SAN FRANCISCO, November 15, 2018 – Baker Botts L.P.P., a leading international law firm, today announced that Peter Huston has joined the firm’s Antitrust Practice as a Partner. Prior to entering private practice, Peter served as the Assistant Chief of the DOJ's Antitrust Division San Francisco office and led multiple high-profile trial victories for the Antitrust Division. He will be based in Baker Botts' San Francisco office and become the latest addition to an expanding West Coast presence of the firm's award-winning global antitrust team.

“Peter is an outstanding lawyer with over 25 years of experience in the antitrust, complex commercial, white collar and high stakes criminal and civil litigation arena. His government and private sector experience will add tremendous value for our clients and speaks to the expansion of our Antitrust Practice and the momentum and growth we are seeing in the Bay area,” said Andrew M. Baker, Managing Partner of Baker Botts.

“Peter is one of the most highly regarded antitrust lawyers on the West Coast, with a strong track record for top-quality work in high-profile matters both at DOJ and in private practice.  We are thrilled that he has decided to join our team,” said Stephen Weissman, Co-Chair of the firm's Antitrust Practice.

During his tenure as a top DOJ enforcer, Peter led the Antitrust Division's trial teams in U.S. v. BazaarVoice, a merger challenge in the high-tech industry, and in the agency's historic criminal price-fixing trial victory against AU Optronics, a maker of consumer electronics.

“Peter is the second acclaimed antitrust partner to recently join our San Francisco office.  Together with Stuart Plunkett, who joined Baker Botts in 2016, Peter's addition reaffirms that San Francisco is an integral part of our global antitrust solution,” said John Taladay, Co-Chair of the firm's Antitrust Practice. “In addition, Matthew Levitt recently joined our Antitrust practice in Brussels, another sign of the momentum and growth in the department,” added Mr. Taladay.

“We are thrilled that Peter is joining our San Francisco office. Baker Botts is one of the fastest growing law firms in San Francisco and, with the addition of Peter, we will continue our momentum in expanding the range and depth of services we offer our clients from our California offices,” said Pat Stanton, Partner-In-Charge of the firm's San Francisco office.

Mr. Huston joins Baker Botts from Sidley Austin.

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Baker Botts Represents Bristow Group in Financing for $560 Million Combination with Columbia Helicopters

Deal Description: On November 9, 2018, Bristow Group Inc. (NYSE: BRS), the leading provider of global industrial aviation services, announced that it has signed a definitive agreement to combine with privately-held Columbia Helicopters, Inc. ("Columbia") for $560 million. Columbia will be designated as an unrestricted subsidiary under the Columbia name and air operating certificate (AOC).

The transaction will be funded through a combination of debt, convertible debt, newly issued common shares to the Lematta family and existing Columbia management and cash from Bristow's balance sheet. Bristow has secured fully-committed debt and convertible debt financing for the transaction. The Lematta family and existing Columbia management, which is committed to leading the Columbia operating subsidiary, will roll over $77 million of their current ownership (including ownership in certain equity awards) into Bristow common stock, up to a maximum of approximately 7.1 million shares. Bristow remains focused on deleveraging and maintaining a strong liquidity position.

Baker Botts represented Bristow in connection with the financing.

For additional information, please see Bristow’s press release here

Baker Botts Lawyers/Office Involved: 

Corporate: John Geddes (Partner, Houston); A.J. Ericksen (Partner, Houston); Sarah Berens (Senior Associate, Houston); Lakshmi Ramanathan (Associate, Houston); Emmie Proctor (Associate, Houston)

Finance: Rachael Lichman (Partner, Houston); Lyman Paden (Partner, Houston); Shelley Austin (Special Counsel, Austin); Sarah Christian (Associate, Austin); Malory Weir (Associate, Houston); Samantha Chestney (Associate, Houston)

Restructuring: Manny Grillo (Partner, New York)

Employee Benefits: Gail Stewart (Partner, Houston); Chris Pratt (Special Counsel, Houston); Marian Fielding (Associate, Dallas)
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Baker Botts Adds Leading EU Antitrust Partner to its Brussels Office

BRUSSELS, 8 November 2018 – Baker Botts L.L.P., a leading international law firm, today announced that Matthew Levitt has joined the firm’s Antitrust Practice as a Partner.  Mr. Levitt, recognized as one of the leading competition lawyers in Europe by Chambers and other publications,  will be based in the Brussels office, where he will strengthen an already highly acclaimed antitrust team on both sides of the Atlantic. 

“Matthew is an outstanding antitrust practitioner with a wealth of experience in dealing with competition law and enforcement issues in the EU, the UK and around the world.  The fact that a lawyer with Matthew’s track record and experience has moved to our firm really speaks to the growing reputation of our international antitrust practice and reflects our commitment to further strengthen our presence in the market,” said Andrew M. Baker, Managing Partner of Baker Botts.

