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Experience

Tony Johnston is a Senior Associate in the Corporate and Securities Practice Group. His practice focuses on the representation of private equity funds and their portfolio companies throughout their life cycles, including fund formation and related compliance matters, investments in and the formation of portfolio companies, M&A, joint ventures, strategic transactions, internal restructurings, and general corporate governance. Tony has particular experience advising energy clients in the upstream oil and gas, midstream, and oilfield services sectors, and has represented clients across a wide range of industries, including the finance, agribusiness, distribution, healthcare, and software industries.

  • Scout Energy Partners in the formation of multiple oil and gas investment funds with total commitments of $1.16 billion
  • Tailwater Capital in the formation of Tailwater Energy Fund III, LP, a midstream oil and gas private equity fund, and a co-investment vehicle with total commitments of $1.0 billion
  • Grey Rock Energy in the formation of multiple oil and gas investment funds, with total commitments in excess of $380 million
  • PetroCap in the formation of PetroCap Partners II, L.P., an oil and gas investment fund, and a co-investment vehicle with total commitments of $425 million
  • NGP Energy Capital Management in the formation of NGP Natural Resources XI, L.P., an energy private equity fund with commitments of $5.325 billion
  • Tillridge Global Agribusiness in the formation of Tillridge Global Agribusiness Partners II, L.P., an agribusiness private equity fund with commitments in excess of $375 million
  • IOG Capital in the formation of IOG Capital Fund I, L.P., an oil and gas investment fund, and a co-investment vehicle with total commitments of $300 million
  • Bayou Midstream, a full service midstream company providing midstream solutions for oil and gas producers across the U.S. Rockies, focused on the Powder River Basin and the Bakken, in its partnership with EIV Capital
  • A private exploration and production company pursuing resource plays in conventional and unconventional reservoirs across the United States, in its partnership with a small-cap energy private equity firm
  • Tailwater Capital in its partnership with Align Midstream Partners II, a midstream company focused on serving producers’ needs in emerging and established basins within the United States
  • Pearl Energy Investments in its partnership with Colgate Energy, a private, independent exploration and production company focused on acquiring and developing conventional and unconventional oil properties in the Permian Basin
  • Tailwater Capital in its partnership with Silvercreek Midstream, a private midstream company focused on providing crude oil gathering, transportation and storage services in the Powder River, Big Horn, and Wind River Basins
  • Tailwater Capital in its partnership with Elevate Midstream Partners, a private midstream service company focused on providing responsive, scalable, value enhancing midstream solutions to exploration and production customers across the United States onshore oil and gas production basins
  • A small-cap energy private equity firm in its partnership with a Colorado-based private upstream oil and gas company
  • Tailwater Capital in its partnership with Copperbeck Energy Partners, a private energy company focused on providing strategic midstream and downstream-adjacent infrastructure and services for refineries, petrochemical and industrial concerns
  • NGP Energy Capital Management in its partnership with Black Mountain Oil and Gas, an upstream oil and gas company focused on the Southern Delaware Basin in West Texas and New Mexico
  • Tailwater Capital in its partnership with E2 Energy Services, a fee-based, growth oriented midstream company that provides natural gas gathering and processing services as well as extended services and solutions from well pad to market
  • A small-cap energy private equity firm in its partnership with an upstream company focused on developing oil and natural gas properties in the Ft. Worth Basin of Texas
  • Tailwater Capital in its partnership with Valiant Midstream, a private midstream energy company focused on providing innovation, energy and results to midstream customers in the Mid-Continent and across North America
  • NGP Energy Capital Management in its partnership with Wing Resources, a Permian Basin focused mineral and royalty acquisition company
  • NGP Energy Capital Management in its partnership with 89 Energy, an aggressive, growth-oriented oil and gas exploration and production company with a proven track record in Mid-Continent resource plays
  • Salt Fork Resources, a Pittsburgh-based private oil and gas company formed to pursue oil and gas acquisition and development opportunities in the Appalachian Basin, in its partnership with Riverstone
  • NGP Energy Capital Management in its partnership with Black Mountain Sand, an in-basin frac sand provider operating in the Permian, Eagle Ford, and Mid-Con regions
  • NGP Energy Capital Management in its partnership with Fort Worth Mineral Co., a privately owned company that acquired producing and non-producing mineral interests in active shale plays across the Unites States
  • A small-cap energy private equity firm in its partnership with a private upstream oil and gas company based in Midland, TX
  • Pearl Energy Investments in its partnership with Teal Natural Resources, a private, independent exploration, production, and development company focused on developing conventional and unconventional reserves primarily in the Eagle Ford Shale play in South Texas
  • Meritage Midstream, platform midstream company focused on greenfield development opportunities and opportunistic acquisitions for the gathering, treating, and handling of oil and gas in Western Canada’s emerging resource plays, in its partnership with Riverstone
  • Tailwater Capital in its $600 million joint venture with The Energy & Minerals Group to fund Silver Creek Midstream’s purchase and expansion of Genesis Energy’s crude gathering, storage, and rail assets in the Powder River Basin
  • Pivotal Petroleum Partners, an affiliate of Tailwater Capital LLC, in a farmout transaction with Black Stone Minerals, L.P. that covers the majority of Black Stone’s Haynesville and Bossier shale acreage under active development agreements in the Shelby Trough in Angelina and San Augustine Counties, Texas
  • A private agribusiness company in the sale of a farming operations company and related real estate for approximately $100 million
  • A private equity-backed E&P company in its formation of a joint venture with a private equity-backed midstream company to pursue natural gas gathering, processing, and transportation in the Northern Louisiana Salt Basin
  • Growers Express, a private equity-backed produce company, in its acquisition of Curran Bean Sprout Co.
  • An oil and gas investment firm in its separation from its multi-billion dollar hedge fund investor partner and the corresponding internal restructuring
  • Caelus Energy in its acquisition of a 75% working interest ownership in Smith Bay state-owned offshore Alaskan leases from Nordaq Energy
  • Selle Supply Company and PBI Supply, full-line distributors of insulation products and related construction materials, in their sale to Distribution International, Inc.
  • A start-up healthcare expense management and software company in connection with various remittance liquidity facility agreements that provide short-term loans to reduce funding volatility associated with self-insured healthcare benefit plans

Honors & Affiliations

Memberships/Affiliations

  • Cistercian Preparatory School Alumni Association Board of Directors, President (2015-2018), Immediate-Past President (2018-Present)
  • Member, Cistercian Preparatory School Capital Campaign Steering Committee, 2015-2017
  • Pachanga Host Committee, Aberg Center for Literacy, 2017
  • Member, Dallas Bar Association

Education & Admissions

Education

  • J.D., 2013, with honors, The University of Texas School of Law
  • B.A., 2009, cum laude, Vanderbilt University

Admissions

  • Texas

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