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J.D., Louisiana State University Paul M. Hebert Law Center, 2001

B.A., with honors, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1998




Andy Fertitta is a partner in the corporate and securities section of Porter Hedges. His principal areas of practice are mergers and acquisitions, debt and equity financings and the formation of new ventures. He has represented clients in a diverse array of businesses, including SBIC’s and other mezzanine lenders and private equity funds, health care providers, energy E&P and oilfield services companies, industrial products and equipment manufacturers, conventional and medical waste disposal companies, and data center and co location facilities. He has extensive experience in:

  • Strategic and financial acquisitions, recapitalizations and exit transactions
  • Senior secured, senior subordinated, mezzanine and subordinated debt facilities
  • Private equity and venture capital financings
  • SBIC investments of long-term debt and equity capital in eligible small businesses
  • Formation, structuring and financing of new ventures and special purpose entities
  • Investments in syndicated credit facilities (including “club deals”) for middle market companies
  • Intercreditor and subordination agreements
  • Executive employment and noncompetition agreements, stock option plans and other incentive equity alternatives
  • Corporate governance and general corporate representation

Andy has been selected for inclusion in Texas Rising Stars in Securities and Corporate Finance since 2007. Prior to beginning his law practice, Andy served as a judicial clerk for the Honorable James J. Brady, U.S. District Judge, Middle District of Louisiana.

Representative Experience

  • Representation of a Houston-based publicly traded investment fund in mezzanine lending and private equity investments in portfolio companies across all industries
  • Representation of a New York-based SBIC in mezzanine lending and private equity investments in portfolio companies across all industries
  • Formation and initial financing of a Houston-based investment fund focused on the oil and gas industry
  • Sale of a controlling interest in a manufacturer of specialty pipe connectors for the energy sector to a private equity firm
  • Sale of a distributor of OCTG goods and services to a publicly held company
  • Sale of a manufacturer of pressure vessels and control valves for the refining and petrochemical industries to a publicly held company
  • Multi-year representation of a private consolidator in the medical waste disposal business in multiple acquisitions, debt and private equity financings and other general corporate matters, culminating in its sale to a publicly held company in 2009
  • Representation of a start up health-care provider in its initial formation and capitalization and its acquisition and multi-year operation of a short-term acute care facility and several long-term acute care and skilled nursing facilities in the Washington, D.C. area
  • Sale of a conventional waste disposal company to a publicly held company

Professional / Civic Affiliations

  • State Bar of Texas, Member
  • Houston Bar Association, Member
  • American Bar Association, Member