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Leitch, Emily E.
Emily E. Leitch
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Marsha Swenson


Emily Leitch advises clients on capital markets transactions, mergers and acquisitions, financial restructurings , corporate governance and securities law compliance matters. Emily has experience representing issuers and underwriters in a variety of public and private securities transactions. Her experience includes initial public offerings, private investment in public equity transactions (PIPEs) and other public and private offerings of common and preferred equity securities, as well as high yield, investment grade and convertible debt securities. Emily has experience with transactions for master limited partnerships (MLPs) in addition to corporate issuers.  Emily also represents buyers and sellers in a broad range of M&A transactions, including stock and asset purchases and sales, joint ventures and private equity investments. 

Selected Transactions

Capital Markets
Represented Energy & Exploration Partners, Inc. in a Rule 144A offering of convertible subordinated notes.

Represented an oil and gas exploration and production MLP in its proposed initial public offering.

Represented an oil and gas midstream MLP in its proposed initial public offering.

Represented the parent company of Venoco, Inc. in a Rule 144A offering of senior PIK toggle notes.

Represented Chesapeake Energy Corporation in multiple public offerings of senior notes.

Represented Magnum Hunter Resources Corporation in PIPE offerings of common stock.

Mergers and Acquisitions
Represented Heyco Energy Group in the sale of its subsidiary, Harvey E. Yates Company, to Matador Resources Co. in exchange for Matador stock.

Represented Tall City Exploration LLC in the sale of Permian acreage and production to American Energy – Permian Basin, LLC for $440 million.

Represented a private investor in a management buyout of publishing company in the global oil and gas industry.

Represented Phillips 66 Partners in the formation of a 50/50 joint venture with Plains All American Pipeline involving a pipeline system.

Private Equity
Represented Three Rivers Natural Resource Holdings III in $500 million equity commitment from Riverstone Holdings LLC.

Represented Bluescape Resources Company LLC in connection with an investment in MorningStar Partners, L.P.

Represented Bluescape Resources Company LLC in connection with a Services and Investment Agreement with EXCO Resources, Inc.

Representing an energy-focused private equity firm in the formation of a portfolio company specializing in the acquisition of mineral and royalty interests.

Represented Wells Fargo in the recapitalization of a privately held, oilfield services company in partnership with an investment firm focused on private equity and the company’s management team.

Publications and Speeches

"Five Tips for Female Attorneys Entering Law Firm Life," Texas Lawyer, August 12, 2016

"What Keeps Boards Up At Night," Association of Corporate Counsel (ACC) Chapter Meeting  - The Woodlands, July 2016

"Proxy Access Shareholder Proposals: SEC Issues No-Action Responses," Corporate Compliance Insights, March 14, 2016


J.D., The University of Texas School of Law, 2006
B.A., University of Virginia, 2001

Bar Admissions



Texas Bar Foundation, Fellow
General Counsel Forum, Houston Board Member
State Bar of Texas
Houston Bar Association
Houston Young Lawyers Association


Co-chair, Bracewell Women’s Network
Legalease, The Legal 500 United States, Capital Markets: Debt Offerings, 2016; Capital Markets: Equity Offerings, 2016
American City Business Journals, Houston Business Journal, Women Who Mean Business - Women to Watch, 2016
Thomson Reuters, Texas Super Lawyers Rising Stars, 2014-2015