United States: Milbank Represents ITOCHU In Largest Private Equity M&A Deal In The US In 2011
Last Updated: January 12 2012

NEW YORK, December 21, 2011 – International law firm Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy LLP, led by partners David Wolfson, Charles Conroy and Dan Bartfeld, represented ITOCHU Corporation ("ITOCHU") as part of the Investor Group, consisting of Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co. L.P. (together with its affiliates, "KKR"), Natural Gas Partners and Crestview  Partners, in its acquisition of Samson Investment Company ("Samson"), one of the largest private exploration and production companies in the United States, for $7.2 billion. The Investor Group acquired all of Samson's assets with the exception of its onshore Gulf Coast and offshore deep water Gulf of Mexico assets.

"We are privileged to have worked with ITOCHU on the largest private equity merger and acquisition deal in the United States this year. Because of Milbank's international scope, we are uniquely situated to advise on deals like this for leading Asian-based companies," said Mr. Wolfson.

Mr. Conroy noted, "Milbank is honored to have been part of this groundbreaking transaction that combined our energy and cross border M&A strengths with Asia and finance capabilities."

Mr. Bartfeld added, "The transaction further demonstrates our expertise and in-depth knowledge of the oil and gas industry. We certainly anticipate increased M&A activity in 2012 from non-US investors looking to acquire oil and gas and other natural resource-related assets in the US and throughout the Americas.

Additional Milbank attorneys involved in this transaction include Leveraged Finance Group partner Michael J. Bellucci, Global Securities Group partner Paul Denaro, Oil & Gas partner David Lamb, and Global Corporate associates John Timmermann, Brian Kelly, Elena Hassan, Roxana Azizi and Broderick Henry.

About Milbank

Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy LLP is a leading international law firm providing innovative legal solutions to clients throughout the world for more than 140 years.  Milbank is headquartered in New York and has offices in Beijing, Frankfurt, Hong Kong, London, Los Angeles, Munich, São Paulo, Singapore, Tokyo and Washington, DC.

The firm's lawyers provide a full range of legal services to the world's leading commercial, financial and industrial enterprises, as well as to institutions, individuals and governments.  Milbank's lawyers meet the needs of our clients by offering a highly integrated and collaborative range of services across key practice groups throughout our global network.  Milbank's integrated practice is underpinned by our attorneys' acknowledged technical excellence, sectoral expertise and a strong tradition of innovation and client service.

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