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Weil Adds Energy Partner Chris Bennett in Houston

Parul Dubey on June 6, 2023 - in News, People

HOUSTON: International law firm Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP announced today that prominent energy and infrastructure dealmaker Chris Bennett has joined the Firm as a partner in the Corporate Department, based in the Houston office.

“It is a pleasure to welcome Chris as the latest addition to our outstanding energy team. As our clients increasingly focus on opportunities in the energy and infrastructure sectors, we’re committed to expanding our capabilities to better meet their growing needs,” said Weil Executive Partner Barry Wolf.

“Chris’ experience advising on M&A transactions across the upstream and midstream oil and gas markets and related infrastructure projects will be an excellent complement to our energy practice,” said Michael Aiello, Chairman of Weil’s global Corporate Department. “Chris also embodies the spirit of teamwork and camaraderie that is a hallmark of the Weil culture.”

“Chris is an important part of our growing energy practice at Weil.  His joining, which follows the addition of Omar Samji last month, strengthens our platform in energy and infrastructure and enhances our ESG, energy transition, sustainability and environmental offerings as well,” said Alfredo Pérez, Managing Partner of Weil’s Houston office. “We’re very excited about the significant experience he brings to Weil.”

Chris advises public and private companies, private equity sponsors and other investors on a wide array of corporate transactions across the energy and infrastructure industries, with a focus on upstream and midstream oil and gas sectors. He counsels clients on high-profile mergers and acquisitions, dispositions, joint ventures and other strategic combinations relating to energy assets and businesses. He also guides stakeholders on the development and negotiation of related partnership, operating, processing and services agreements, in addition to advising on broader corporate governance issues. He also advises on infrastructure projects and M&A adjacent to the energy industry and works with traditional energy companies and investors as they increasingly look to transition their business and reduce carbon emissions.

He joins Weil from Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP, where he was a partner in that firm’s energy and infrastructure practice, based in Houston.

“Weil has a sterling reputation at the top of the market,” Chris said. “I’m excited about the opportunity to work with some of our industry’s finest dealmakers helping to advise our sophisticated global clients in the dynamic and evolving energy and infrastructure sectors.”

Chris’ hire follows the recent recruitment of fellow energy dealmaker Omar Samji in Houston.

About Weil’s Energy Practice

Weil has been involved in many of the significant M&A, restructurings, financing transactions and complex disputes that have helped shape the energy industry in recent years. The Firm has significant experience in the energy industry, which extends to all facets of the oil and gas, power and renewable sectors. Our experience includes upstream, midstream and downstream work and ranges from oil and gas exploration and production to marketing, retail power, and energy trading operations, as well as to the growing area of low carbon energy.

About Weil

Founded in 1931, Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP has been a preeminent provider of legal services for more than 90 years. With approximately 1,100 lawyers in offices on three continents, Weil has been a pioneer in establishing a geographic footprint that has allowed the Firm to partner with clients wherever they do business. The Firm’s four departments, Corporate, Litigation, Restructuring, and Tax, Executive Compensation & Benefits, and more than two dozen practice groups are consistently recognized as leaders in their respective fields.

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