William D. Morris represents borrowers, issuers, sponsors, and financial institutions in debt and related transactions. The commitments and issuances on which he has provided advice total in excess of $100 billion. He has also represented more than 50 families of funds in connection with prime brokerage and derivatives matters. He has also advised in controversies related to such matters.
Bill has extensive experience working with the energy industry and in Russia, as well as in forming and/or serving as general counsel of 501(c)(3) organizations providing disaster relief. He represented the individual trustees for the $20 billion Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill Trust and served as general counsel for the Houston Katrina Relief Fund.
- Assisted a privately held, independent exploration and production company in obtaining financing to acquire assets and permit the development of assets of a bankrupt entity. Negotiated a credit agreement to be effective contemporaneously with the emergence of the debtor from bankruptcy and to provide for a hedging program to be implemented subsequent to closing. Negotiated the agented secured hedging facility and related intercreditor arrangements.
- Represented a public independent energy company with a focus on the Permian Basin in Texas in connection with its $2 billion reserve-based credit facility and related hedging program. The transaction provided capital for the acquisition, exploration, and development of oil and gas reserves.
- Represented a public company in connection with the negotiation of its combined $800 million revolving credit facility and $880 million term loan facility. The refinancing of the existing indebtedness provided the client funds for acquisitions and working capital.
- For a publicly traded data management company, facilitated the repurchase of shares. Negotiated an accelerated share repurchase agreement enabling the accelerated repurchase of $350 million of shares.
- In connection with the initial public offering of an independent oil and gas company, assisted Wildhorse Resource Development Corporation in obtaining financing for a substantial acquisition, consolidating and refinancing existing indebtedness of subsidiaries and funding future growth. Negotiated a $2 billion reserve-based credit facility. Advised in establishing hedge agreements with eight counterparties.
- J.D., Duke University School of Law, 1985
- M.P.P., Harvard University, 1982
- B.A., Claremont McKenna College, cum laude, 1980
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