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Bill McDonald focuses his practice on advising clients concerning corporate and securities matters in the oil, gas, and other mineral sectors as well as in related technology fields. Bill assists clients in organizing private equity funds as well as in cross-border mergers, related private and public securities matters, and project finance matters, including infrastructure projects. Advising clients in matters around the globe, Bill has particular expertise in Europe, Latin America, Africa, and Canada.

Certified Public Accountant

Serves on the Board of Directors of the Sam Houston Area Council of Boy Scouts of America

Representative Matters

  • Oil and gas investment fund in property acquisition transaction
  • International exploration company in unwinding production joint venture
  • MLP in transportation joint venture
  • Private equity group in acquiring U.S. biorefinery
  • Private equity group in acquiring U.S. refinery
  • Texas manufacturer in recapitalization following product recalls
  • Private equity group in planning and organizing parallel for-profit and not-for-profit oil and gas investment funds
  • Trading company in new crude terminal partnership
  • International exploration and production joint venture
  • National oil company in purchase of domestic refinery
  • Trading company in cross-border crude joint marketing agreement
  • International exploration company in cross-border public offering in Canada
  • Exploration and production company in sale to Canadian public company
  • Earth observing spacecraft developer in financing technology development
  • National oil company in organizing and developing LNG import terminal
  • Gas to power consortium in developing grid in Nigeria
  • Several national oil companies in acquiring and managing domestic and international upstream, midstream, and downstream assets
  • Retail electric provider concerning long-term renewable power purchase agreements
  • International investment consortium in acquiring offshore drilling rigs
  • Private exploration and production company in financing Latin American projects
  • Private equity group in acquiring and taking private a public exploration and production company
  • Private developer of Nigerian NGL project
  • Manufacturer in a reorganization to create a pass-through entity
  • Biotechnology company in initial public offering
  • Underground natural gas storage facility developer in financing its development activities

Honors & Affiliations


  • The Best Lawyers in America© by Woodward/White Inc. (Corporate Law), 2015-2021
  • Houston’s Top Lawyers, H Texas magazine, 2016


  • Member, State Bar of Texas
  • Member, Houston Bar Association
  • Member, American Bar Association
  • Member, Thompson & Knight LLP Opinion Committee
  • Board of Directors, Sam Houston Area Council, Boy Scouts of America, 2010-present; Chairman, Council Scout Fair 2012-2015; Boy Scouts of America Adult Volunteer, 1988-present
  • Board of Directors, Interface Samaritan Counseling Center
  • Member, University of Houston Law Alumni Association
  • Member, Texas Tech Ex-Students Association
  • Member, 12th Man Foundation
  • Member, Corps of Cadets Association

Education & Admissions


  • J.D., 1979, magna cum laude, University of Houston Law Center; Editor, UH Law Review; Tax Law Association
  • B.B.A., 1974, Texas Tech University


  • Texas
  • Certified Public Accountant, Texas