Denny Lee is an associate in the Houston office of Latham & Watkins and a member of the Corporate Department.

Mr. Lee advises private and public companies, private equity sponsors, financial advisors, and special committees of boards of directors on a range of strategic transactions, including complex cross-border mergers and acquisitions, spin-off and carve-out transactions, joint ventures, de-SPAC transactions, and corporate finance transactions.

Mr. Lee’s experience in domestic and multi-jurisdictional transactions spans a multitude of industries from energy and infrastructure to leisure, technology, and life science.

Mr. Lee also regularly counsels publicly listed companies on a variety of general corporate matters, including US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) reporting obligations, corporate governance matters, shareholder activism, and other issues related to public company status.

Mr. Lee has a wide range of business experience in the US and Asia markets. Prior to attending law school, Mr. Lee worked as a professional at a leading global investment bank covering clients across the Asia-Pacific region. Mr. Lee also worked at a global private equity firm, responsible for acquisitions and asset management.

Mr. Lee recently served as a member of the Gala Committee of the Asian American Bar Association of Houston.

Mr. Lee’s representative clients include advising:

Mergers & Acquisitions

  • Chesapeake Energy in its pending US$7.4 billion acquisition of Southwestern Energy.
  • Magellan Midstream Partners in its US$18.8 billion merger with ONEOK, Inc.
  • Quanta Services in its US$2.7 billion acquisition of Blattner Energy, a renewable energy infrastructure solutions company
  • QEP Resources, Inc. in its US$2.2 billion merger with Diamondback Energy, Inc
  • Sasol in its US$2 billion sale of a 50% stake in Lake Charles Chemical Plant to form a joint venture with LyondellBasell, a multinational chemical company
  • TechnipFMC, a global oilfield services company, in the pending sale of its measurement solutions business to One Equity Partners
  • TotalEnergies in its US$250 million acquisition of SunPower’s Commercial and Industrial Solutions Business
  • Hess Infrastructure Partners in its US$6.2 billion acquisition by Hess Midstream Partners, LP and subsequent conversion of the combined entity into an Up-C organizational structure
  • Midstates Petroleum Company in its US$729 million merger of equals with Amplify Energy, an independent oil and natural gas company
  • Fertitta Entertainment, Inc., the parent company of Golden Nugget/Landry’s, a leader in the gaming, restaurant, hospitality, and entertainment industry, in its proposed US$6.6 billion merger with FAST Acquisition Corp.
  • ArcLight Capital Partners in its US$857 million acquisition of a 25% interest in Gulf Coast Express Pipeline from Targa Resources
  • Aeva, Inc., a manufacturer of LiDAR and perception systems, in its US$1.7 billion merger with InterPrivate Acquisition Corp.
  • Hub Cyber Security, an Israel-based confidential computing solution provider, in its US$1.28 billion merger with Mount Rainier Acquisition Corp.
  • Science 37, Inc. in its US$1.05 billion merger with LifeSci Acquisition II Corp.
  • Above Food Corp., an innovative ingredients and consumer products food company, in its pending merger with Bite Acquisition Corp.
  • Mercato Partners Acquisition Corporation in its business combination with Nuvini Holdings Limited.
  • Superior Energy Services in its carve-out/merger of its North American Business with Forbes Energy Services, a provider of drilling and production related services to oil and natural gas companies – the matter was withdrawn
  • ArcLight Capital Partners in its US$550 million sale of common and preferred equity in portfolio company Limetree Bay Ventures (LBV) in connection with the restart of LBV’s terminal and refinery in the US Virgin Islands

Joint Ventures 

  • Consortium investor in connection with US$1.0+ billion preferred equity financing for Blue Source Sustainable Forests Co. (BSFC) and BSFC’s acquisition of 1.7 million acres of timberland, representing one of the largest private conservation-focused forest investments in US history
  • Brookfield Renewable in its joint venture with California Resources Corporation, creating a carbon management partnership focused on carbon capture and sequestration development
  • Chevron in its joint venture with Microsoft, Schlumberger, and Clean Energy for a bioenergy with carbon capture and sequestration project designed to produce carbon-negative power in Mendota, California
  • Vault CCS, a carbon capture and storage developer, in its investment from Grey Rock Investment Partners

Equity and Debt Offerings

  • Hess Midstream Partners LP in multiple secondary offering of Class A shares
  • Initial purchasers in US$725 million offering of senior secured notes by Six Flags Theme Parks
  • Archrock Partners in multiple debt offerings totaling over US$1.25 billion

Other Corporate Matters

  • Special Committee of the Board of Directors of Navios Maritime Holdings in the take-private sale of Navios Maritime to N Logistics Holdings
  • Conflicts Committee of the Board of Directors of Hi-Crush Partners in its buyout of its general partner and simplification transaction
  • Hess Midstream Partners in its US$400 million sponsor unit repurchase
  • CPP Investments in its US$300 million sale of issuer shares to Civitas Resources 

Bar Qualification

  • Texas


  • J.D., University of Texas School of Law, 2016
  • BBA, Yonsei University, 2006
  • BE, Yonsei University, 2006

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Korean