Theodore W. Paris

Senior Counsel

[email protected]

Houston

P: +1.713.229.1838
F: +1.713.229.7738
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Ted Paris advises clients in a wide variety of industries, including oil and gas exploration and production, oilfield services and other energy-related industries. Drawing on his substantial experience, including over 25 years with Baker Botts and prior experience in public accounting, he helps guide clients through some of their most critical and complex life-cycle transactions, including initial public offerings, follow-on offerings, financings, joint ventures, mergers and acquisitions and business dispositions. He also counsels clients on complex corporate governance matters, internal and external investigations and public disclosure matters.

Mr. Paris has worked on transactions involving a wide variety of industries, including oil and gas exploration and production, petroleum refining and marketing, petrochemicals, contract drilling, marine construction and other oilfield services, engineering and construction, shipping, waste management, information technology, physician practice management, pharmaceuticals, medical products distribution, manufacturing, industrial services and consumer products and services. He has assisted various issuers in preparing to go public through pre-IPO restructurings, split-offs, bridge loans and other early-stage financings and business combination transactions.

Mr. Paris also has substantial experience representing numerous parties in mergers and other acquisition transactions, including negotiated acquisitions and dispositions, controlled auctions, tender offers and related financing transactions. He also has substantial experience in public spin-off transactions, internal and external investigations and corporate governance and public disclosure matters.

Mr. Paris previously worked for a large independent public accounting firm as a certified public accountant.

Related Experience

Securities Offerings (Representing Issuers or Underwriters)

  • American Residential Services, Inc. – initial public offering and convertible subordinated notes offering
  • Apache Corporation – several common stock and convertible subordinated debt offerings
  • Aries Maritime Transport Limited – initial public offering
  • Apple Orthodontix, Inc. – initial public offering
  • CORE Laboratories N.V. – initial public offering
  • Coterra Energy Inc. – exchange offer of new debt securities for debt securities of Cimarex Energy Co.
  • Drilex International Inc. – initial public offering
  • DUAL Drilling Company – initial public offering and high-yield notes offering
  • Dynegy Inc. – multiple investment-grade debt offerings
  • Genco Shipping & Trading Limited (Marshall Islands) – initial public offering and several follow-on equity and convertible notes offerings
  • Innovative Valve Technologies, Inc. – initial public offering
  • J. Ray McDermott, S.A. – several high-yield notes offerings
  • Marathon Oil Corporation – common stock and multiple investment-grade debt offerings and related debt tender offers
  • Marathon Petroleum Corporation – senior notes offerings
  • Maverick Tube Corporation – convertible subordinated notes offering and subsequent exchange offer
  • McDermott International, Inc. – several high-yield notes offerings and tangible equity unit offerings, tangible equity unit offering and PIPE transaction involving placement of redeemable preferred stock and warranty
  • Newfield Exploration Company – initial public offering
  • Northern Offshore ASA – high-yield notes offering
  • Oceaneering International, Inc. – several investment grade notes offerings
  • Pennzoil Company – multiple investment-grade debt offerings
  • Pentegra Dental Group, Inc. – initial public offering
  • Pioneer Drilling Company – multiple common stock offerings
  • Purolator Products Company – initial public offering
  • Sysco Corporation – multiple investment-grade debt offerings
  • Transcoastal Marine Services, Inc. – initial public offering
  • U.S. Concrete, Inc. – initial public offering and subsequent common stock and high-yield debt offerings
  • Valero Energy Corporation – investment grade debt offerings and related debt tender offers
  • Weatherford International Ltd. – multiple investment-grade debt offerings and related debt tender offers

