October 14, 2013

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP is pleased to announce that R. Jay Tabor has joined the firm as a partner in the Dallas office.  Formerly a partner at Weil, Gotshal & Manges, he will continue to focus his practice on mergers and acquisitions and private equity transactions.

“Jay will be a tremendous addition to the firm,” said Ken Doran, Chairman and Managing Partner of Gibson Dunn.  “He is a highly skilled and experienced dealmaker who has a strong reputation in Texas and nationally.”

“Jay is a special lawyer and person, and we are delighted to welcome him to the firm,” said Robert Walters, Partner in Charge of the Dallas office.  “Jay possesses extraordinary credentials and deep experience in complex corporate transactions.  His recent focus on transactions in the energy sector will also complement and strengthen our burgeoning energy practice.”

“Jay maintains one of the most impressive national practices of any M&A lawyer in the Southwest,” said Jeffrey Chapman, Co-Chair of the Mergers and Acquisitions Practice Group.  “He is a superb negotiator and has an authoritative presence in corporate boardrooms.”

“I am delighted to join the firm,” said Tabor.  “Gibson Dunn not only has an incredibly strong national and international platform, but has emerged as one of the top law practices in Texas.”

About R. Jay Tabor

A corporate partner with Weil since 1999, Tabor focuses his law practice on M&A and private equity transactions.  He has extensive experience in the energy industry, particularly in the midstream and equipment and services sectors. 

He recently represented Kinder Morgan in its $38 billion acquisition of El Paso Corporation, which created the largest pipeline company in North America and for which he was named “Dealmaker of the Week” by The Am Law Daily.  Other recent transactions for Kinder Morgan include its recent initial public offering, which was the largest energy IPO in recent years, the $7.15 billion sale of its exploration and production business to Apollo Global Management and its $5 billion acquisition of Copano Energy.  He also represented Richard Kinder and his senior management team in the $22 billion buyout of Kinder Morgan, Inc.  

Other transactions on which he has advised include General Electric’s $3.3 billion acquisition of Lufkin Industries, a leading supplier of artificial lift products to the energy industry; the $37.25 billion joint venture by GE and Comcast for ownership of NBC Universal; and the acquisition of SRS Distribution, one of the nation’s largest roofing distributors, by Berkshire Partners.

Tabor graduated magna cum laude from Harvard Law School in 1990.

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