Michael R. King

  • Partner
  • Emichael.king@lw.com
  • 811 Main Street
  • Suite 3700
  • Houston, TX 77002
  • USA
  • T +1.713.546.7439
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Profile

Mike King, a partner in the Houston office, represents oil and gas companies and private equity sponsors in upstream and midstream transactional matters. His upstream practice has a particular focus on acquisitions and divestitures of oil and gas properties. He also handles farm-ins, drillcos, and other joint ventures and related arrangements. His midstream practice includes matters relating to midstream joint ventures, gathering and transportation agreements, processing agreements, as well as water sourcing and disposal agreements.

Mr. King is a member of the following:

  • Association of International Petroleum Negotiators
  • The Houston Bar Association
  • The Houston Young Lawyers Association

He is listed in Chambers USA as one of America’s Leading Lawyers for Business in energy: oil & gas (transactional), 2011-2019, Best Lawyers in America for Oil & and Natural Resources Law, 2013-2018 (Best Lawyers is by BL Rankings), and an International Who's Who lawyer for Energy in 2015 (Who's Who is by Law Business Research Limited). Mr. King was recognized in Law360 as a MVP in Mergers & Acquisitions Law in 2011, and was also named as a Texas Rising Star in Texas Monthly 2006-2012 (Texas Rising Stars is a Thomson Reuters service printed in Texas Monthly). In 2010 he was named in Euromoney’s Guide to the World’s Leading Energy and Natural Resources Lawyers (Guide to the World’s Leading Energy Lawyers is by Legal Media Group).



 

Experience

Mr. King’s representative experience includes advising:  

  • A privately held oil and gas company in a US$485 million acquisition of Permian Basin assets
  • A privately held oil and gas company in a US$700 million acquisition of San Juan Basin assets
  • A privately held oil and gas company in a drillco transaction for Marcellus Basin assets located in West Virginia
  • A privately held oil and gas company in the formation of a joint venture with approximately 140,000 net acres in the Merge/SCOOP/Stack Play
  • A publicly held oil and gas company in a US$155 million sale of Uintah Basin assets
  • A privately held oil and company in the sale of all of its assets in the DJ Basin
  • A privately held oil and gas company in the sale of all of its assets in multiple transactions pursuant to a 363 sales process under the US Bankruptcy Code
  • A large independent oil and gas company in a US$257 million sale of Eagle Ford assets
  • A privately held oil and gas company in a US$150 million acquisition of SCOOP/Stack assets
  • A privately held oil and gas company in the negotiation of its water disposal contracts in the Permian Basin
  • A midstream company in the negotiation of gathering agreements with producers in East Texas and the Haynesville
  • A large independent oil and gas company in the negotiation of gathering and processing agreements for its SCOOP and STACK production in Oklahoma
  • A large independent oil and gas company in the negotiation of its crude oil transportation agreements in Oklahoma
  • A privately held oil and gas company in the negotiation of a joint venture for the construction, ownership, and operation of a gathering system and pipeline in West Virginia
  • An international oil and gas company in a US$1.4 billion joint venture in the Permian Basin
  • An international oil and gas company in a US$120 million acquisition in the Eagle Ford Shale
  • A privately held oil and gas company in a farm-in into Woodbine Shale acreage
  • A joint venture between two international oil and gas companies in a US$225 million acquisition in the Eagle Ford Shale
  • An international oil and gas company in a US$4.75 billion acquisition in the Fayetteville Shale*
  • An international oil and gas company in a US$12.0 billion acquisition of a publicly traded independent oil and gas company*
  • An international oil and gas company in a US$2.25 billion acquisition/joint venture in the Barnett Shale involving both upstream and midstream assets*
  • An international oil and gas company in a US$1.3 billion acquisition/joint venture in the Haynesville Shale involving both upstream and midstream assets*
  • An international oil and gas company in a US$950 million acquisition/joint venture in the Marcellus Shale involving both upstream and midstream assets*
  • A supermajor in a US$1.8 billion divestiture of its upstream and midstream businesses in Colombia*
  • An international oil and gas company in its midstream arrangements in the Utica Shale
  • A US-based oil company in a farm-in into oil and gas interests in Morocco
  • A private equity sponsor in the sale of its portfolio company with oil and gas assets in western Oklahoma and the Texas panhandle
  • A private equity sponsor in its investment in a company with a focus on US onshore non-operated working interests
  • A private equity sponsor in its investment in a company with a focus on oil and gas properties in the North Slope of Alaska

*Matter handled prior to joining Latham

 

Thought Leadership

  • Joint Ventures in the Oil and Gas Industry Webcast Series -  April 24, 2018
  • Surveying the Oil & Gas Industry Landscape: Acquisitions, Divestitures and Joint Ventures -  November 13, 2014
  • Opportunities for Japanese Investment in US Unconventional Resource Development -  October 10, 2013
  • The Role of Joint Ventures in Shale Transactions -  June 12, 2013
  • Brazil Announces 11th Bid Round for Petroleum Concession Opportunities -  February 21, 2013

Presentations

  • Oil & Gas Transactions Seminar -  September 09, 2014
  • Unconventional Resource Development in the US (and the Japanese Case for Shale Gas) -  September 05, 2013
“Michael King has oil and gas running through his blood. He has a really good industry background and so really understands the technical aspects of transactions.”Chambers USA 2016-2019
Bar Qualification
  • Texas
Education
  • JD, University of Texas School of Law, 2000
    With Honors
  • BS in Mechanical Engineering, Baylor University, 1994
Industries
  • Oil & Gas
Practices
  • Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Project Development & Finance