Key Experience

  • Advises clients in strategic and capital-raising transactions.
  • Works with public companies and their boards of directors regarding strategic transactions and corporate governance.
  • Partner in charge of the Houston office and co-head of the firm’s global corporate practice.


John Goodgame helps clients in strategic and capital-raising transactions, primarily in the energy business. He advises public and private companies and private equity funds in initial public offerings (IPOs) and other public and private equity and debt offerings, as well as complex joint ventures. Additionally, John counsels public companies, their boards of directors and board committees in strategic matters, including mergers, sales of control and conflict situations, as well as Securities and Exchange Commission compliance.

Representative Work

  • Represented Houston-based EOG Resources, Inc. (EOG) in its acquisition of the Yates Companies, which held significant resources in the Permian Basin—the most desirable oil and gas production area in the United States—for $2.4 billion. The transaction was EOG’s first strategic merger transaction, and it succeeded in adding a significant number of premium locations to its drilling inventory.
  • Provided counsel to Louisiana-based Stone Energy Corporation (Stone) in its merger with Talos Energy, an independent oil and gas company focused on offshore exploration. Guided Stone and its board through the process of negotiating with multiple bidders and structuring a novel and complex transaction. The deal involved a holding company merger, a conversion of debt to equity, the issuance of new debt securities in exchange for multiple existing categories of debt, and a new capital and governance structure.
  • Advised Rattler Midstream LP in its $765 million initial public offering, one of the largest IPOs in the energy industry in 2019.
  • Represented Enterprise Products Partners L.P. in the formation and sale of a 33 percent equity interest in its Shin Oak joint venture subsidiary to Altus Midstream Company. The Shin Oak joint venture owns the 658-mile Shin Oak Pipeline, which transports natural gas liquids (NGL) production from multiple basins, including the Permian basin, to Enterprise’s NGL fractionation and storage complex in Mont Belvieu, Texas.