Sidley Austin expands private equity, energy practices with new partners

Sidley Austin LLP

David B. Denechaud and Joe F. Flack III have joined the Houston office of Sidley Austin LLP as partners. Denechaud will be David B. Denechaud a member of Sidley’s private equity practice and Flack, a member of its energy practice. Denechaud focuses his practice on private equity and energy (oil and gas) M&A transactions, while Flack has built his practice around oil and gas acquisition and disposition transactions.

Denechaud’s experience includes representing private equity clients, providing capital to the exploration and production, midstream, oilfield services and alternative energy sectors. He has broad transactional experience, including advising private and public companies on financial and strategic acquisitions and dispositions, and financings. In addition, he counsels companies and management teams on private equity transactions and regularly represents private equity sponsors and related portfolio companies looking to buy and sell companies and assets.  

Flack has represented a range of clients in energy transactions, including both sellers and buyers in oil and gas acquisitions and Joe F. Flack III dispositions and counterparties in joint venture arrangements. His experience includes the negotiation of exploration and development agreements, farmout agreements, participation agreements, joint operating agreements and oil and gas leases. Flack is also experienced in handling midstream-related contracts, including gathering and processing agreements.

Prior to joining Sidley, both Denechaud and Flack were lawyers with a Houston-based international law firm. Denechaud served as the co-chair of his prior firm’s private equity and infrastructure funds group.

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