J. Michael Chambers

  • Partner
  • Emichael.chambers@lw.com
  • 811 Main Street
  • Suite 3700
  • Houston, TX 77002
  • USA
  • T +1.713.546.7416


Michael Chambers is a partner in the Houston office of Latham & Watkins and the Vice Chair of the firm's Global Corporate Department.

Mr. Chambers focuses his practice on leveraged finance and other debt and equity capital markets transactions. He has particular experience in public and private high yield bond offerings and term loan facilities, initial public offerings, and private equity financings. His representations include underwriters, lenders, and financial institutions, as well as issuers and borrowers.

Mr. Chambers has substantial transactional experience involving participants in the oil and gas industry including exploration and production companies, midstream companies, oilfield service companies, and refining and specialty chemical production companies.

Mr. Chambers is recognized by leading publications for his work, including Chambers USA 2013-2019, The Legal 500 US 2013, and The International Who's Who of Capital Markets Lawyers 2013 (Who's Who is by Law Business Research Limited).

Speaking Engagements
  • High Yield Energy — Panel discussion on "An Investor's Guide to Navigating Liquidity Issues and M&A in a Depressed Commodity Price Environment," February 12, 2015, New York, NY 



Mr. Chambers’ representative experience includes advising:

Lenders in the following term loan facilities:

  • US$1.3 billion term loan facility for California Resources Corporation
  • US$1.25 billion term loan facility to fund the acquisition of EagleClaw Midstream Ventures LLC
  • US$800 million term loan facility for Oryx Midstream Services LLC
  • US$725 million term loan facility to fund the acquisition of Medallion Midstream, LLC
  • US$300 million term loan facility for Navitas Midstream Midland Basin, LLC


Initial Purchasers in the following high yield note offerings:

  • US$500 million offering of senior notes by Moss Creek Resources Holdings, Inc.
  • US$450 million offering of senior secured first lien notes by Jones Energy Holdings, LLC
  • US$500 million offering of senior secured first lien notes by Sanchez Energy Corporation
  • US$600 million offering of senior notes by Jonah Energy LLC
  • US$1.6 billion offering of senior notes by CONSOL Energy Inc.
  • US$775 million offering of senior notes by Penn Virginia Corp.


Underwriters in the initial public offerings of the following companies:

  • Rattler Midstream Partners, LP
  • Viper Energy Partners, LP
  • Parsley Energy Inc.
  • Diamondback Energy, Inc.
  • RSP Permian, Inc.
  • Mammoth Energy Services, Inc.

Thought Leadership

  • Opinion White Paper: Relating to Section 316(b) of the Trust Indenture Act -  April 25, 2016
  • Are You an E&P Company Facing a Liquidity Crunch and Considering Restructuring? -  April 22, 2015
  • What Lenders and Investors in E&P Companies Need To Know As Oil Prices Drop -  February 25, 2015
  • Oil and Gas Restructurings: Exploration and Production Companies Face Unique Issues -  January 6, 2015
  • SmartCapital Newsletter (Issue 18, June 2011) -  June 2011


  • Capital Markets Trends: Going Public and Raising Capital for Growth in the Debt and Equity  -  February 26, 2014
Described by clients as “a really solid and dynamic” practitioner who retains an excellent reputation for advising on IPOs and public and private high yield bond offerings.Chambers USA 2019
Bar Qualification
  • Texas
  • JD, University of Houston Law Center, 1997
    magna cum laude, Order of the Coif
  • BA, The University of Texas at Austin, 1989
  • Oil & Gas
  • Capital Markets
  • Master Limited Partnerships
  • Restructuring & Special Situations
  • Banking
  • Private Equity
  • Private Equity Finance