William N. Finnegan IV is a partner in Latham & Watkins' Houston office. He has an extensive practice covering a broad range of corporate and securities transactions, including the representation of issuers and underwriters in public and private offerings of debt and equity securities, negotiating and structuring public and private company acquisitions, forming and financing joint ventures and partnerships, and advising on general corporate and securities transactions.
Mr. Finnegan has been:
- Recommended for his work in Nationwide Capital Markets and Texas M&A and Capital Markets by Chambers USA from 2005-2020 and Chambers Global from 2014-2020
- “Hailed as one of the deans of the capital markets Bar, he continues to garner praise for his longstanding securities law practice.”
“Brilliant, bright, and creative.”
Chambers USA 2019-2020
- Recognized for his work in Corporate and M&A transactions law by Best Lawyers* from 2003-2021 (Best Lawyers is by BL Rankings)
- Named 2021 Leading Dealmaker in America by Lawdragon 500
- Named a Texas Super Lawyer from 2003-2018, 2020
- Named 2019 Lawyer of the Year in Corporate Law by Best Lawyers*
- Recognized by Texas Lawyers’ 2019 Professional Excellence Award for Lifetime Achievement
- Recognized as a market leader by IFLR1000 United States 2019 for his work in Capital markets, M&A, and Private Equity
Mr. Finnegan is a member of the Texas Bar Foundation, Houston Bar Foundation, and the American Bar Association.
Mr. Finnegan has represented some of the largest energy companies in the world, with a specific focus on energy Master Limited Partnerships (MLPs).
Representative M&A transactions include:
- Energy Transfer Partners LP — US$18 billion acquisition of Regency Energy Partners LP
- Energy Transfer Equity, L.P. — US$1.04 billion sale by Southern Union Company, a subsidiary of Energy Transfer Equity, L.P., of Missouri Gas Energy and New England Gas Company, natural gas distributors, to The Laclede Group, Inc.
- EXCO Resources Inc. — US$725 million joint venture with Harbinger Group, Inc. to create a private oil and gas partnership
- Energy Transfer Partners LP — US$5.3 billion acquisition of Sunoco Inc.
- Energy Transfer Equity, L.P. — US$9.4 billion acquisition of Southern Union Company
- Rowan Companies, Inc. — US$1.1 billion sale of LeTourneau Technologies to Joy Global, Inc.
- Rowan Companies, Inc. in a Share Purchase Agreement and cross border exchange offer with Skeie Drilling and Production ASA, a Norwegian public limited company
Representative Capital Markets transactions include:
- CONE Midstream Partners LP in its US$385 million initial public offering (Counsel to the Company)
- Westlake Chemical Partners LP in its US$270 million initial public offering (Counsel to the Underwriters)
- Phillips 66 — US$434.44 million initial public offering (Counsel to the Company)
- MPLX LP in its US$437 million initial public offering (Counsel to the Company)
- Tesoro Partners LP in its US$273 million initial public offering (Counsel to the Company)
- Summit Midstream in its US$287.5 million initial public offering (Counsel to the Company)
- Southcross Energy Partners in its US$180 million initial public offering (Counsel to the Company)
- Energy Transfer Equity, LP and Energy Transfer Partners, LP — multiple debt and equity offerings totaling US$16.6 billion in aggregate (Counsel to the Company)
- Regency Energy Partners LP — multiple debt and equity offerings totaling US$3.55 billion in aggregate (Counsel to the Company)