Morgan U. Hollins

Partner, Houston

Biography

Overview

Morgan is a partner in the Mergers & Acquisitions Group in the Firm's Houston office. Her practice consists of a wide range of both domestic and international corporate and transactional matters, including mergers and acquisitions, private equity investments and joint ventures. She regularly advises clients on corporate governance matters and deal structures relating to acquisitions, divestitures and exit strategies. Morgan has experience representing both public and private companies, in a variety of industries, including power, oil and gas and other natural resources, renewable energy and financial services.

Morgan was named a MCCA Rising Star in 2023 and named to The Deal's "Top Rising Stars" for Mergers & Acquisitions in 2021. She is listed as a "Rising Star" for Mergers & Acquisitions in the United States by Euromoney (2020).

Bars and Courts
New York State Bar
Texas State Bar
Education
JD
Harvard Law School
BS
Economics
The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania
Languages
English

Experience

Select illustrative representative matters include:

Representation of Occidental Petroleum Corporation (NYSE: OXY) on the development of STRATOS, the world's largest Direct Air Capture (DAC) facility. Occidental has formed a joint venture with BlackRock Inc., the world's largest asset manager, in connection with the STRATOS project with BlackRock investing US$550 million into the joint venture.

Representation of TotalEnergies Renewables USA in its acquisition from Austin, Texas-based Core Solar, LLC of 4GW of utility-scale solar and energy storage development projects across several U.S. states and power markets.

Representation of affiliates of Beal Bank USA in its equity sale of two gas-fired generation facilities in Arizona and California for approximately US$1.1 billion.

Representation of ExxonMobil in the disposition of its Santoprene TPV elastomers business to Celanese Corporation for $1.15 billion. 

Representation of ExxonMobil in its investment in Global Clean Energy Holdings, Inc., a publicly-traded renewable fuels company, through the purchase of a newly-issued series of preferred stock.

Representation of CVC Capital Partners in the investment of a 22.55% stake in Authentic Brands Group LLC, a brand management company and owner of a portfolio of brand name companies, including Forever 21, Brooks Brothers, Barneys New York, Lucky Brand and Juicy Couture, valuing the company at US$12.7 billion in enterprise value.

Representation of IFM Investors in its US$10.3 billion acquisition of Buckeye Partners, L.P, a distributor of petrochemicals in the East and Midwest areas of The United States. 

Representation of Cobepa S.A., a Belguim-based privately-held investment company, in connection with the following acquisitions:

  • Its acquisition of BioAgilytix Labs, LLC, a leading provider of large molecule bioanalytical testing services
  • Its acquisition of Ned Stevens, one of the leading gutter cleaning and home maintenance service providers in the United States, from AVALT 
  • Its investment in Reaction Biology Corporation, an industry- leading provider of drug discovery services

Representation of Ara Partners Group, an industrial private equity firm, in numerous transactions, including: 

  • Its majority investment in Centric Gas Services, LLC, a local gas distribution platform headquartered in Magnolia, Texas, and its subsequent divestiture of Centric Gas.
  • Its acquisition of Priority Power Management, LLC, an independent energy management services and consulting firm headquartered in Midland, Texas

Representation of Harvest Partners in its acquisition of Granicus, a cloud-based citizen engagement technologies and services business.

Representation of Athena, a technology-enabled consumer focused special purpose acquisition company, on its entry into a definitive business combination agreement with Next.e.GO Mobile SE, an innovative producer of urban electric vehicles based on disruptive production systems headquartered in Germany, where the combined company is valued at approximately US$913 million.

Representation of REE Automotive Ltd., an electric-vehicle technology startup based in Israel, in its US$3.6 billion go-public acquisition by 10X Capital Venture Acquisition Corp. (NASDAQ: VCVCU), a SPAC.

Representation of Macquarie Infrastructure Corporation in its US$2.685 billion sale of International-Matex Tank Terminals, a bulk liquid terminals business, to Riverstone Holdings LLC. 

Representation of Korea Hydro & Nuclear Power Co., Ltd., Alpha Asset Management, Sprott Korea Investment, Hana Financial Investment and Korea Investment & Securities, as a consortium, in its US$1.5 billion acquisition of a 49.9 percent stake in a wind farm portfolio from Brookfield Renewable and Invenergy LLC. 

Representation of AlphaStruxure, a joint venture between Schneider Electric and Carlyle Group, in its restructuring and its Integrated Fleet Electrification Infrastructure Project, a first-of-its-kind Energy as a Service (EaaS) fleet electrification project. 

Representation of Azelis Americas, LLC, a specialty chemicals and food ingredients distributor in North America, in its acquisition of Vigon International, Inc., a leading US specialty distributor and manufacturer of ingredients for the flavors, fragrances and cosmetics market segments. 

Representation of an affiliate of Sixth Street Partners in a US$402 million overriding royalty interest acquisition and joint venture with Antero Resources Corporation. 

Representation of the Independent Directors of Mobile Mini, Inc. (NASDAQ: MINI), the largest US provider of portable storage solutions, on its announced merger of equals with WillScot Corp. (NASDAQ: WSC), the largest US supplier of mobile office trailers. The combination will result in a combined enterprise value of US$6.6 billion. 

Representation of Invenergy and its project subsidiary Energia del Pacifico (EDP) on the development and project financing of the 378 MW liquefied natural gas (LNG)-to-power infrastructure project at the Port of Acajutla in the Department of Sonsonate in El Salvador. 

Representation of Motiva Enterprises in connection with its acquisition of Flint Hills Resources' chemical plant in Port Arthur, Texas. 

Representation of Milestone Environmental Services, LLC, an oilfield environmental services provider, in an exchange of real property and produced water disposal assets with High Roller Group. 

Representation of Ara Partners Group, an alternative asset manager, in its majority investment in Centric Gas Services, LLC, a local gas distribution platform headquartered in Magnolia, Texas.

Representation of Delek Group in its acquisition of a 22.45 percent working interest in the Caesar Tonga field in the Gulf of Mexico from Shell for US$965 million, and a long-term purchase agreement with Shell Trading (US) Company for the produced oil. 

Representation of MLP in its US$825 million acquisition of all of the equity in a private company.* 

Representation of a privately-held E&P company in the formation of a US$1.2 billion joint venture to acquire North American oil and gas properties.* 

Representation of a private solar energy company in its acquisition of an 80 MWAC solar project.* 

Representation of a publicly traded Fortune 50 manufacturer and marketer of transportation fuels in its acquisition of a Peruvian fuels import company.* 

*Experience prior to joining White & Case.
 

Awards and Recognition

Listed as "Top Rising Star" for Mergers & Acquisitions, The Deal 2021

Rising Star for Mergers & Acquisitions in the United States, Euromoney 2020

Recipient of a "Emerging Leaders Award", The M&A Advisor, 2019