HOUSTON, February 21, 2017 - Baker Botts L.L.P, a leading international law firm, today announced that nine partners, formerly with Norton Rose Fulbright, have joined the firm’s Houston office. Included in this group of lawyers is the former head of Norton Rose Fulbright’s U.S. Corporate and M&A Practice, the former head of their Houston Corporate and M&A Practice and the former head of Norton Rose Fulbright’s U.S. Tax Practice.
“This exceptional group of partners possess a depth of talent and volume of experience that will add to our already robust Corporate, Tax and Global Projects Practices. Their addition strengthens our position as the leading firm serving the energy industry,” said Andrew M. Baker, Managing Partner of Baker Botts.
“These new additions dramatically enhance our strength in the areas of private equity, mergers and acquisitions, tax, finance and projects in the upstream, midstream and downstream energy markets,” added Mr. Baker
“This group of lawyers have been working together for many years and recognize the importance of collegiality, professional excellence, integrity and world class client service. We are very excited by their arrival,” said John Porter, Partner in Charge of the firm’s Houston office.
The partners moving to Baker Botts include - Edward Rhyne, David Peterman, former head of Norton Rose Fulbright’s U.S. M&A and Securities Practices, Robert Phillpott, former head of Norton Rose Fulbright’s U.S. Tax Practice, Efren Acosta, former head of Norton Rose Fulbright’s Houston Corporate, M&A and Securities Practices, Ned Crady, Daniel Mark, Natasha Khan, Ron Scharnberg and Dan Tristan.
Baker Botts has over 200 lawyers based in Houston, representing global clients. Baker Botts has more than 725 lawyers in 14 offices around the world. The firm’s lawyers have extensive global experience in the energy, technology, corporate, litigation, tax, environment, renewables, regulatory, antitrust, white collar and investigations and real estate sectors.
The following provides brief biographies of the new partners joining Baker Botts:
Edward Rhyne - Partner
Mr. Rhyne’s practice focuses on servicing clients involved in private equity transactions including fund formations, capital finance and private equity sponsored mergers and acquisitions. He has worked as both in-house counsel and in private practice.
His experience includes structuring and negotiating private equity sponsored mergers and acquisitions, administering, structuring, and forming limited partnerships and limited liability company investment vehicles.
Mr. Rhyne received his B.S. in Accounting from the University of Alabama, his J.D. from Cumberland School of Law at Samford University and his LL.M. in Taxation from New York University.
David Peterman - Partner
Mr. Peterman is the former head of Norton Rose Fulbright’s U.S. M&A and Securities Practice Group.His practice focuses on securities, business and corporate law. He has represented both international, as well as domestic buyers, sellers, underwriters, investors and issuers in corporate finance transactions, acquisitions and dispositions of assets and stock in public and private transactions.
Mr. Peterman received his B.B.A. in Finance from The University of Texas and his J.D., with honors, from The University of Texas School of Law.
Efren Acosta - Partner
Mr. Acosta is the former head of Norton Rose Fulbright’s Houston Corporate, M&A and Securities Practices. His practice focuses on mergers and acquisitions for public and private companies and clients, with an emphasis in the oilfield services and manufacturing sectors.
He graduated from the University of Houston with his B.A. and his J.D., magna cum laude.
Natasha Khan - Partner
Ms. Khan focuses her practice on corporate and securities law matters, particularly in the energy industry. Her work includes mergers, acquisitions, dispositions, initial public offerings, public and private issuances of equity and debt securities, and exchange offerings. In addition, Ms. Khan regularly advises private equity firms in the energy sector and clients regarding U.S. securities law compliance and disclosure matters, as well as general corporate governance and compliance matters.
Ms. Khan received her B.A. in Economics from the University of California at Berkeley and her J.D., cum laude, from Tulane University School of Law.
Dan Tristan - Partner
Mr. Tristan’s clients include lenders and borrowers involved with international and domestic financing, including asset-based financings, working capital credit, commercial paper programs, project finance and acquisition financings. He also works with private placements and debt offerings and private companies in corporate governance and compliance issues.
Mr. Tristan received his B.A., Psychology, from Harvard University and his J.D. from the University of California at Berkeley, Boalt Hall School of Law.
Ned Crady - Partner
Mr. Crady’s clients include energy companies and investors in finance, project development, acquisitions and divestitures, corporate governance, joint venture planning and related entity capitalization. He has extensive international experience in the power and oil sectors and in the midstream sector.
Mr. Crady graduated with his B.A. from Washington & Lee University and his J.D. from South Texas College of Law.
Daniel Mark - Partner
Mr. Mark’s practice focuses on mergers and acquisitions, securities matters and corporate and commercial transactions. He represents both private and public corporate clients in the upstream, midstream and downstream energy sectors, including chemical manufacturing, pipelines, terminals, refineries and related facilities.
Mr. Mark received his B.A. in Business and Psychology from Baylor University, and his M.B.A. in Finance from The University of Texas and his J.D., with honors from The University of Texas School of Law.
Robert Phillpott - Partner
Mr. Phillpott is the former Head of Norton Rose Fulbright’s U.S. Tax Practice. His Tax practice focuses on business taxation, with a concentration on state and federal tax planning and structuring of mergers and acquisitions, spin-offs, tax-free reorganizations, restructuring, equity and debt offerings, divestitures and joint ventures. In addition, he has significant experience with the formation of partnerships, corporations and limited liability companies.
Mr. Phillpott received his B.B.A.in Accounting from Loyola University, his J.D., magna cum laude, from Loyola University Law School and his LL.M. in Taxation from New York University.
Ron Scharnberg - Partner
Mr. Scharnberg advises clients on a variety of tax issues with a focus on federal tax planning, international and domestic mergers and acquisitions, divestitures, restructurings, joint ventures, reorganizations, spin-offs and financing transactions.
Mr. Scharnberg received his B.B.A., magna cum laude, in Finance from Texas A&M University and his J.D., with high honors, from The University of Texas School of Law.
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