Houston, Texas 77002
Christine B. LaFollette is the partner in charge of the Houston office and a member of the firm’s management committee and the Houston office’s diversity committee. Ms. LaFollette has more than 30 years of experience representing issuers and underwriters in public offerings and private placements of equity and debt securities, restructurings and financings, including master limited partnerships, as well as federal and state securities laws matters.
Practice & Background
Ms. LaFollette also represents clients in public and private M&A and disposition transactions, particularly in the energy industry. In addition, she represents public companies, boards of directors and special committees with respect to general corporate issues, compliance with corporate governance matters, including compliance with the Sarbanes-Oxley Act and the Dodd-Frank Act, periodic reporting, proxy solicitation, audit committee standards and insider trading requirements of the federal securities laws.
Ms. LaFollette received her B.S. from the University of Texas in 1974 and her J.D. from Loyola University in Los Angeles in 1980. She is a member of the State Bar of Texas and the American Bar Association, as well as a sustaining fellow of the Houston Bar Association and a past chair of its Corporate Counsel Section. She is also a fellow of the Texas Bar Foundation, a former director of the Houston Bar Foundation and a member of the College of the State Bar of Texas.
Ms. LaFollette serves as a director of the Houston World Affairs Council and serves as a director for the National Association of Corporate Directors - Houston Chapter and the Texas General Counsel Forum. She is also on the Advisory Council for Women’s Energy Network. She is a speaker and moderator at various seminars, including those sponsored by the American Corporate Counsel Association, the Texas Corporate Counsel Institute, the National Association of Women Lawyers (NAWL) and the Houston Bar Association.
Ms. LaFollette has recently represented:
a private energy company in its initial public offering
a private energy company in its acquisition of another private company for an aggregate consideration of approximately $1 billion
a private energy company in four different 144A private placements of notes for $350 million, $200 million, $500 million and $450 million with subsequent registered exchange offers of the notes
a public energy company in 144A private placements of $750 million senior notes
a public energy company in its acquisition of a public company for approximately $6.4 billion
a public energy company in its acquisition of a public company for approximately $1.26 billion
a public energy company in its $1.25 billion senior notes offering
a public energy company in its public company merger for approximately $1.5 billion
a public company in its sale of a joint venture interest for $2.2 billion
a public energy company in a series of dispositions of its offshore Gulf of Mexico assets for approximately $900 million
a public energy company in its sale of oil and gas properties for approximately $440 million
an energy company in its $375 million initial public offering
a public energy company in a tax-free exchange and a $300 million equity offering
a non-U.S. public energy corporate acquisition of Gulf of Mexico assets for approximately $320 million
a public energy company in a $172.5 million convertible senior notes offering
the underwriters in a $400 million senior notes offering
the special committee of the general partner of a publicly traded energy master limited partnership in connection with the sale of senior subordinate securities for approximately $367 million
the special committee of the general partner of a publicly traded energy master limited partnership in connection with the transactions involving the acquisition of assets for an aggregate value of approximately $480 million
a leading natural gas compression services company in its $150 million initial public offering, followed by seven acquisitions and related debt and equity financings
a public energy company in its $3 billion disposition through a tender offer and merger
a public company in several public underwritten offerings, including $175 million of preferred stock, $150 million of debt in mandatory putable/remarketable securities, and $200 million additional series of senior notes and $100 million of medium term notes, with each offering from shelf registration statements
an investment fund in the purchase of a $60 million majority equity position in a private oil and gas company, a $20 million disposition of assets from a private oil and gas company and a terminated $25 million disposition of oil and gas assets for publicly traded and registered stock.
Ms. LaFollette is actively involved in charitable, community and civic activities, some of which include being a:
member of the Alexis de Tocqueville Society of the United Way
past chair of the Board of Stewards for St. Luke’s United Methodist Church
founding member of the Center for Women in Law at the University of Texas at Austin
founding member of the Houston Advisory Council for Tahirih Justice Center
former trustee for the Houston Grand Opera.
Awards & Accolades
Named Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business as an eminent practitioner in corporate and M&A law (2014)
Named by the Houston Business Journal among Top Women in Energy (2014)
Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America (2007 to 2015)
Named Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business as a leading individual in corporate and M&A law (2004 to 2013)
Named to the Texas Super Lawyers list (2013 to 2014)
Finalist for Corporate and M&A Lawyer of the Year at the Chambers USA Women in Law Awards (2012)
The M&A Advisor named Ms. LaFollette “Female Dealmaker of the Year” in 2010.
|Areas of Practice||1) Capital Markets, 2) Corporate, 3) Corporate Governance, 4) Finance, 5) Global Investigations and Compliance, 6) Mergers and Acquisitions, 7) Energy, 8) Oil and Gas and 9) North America|
|Law School||Loyola Law School, with honors, J.D., 1980|
|Education||University of Texas at Austin, with highest honors, B.S., 1974|
|Bar Member / Association||Texas State Bar Associations|
|Most recent firm||Akin, Gump, Strauss, Hauer & Feld, LLP|
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