Mark Kelly

T. Mark Kelly Chairman

Mark is the Chairman of the firm. He maintains an active practice concentrated on mergers and acquisitions for public and private companies, capital markets, and corporate governance.

In 2014, Mark was named “Lawyer of the Year” Corporate Law–Houston by Best Lawyers, (The Best Lawyers in America, 2014). Chambers USA describes Mark as “an incredible resource and incredibly well connected – a business leader in the community” and “exceptional in terms of negotiation skills and deal management” (Chambers USA, 2015). Mark has extensive experience in public offerings of equity securities, as well as public and private debt securities. His clients include numerous public and private companies, major investment banks, and venture capital firms in a diverse range of industries, including energy and oilfield services, gas marketing, manufacturing, insurance, medical technology, and shipping. Mark also has experience advising boards of directors at Fortune 100 companies.  Mark has represented clients in over 150 domestic and cross-border debt and equity offerings since 2008.

Mark is past director of the State Bar of Texas, past president of the Houston Bar Association, and past chair of the Houston Bar Foundation. He is active Chair of the Executive Committee of the Houston Museum of Natural Science, a member of the Board of Visitors of MD Anderson Cancer Center, a director of the Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo, and serves on the Board of the Greater Houston Partnership.

Experience Highlights

  • Energy XXI in its $2.3 billion acquisition of EPL Oil & Gas, Inc., creating the largest publicly traded independent oil and gas producer on the Gulf of Mexico Shelf
  • Nuevo Midstream in its $1.5 billion sale to Western Gas Partners
  • Underwriters to 8point3 Energy Partners LP in its $420 million initial public offering of common units 
  • Underwriters to Cheniere Energy Partners LP Holdings, LLC in its $720 million initial public offering of common units

Mergers & Acquisitions

  • Concho Resources in its $1.65 billion acquisition of the oil and gas assets of Marbob Energy Corporation and affiliated entities
  • Crimson Exploration in its $800 million merger with Contango Oil & Gas
  • FMC Technologies in its $281 million acquisition of a 55% interest in Schilling Robotics
  • FMC Technologies in the $285 million acquisition of Calgary-based Pure Energy Services
  • Riata Energy in its $1.5 billion acquisition of NEG Oil & Gas
  • Concho Resources in its $1 billion acquisition of Three Rivers Operating Company
  • Permian Mud Services in its $2.3 billion sale of Champion Technologies to Ecolab
  • Frank’s International in its acquisition of Timco Services
  • U.S. counsel to Korean National Oil Corporation in its $4.1 billion acquisition of Harvest Energy Trust

IPOs & Equity Offerings

  • Frank’s International N.V. in its $759 million initial public offering of common stock
  • Pacific Drilling S.A. in its $57 million initial public offering of common stock
  • C&J Energy Services, Inc. in its $384 million initial public offering of common stock
  • Oasis Petroleum Inc. in its $676 million initial public offering of common stock
  • Underwriters to Crimson Exploration Inc. in its $100 million initial public offering of common stock
  • Sandridge Energy, Inc. in its $842 million initial public offering of common stock
  • Concho Resources Inc. in its $276 million initial public offering of common stock
  • Underwriters to GeoMet, Inc. in its $58 million initial public offering of common stock
  • Underwriters to Hercules Offshore, Inc. in its $212 million initial public offering of common stock
  • Republic Companies Group, Inc. in its $84 million initial public offering of common stock
  • Superior Well Services, Inc. in its $83 million initial public offerings of common stock
  • Underwriters to Bill Barrett Corporation in its $373 million initial public offering of common stock
  • Underwriters to Hornbeck Offshore Services, Inc. in its $80 million initial public offering of common stock
  • Underwriters to FMC Technologies, Inc. in its $221 million initial public offering of common stock
  • Golar LNG Partners, LP in its $310 million initial public offering of common units
  • Western Gas Partners, LP in its combined $1.1 billion public offerings of common units
  • Underwriters to Cheniere Energy Partners LP Holdings, LLC in its combined $950 million public offerings of common units
  • Gastar Exploration Inc. in its $106 million public offering of common stock
  • Western Gas Equity Partners, LP in its $346 million public offering of common units
  • Concho Resources, Inc. in its $964 million public offering of common stock
  • Underwriters to Baytex Energy Corp. in its $1.4 billion public offering of common stock

