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Luke Laumann is an associate in the Firm's Mergers & Acquisitions practice group. Mr. Laumann represents domestic and international buyers and sellers in private and public domestic, cross-border and global mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures and private investments in a broad range of industries and has also represented both issuers and investment banks in a variety of capital markets transactions.
Luke worked as part of the team of the Firm's lawyers representing BlackRock and First Reserve in their acquisition of 45 percent of TAG Pipelines Sur, which is currently developing the Ramones Phase II South Natural Gas Transportation System; and in their acquisition of 45 percent of TAG Norte Holding, which is currently developing the Ramones Phase II North Natural Gas Transportation System. Upon closing, this will be the first major PEMEX-sponsored midstream asset to be built in partnership with foreign capital since the approval of Mexico's historic Constitutional Energy Reform in 2013.
Luke represented Fortis Inc., Canada's largest publicly owned distribution utility, in its US$4.3 billion acquisition of UNS Energy Corporation. Luke also represented Fortis in the US$1.5 billion acquisition of CH Energy Group Inc., a transaction which marked the initial entry by Fortis into the US-regulated electric and gas utility marketplace and was awarded Energy Deal of the Year by The M&A Advisor.
Luke represents Quad-C Management, Inc. and its portfolio companies in a large number of deals that most recently includes: (i) the acquisitions of Wolf Holdings Organization, Inc., C.S.U. Operations, McKissock, L.P., and Engineered Fastener Company and (ii) its merger-of-equals with WoundCo Holdings, Inc.
Luke acted for Univar Inc., a portfolio company of private equity firms CVC Capital Partners and Clayton Dubilier & Rice and a leading global distributor of industrial and specialty chemicals in more than 100 countries, in its acquisition of Magnablend Holdings, Inc., a custom chemical blending, manufacturing and packaging company.
Luke advised Industrial and Commercial Bank of China Limited ("ICBC"), the largest commercial bank in China, on the acquisition of an 80 percent interest in The Bank of East Asia (USA). The transaction, which was the first-ever acquisition of a US bank by a Chinese bank, was featured as one of the Most Innovative M&A Transactions in the United States by The Financial Times (2012). The transaction also received an M&A Deal of the Year Award by The M&A Advisor (2012) and Asian-MENA Counsel (2012), and was named Outbound M&A Deal of the Year by China Business Law Journal (2012).
Luke advised Pilot Flying J, a portfolio company of private equity firm CVC Capital Partners and the largest owner and operator of travel centers in North America, on its acquisition of a controlling interest in Maxum Petroleum, Inc., a leading independent energy logistics company.
Luke worked with a team of the Firm's lawyers representing Dynegy Inc. with respect to the corporate aspects of the chapter 11 restructuring of approximately US$4 billion of debt obligations.
Manabi S.A., a Brazilian mining company, in its US$300 million second round private placement of Class B preferred shares.
Acumen Fund and Grameen Foundation in their quasi-equity in Juhudi Kilimo Company Limited, a Kenyan microfinance company providing loan products to smallholder farmers.
Luke advised HudBay Minerals Inc. in its listing on the New York Stock Exchange.