“Matthew has a stellar reputation in EU antitrust and brings deep industry expertise in the maritime and energy fields. We are thrilled that he has decided to join our firm. His arrival will increase our already impressive international bench strength and add significant value for our clients,” said Catriona Hatton, Partner-in-Charge of the Brussels office and Co-Chair of the Firmwide Antitrust Practice.

“Baker Botts is widely known as one of the leading global Antitrust firms, with a world class clientele and an outstanding reputation for commitment to excellence and service delivery.  This is a very exciting opportunity for me,” said Matthew Levitt.  

Mr. Levitt’s practice has focused on EU and international cartel investigations and multi-jurisdictional merger filings. He has worked on landmark UK and EU maritime competition issues, including the creation of the 2M shipping alliance, the international roll-on roll-off shipping cartel and the EU price signaling case. Mr. Levitt also has extensive experience in the energy and natural resources sector, having worked on M&A transactions and investigations in the electricity, gas, ports, water, utilities, and infrastructure arena.

Mr. Levitt joins Baker Botts from Hogan Lovells where he served as the Brussels Office Managing Partner.
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Baker Botts Promotes 12 New Partners

HOUSTON, November 13, 2018 – Baker Botts L.L.P., a leading international law firm, today announced the promotion of 12 lawyers to partner, effective January 1, 2019.

“This outstanding class of new partners are future leaders of our firm. They have demonstrated a commitment to providing exceptional client service, and exemplify our core values of professional excellence, teamwork and collegiality, integrity and service to the communities in which they live and work,” said Andrew M. Baker, Managing Partner of Baker Botts

“I am also particularly pleased to report that this class is one of the most diverse in our history. Their promotion is a testament, once again, to Baker Botts' commitment to providing our clients the many benefits of diverse client service teams,” added Mr. Baker.

The 2019 class of partners includes lawyers from offices in Austin, Dallas, Houston, London, San Francisco and Washington D.C.

Brief biographies on each lawyer follows the class listing.

  • Matthew Avery, Intellectual Property, San Francisco
  • Jeff Becker, Intellectual Property, Dallas
  • Grant Everett, Corporate, Dallas
  • Dorine Farah, Litigation, London
  • Syed K. Fareed, Intellectual Property, Austin
  • Courtney Fore, Corporate, Austin
  • Natalie Alfaro Gonzales, Intellectual Property, Houston
  • Bryan Henderson, Corporate, Dallas
  • Scott Looper, Global Projects, Houston
  • Jamie R. Lynn, Intellectual Property, Washington
  • Stacy Turner, Litigation, Washington
  • Paulina Williams, Litigation, Austin

Matthew Avery, Intellectual Property, San Francisco

Mr. Avery works on a range of intellectual property matters, focusing primarily on patent prosecution, counseling and diligence. Mr. Avery has experience in preparing and prosecuting patent applications relating to a wide range of technologies, including medical devices, biotechnology, pharmaceutical, chemical, clean tech, sports tech, software and semiconductor arts.

He also has experience in FDA regulatory matters, particularly dealing with the Hatch-Waxman Act, ANDA litigation and the regulation of generic drugs. In addition to providing legal services for his clients, Mr. Avery is also an Adjunct Professor at the University of California, Hastings College of the Law, where he teaches courses on Patent Prosecution and Food & Drug Law. He previously taught at Santa Clara University, School of Law.

Jeff Becker, Intellectual Property, Dallas

Mr. Becker is a patent attorney with a background in computer engineering. Mr. Becker's practice focuses on intellectual property matters, including complex patent litigation, patent prosecution and patent portfolio development. Mr. Becker's practice has involved a diverse range of technologies, including telecommunications, cellular, semiconductors, electronics, software and robotics.

He has substantial experience in district court litigation, including pleadings, pretrial discovery, invalidity analysis, claim construction, oral argument at Markman hearings, summary judgment, pretrial disclosures and trial. Mr. Becker also has experience in inter partes review proceedings before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board.

Grant Everett, Corporate, Dallas

Mr. Everett represents public and private companies in a variety of corporate matters. Mr. Everett focuses principally on mergers and acquisitions, including negotiated acquisitions and divestitures as well as equity and debt securities offerings. His practice also focuses on structuring and forming joint ventures and other investment vehicles as well as a variety of cross-border transactions. He also advises clients regarding Exchange Act reporting, stock exchange compliance and corporate governance.

Mr. Everett's practice includes the representation of management teams and private equity providers, largely in upstream oil and gas projects. His practice also involves the representation of commercial banks, other institutional lenders and investors, as well as borrowers and issuers of securities, in various forms of financing transactions.

Dorine Farah, Litigation, London

Ms. Farah's practice focuses on international arbitration. Her practice involves a mixture of commercial and investment-treaty arbitration.

Ms. Farah has extensive experience with arbitral practice and procedure both in civil and common law systems. Her practice also includes representation in public international law arbitrations and pre-contentious advice on various international law and cross-border issues.

