John Daywalt is an associate in the Houston office of Latham & Watkins and a member of the firm’s Mergers & Acquisitions and Private Equity Practices.

He represents private equity sponsors, their portfolio companies, and other public and private companies in a variety of complex transactional matters, including mergers, acquisitions, divestitures, leveraged buyouts, minority and preferred equity investments, joint ventures, and general corporate matters.

A recognized leader at the firm, he currently serves on both the firm's Mentoring Committee and the Training and Career Enhancement (TACE) Committee.

Before practicing law, he was the legislative director for a member of the Texas Legislature. He also served as a paratrooper in the US military and deployed to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.

Mr. Daywalt’s experience includes advising:

Alternative Energy

  • Terra-Gen in its sale of an 80% interest in Edwards Sanborn 1A and a 50% interest in Edwards Sanborn 1B, co-located solar plus storage projects in Kern County, California comprised of a combined 807 MWac of solar capacity and 3,002 MWh of battery storage, to an affiliate of Axium Infrastructure
  • EnCap Investments in its investment in Parliament Solar, a joint venture with Mercuria Energy, to construct and operate a 480 MWac solar project in Waller County, Texas
  • Partners Group in its acquisition of a controlling stake in Dimension Renewable Energy, a distributed energy platform focusing on community solar and battery storage across the US
  • Inspiration Mobility, an EV infrastructure platform, in securing an equity commitment of US$215 million from Macquarie Asset Management and Ferrovial
  • Talos Energy in its sale of Talos Low Carbon Solutions LLC, a carbon capture and sequestration business, to TotalEnergies E&P USA, Inc.
  • TerraVolta, a lithium exploration and mining company, in securing an equity commitment from The Energy & Minerals Group
  • GoGreen Investments Corporation in its business combination with Lifezone Metals Limited, a developer of clean battery metals
  • Pickering Energy Partners in connection with the Series A financing of Merge Electric Fleet Solutions, a premier fleet electrification services and finance company
  • An annuity and life insurance company in its acquisition of two utility scale solar projects in West Texas with a capacity of 250 MWac from Recurrent Energy*

Oil & Gas

  • Vencer Energy in its US$2.15 billion sale of assets to Civitas Resources
  • ArcLight Capital Partners in its US$540 million acquisition of a 16% interest in the Gulf Coast Express Pipeline (GCX), which owns a 447.5-mile natural gas pipeline located in Texas, from Kinetik Energy 
  • ConocoPhilips in its acquisition of a 30% ownership stake and offtake arrangements with Sempra Infrastructure Partners at the Port Arthur LNG Facility
  • Sendero Midstream Partners, a portfolio company of Energy Capital Partners, in its US$600 million sale to Crestwood Equity Partners
  • Waterbridge NDB in its strategic partnership with Devon Energy
  • EnCap Flatrock Midstream in its equity commitment to Clearfork Midstream in connection with Clearfork’s acquisition of Azure Midstream
  • SailingStone Capital Partners in its equity investment in Trinity Gas Storage
  • Vitol in its equity commitment to VTX Energy Partners
  • EnCap Investments in the 100% equity sale valued at approximately US$151.3 million of certain oil and gas royalty assets to Kimbell Royalty Partners*
  • EnCap Investments in multiple equity commitments and management buildups of upstream companies worth a combined investment total of more than US$2 billion*
  • Oasis Petroleum in its US$510 million sale of its remaining interests in Bobcat DevCo LLC and Beartooth DevCo LLC to Oasis Midstream Partners*
  • Antero Midstream Partners LP in its simplification transaction with Antero Midstream GP LP*
  • Antero Resources Corporation in a volumetric production payment transaction with an affiliate of J.P. Morgan for cash proceeds of US$220 million*
  • Canes Midstream, a company focused on acquiring and developing oil and gas midstream infrastructure, in an equity commitment by EIV Capital and Canes’ management*
  • CARBO Ceramics, Inc. in its sale to Wilks Brothers and Equify Financial through a debt-for-equity exchange pursuant to a plan of reorganization in a chapter 11 bankruptcy case*

Other M&A and Joint Ventures

  • Two limited partners in the consortium that acquired the Washington Commanders for US$6.05 billion
  • Textron in its acquisition of Pipistrel Aviation
  • Wafra in its joint venture with Chesswood Group Limited
  • Trussway in its sale to Builders FirstSource
  • Marlin Equity Partners in its majority investment in ProcessUnity, a leading provider of third-party risk and cybersecurity management software solutions
  • Clovis Point Capital in its sale of CPaT Global, a SaaS-based distance learning solution for airlines, training organizations, aircraft maintenance companies, and aviation professionals
  • FleetPride, a portfolio company of TPG Capital, in its sale to American Securities LLC*
  • TPG Pace Tech Opportunities Corp., a special purpose acquisition company and affiliate of TPG Global, in its US$1.7 billion business combination with Nerdy*
  • NOVA Infrastructure and Quintana Infrastructure & Development in their majority investment in telMAX Inc., a Canadian fiber-based telecommunication infrastructure company*

*Matter handled before joining Latham

Bar Qualification

  • Texas


  • JD, Vanderbilt University Law School
  • BA in Government, University of Texas at Austin