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Experience

Wes Williams is the firm-wide Corporate and Securities Practice Leader. He represents private equity sponsors, management teams, and public and private companies in a diverse range of corporate concerns, including acquisitions, divestitures, joint ventures, financings, and other corporate and partnership matters.

Wes also represents private investment fund sponsors in structuring and forming private equity investment funds and oil and gas resource and minerals funds.

In addition, Wes counsels public companies in connection with public equity and debt offerings, corporate governance, SEC reporting, and general securities compliance.

  • Represented Yates Petroleum Corporation in its $2.4 billion merger with EOG Resources, Inc., which included Permian Basin oil and gas properties
  • Represented EnCap Flatrock Midstream in the $2 billion sale of EagleClaw Midstream Ventures LLC, the largest privately held midstream operator in the Delaware Basin, to Blackstone Energy Partners
  • Represented Brazos Delaware, LLC in the $1.75 billion sale of its Delaware Basin subsidiaries to Bison Midstream Holdings, LLC, an affiliate of Morgan Stanley Infrastructure Inc.
  • Represented Ajax Resources LLC in the sale of its northern Midland Basin assets to Diamondback Energy Inc. for $1.25 billion, consisting of $900 million in cash and 2.58 million shares of Diamondback common stock
  • Represented a Dallas-based midstream services company in the sale of all of the issued and outstanding membership interests of its joint venture with a Pennsylvania midstream company to a subsidiary of a publicly traded Fortune 500 natural gas and propane company for $310 million and potential earnout payments of $110 million
  • Represented Chaparral Energy, L.L.C. in its $170 million sale of certain hydrocarbon interests and associated assets utilizing enhanced oil recovery methods to Perdure Petroleum, LLC
  • Represented BP Energy Partners in its sale of Pinnacle Midstream gathering and processing system in the Delaware Basin of West Texas to I Squared Capital
  • Represented Tradition Midstream, LLC in the sale of Shongaloo Midstream LLC to Energy Transfer
  • Represented Legion Energy Services II, LLC in its $75 million sale to Plains All American Pipeline, L.P. of Legion Terminals, LLC, which owns a crude oil terminal in North Dakota that is strategically positioned to serve as a crude oil logistics hub in the Williston Basin
  • Represented a midstream services company focusing on the Permian Basin in its joint venture, contribution agreement, LLC agreement, and related gas pipeline agreements with a Dallas-based oil and gas exploration and production company
  • Represented a Texas-based expo company in the sale of substantially all of the assets related to an annual Halloween industry trade show
  • Represented Cardinal Midstream II, LLC in the negotiation of the option to sell all of the issued and outstanding membership interests of Cardinal NE Holdings, LLC to a subsidiary of Eclipse Resources Corporation for $18.3 million
  • Represented a North Texas-based distribution company specializing in party supplies in its sale of 13 stores throughout Texas to a publicly traded party supply store chain
  • Represented Approach Oil & Gas, Inc., a subsidiary of Approach Resources, Inc., in its purchase of oil and gas producing properties from Amistad Energy Partners, LLC
  • Represented Double Eagle Energy Holdings III LLC in its raising of more than $1 billion in equity commitments from multiple investors that were anchored by a contribution from funds managed by Apollo Global Management LLC; the funds will go toward acquisition and development in the Permian Basin
  • Represented Tailwater Capital LLC in the formation of Tailwater Energy Fund III LP, with approximately $900 million in committed capital, as well as in the formation of Silver Creek Midstream CoInvest LP, a co-invest vehicle for Fund III portfolio company Silver Creek Midstream, with $100 million in committed capital
  • Represented Scout Energy Partners in the formation of Scout Energy Partners IV-A, LP and Scout Energy Partners IV-B, LP, with total commitments of $500 million
  • Represented PetroCap in the formation of PetroCap Partners III, L.P., with $260 million in commitments
  • Represented Tug Hill Inc. in its agreement with Quantum Energy Partners, with a $450 million equity commitment, to jointly pursue investments each with a specific strategy, that will acquire, develop, and exploit conventional and unconventional oil and gas properties in the United States, including through strategic acquisitions, leasing, farm-ins, joint ventures, midstream, acquisitions, and other means
