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Education

J.D., with honors, The University of Texas School of Law, 1985

B.S., with honors, Engineering Science, Georgia Institute of Technology, 1980

Admitted

Arkansas, 1985

Texas, 1991

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Bert Viguet is a partner in the corporate practice group of Porter Hedges LLP. He assists clients with business organization, acquisition, and finance transactions. He advises executives, boards of directors, independent board committees, and entrepreneurs regarding transactions, corporate finance and corporate governance matters. His practice includes domestic and international transactions and regularly involves energy, energy service, and technology companies.

Bert's practice includes corporate finance, mergers, acquisitions, reorganizations, tender offers, project finance, and global infrastructure development as well as public offerings and private placements of securities, private equity financing, and syndicated credit facilities. He also represents clients in connection with hedging and financial derivative contracts.

Representative Experience

Public Securities Offerings

  • Represented independent oil and gas company in tax-deferred all stock merger with NYSE-listed energy company in which client company stockholders acquired 65% of the voting stock of the combined company
  • Represented an NYSE-listed energy company in public offering of $300 million of ten year notes
  • Represented a marine construction industry consolidator in $122 million initial public offering of common stock and NASDAQ listing
  • Represented an information technology industry consolidator in $63 million initial public offering of common stock and NASDAQ listing
  • Represented an international oil services company in cross-border initial public offering and TSX listing
  • Represented an independent oil and gas company in $204 million new issue of common stock
  • Represented an NYSE-listed energy company in registration of $340 million of common stock in connection with acquisition of independent energy company
  • Represented a major independent oil and gas company in a series of public offerings of $280 million of 30 year notes
  • Represented an NYSE-listed energy company in shelf registration for $250 million remarketed notes program
  • Represented an NYSE-listed energy company in $172 million Eurobond/Rule 144A offering of convertible debentures followed by shelf registration of common stock

Senior Debt and Syndicated Bank Financing

  • Represented a major independent oil and gas company in connection with its syndicated £900 million revolving letter of credit facility
  • Represented an integrated energy products and services company with customers in 23 states in connection with a $275 million senior secured revolving credit facility and associated acquisition facility
  • Represented a major independent oil and gas company in connection with its syndicated $3.5 billion five-year revolving credit facility
  • Represented a major independent oil and gas company in connection with its syndicated $2.0 billion 364 day revolving credit facility
  • Represented an independent oil and gas company in connection with its $125 million revolving credit facility secured by borrowing base assets
  • Represented a major independent oil and gas company in connection with its $3.0 billion commercial paper program
  • Represented a major independent oil and gas company in connection with its $200 million senior term credit facility
  • Represented a major independent oil and gas company in connection with its $2.95 billion commercial paper program
  • Represented a major independent oil and gas company in connection with its syndicated $2.25 billion five-year revolving credit facility and $1.95 billion commercial paper program
  • Represented a major independent oil and gas company in connection with its $1.4 billion five-year global revolving credit facility provided by 24-bank syndicate
  • Represented a major independent oil and gas company in syndicated $1.0 billion global credit facility
  • Represented a major integrated food producer in connection with $1.4 billion acquisition facility

Mergers, Acquisitions, and Dispositions

  • Represented a major independent oil and gas company in the acquisition by merger of a NASDAQ-listed oil and gas company valued at approximately $400 million
  • Represented an independent oil and gas company in the acquisition of $50 million of producing properties and acreage in the Eagle Ford Shale in South Texas
  • Represented stalking horse bidder and ultimate buyer in §363 bankruptcy sale of gas measurement technology business along with over $75 million of complementary acquisitions in the U.S., Canada, and Mexico
  • Represented private equity funds in acquisition of distressed oil and gas company and related financing and hedging transactions
  • Represented a public healthcare services company in “going private” sale to private equity firm
  • Represented owners of South American oil services companies in a sale to a major integrated U.S. oil services company
  • Represented a NASDAQ-listed computer services company valued at approximately $450 million in merger with NYSE-listed telecommunications company
  • Represented stalking horse bidder and successful buyer in §363 bankruptcy sale of an engineering design firm specializing in offshore infrastructure
  • Represented a consolidator of marine construction companies in numerous acquisitions, including tax deferred mergers and asset purchase transactions
  • Represented a consolidator of information technology companies in numerous acquisitions, including tax deferred IRC §351 transactions, tax deferred mergers, and asset purchase transactions
  • Represented a major independent oil and gas company in a series of stock acquisitions and subsequent tender offer and merger with an AMEX-listed company valued at approximately $150 million

Private Capital and Private Placements of Securities

  • Represented an international pipeline services company in the syndication and issuance of $95 million of secured notes and warrants to an international consortium of hedge funds
  • Represented an NYSE-listed energy company in $88 million private placement of notes secured by financial derivative contracts
  • Represented an international energy services company in the issuance of $70 million of senior secured notes
  • Represented a major integrated food producer in $405 million private placement of senior secured notes
  • Represented an NYSE-listed energy company in $172 million Eurobond/Rule 144A offering of convertible debentures followed by shelf registration of common stock
  • Represented an international pipeline services company in the issuance of $40 million of preferred stock to a consortium of hedge funds to fund the client's Mexican operations
  • Represented an international energy services company in a private financing to fund four acquisitions and refinance the company through an affiliate of a major international investment banking firm
  • Represented a restaurant franchisor and management team in private equity and senior secured financing for the acquisition of another restaurant franchisor and company-owned restaurants
  • Represented a management team in private equity, mezzanine, and senior debt financing for management buy-out of book publisher and distributor

Project Finance

  • Represented a major independent oil and gas company in $350 million project financing to develop oil fields offshore Western Australia
  • Represented a consortium of engineering and construction firms in connection with an engineering, procurement, and construction contract for an LNG terminal and port facility
  • Represented the owner of West African cellular telephone concessions in private equity, mezzanine, and senior debt financing to fund construction of a cellular telephone network
  • Represented a major independent oil and gas company in project financing with the IFC (World Bank Group) to fund development of oil fields in the Middle East

Financial Derivative Transactions

  • Represented a major independent oil and gas company in connection with hedging transactions in support of its North Sea production contracts
  • Represented a major independent oil and gas company in the acquisition of approximately $110 million of financial derivative contracts involving seven counterparties and relating to international production
  • Represented a private equity fund partnership in connection with hedging oil and gas production in support of acquisition financing with respect to certain portfolio companies
  • Represented a major independent oil and gas company in connection with liquidation of positions under ISDA Master Agreement following bankruptcy of its counterparty
  • Represented an NYSE-listed energy company in $88 million private placement of notes secured by a pool of assets and financial derivative contracts
  • Assisted a major independent oil and gas company in the development of policies and procedures manual for financial derivatives trading, including interest rate, foreign currency, and commodity swap transactions

Professional / Civic Affiliations

  • State Bar of Texas, Member
  • American Bar Association, Member
  • Society of Petroleum Engineers, Member
  • Member, Board of Directors of Alico, Inc. (Nasdaq: ALCO), 2006-2013; Member, Audit Committee and Compensation Committee (Chairman 2010-2013)
  • Member, Board of Directors of Atlantic Blue Group, Inc., 2005-2012; Member, Appraisal Committee (Chairman 2005-2012); Member, Audit Committee; Member, Nominating & Corporate Governance Committee (Chairman 2005-2008)

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