Stephen Olson is widely recognized as one of the leading M&A lawyers in the country. He counsels clients in connection with public and private acquisition and divestiture transactions, complex joint ventures, registered offerings and private placements of debt and equity securities, as well as corporate governance and other general corporate matters. His clients include private equity firms, private and mature public companies, and investment banking firms. He is Partner-in-Charge and head of M&A of the Houston Office.
He has worked with clients across a diverse number of industries including chemicals, manufacturing, health care, technology, finance, media, telecommunications, and energy.
Stephen maintains an active pro bono practice and regularly serves as outside legal advisor to one of the largest NGOs in the world. He works with international financial institutions, such as The World Bank and the International Monetary Fund (IMF), on projects related to advancing the rule of law and the safeguarding and stewardship of sovereign wealth in developing nations to help build sustainable infrastructures and improve basic living conditions.
Stephen is heavily involved in the local Houston community, serving on the board of directors of the Friends of West University Place Parks Fund and coaching several youth sports teams.
The following represents experience acquired prior to joining Jones Day.
Represented a multinational offshore oil field services company in its $300 million acquisition and financing of two accommodation and construction support jack-up rigs being built by Chinese shipbuilding company Dalian Shipbuilding Industry Offshore. With respect to the project finance aspect of the transaction, advised client on mezzanine debt offering and equity offering.
Represented a Saudi-based investment conglomerate in an approximately $500 million joint venture with a U.S.-based automotive OEM to manufacture and distribute vehicles in the U.S., China, Turkey, the Middle East, and North Africa.
Represented a NYSE-listed global consulting firm in its acquisition of a prominent Washington, D.C.-based lobbying group, including coordinating a team to advise on what procedures the client would need to adopt internally post-closing in order to comply with federal and state regulations governing lobbying activities.
Represented Denbury Resources (NYSE: DNR) in its $4.5 billion merger with Encore Acquisition Company. Represented Denbury in all aspects of the transaction, including negotiating and drafting the merger agreement, Form S-4, and merger proxy, and with financing the merger and its offering of $1 billion senior notes and subsequent cash tender offers to purchase three series of Encore's outstanding senior notes.
Represented a Netherlands-based global engineering and fabrication company in a cross-border transaction involving spin-off and subsequent sale of two of its international subsidiaries.
Represented a joint venture consisting of two multinational energy companies in preparation and negotiation of definitive agreements with a consortium of five multinational petroleum companies related to a $750 million offshore pipeline project in deepwater Gulf of Mexico. Prepared and negotiated transaction documents, including construction agreement and transportation agreements with each individual producer.
Represented management team of leading financial services firm in its $200 million MBO, including negotiating financing for buyout with private equity firm. Drafted and negotiated documents related to both acquisition and financing aspects of the transaction.
Represented the independent directors of MLP general partners in "special approval" of conflicted merger and acquisition transactions, including directors of EPE GP Holdings in its $8 billion merger into Enterprise Products Partners, and directors of Duncan Energy Partners in its $3.3 billion acquisition by Enterprise Products.
- January 25, 2018
State of the Oil Patch: Current State of the Market, Lessons Learned and the Way Forward
- October 20, 2016
Energy Summit: Transaction Services
- October 4, 2016
Essential Power Sources: Legal Counsel and Managing Energy Deals/Ensure Business Growth in a Volatile Energy Market
- May 17, 2016
Ethics CLE Breakfast Club: Ethical Issues for Distressed Businesses
- May 11, 2016
Accounting and Enforcement Update for Energy Companies
- February 18-19, 2016
The Center for American and International Law’s 67th Annual Oil & Gas Law Conference
- February 18, 2016
Institute for Energy Law 67th Annual Oil & Gas Law Conference A&D Strategies in Low Commodity Price Conditions: In-Court and Out-of-Court Options
- September 10, 2015
6th Law of Shale Plays Conference: Private and Public Capital Raises and Exit Transactions in Today's Shale Plays
- The University of Texas at Austin (J.D. 2006); The University of Georgia (B.B.A. in Banking and Finance 2002)
- Texas and New York
M&A Advisor, Middle Market Deal of the Year Award (2010)
M&A Advisor, Sector Deal of the Year ($100 million to $1 billion), technology, media, and telcom category (2012)
Judge, M&A Advisor International M&A Awards (2015)
"Rising Star": New York Metro Super Lawyers (2014-2017) and Texas Super Lawyers (2011, 2013-2017)