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About Cle

Cle Dade advises clients on a variety of transactions, including mergers, acquisitions, divestitures and insolvencies. He also provides counsel to clients in connection with the formation of joint ventures and the implementation of corporate control arrangements.  His recent experience includes acquisitions and divestitures of natural gas and liquids pipelines, gathering systems, storage terminals and related logistics facilities, as well as acquisitions and dispositions of manufacturing, distribution and industrial services companies in a variety of industries.

Cle Dade ‘is extremely smart, understands the issues and leaves no stone unturned,’ according to one source.
Chambers USA, 2018


Recent Notable Matters

COG Operating LLC — a subsidiary of Concho Resources, Inc., in the sale of produced water assets in the southern Delaware Basin to WaterBridge Resources LLC for

Harvest Midstream Company — $1.125 billion acquisition from Williams Partners L.P. of certain assets in the Four Corners area, including over 3,700 miles of pipeline, two gas processing plants and a CO2 treating facility

COG Operating LLC — contributions of saltwater disposal wells and large-diameter produced water gathering pipelines in the Delaware Basin to Solaris Water Midstream, LLC in exchange for cash and equity in Solaris Midstream Holdings, LLC

Halcón Resources Corporation — $325 million divestiture of water infrastructure assets across the Delaware Basin to a subsidiary of WaterBridge Resources LLC

Western Refining Logistics, LP — representing the Conflicts Committee of the Board of Directors of the general partner of Western Refining Logistics, LP in its merger with Andeavor Logistics LP in a unit-for-unit transaction valued at $1.8 billion

Plains All American Pipeline, L.P. — sale of 100 percent of the equity interests of Bluewater Natural Gas Holding, LLC to WEC Energy Group, Inc.

Western Refining Logistics, LP — represented the Conflicts Committee of the board of directors of the general partner of Western Refining Logistics, L.P. in its acquisition from Western Refining, Inc. of logistics asset located at WNR's St. Paul refinery

Kinder Morgan, Inc. — acquisition by The Southern Company of a 50 percent equity interest in Southern Natural Gas

Kinder Morgan, Inc. — sale of a 50 percent equity interest in the Utopia Pipeline Project to Riverstone Investment Group LLC

Kinder Morgan, Inc. — $3 billion acquisition of Hiland Partners from its founder, Harold Hamm, and certain Hamm family trusts

La Caisse de Depot et Placement du Quebec — partnership with GE Energy Financial Services, to jointly acquire Southern Star Central Corporation, owner of the Southern Star Central interstate gas pipeline, from Morgan Stanley Infrastructure

Kinder Morgan, Inc. — preferred and common equity investments in Watco Companies, LLC and related contribution of bulk product terminals

Concho Resources — formation of Alpha Crude Connector LLC, a joint venture with Frontier Midstream LLC (construction of oil gathering system)

Kinder Morgan, Inc. — sale of Kinder Morgan Interstate Gas Transmission LLC, Trailblazer Pipeline Company and its 50 percent interest in Rockies Express, LLC to Tallgrass Energy Partners, L.P.

Western Refining Logistics, LP — represented the Conflicts Committee of the board of directors of Western Refining Logistics, L.P. in its acquisition from Western Refining, Inc. of preferred units representing an interest in the TexNew Mex Pipeline

La Caisse de Depot et Placement du Quebec — acquisition of a minority equity interest in Colonial Pipeline LLC from ConocoPhillips

Kinder Morgan, Inc. — acquisition of newly constructed oil tankers from Philly Tankers LLC

Kinder Morgan Energy Partners, L.P. — sale of its equity interest in the Express-Platte pipeline system to Spectra Energy Corporation



Vanderbilt University Law School,
Vanderbilt University,

Bar Admissions



American Bar Association
State Bar of Texas
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Chambers USA
Texas Corporate/M&A, 2016 - 2019
The Legal 500 United States
Mergers & Acquisitions (M&A) Large Deals ($1+ Billion), 2014 - 2019, 2021; Energy: Transactions, 2014, 2023
Delinian Limited
IFLR1000 Financial & Corporate and M&A Guide
2019 - 2023
BL Rankings
Best Lawyers
Corporate Law, 2019 - 2024; Energy Law, 2023 - 2024
Lawdragon Inc.
Lawdragon 500 Leading Dealmakers in America
Corporate & Securities, Especially Energy, 2024
Lawdragon Inc.
Lawdragon 500 Leading US Energy Lawyers
Energy Transactions, 2024
Thomson Reuters
Texas Super Lawyers
2004; 2006 - 2007
Vanderbilt University Law School
Vanderbilt Law Review