  • Represented Scout Energy Partners in the formation of Scout Energy Partners III-A, LP and Scout Energy Partners III-B, LP, with total commitments of $360 million
  • Represented PetroCap in the formation of PetroCap Partners II, L.P., with $350 million in total commitments
  • Represented Scout Energy Partners in the formation of Scout Energy Partners II-A and Scout Energy Partners II-B, with $300 million in total commitments
  • Represented a Colorado-based fund in its partnership with a leading independent oil and gas investment manager to form a privately held upstream oil and gas company with $240 million in committed capital to invest in the acquisition and development of upstream assets in the Permian Basin
  • Represented GP Invitation Fund I, L.P. in the formation of GP Invitation Fund I, a real estate investment fund, with $200 million in initial commitments
  • Represented a Fort Worth-based private equity firm (HighPeak Energy Partners, LP) in the formation of its first fund, with $150 million in commitments
  • Represented a Midland-based company that will focus on the development of upstream oil and gas assets in the Delaware Basin in its $127 million initial capitalization from a Houston-based energy private equity firm
  • Represented one of the world’s largest alternative asset managers in the formation and $103 million initial capitalization a new portfolio company, which will develop upstream oil and gas assets in the Permian Basin
  • Represented a leading independent oil and gas investment manager in the formation and $100 million capitalization of a Dallas-based company that will pursue midstream development and acquisition opportunities throughout the United States
  • Represented a Texas-based a private equity company specializing in direct investments in oil and gas assets in the formation of its third fund, with more than $100 million in commitments
  • Represented a Fort Worth-based exploration and production company in the formation of a strategic partnership with affiliates of one of the world’s largest private equity firms, with more than $100 million in initial investments, to purchase royalty interests in the Permian Basin
  • Represented one of the world’s largest alternative asset managers in the formation and $76 million capitalization of a new portfolio company to develop upstream oil and gas assets in the Permian Basin
  • Represented NGP Natural Resources XI, L.P. in the formation and $50 million capitalization of a Dallas-based company focused on the purchase of oil and gas mineral rights
  • $260 million initial public offering of common stock
  • $173 million private offering of common stock
  • $106 million initial public offering of common stock
  • $52 million initial public offering of common stock
  • $46 million initial public offering of MLP common units
  • $129 million follow-on offering of common stock
  • $107 million follow-on offering of common stock
  • $65 million follow-on public offering of common stock
  • $62 million follow-on public offering of MLP common units
  • $600 million offering of high-yield senior notes
  • $350 million offering of high-yield senior notes
  • $350 million offering of investment grade senior notes
  • $300 million offering of high-yield senior notes
  • $250 million offering of high-yield senior notes

Honors & Affiliations

Distinctions/Honors

  • The Best Lawyers in America® by Woodward/White Inc. (Corporate Law), 2016-2019
  • Texas Super Lawyers® by Thomson Reuters (Securities & Corporate Finance), 2013-2018
  • Texas Rising Stars® by Thomson Reuters (Securities & Corporate Finance, Mergers & Acquisitions), 2006-2013
  • Recommended Attorney, The Legal 500 USby Legalese (M&A/Corporate and Commercial: M&A – Middle-Market (Sub-$500m), 2017-2018
  • Best Lawyers in Dallas (Corporate Securities/Capital Markets), D Magazine, 2015
  • Tarrant County’s Top Attorneys (Corporate Finance/Mergers & Acquisitions), Fort Worth, Texas magazine, 2009
  • Best Lawyers Under 40 in Dallas, D Magazine, 2006

Memberships/Affiliations

  • Member, American Bar Association
  • Member, State Bar of Texas
  • Member, Dallas Bar Association
  • Member, Dallas Young Lawyers Association

Education & Admissions

Education

  • J.D., 1998, cum laude, Texas Tech University School of Law, Phi Kappa Phi
  • B.S., 1995, Texas A&M University

Admissions

  • Texas