Kirkland & Ellis advised Quantum Energy Partners, a leading provider of private equity capital to the global energy industry, on its partnership with the management of Bison Oil & Gas (Bison) to form Bison Oil & Gas Partners IV, LLC (Bison IV) with equity capital commitments in excess of $500 million. Building on the success of prior Bison entities, Bison IV will focus on the acquisition and responsible development of oil and natural gas assets in the Denver-Julesburg Basin of Colorado and Wyoming. Since inception, Kirkland & Ellis has advised Bison IV with respect to closing multiple acquisitions covering more than 75,000 net acres and with current production in excess of 25,000 boepd.
The Kirkland team was led by corporate partners David Castro, Cyril Jones, Stephen Noh and Alia Heintz; debt finance partners Will Bos and Chad Davis; and tax partner Mark Dundon. Also advising were corporate partner John Pitts and associates Lauren Stelck, Jack Chadderdon, Brittany Scheier, Austin Johnson, William Kelly and John Ryan Isaacson; tax associate David Gilbert; environmental partners Paul Tanaka and Jennifer Cornejo and associate Courtney Tibbetts; energy regulatory partners Brooksany Barrowes and Marcia Hook and associate Lilla Grisham; employee benefits partner Alexandra Mihalas and associates Jack Amaro and Abbi Semnisky; executive compensation partners Rob Fowler and Stephen Jacobson and associates Katherine Nemeth, Rebekah Kostelak and Kristen Franco; labor & employment partner Christie Alcala and associate Alexis Grinstead; debt finance associates Michelle Williamson, Weston Kowert and Brandon Ricaurte; antitrust partners Carla Hine and Chuck Boyars; technology transactions & IP partner Matt Darch and associate Andrew White; and derivatives partner Drue Santora.