Rodney L. Moore

Biography

Rodney Moore
Rodney Moore is co-Managing Partner of Weil’s Dallas office and a partner in the Firm’s Private Equity practice. Mr. Moore also spends a significant amount of time in the Firm’s Houston office. He regularly represents private equity firms and public and private companies in acquisition, divestiture and joint venture transactions. Mr. Moore has considerable experience representing clients in upstream and midstream oil and gas transactions, including oil and gas property, pipeline and processing facility acquisitions and divestitures, upstream joint development arrangements, and midstream joint venture transactions. He also advises oil and gas companies on operating and other commercial contract matters. Mr. Moore also regularly represents both issuers and investors in connection with transaction and corporate and securities laws matters in restructurings and chapter 11 reorganizations.

Rodney also has extensive experience advising boards of directors of publicly-held corporations in addressing acquisition opportunities and responding to unsolicited acquisition proposals, takeover defenses, and general corporate duties.

His representative clients have included: HM Capital Partners, BlackBrush TexStar LP, Goldman Sachs (GS Global Infrastructure Partners), Natural Gas Partners, Magnetar Capital, EIG Global Energy Partners, GSO Capital Partners, EXCO Resources, Pioneer Natural Resources, Approach Resources, Wildcat Midstream Partners and Regency Energy Partners.

Experience at Weil and his previous firm includes advising:

  • HM Capital
    • Establishment of multiple platform energy companies
    • Multiple upstream and midstream acquisition and divestiture transactions
    • Equity Investment in Triton Energy
    • Acquisition/divestiture of Regency Energy Partners
    • Sale of interest in upstream JV
    • Upstream and midstream joint venture in Eagle Ford Shale
  • Kinder Morgan
    • Disposition of upstream assets of El Paso
  • Regency Energy Partners
    • Acquisition TexStar Field Services
    • Acquisition of Nexus Gas Holdings
    • Acquisition of Pueblo Midstream
    • Acquisition of FrontStreet Hugoton
    • Acquisition of Zephyr Gas Services
  • BlackBrush Oil & Gas LP
    • Multiple acquisitions and dispositions of upstream oil and gas assets in the Eagle Ford Shale
    • Upstream joint venture in the Eagle Ford Shale
    • Sale of BlackBrush Oil & Gas to Ares Management, L.P.
  • EIG Global Energy Partners
    • Sale of upstream assets by CHK Cleveland Tonkawa, LLC, to FourPoint Energy and related redemption of preferred equity by CHK Cleveland Tonkawa, LLC (together with GSO Capital Partners, Magnetar Capital and TPG Capital)
    • Restructuring/exchange of debt for equity in an offshore exploration and production company
    • Restructuring of debt and capital structure at portfolio company holding upstream assets
  • GSO Capital Partners
    • Sale of upstream assets by CHK Cleveland Tonkawa, LLC, to FourPoint Energy and related redemption of preferred equity by CHK Cleveland Tonkawa, LLC (together with Magnetar Capital, EIG Global Energy Partners and TPG Capital)
    • Co investment in $450 million of preferred securities in Plains E&P GOM development project
  • Magnetar Capital
    • Sale of upstream assets by CHK Cleveland Tonkawa, LLC, to FourPoint Energy and related redemption of preferred equity by CHK Cleveland Tonkawa, LLC (together with GSO Capital Partners, EIG Global Energy Partners and TPG Capital)
    • in its capacity as a holder of preferred equity in connection with the $18 billion merger of Energy Transfer Partners and Regency Energy Partners
    • in its capacity as a holder of preferred equity in connection with the approximately $7.5 billion merger of Crestwood Equity Partners and Crestwood Midstream Partners
    • and GSO/Blackstone in their sale, alongside EIG Global Energy Partners, of $1.25 billion of preferred shares of CHK Utica
    • Co investment in $1.25 billion of preferred securities in Chesapeake Utica JV
    • Co investment in $450 million of preferred securities in Plains E&P GOM development project
  • Wildcat Midstream Partners
    • Joint venture for construction and operation of a crude oil pipeline
    • Sale of its crude oil joint venture, Wildcat Permian Services, to an affiliate of JP Energy Development LP
    • Midstream joint venture with HighStar Capital
    • Midstream joint venture with Liberty Energy
  • Lindsay Goldberg
    • Joint venture to acquire and develop upstream assets in the Woodford Shale from Chesapeake Energy
    • Acquisition of upstream assets in Bakken
    • Acquisition of overriding royalty interests in Bakken
  • Tailwater Capital
    • Formation of a $425 million energy investment fund and, together with Landmark Partners, that fund's acquisition of oil and gas investments spun out from HM Capital Partners LLC
  • TexStar Midstream Services
    • Midstream joint venture in Eagle Ford Shale
    • Sale of midstream assets (crude oil pipeline system) in the Eagle Ford Shale
    • Sale of a crude oil pipeline, gathering and storage assets and natural gas liquids assets in South Texas to NuStar Logistics, L.P.
    • Construction of an Olefins/off gas processing facility
    • Combination with Southcross Energy Partners LP to form Southcross Holdings LP, an Eagle Ford-focused midstream operation with equity interests in the TexStar and Southcross Energy Assets
  • The Special Committee of the Board of Directors of McMoRan Exploration Company (MMR)
    • $3.4 billion sale of MMR to Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold Inc. as part of three-way merger with Freeport-McMoRan and Plains Exploration & Production Company – a deal with total transaction value of approximately $20 billion
  • Warwick Energy Group
    • Acquisition of R/C Sugarkane LLC, an upstream oil and gas company with producing interests in South Texas' Eagle Ford Shale, from Riverstone Holdings LLC
  • Special Committee of the Board of Directors of Continental Resources, Inc.
    • $340 million acquisition of the oil assets of Wheatland Oil, Inc., adding to its holdings in the Bakken shale field of North Dakota and Montana
  • Southcross Holdings LP
    • $210 million preferred equity commitment from Energy Capital Partners Mezzanine Opportunities Fund and GE Energy Financial Services, the proceeds of which will be used for the acquisition and development of natural gas gathering, processing, treating, compression and transportation facilities in the Eagle Ford shale region of South Texas
  • Aethon Energy Management (a subsidiary of Aethon Energy)
    • together with RedBird Capital Partners, in the acquisition of natural gas-producing assets in east Texas and northern Louisiana from SM Energy Company
    • together with RedBird Capital Partners, in its acquisition of the Moneta Divide oil and gas assets, approximately 188,000 net acres in Wyoming, from Encana Oil & Gas (USA) Inc.
  • WPX Energy
    • $2.75 billion acquisition of RKI Exploration & Production, LLC
  • EnLink Midstream Partners, LP and EnLink Midstream LLC
    • $1.55 billion acquisition of subsidiaries of Tall Oak Midstream LLC
  • Zedd Energy Holdco Ltd. (a portfolio company of Harbour Energy)
    • acquisition of certain offshore Peruvian oil and gas assets pursuant to a 363 bankruptcy sale from BPZ Resources, Inc.
  • The management team of Navigator Energy Services
    • $250 million joint venture with First Reserve to further develop and operate Big Spring Gateway System
  • Endeavour International Corporation
    • sale of its North American assets to various purchasers pursuant to a 363 bankruptcy sale
  • TPG Capital
    • sale of upstream assets by CHK Cleveland Tonkawa, LLC, to FourPoint Energy and related redemption of preferred equity by CHK Cleveland Tonkawa, LLC (together with GSO Capital Partners, EIG Global Energy Partners and Magnetar Capital)
  • Cortland Capital Market Services
    • $110.5 million acquisition of the assets of Emerald Oil, Inc. on behalf of lenders Fir Tree Partners and Crestline Investors
  • Approach Resources Inc.
    • $130 million initial exchange of senior notes held by the majority noteholder for new common shares of Approach, and a follow-on exchange offer for the remaining notes for new common shares of Approach
  • Kellen-Wildcat Holdings (a joint venture between Wildcat Midstream Partners and Old Ironsides Energy)
    • sale of a 40% stake (retaining 10%) in Wildcat Midstream Holdings LLC to affiliates of Highstar Capital, the owner of the other 50% of Wildcat Midstream

Mr. Moore was recently named a 2015 Energy “MVP” by Law360. He is also consistently recognized as a leading lawyer in Energy: Oil & Gas (Transactional) by Chambers USA and recommended for both Energy Transactions: Oil & Gas and M&A/Corporate & Commercial: Private Equity Buyouts by Legal 500 US. Mr. Moore has been named to the “Who’s Who in Energy” list of energy industry leaders compiled by the Dallas Business Journal, and was recently named to Houston Business Journal’s 2015 “Who’s Who in Energy” honorees. He is additionally named a Texas Super Lawyer and recognized by Best Lawyers in America in Dallas for both Corporate Law and M&A.

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