Robert W. Phillpott


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Bobby Phillpott's practice focuses on advising clients on all areas of business taxation, with particular emphasis on tax planning of mergers and acquisitions, tax-free reorganizations, spin-offs and divestitures, joint ventures, restructurings, and equity and debt offerings, as well as the formation and operation of corporations, partnerships, and limited liability companies and certain tax controversy matters. He is a member of the Baker Botts Oil & Gas M&A Team.

Related Experience

  • Represented BP in its $5.6 billion sale of its entire upstream and midstream business in Alaska to Hilcorp (expected to close in 2020) 
  • Represented IFM Global Infrastructure Fund in acquisition of Buckeye Partners, L.P., a publicly traded limited partnership, in an all cash transaction valued at $10.3 billion enterprise value
  • Represented a private equity backed pipeline developer in the development, joint venture planning and eventual sale of a $1.2 billion 177-mile natural gas pipeline in the Marcellus region involving a consortium of public company and private equity backed investors
  • Represented Moda Midstream, LLC in its acquisition of Oxy Ingleside Energy Center Terminal from Occidental Petroleum, valued at $2.6 billion
  • Represented Inrock Drilling Systems, Inc. in its sale of horizontal directional drilling tools company to Sandvik AB (STO: SAND)
  • Represented Centaurus Renewable Energy in acquisitions, development, including tax equity financing, and dispositions of multiple utility-scale photovoltaic projects located in California, Arizona, Idaho, Indiana, Utah, Alabama, Wyoming, Nevada, Georgia and Texas
  • Represented CIC Partners in acquisition of DynaGrid Construction Group LLC, a construction services company to the utilities industry
  • Represented Hi-Crush Partners LP, a publicly traded limited partnership (now Hi-Crush Inc. (NYSE: HCR)), in its acquisition of FB Industries, Inc., a manufacturer of silo-based frac sand management systems
  • Represented private equity funds in buy-side and sell-side domestic and international merger and acquisition transactions, including in the commercial food preparation, energy, energy services, food service, logistics, manufacturing, restaurant, retail, and wholesale industries
  • Represented publicly traded master limited partnerships and sponsors in drop downs, tax-free mergers, PIPE offerings, spinoffs, and other transactions

Awards & Community

Legal 500 U.S., Recommended lawyer, Tax: Domestic, 2015

Legal 500 U.S., Recommended lawyer, Tax - U.S. taxes - non-contentious, 2016

The Best Lawyers in America, 2013-2017

Recognized as a Texas Super Lawyer for Tax, (Thomson Reuters), 2008-2019

Recognized as a Texas Super Lawyer-Rising Star (Thomson Reuters), 2004-2008


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TEI Houston Chapter Tax School

Baker Botts is a sponsor of the 2020 TEI Houston Chapter Tax School taking place February 24, 2020 - February 28, 2020 at the Hyatt Regency Houston.