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About Carl

Carl von Merz represents public and private companies in their mergers and acquisitions (M&A), divestitures, joint ventures and other significant transactions. His work has a particular focus on U.S. upstream M&A and private equity transactions. He advises clients in acquisitions and divestitures of both producing and nonproducing oil and gas properties in all of the premier unconventional basins in the U.S.

He also works with private equity funds and management teams on the formation of partnerships, limited liability companies, and other entities for investments related to the energy industry. Carl’s work has involved cross-border transactions across Latin America, including in Mexico, Brazil and Colombia.

Carl previously spent five years as lead in-house counsel of Statoil, an international energy company, where he advised on the company’s most significant U.S. mergers, acquisitions, and divestitures.

Experience

Recent Notable Matters

Private energy company — $150 million divestiture of producing and nonproducing properties in the Permian Basin to a private equity backed exploration and production company*

Privately held exploration and production company — $110 million divestiture of producing and nonproducing properties in the Permian Basin to a large, independent energy company*

Privately held exploration and production company — proposed $50 million divestiture of producing and nonproducing properties in the Permian Basin to a private equity-backed exploration and production company*

Publicly listed, international energy company — $100 million divestiture of Marcellus shale gas assets to a publicly listed independent energy company*

Private equity-backed exploration and production company — proposed $140 million acquisition of producing and nonproducing properties in the Permian Basin from a large, independent energy company*

Private equity-backed exploration and production company — $75 million acquisition of producing and nonproducing properties in the Permian Basin from a privately-held energy company*

Oilfield services company — proposed acquisition of a controlling interest in a $20 million services company*

International energy company — $4.7 billion acquisition of a NASDAQ-listed oil and gas company operating principally in the Bakken shale play*

International energy company — $1.26 billion joint acquisition and related joint venture with another international energy company of Eagle Ford shale exploration and production assets from a private equity backed seller*

International energy company — $400 million divestiture of Marcellus shale gas assets to a publicly traded E&P company*

International energy company — multiple joint divestitures of Marcellus Shale assets totalling more than $375 million to various public and private shale operators*

International energy company — series of related acquisitions and joint ventures with a private equity backed exploration and production company covering over 400,000 acres of undeveloped oil and gas properties in various basins in the United States*

International energy company — bid to acquire Venezuelan oil and gas assets and enter into a “mixed company” arrangement with an affiliate of Venezuela’s national oil company*

International mining company — proposed $150 million acquisition of two coal mines in Colombia*

Publicly-traded retailer — $200 million stock acquisition of the largest Mexican home improvement retailer*

Private equity fund — buy-out from another private equity fund of a controlling interest in an early stage, clean-tech oilfield services company and the negotiation of a related equity commitment with the company’s management team*

Large, independent midstream company — formation of a joint venture to develop a midstream natural gas gathering system and related infrastructure in Louisiana*

Large, independent midstream company — formation of a joint venture with a major energy company to develop gathering and pipeline systems in the Eagle Ford Shale Play*

Management of a private exploration and production company — $254 million equity commitment from a major private equity fund for the acquisition and ownership of fee, royalty and mineral interests in the U.S.*

Management of a private exploration and production company — $524 million equity commitment from a major private equity fund for the acquisition and development of unconventional oil and gas properties in the U.S.*

Management of a private midstream and infrastructure company — $60 million equity commitment from a midstream-focused private equity fund*

Private equity fund — equity investment in a portfolio company for the acquisition and development of exploration and production properties in the Bakken shale play*

Private equity fund — equity investment in a company to engage in midstream investments in the Bakken shale play*

Private equity fund — equity investment in a joint venture with a Canadian oil and gas company to acquire and develop oil and gas exploration and production assets in Colombia*

Private equity fund — equity investment in a Colombian mining company

* Work completed prior to Bracewell

Credentials

Education

The University of Chicago Law School,
J.D.
2003
Duke University,
B.A.
1999
cum laude

Bar Admissions

Texas

Languages

Spanish

Affiliations

Texas Bar Foundation
Fellow
Austin Bar Foundation
Fellow

News

Noteworthy

Noteworthy

Euromoney Institutional Investor PLC
IFLR1000 Financial & Corporate Guide
2019
Thomson Reuters
Texas Super Lawyers
Rising Star, 2017