High-Yield & Other Debt Offerings

  • Chevron Phillips Chemical Company LLC in its $1.4 billion offering of floating and fixed-rate notes
  • Underwriters to CONSOL Energy Inc. in its combined $900 offerings of senior notes
  • Underwriters to Cheniere Energy, Inc. in its $625 million offering of convertible senior notes
  • LyondellBasell Industries N.V. in its $1 billion offering of senior notes
  • Anadarko Petroleum Corporation in its $1.25 billion offering of senior notes
  • Energy XXI Gulf Coast, Inc. in its combined $1.15 billion offerings of senior notes
  • Underwriters to Hercules Offshore, Inc. in its combined $700 offerings of senior notes
  • Western Gas Partners, LP in its $500 million offering of senior notes
  • Energy XXI Gulf Coast, Inc. in its $400 million offering of convertible senior notes
  • Concho Resources, Inc. in its $850 million sale of senior notes
  • Gastar Exploration Inc. in its $200 million offering of secured senior notes
  • Underwriters to Hornbeck Offshore Services, Inc. in its combined $825 million offerings of senior notes
  • Underwriters to Swift Energy Company in its $150 million offering of senior notes
  • Underwriters to Bristow Group Inc. in its $450 million offering of senior notes
  • FMC Technologies, Inc. in its $800 million offering of senior notes
  • Underwriters to Southwestern Energy Company in its $1 billion offering of senior notes
  • Endeavour International Corporation in its $500 million offering of first and second priority notes

Advisory

  • Evercore Partners, as financial advisor to Kinder Morgan in the $76 billion buyout of El Paso Corporation
  • Goldman Sachs, as financial advisor to Apache Corporation in the $2.5 billion merger with Mariner Energy
  • Greenhill & Co., as financial advisor to BJ Services in connection with the $5.5 billion merger with Baker Hughes
  • Gastar Exploration in its shareholder activist fight against Global Undervalued Securities Master Fund LP
  • Goldman Sachs, as financial advisor to Schlumberger in the $11 billion acquisition of Smith International
  • Miller Energy Resources against shareholder activists Lone Star Value Management and Bristol Capital
  • Endeavour International Corporation against shareholder activist Talisman Group Investments

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T +1.713.758.4592
F +1.713.615.5531
mkelly@velaw.com
1001 Fannin Street
Suite 2500
Houston, TX 77002
Local time: 5:07 AM
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  • Southern Methodist University School of Law, J.D., 1981 (Editor, SMU Law Review; Phi Delta Phi)
  • Texas A&M University, B.B.A. Accounting magna cum laude, 1978 (Beta Alpha Psi; Beta Gamma Sigma; Phi Eta Sigma; President, Sigma Chi; Province Balfour Award recipient)
  • Admitted to practice: Texas, 1981
  • Legal 500 U.S., Capital Markets: Equity Offerings and M&A: Large Deals (National Firms), 2008; Capital Markets: Equity Offerings, 2009−2014; Capital Markets: Debt Offerings, 2011−2014; Capital Markets: High-Yield Debt Offerings, 2014; Technology: Transactions, 2013
  • Chambers USA – Nationwide Capital Markets: Debt & Equity, 2011−2014; Eminent Practitioner, 2015; Texas Capital Markets: Debt & Equity, 2013 and 2014; Eminent Practitioner, 2015; Texas Corporate/M&A, 2003−2014; Eminent Practitioner, 2015
  • Chambers Global – Corporate/M&A (USA), 2002−2003, 2005−2014; Capital Markets: Debt & Equity (USA), 2014
  • Best Lawyers (Woodard/White, Inc.)"Lawyer of the Year," Mergers & Acquisitions - Houston, 2011; Corporate Law - Houston, 2014
  • Who's Who Legal: Texas (Law Business Research Ltd.), Mergers & Acquisitions, Corporate Governance, and Capital Markets Law, 2007 and 2008
  • Who's Who Legal (Law Business Research Ltd.), "Who's Who Legal 100" list, Capital Markets, 2013
  • International Who's Who of Oil & Gas Lawyers (Law Business Research Ltd.), 2009 and 2011
  • International Who's Who of Business Lawyers (Law Business Research Ltd.), Oil & Gas, 2009 and 2010
  • International Who's Who of Capital Markets Lawyers (Law Business Research Ltd.), 2010
  • The Best Lawyers in America© (Woodward/White, Inc.), Corporate Law, 1995−2015; Corporate Governance and Compliance Law, 1995−2015; Mergers & Acquisitions Law, 1995−2015; Securities/Capital Markets Law, 1995−2015
  • Selected to the Texas Super Lawyers list, Super Lawyers (Thomson Reuters)2003−2014
  • "Go-To Lawyer" in Corporate Law, Texas Lawyer, 2002−2011
  • "Top 100 Houston Region Super Lawyer," Super Lawyers (Thomson Reuters), 2007
  • Director: State Bar of Texas; Greater Houston Partnership; Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo
  • Board of Visitors: MD Anderson Cancer Center
  • Past President: Houston Bar Association; Houston Young Lawyers Association
  • Fellow: Houston Bar Foundation; Texas Bar Foundation
  • Member: American, Texas, and Houston Bar Associations; Vice Chairman, Parade Committee, Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo; Board of Trustees and Executive Committee Member, Houston Museum of Natural Science; City of Houston's READ Commission; Leadership Houston, Class VIII
  • Past Chair: Houston Volunteer Lawyers Program; Houston Bar Foundation, Houston Lawyer Referral Service; Professionalism Committee, Hunger Relief Committee, and Local Affiliates Committee, Texas Young Lawyers Association; Houston Young Lawyers Foundation
  • Past Vice Chair: Center for Hearing and Speech
  • Past Director: Texas Young Lawyers Association