Speier and Rahul Vashi and associates Ahmed Sidik, Raj Krishnan, Lauren Swadley, David Moore and Michael Cline; tax partners Thomas Evans and Polina Liberman; environmental transactions partner Jonathan Kidwell; antitrust partners Ellen Jakovic and Michael Thorpe; labor and employment partner Richard Kidd; employee benefits partner Melissa Grim; and debt finance partners William Bos, Andy Veit and Mary Kogut and associate Angel Torres.