Mergers and Acquisitions

  • American Residential Services, Inc. – numerous acquisitions of privately owned companies
  • The Babcock & Wilcox Company – multiple acquisitions of suppliers of products and services to the U.S. Government
  • C2 Media LLC – numerous acquisitions of privately owned companies
  • Coterra Energy Inc. – business combination involving Cabot Oil & Gas Corporation and Cimarex Energy Co.
  • Ergon, Inc. – sale of majority stake in Lion Oil Company and sale of Paline Pipeline Company; several acquisition transactions for subsidiaries
  • Healix, Inc. – sale of pharmaceutical company business for hospitals; sale of remainder of the company
  • Innovative Valve Technologies, Inc. – numerous acquisitions of privately owned companies
  • J. Ray McDermott, S.A. – acquisition of public minority interest by McDermott International, Inc.
  • Marathon Oil Corporation – acquisitions of Pennaco Energy, Inc., Globex Energy, Inc. and Western Oil Sands Inc., and acquisition of Ashland Inc.’s interest in the Marathon Ashland Petroleum refining business; dispositions of St. Paul Park refinery and related assets and Gulf of Mexico pipeline interests; and public spin-off of Marathon Petroleum Corporation
  • McDermott International, Inc. – dispositions of the Delta Companies, Hudson Products Corporation, Menck GmbH, Talleres Navales del Golfo, S.A. de C.V., Charter Fleet business, Alloy Piping Products business, pipe fabrication business and Lummus Technology business; acquisitions of Marine Mechanical Corporation, the assets of Secunda International Limited and North Ocean entities; public spin-off of The Babcock & Wilcox Company; business combination with Chicago Bridge & Iron Company N.V.
  • National Refrigeration Services, Inc. – numerous acquisitions of privately owned companies and subsequent acquisition by Ingersoll-Rand Company
  • Oceaneering International, Inc. – acquisition of Gulf Coast International Inspection, Inc., Atag, Inc., Reflange, Inc., Rotator AS, Grayloc Products LLC, Deep Sea Systems International, Inc. and C&C Technologies, Inc.; and multiple dispositions
  • PalEx, Inc. – acquisition by IFCO Europe GmbH
  • Pennzoil Company – sale of Pennzoil Sulphur Company
  • Purolator Products Company – acquisition by Mark IV Industries, Inc.
  • RePipe, Inc. – numerous acquisitions of privately owned companies
  • South West Water Plc – acquisition of Hydrolab Corporation
  • Texas Eye Institute Assoc. – acquisition by Physicians Resource Group, Inc.
  • U.S. Concrete, Inc. – numerous acquisitions of privately owned companies
  • Waste Connections, Inc. – acquisition of operations and operating subsidiaries of R360 Environmental Solutions, Inc.
  • Waste Reduction Systems – several acquisitions and dispositions and sale of entire company
  • Wheatley TXT Corp. – acquisition of Axelson, Inc., and subsequent acquisition by Dresser Industries, Inc.
  • Whittle Communications L.P. – sale of Channel One

Other

  • Multiple bank financings, debt restructurings, internal and external investigations and dispute settlement transactions, including settlement in the chapter 11 proceedings involving The Babcock & Wilcox Company

Awards & Community

Listed in Chambers USA, 2005-2021

Recognized as one of the "500 Leading Dealmakers in America" by Lawdragon, 2021

Named "Lawyer of the Year for 2021" by The Best Lawyers in America for Corporate Governance Law in Houston (Woodward White, Inc.)

Named "Lawyer of the Year for 2020" by The Best Lawyers in America for Litigation Mergers & Acquisitions in Houston (Woodward White, Inc.)

Named "Lawyer of the Year for 2019" by The Best Lawyers in America for Litigation Mergers & Acquisitions in Houston (Woodward White, Inc.)

Named "Lawyer of the Year for 2014" by The Best Lawyers in America for Corporate Compliance Law in Houston (Woodward White, Inc.)

Listed in The Best Lawyers in America (Woodward and White, Inc.), 2005-2021

Recognized as a Texas Super Lawyer (Thomson Reuters), 2004-2021

Recognized as a Who's Who Legal: Thought Leader for Mergers & Acquisitions and Corporate Governance (Law Business Research Ltd), 2013-2020

Named "Client Service Super All-Star" in BTI's 2013 Client Service Survey

Recommended in The Legal 500 U.S., 2013 & 2014

Received AV Peer Review Rating (highest level) from LexisNexis Martindale-Hubbell, 2003-2020

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