Christine B. LaFollette is the partner in charge of the Houston office, a member of the Houston office’s diversity committee and a former member of the firm’s management committee. Ms. LaFollette has more than 30 years of experience representing issuers and underwriters in public offerings and private placements of equity and debt securities, restructurings and financings, including master limited partnerships, as well as federal and state securities laws matters.
Practice & Background
Ms. LaFollette also represents clients in public and private M&A and disposition transactions, particularly in the energy industry. In addition, she represents public companies, boards of directors and special committees with respect to general corporate issues, compliance with corporate governance matters, including compliance with the Sarbanes-Oxley Act and the Dodd-Frank Act, periodic reporting, proxy solicitation, audit committee standards and insider trading requirements of the federal securities laws.
Ms. LaFollette received her B.S. from the University of Texas in 1974 and her J.D. from Loyola University in Los Angeles in 1980. She is a member of the State Bar of Texas and the American Bar Association, as well as a sustaining fellow of the Houston Bar Association and a past chair of its Corporate Counsel Section. She is also a fellow of the Texas Bar Foundation, a former director of the Houston Bar Foundation and a member of the College of the State Bar of Texas.
Ms. LaFollette serves as a director of the Houston World Affairs Council and serves as a director for the National Association of Corporate Directors - Houston Chapter and the Texas General Counsel Forum. She is also on the Advisory Council for Women’s Energy Network. She is a speaker and moderator at various seminars, including those sponsored by the American Corporate Counsel Association, the Texas Corporate Counsel Institute, the National Association of Women Lawyers (NAWL) and the Houston Bar Association.
Ms. LaFollette has recently represented:
- a private energy company in its initial public offering
- a private energy company in its acquisition of another private company for an aggregate consideration of approximately $1 billion
- a private energy company in four different 144A private placements of notes for $350 million, $200 million, $500 million and $450 million with subsequent registered exchange offers of the notes
- a public energy company in 144A private placements of $750 million senior notes
- a public energy company in its acquisition of a public company for approximately $6.4 billion
- a public energy company in its acquisition of a public company for approximately $1.26 billion
- a public energy company in its $1.25 billion senior notes offering
- a public energy company in its public company merger for approximately $1.5 billion
- a public company in its sale of a joint venture interest for $2.2 billion
- a public energy company in a series of dispositions of its offshore Gulf of Mexico assets for approximately $900 million
- a public energy company in its sale of oil and gas properties for approximately $440 million
- an energy company in its $375 million initial public offering
- a public energy company in a tax-free exchange and a $300 million equity offering
- a non-U.S. public energy corporate acquisition of Gulf of Mexico assets for approximately $320 million
- a public energy company in a $172.5 million convertible senior notes offering
- the underwriters in a $400 million senior notes offering
- the special committee of the general partner of a publicly traded energy master limited partnership in connection with the sale of senior subordinate securities for approximately $367 million
- the special committee of the general partner of a publicly traded energy master limited partnership in connection with the transactions involving the acquisition of assets for an aggregate value of approximately $480 million
- a leading natural gas compression services company in its $150 million initial public offering, followed by seven acquisitions and related debt and equity financings
- a public energy company in its $3 billion disposition through a tender offer and merger
- a public company in several public underwritten offerings, including $175 million of preferred stock, $150 million of debt in mandatory putable/remarketable securities, and $200 million additional series of senior notes and $100 million of medium term notes, with each offering from shelf registration statements
- an investment fund in the purchase of a $60 million majority equity position in a private oil and gas company, a $20 million disposition of assets from a private oil and gas company and a terminated $25 million disposition of oil and gas assets for publicly traded and registered stock.
Ms. LaFollette is actively involved in charitable, community and civic activities, some of which include:
- serving as a Board Member of the Houston Volunteer Lawyers Program
- serving on the Audit Committee of the Board of Directors of World Affairs Council of Houston
- member of the Alexis de Tocqueville Society of the United Way
- past chair of the Board of Stewards for St. Luke’s United Methodist Church
- founding member of the Center for Women in Law at the University of Texas at Austin
- founding member of the Houston Advisory Council for Tahirih Justice Center
- former trustee for the Houston Grand Opera.
Awards & Accolades
- Named a National Law Journal Energy Trailblazer 2017
- Named a finalist in Houston Business Journal’s inaugural Women Who Mean Business awards 2016
- Named The Best Lawyers in America® in the practice area of Corporate Law (2007 to 2016)
- Named The No. 1 Texas M&A Dealmaker in 2015 by The Texas Lawbook
- Selected as a Leading Lawyer in Energy by The Legal 500 (2015)
- Named one of The National Law Journal’s Outstanding Women Lawyers (2015)
- Named Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business as an eminent practitioner in corporate and M&A law (2014-2017)
- Inducted into the “Most Influential Women” Hall of Fame by the Greater Houston Women's Chamber of Commerce (2014)
- Named by the Houston Business Journal among Top Women in Energy (2014)
- Named Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business as a leading individual in corporate and M&A law (2004 to 2015)
- Named to the Texas Super Lawyers list (2013 to 2015)
- Finalist for Corporate and M&A Lawyer of the Year at the Chambers USA Women in Law Awards (2012)
- The M&A Advisor named Ms. LaFollette “Female Dealmaker of the Year” in 2010.
- “How Important Are Personal Brands to WOMEN in Terms of Building Their Careers”, Houston Women’s Conference, October 2015