Michael Darden, Jeffrey Muñoz, and associates Christopher Bennett, Dane Johnson, Stephen Szalkowski, and Wesley Thoman. (All are in Houston.) Latham represented the company last year on its $450 million sale of a 20 percent stake in its Gulf of Mexico assets to EIG Global Energy Partners LLC and in 2010 on the sale of its shallow-water properties in the Gulf of Mexico to McMoran Exploration Co. for $818 million. Darden, who helped launch Latham's Houston office when he joined from Baker Botts two years ago, previously advised Plains on matters involving offshore assets. Michael Dillard, who came to Latham from Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld, represented the company on its 2002 IPO and numerous other securities law matters.
For buyer Marathon Petroleum Corporation (Findlay, Ohio)
Group counsel Michael Barnett, senior attorney Bruce Lazar, senior counsel Kristi Clark, general attorney Timothy Berry, and attorney John Staler. Environmental: assistant general counsel Virginia King and attorney Sherry Hesselbein.
Energy: Dickson Chin, Kenneth Driver, Gerald "Jerry" Farano, William "Fritz" Henze III, Jeffrey Schlegel, and Charles "Chuck" Wehland. Real estate: Michelle Brown, Susan Cox, and David Lowery. Intellectual property: Joseph Beauchamp. Antitrust: Peter Love, Fiona Schaeffer, and Tom Smith. Tax: Todd Wallace. Labor and employment: Brian Easley and Mark Temple. Restructuring: Thomas Howley. M&A: Peter Izanec. Banking: Robert Graves. Litigation: Scott Cowan. Health care: John Bibby Jr. (Chin, Henze, and Schaeffer are in New York; Driver, Farano, Love, and Smith are in Washington, D.C.; Schlegel, Beauchamp, Temple, Howley, and Cowan are in Houston; Wehland, Easley, Graves, and Bibby are in Chicago; Brown, Cox, Lowery, and Wallace are in Dallas; Izanec is in Cleveland.)
Environmental: Kevin McMurray, Steven Wesloh, and associate Thaddeus Driscoll. (All are in Cincinnati.)
For buyer Tesoro Corporation (San Antonio)
General counsel Charles "Chuck" Parrish, lead deal lawyer and antitrust counsel P. Scott Rammell, real estate counsel Brooks Meltzer, intellectual property counsel Stoney Vining, information technology counsel Cliff Barr, marketing counsel Arseni Grokhovski, logistics counsel Barron Dowling, and calciner and cogeneration counsel Charles Magee.
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