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About Charles

Clients praise Charles for his excellent judgment, responsiveness, creativity and understanding of their businesses. He combines these qualities with technical skills, gained over more than two decades of practice, to provide practical advice and solutions to help clients achieve their business objectives. In addition to maintaining an active capital markets, mergers and acquisitions, corporate governance and securities compliance practice, with a particular focus on the energy industry, Charles serves as co-chair of the firm's corporate and securities department.

Charles represents corporate and master limited partnership (MLP) issuers and investment banks in capital markets transactions, including initial public offerings, private investments in public equity (PIPEs) and other public and private offerings of common and preferred equity securities, as well as public and Rule 144A offerings of high-yield, investment-grade and convertible debt securities. He also advises clients on mergers, acquisitions and sales of public and private companies, joint ventures, private equity investments and restructuring transactions, as well as SEC reporting and disclosure obligations and corporate governance and compliance.                              


Recent Notable Matters

Venoco, Inc. — multiple Rule 144A offerings of high-yield notes

Ferrellgas Partners, L.P. — multiple public and Rule 144A offerings of high-yield notes

Sysco Corporation — multiple public offerings of notes

Energy & Exploration Partners, Inc. — Rule 144A offering of convertible notes and proposed initial public offering

Midstream MLP — proposed initial public offering

Royalty interest MLP — proposed initial public offering

FX Energy, Inc. — $119 million sale to ORLEN Upstream Sp. z o.o., wholly-owned exploration and production subsidiary of PKN ORLEN SA.

National Grid USA — contribution of its equity interests in Iroquois Gas Transmission System LP to Dominion Midstream Partners LP in exchange for approximately $225 million in public equity

Three Rivers Natural Resource Holdings II and III — equity commitments from Riverstone Holdings LLC

Venoco, Inc. — debt restructuring and financing transaction recognized as Out-of-Court Restructuring Deal of the Year (Over $500 Million), 10th Annual M&A Advisor Turnaround Awards

Ruby Pipeline, LLC — Rule 144A offering of notes

El Paso Corporation and subsidiaries — multiple public and Rule 144A offerings of notes

Magnum Hunter Resources Corporation — multiple PIPE and at-the-market offerings of common stock

Underwriters for Energy Transfer Partners, LP — multiple public and Rule 144A offerings of notes

O'Brien Energy Company — multiple private offerings of common and preferred interests in oil and gas limited partnerships

FX Energy, Inc. — public offering of common stock

Underwriters for TransAtlantic Petroleum Ltd. — public offering of common stock

Underwriters for GeoResources Inc. — public offering of common stock

Underwriters for Boots & Coots International Well Control, Inc. — public offering of common stock

Oil and gas exploration and production company — sale of interest in midstream joint venture

HEYCO Energy Group, Inc. — sale of its subsidiary, Harvey E. Yates Company, to Matador Resources Co., in exchange for Matador stock

Venoco, Inc. — financing of its going private transaction, including its $500 million reserve-based revolving credit facility and $215 million second lien term loan and its holding company’s $60 million notes offering and $255 million PIK-toggle high yield notes offering

Hill-Rom Holdings, Inc. (formerly Hillenbrand Industries, Inc.) — spin-off of Batesville Casket business

Energy & Exploration Partners, Inc. — creditor negotiations and Chapter 11 reorganization, which resulted in the elimination of almost $1 billion in debt. The bankruptcy proceeding was completed in four months and with the agreement of all creditor groups.

Venoco, Inc. — Chapter 11 bankruptcy reorganization

Publications and Speeches

"Proxy Access Shareholder Proposals: SEC Issues No-Action Responses," Corporate Compliance Insights, March 14, 2016.

"Maturing Shale Plays Help Usher in Recent Increase in Upstream MLPs," Oil & Gas Financial Journal, June 2013.



Vanderbilt University Law School,
Wesleyan University,
Bachelor of Arts

Bar Admissions



American Bar Association
Business Law Section, Committee on Federal Regulation of Securities
State Bar of Texas
Business Law Section
Texas Business Law Foundation
Texas Bar Foundation
Life Fellow
Houston Bar Association
Houston Bar Foundation
Life Fellow



The Best Lawyers in America Recognize 74 Bracewell Attorneys

August 15, 2016
Best Lawyers, Woodward White, Inc.

Venoco $250 Million of New Financings

April 14, 2015
Global Legal Chronicle

Maturing shale plays help usher in recent increase in upstream MLPs

June 11, 2013
Oil & Gas Financial Journal - Online

Best Lawyers in America Recognizes Eighty-Eight Bracewell Attorneys

August 23, 2012
Best Lawyers, Woodward White, Inc.





The Legal 500 United States
M&A: Large Deals ($1 Billion+), 2017; Capital markets: Debt Offerings - Advice to Issuers, 2017; Capital Markets: Equity Offerings - Advice to Issuers, 2017; Capital Markets: Debt Offerings, 2013 - 2016; Capital Markets: Equity Offerings, 2016
Woodward/White, Inc.
Best Lawyers
Corporate Law 2007 - 2018; Securities/Capital Markets Law, 2007 - 2018; Securities Regulation, 2007 - 2018; Corporate Governance Law 2007 - 2017
Euromoney Institutional Investor PLC
IFLR1000 Financial & Corporate Guide
Thomson Reuters
Texas Super Lawyers Rising Star
2004 - 2008


Past Events

McGinley & Still at API Federal Tax Forum

April 24, 2017
April 25, 2017