Ms. Farah has acted as counsel in both institutional and ad hoc arbitrations (including under the ICSID, ICC, LCIA and UNCITRAL rules).

She also teaches regularly on international arbitration topics and is the co-author of a chapter on Arbitration in London: Features of the London Court of International Arbitration.

Syed K. Fareed, Intellectual Property, Austin

Mr. Fareed has experience in intellectual property matters, with an emphasis on patent litigation before Federal district courts, the Federal Circuit, the International Trade Commission and the Patent Trial and Appeals Board. He has represented clients in a broad spectrum of technologies, such as computer software, e-commerce, telecommunications, data processing, semiconductors, magnetic tape storage as well as medical and dental devices.

His litigation experience ranges from jury trials, bench trials, ITC evidentiary hearings, Markman hearings, summary judgment proceedings, to all aspects of fact and expert discovery. Mr. Fareed's transactional experience includes negotiating license agreements, advising clients on intellectual property acquisitions and conducting due diligence.

Courtney Fore, Corporate, Austin

Ms. Fore provides ongoing representation to corporate clients, including public issuers, private companies and venture and private equity funds. She advises clients regarding all manner of corporate issues, including public and private securities offerings, mergers and acquisitions, asset purchases, SEC compliance and disclosure, corporate governance and other general corporate matters.

Natalie Alfaro Gonzales, Intellectual Property, Houston

Ms. Gonzales practices in all areas of intellectual property law, including patent litigation, patent prosecution and licensing. Ms. Gonzales works on patent litigation matters involving a variety of technologies, including mechanical and electrical devices and computer systems. Her litigation experience also includes copyright infringement and Lanham Act actions.

Ms. Gonzales practices before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, preparing and prosecuting patent applications involving an equally wide array of technologies. In addition, Ms. Gonzales advises clients on IP-related aspects of corporate transactions and license agreements.

Bryan Henderson, Corporate, Dallas

Mr. Henderson advises public and private companies and private equity funds in connection with complex transactional matters, including mergers and acquisitions, dispositions, funding arrangements, portfolio company formations and joint ventures. He has significant experience in the energy and technology industries.

He also represents corporate clients and investment banks in various capital markets transactions involving public and private securities offerings, including IPOs, follow-on equity offerings, 144A transactions and, in connection with Chapter 11 restructurings, rights offerings. He also counsels clients on Exchange Act reporting, stock exchange compliance and other corporate governance matters.

Scott Looper, Global Projects, Houston

Mr. Looper has in-depth understanding of the energy supply chain arising from his work on numerous energy projects in the lower 48 United States, Alaska, Hawaii, the United Kingdom, Mexico and Venezuela. His work focuses primarily on midstream, LNG and upstream energy industry project development activities, including divestitures, mergers and acquisitions, asset construction and asset operations.

He has negotiated contracts for owners, operators and customers related to the purchase and sale, production, transportation, gathering, storage and processing of crude oil, gas, natural gas, LNG, NGLs and their refined products and related assets. He has also worked on various regulatory and litigation matters in connection with state and federal energy regulatory agencies.

Jamie R. Lynn, Intellectual Property, Washington

Mr. Lynn's practice focuses on complex patent litigation in the areas of software, satellite communications, set-top box technology, IC power management, semiconductor design and manufacture, databases and data warehousing. His experience ranges from pre-filing investigation all the way through appeal. He has also counseled clients and prosecuted patent applications in many fields, including credit card payment systems, printing systems, cloud computing, Time Encoding Machines (specialized Analog-to-Digital converters), augmented reality systems and semiconductor manufacturing.

Stacy Turner, Litigation, Washington

Ms. Turner is experienced in multinational merger reviews and criminal and civil antitrust investigations. She has counseled clients through all stages of the merger review process, including representing parties before the antitrust agencies, complying with government information requests and coordinating antitrust filings in numerous foreign jurisdictions.

She has defended U.S. and foreign corporations and individuals in grand jury investigations involving allegations of price fixing, bid rigging and market allocation. In criminal investigations, she has assisted clients with a range of cartel defense strategies, including obtaining leniency status and designation as a cooperating witness.

Paulina Williams, Litigation, Austin

Ms. Williams advises clients across industrial and commercial sectors on complex environmental matters. Paulina's experience spans water quality, water rights, waste, air and natural resources issues. She has worked extensively on environmental permitting, including contested case hearings, cross-agency consultations and permit defense in state and federal court actions.

She advises clients on environmental compliance, including guiding clients under the Texas Environmental, Health and Safety Audit Privilege Act, and helping with enforcement actions. In addition, Ms. Williams litigates environmental claims and provides transactional support in deals involving significant environmental permits, liabilities or risks.

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Baker Botts Welcomes Leading Antitrust Lawyer and Former Senior DOJ Official to its San Francisco Office