W. Robert Shearer

Partner

Houston
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Overview

Rob Shearer concentrates his practice on mergers and acquisitions, private equity and capital markets transactions for energy, oil field services, manufacturing and technology clients. Taking a practical approach to solutions, he reduces his clients’ risk in an efficient manner while achieving results that align with their long-term business strategies.

Select Experience

  • Represented the country’s largest retail electricity provider in the acquisition of an energy-efficient solutions company.
  • Represented the country’s largest retail electricity provider in the acquisition of a Texas-based retail electricity provider for $270 million plus working capital.
  • Represented a specialized construction services provider in the $350 million acquisition of an energy infrastructure services provider.
  • Represented a leading oil field services company in multiple acquisitions of private companies.
  • Represented a large software company in multiple global strategic outsourcing transactions.
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Experience

Recent Experience
  • Represented the country’s largest retail electricity provider in the acquisition of an energy-efficient solutions company.
  • Represented the country’s largest retail electricity provider in the acquisition of a Texas-based retail electricity provider for $270 million plus working capital.
  • Represented a specialized construction services provider in the $350 million acquisition of an energy infrastructure services provider.
  • Represented a leading oil field services company in multiple acquisitions of private companies.
  • Represented a large software company in multiple global strategic outsourcing transactions.
Mergers and Acquisitions

  • Represented the seller in the $350 million sale of an oil and gas exploration and production (E&P) company.
  • Represented the seller in the $270 million sale of an oil and gas E&P company.
  • Represented the seller in the $205 million sale of a paper mill in Quebec.
  • Represented the debtor in implementing strategy for disposition of more than $5 billion in assets.
  • Represented the purchaser in the $1.6 billion acquisition of 18 power plants in New England.
  • Represented the purchaser in the $105 million management-led leveraged buyout of an oil and gas E&P company.
  • Represented a public media and internet company in a seven-year, $105 million promotional agreement with a large media company in which the acquiring company acquired a significant equity interest in the other company.
  • Represented the seller in the $17 million sale of a cogeneration facility in Syracuse, New York.
Capital Markets and Securities

  • Represented a public E&P company in its $188 million registered public offering of units.
  • Represented a public E&P company in its $250 million 144A offering of senior notes.
  • Represented a public E&P company in its $103 million registered public offering of units.
  • Represented the shareholder in a $3 billion carve-out initial public offering (IPO) of insurance businesses.
  • Represented a construction services company in a $270 million 144A offering of convertible subordinated debentures.
  • Represented a Mexican steel company in an exchange offer and consent solicitation for a $300 million 144A offering of notes.
  • Represented an oil and gas E&P company in its IPO and listing on the New York Stock Exchange.
  • Represented a financial services company in the public offering of common stock.
  • Represented a European-based pharmaceutical company in a $115 million 144A offering of senior subordinated notes.
  • Represented an Irish company in its $50 million equity investment in a U.S. public company.
  • Represented numerous public companies in the preparation of shelf registration statements, proxy statements, 10-Ks, 10-Qs and filings under Section 16 of the Exchange Act.

Recognitions and Memberships

Recognitions

  • The Best Lawyers in America© (2016 to 2018)
    • Houston: Mergers & Acquisitions Law

Community

  • Houston Law Review Alumni Board
  • South County Football League: President

Pro Bono

  • Texas Community Building With Attorney Resources (Texas C-BAR): Volunteer lawyer

Industries

Prior Positions

  • Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP (1994 to 2004)

Admissions

  • Texas

Education

  • J.D., University of Houston Law Center, 1994; magna cum laude; Houston Law Review, Editor-in-Chief
  • B.B.A., The University of Texas, 1991, high honors

Languages

  • Spanish