For more than 30 years, Patrick has helped public and private companies to grow and finance their businesses.

Overview

A corporate and securities attorney, Patrick represents clients in mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, public and exempt offerings of securities, the issuance of high yield and investment grade debt securities, syndicated loans, structured finance and securitization, hedging transactions, and corporate governance. He takes companies through the IPO process, and helps public and private companies access equity and debt markets. Patrick advises boards of directors of public and private companies about fiduciary duty issues related to mergers and acquisitions, takeover threats, activist proxy solicitations and unsolicited stock accumulations. He also represents private equity funds and entrepreneurs with investments in early stage companies. He has strong experience with master limited partnerships, REITs, and companies in the energy, financial services, construction and data center industries. Patrick began his career at the law firm of Akin Gump, where he concentrated on energy finance for the oil and gas industry.

Experience

Representation of clients with respect to domestic and cross-border mergers, acquisitions, divestitures and spin-offs, including:

  • The acquisition by a private equity-backed company of interstate natural gas pipelines and related processing facilities valued at $3.2 billion from a publicly traded, midstream, master limited partnership
  • The acquisition of a publicly traded construction and mining company by another publicly traded construction company
  • Joint ventures between public and private strategic partners and between strategic companies and private equity funds, in connection with the acquisition of existing businesses, combinations of existing businesses and greenfield developments
  • The merger of a U.S. based commodity-management and grain storage company (with publicly disclosed revenues of $4.6 billion) with a North American energy, commodity-management and storage company (terms not disclosed)
  • The $1.4 billion acquisition of a publicly traded, midstream, master limited partnership by another publicly traded, midstream, master limited partnership
  • Purchases and sales of oil and gas mineral rights in Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas, Pennsylvania, New York, West Virginia, Louisiana and Brazil
  • The combination of a publicly traded corporation, a publicly traded, upstream, master limited partnership and a private master limited partnership controlled by private equity funds into a newly formed publicly traded corporation
  • Cross-border transactions involving assets or companies located in Mexico, South America (Chile, Peru, Panama, Brazil, Ecuador, Uruguay, Colombia), Africa (Ethiopia, Mali, Zambia, Tanzania and Djibouti), and Europe (Hungary, Italy, United Kingdom)

Representation of clients with respect to public and private offerings of equity and debt securities, including:

  • Public and rule 144A offerings, Regulation S offerings, PIPE transactions and conventional private placements of equity securities for numerous companies, including publicly traded master limited partnerships, privately held interstate natural gas pipelines, publicly traded financial services companies, a publicly traded insurance company and an international, publicly traded, drilling company
  • Public and rule 144A debt offerings totaling over $4.2 billion for numerous companies, including midstream master limited partnerships, exploration and production companies, international drilling companies, financial services companies, movie theatre exhibitors, manufacturing companies
  • Over a dozen shelf registration statements

 Representation of borrowers with respect to over 60 syndicated credit agreements, including secured, unsecured, investment grad, asset-based and reserve-based facilities, including:

  • $2.25 billion credit facility for a publicly traded, midstream, master limited partnership
  • $1.5 billion credit facility for a publicly traded, data center REIT
  • $1.0 billion acquisition credit facility for a private equity-backed midstream company

Representation of private equity firms in connection with domestic and cross-border transactions

Created new securitization programs (including initial shelf registration statements) for several issuers and acted as issuer's counsel on 19 securitization transactions totaling over $12.0 billion of structured finance transactions.

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Recognitions

Recognitions

Listed in The Best Lawyers in America© for Corporate Law and Structured Finance, 2007-2017

Listed in Missouri Super Lawyers® for Securities & Corporate Finance and Mergers & Acquisitions, 2007-2008

Professional & Civic Activities

Professional & Civic Activities

The Missouri Bar

Texas Bar Association

Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association 

Institute for Energy Law Advisory Board, Oil and Gas Committee, 2013 - Present

Rock Mountain Mineral Law Foundation

Association for Corporate Growth

Admissions

  • Texas, 1987
  • Missouri, 1996

Education

Southern Methodist University, J.D., cum laude

  • Order of the Coif
  • Southwestern Law Review, Notes & Comments Editor

Creighton University, B.S.B.A., Accounting, summa cum laude

  • Beta Alpha Psi
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