Zachary E. Bernard

Associate

Houston
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Overview

The passion behind Zachary Bernard’s transactions practice runs as deep as the oil in Texas. From childhood memories made in courthouses investigating leases alongside his father, a third-generation member of an oil-and-gas family, to his pre-law school years spent in Texas fields scrutinizing instruments as a petroleum landman for exploration and production companies, Zachary has strong ties to the energy industry. Today, his background merges with proven legal insight to facilitate a range of representation, including counseling E&P companies on resale securities, participating in leasehold acquisitions in the Permian basin, and providing support on commercial and upstream transactions.

Select Experience

  • Involved in acquisition of offshore equipment provider for $20 million cash deal.
  • Involved in acquisition of oil field service provider with $142 million purchase price.
  • Member of team that drafted and negotiated commercial agreements for the provision of goods and services to major exploration and production (E&P) companies worldwide.
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Experience

  • Involved in acquisition of offshore equipment provider for $20 million cash deal.
  • Involved in acquisition of oil field service provider with $142 million purchase price.
  • Member of team that drafted and negotiated commercial agreements for the provision of goods and services to major exploration and production (E&P) companies worldwide.
  • Represented Texas-based E&P company with respect to resale securities.
  • Assists in shelf registration and takedown for Texas-based company.
  • Assists E&P companies with compliance on SEC matters.
  • Assisted in mergers and acquisitions ventures by performing due diligence on target companies, providing support on the purchase agreement, and implementing integration procedures to enable efficient and successful legal functions.
  • Participated in several leasehold acquisitions in the Permian basin.
  • Member of team that maintained anti-corruption/compliance program for publicly traded global oilfield service provider.

Recognitions and Memberships

Recognitions

  • Houstonia Magazine "Top Lawyer" (2018)

Memberships

  • Association of Corporate Counsel

Community

  • Christ Church Cathedral
    • Cathedral House Board (2018)
    • Community Life Council (2015 to Jan. 2018)
  • Headstrong Brain Injury Foundation: Board of Directors
  • St. Francis Episcopal School: Dad’s Club (2017 to present)
  • Houston Zoo: Flock Member (2017 to present)

Industries

Prior Positions

  • Counsel for publicly traded global oil service provider (2015 to 2018)
  • Secondee for major exploration and production company (2014 to 2015)
  • Clerk for U.S. Rep. Michael McCaul, 10th District of Texas (2006 to 2007)

Admissions

  • Texas

Education

  • J.D., South Texas College of Law, 2010; Oil and Gas Law Society, Member
  • B.A., The University of Texas at Austin, 2007