Joseph Vilardo

Practices

Education and Clerkships

J.D., South Texas College of Law, 1982, with high honors

B.A., Finance, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, 1976

B.S., Chemical Engineering, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, 1976, magna cum laude

Bar Admissions

Texas

Profile

Joseph Vilardo concentrates his practice in representation of financial institutions and energy companies in connection with the negotiation and documentation of complex financing transactions, energy marketing arrangements and the acquisition/divestiture of oil and gas properties and other assets. In addition to his law degree, Mr. Vilardo holds a B.S. in Chemical Engineering and a B.A. in Finance.

Professional and Community Activities

  • State Bar of Texas 
  • Houston Bar Association 
  • American Bar Association

Professional Recognition

  • Recognized as a Super Lawyer - Banking (2009-2011) 
  • Named one of The Best Lawyers in America - Banking and Finance Law (2010-2015) 
  • Martindale Hubbell® Law Directory with a Peer Review Rating of AV® Preeminent™

Navigating Current Oil and Gas Markets

This series of energy industry alerts provides both oil and gas producers and bankers with timely information about distressed commodity prices and legal options to consider regarding credit agreements, restructuring debt, and potential defaults.

Recognition

Best Lawyers

Best Lawyers in America 2015

Best Lawyers® in America, an annual referral guide listing outstanding attorneys throughout the U.S, has once again recognized Haynes and Boone, LLP lawyers. This year the firm increased its honored practices to 56.

Oil and Gas

Oil and Gas

Alta Mesa Investment Holdings Completes $350 Million Recapitalization

Haynes and Boone, LLP advised the Alta Mesa Holdings, LP parent company, Alta Mesa Investment Holdings, Inc., in a recent $350 million recapitalization with an investment from Highbridge Principal Strategies, LLC.

Selected Client Representations

  • Representation of lead lender in the negotiation and documentation of a $105 million revolving credit facility with a short term bridge loan tranche, secured by oil and gas properties.
  • Representation of an oil and gas exploration and production company in the negotiation and documentation of a $96 million multi-lender, secured, revolving credit facility; two separate subordinated bridge loan facilities totaling $60 million; and a $10 million subordinated, secured revolving credit facility.
  • Representation of a large natural gas/natural gas liquids marketing company in connection with the development of form documentation for its commodity derivatives activities.
  • Representation of an oil and gas exploration and production company in the negotiation and documentation of a $50 million revolving credit facility secured by oil and gas properties and a $135 million Rule 144A high yield senior, unsecured note offering.
  • Representation of lender in the negotiation and documentation of a $50 million multiple auto dealer floor planning credit facility.
  • Representation of large power company as local Texas counsel in connection with the acquisition of real property and related matters for the construction and financing of a $450 million independent power plant.
  • Representation of lender in connection with a proposed $25 million working capital credit facility to an oil and gas exploration and production company whose principal operating assets are located in Latin America, secured by pledges of certain stock of both foreign and domestic subsidiaries.

Client Focus

Energy

Haynes and Boone Advises GeoMet in Sale of $107 Million of Appalachian Coalbed Methane Properties

Haynes and Boone, LLP advised GeoMet, Inc., an independent energy company, in the sale of substantially all of its coalbed methane interests and other assets located in the Appalachian Basin to ARP Mountaineer Productions, LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Atlas Resource Partners, L.P.

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