During his 45 year career at Bracewell, Dan Witschey has focused on providing thoughtful, practical advice to companies, their boards of directors and committees. Equally adept in the mergers and acquisitions and securities arenas, Dan also regularly counsels on corporate governance matters and fiduciary duties. He frequently represents special committees of master limited partnerships in conflict situations ranging from dropdown transactions to equity restructurings and sales of the company.
Dan has recently completed a six-year term as one of the 24 appointed members of the ABA Business Law Section’s Corporate Laws Committee. That Committee is responsible for drafting and revising the Model Business Corporation Act, which has been substantially adopted by more than 30 states as their corporation statute. In addition to a complete revision of the Model Business Corporation Act in 2016, the Committee has also recently published new editions of the Corporate Director's Guidebook and the Model Business Corporation Act Annotated. Dan remains active on the Committee as its Secretary and co-chair of two of its task forces.
In 2020, Dan was elected a Fellow of the American College of Governance Counsel, a professional, educational, and honorary association of lawyers widely-recognized for their achievements in the field of governance.
An avid musician, Dan is also the principal double bass of the Houston Civic Symphony, Houston’s oldest amateur orchestra.
Recent Notable Matters
Special Committee of Western Gas Partners, LP — $750 million acquisition of Springfield Pipeline LLC from affiliates of Anadarko Petroleum Corporation
Special Committee of Western Gas Partners, LP — acquisition of Delaware Basin JV Gathering LLC from affiliates of Anadarko Petroleum Corporation
Special Committee of Western Gas Partners, LP — sale of $750 million of Class C Units to affiliates of Anadarko Petroleum Corporation in connection with WES’s acquisition of Nuevo Midstream
Kinder Morgan, Inc. — $70 billion acquisition of Kinder Morgan Energy Partners, L.P., Kinder Morgan Management, LLC, and El Paso Pipeline Partners, L.P.
Conflicts Committee of QR Energy LP — $3 billion acquisition by Breitburn Energy Partners LP
Lufkin Industries, Inc. — $3.3 billion acquisition by General Electric Co.
Special Committee of Western Gas Partners, LP — $490 million acquisition of interests in two gas gathering systems in the Marcellus Shale from affiliates of Anadarko Petroleum Corporation
Kinder Morgan, Inc. — $6.2 billion sale of an interest in Natural Gas Pipeline Company of America
Kinder Morgan, Inc. — $2 billion secondary offering of common stock
Special Committee of Western Gas Partners, LP — $600 million acquisition of assets in the Green River Basin and an interest in Chipeta from affiliates of Anadarko Petroleum Corporation
Kinder Morgan, Inc. — $3.2 billion initial public offering