After helping Select Energy Services go public in April, Vinson & Elkins is advising the Gainesville water services company in its pending merger with privately held Rockwater Energy Solutions in a stock-for-stock transaction. Baker Botts represents Houston-based Rockwater.
The merger will create a company with annual revenue reaching as much as $1.3 billion.
Select provides total water services to the unconventional oil and gas industry. Rockwater provides complementary chemical products and expertise related to water solutions for the same industry.
After the July 18 deal closes—expected in the third quarter—Select shareholders will own about 64.4 percent of the combined company, and Rockwater shareholders will own about 35.6 percent. Once the merger is complete, all water-related services will consolidate under the Select brand name. Rockwater’s chemicals business unit will keep the Rockwater brand name.
The V&E corporate team for Select is led by partners Keith Fullenwider, Stephen Gill and David Oelman and associate Benji Barron, all of Houston, with assistance from senior associates James Brown and James Garrett of Houston and Alex Rose of Dallas; and associates Aaron Carpenter and Jane Ehinmoro, both of Houston, and Alex Robertson of Dallas.
Others on the deal include environmental partners Larry Nettles and George Wilkinson and senior associate Brandon Tuck, all of Houston; labor and employment partner Sean Becker and associate Steve Williamson, both of Houston; executive compensation/benefits partner Stephen Jacobson of Houston, senior associate Dario Mendoza of Dallas and associate Gina Hancock of Dallas; finance partner Brian Moss, senior associate Guy Gribov and associate Caitlin Lawrence, all of Houston; tax partner John Lynch of Houston, senior associate Lina Dimachkieh of Houston and associate Allyson Seger of Austin; antitrust partner Neil Imus and associate John Andren, both of Washington, D.C.; intellectual property partner Devika Kornbacher of Houston and associate Rachael McClure of New York; and real estate counsel Scot Dixon of Houston and associate Jared Knight of Dallas.
The Baker Botts lawyers for Rockwater include corporate partners David Kirkland and Jim Marshall, senior associate Jonathan Bobinger, and associates Eileen Boyce, Jamie Yarbrough, Katie Belleville and Ieuan List, all of Houston. Antitrust partners Sean Boland, Paul Cuomo and Michael Perry and associate Christina Ryu, all of Washington, D.C., are also on the deal, along with finance partner Rachael Lichman and associate Malory Weir, both of Houston, and senior associate Jon Finelli of New York; employee benefits partner Gail Stewart and special counsel Chris Pratt, both of Houston; and tax partner Don Lonczak and associate Peter Farrell, both of Washington, D.C.
The financial adviser to Select—Simmons & Co. International, Energy Specialists of Piper Jaffray & Co.—turned to Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher. Houston partner Hillary Holmes leads the team, with assistance from associates Evan D’Amico of Washington, D.C., and Justine Robinson of Houston, and tax partner James Chenoweth of Houston.