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Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP

Robert J. McNamara

Robert J. McNamara

Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP
Texas, U.S.A.

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Robert focuses on federal income issues related to domestic on business transaction planning, with an emphasis on energy deals.

Robert regularly counsels publicly-traded partnerships (MLPs) on a wide variety of tax issues, including formation, qualification, and acquisition and recapitalization activities. Robert also handles the tax aspects of public and private offerings of debt and equity securities and has advised companies on numerous public and private acquisitions, dispositions and joint ventures, including tax-free reorganizations and like-kind exchanges.

Representative Experience

Robert has provided recent tax advice to:

  • NGL Energy Partners LP in its private placement of $400 million of NGL’s Class D Preferred Units and warrants to purchase common units representing equity interests in NGL.
  • the initial purchasers in connection with $100 million Rule 144A private placement of senior notes of a limited liability company owned 50% by an affiliate of an NYSE-listed, midstream company and 50% by an affiliate of an NYSE-listed, power company.
  • a leading world-wide retailer in its offering of $1.5 billion aggregate principal amount of notes, consisting of $500 million aggregate principal amount of its 2.375% notes due 2029 and $1 billion aggregate principal amount of its 2.950% notes due 2049.
  • NGL Energy Partners LP in its private placement of $200 million of NGL’s Class D Preferred Units and warrants to purchase common units representing equity interests in NGL.
  • the Conflicts Committee of the Board of Directors of the General Partner of Antero Midstream GP LP in AMGP’s acquisition of all outstanding common units of Antero Midstream Partners LP in a stock and cash transaction valued at $7.2 billion, including the assumption of $1.4 billion of AM’s net debt.
  • the dealer managers and consent solicitation agents with a registered exchange offer by Energy Transfer Operating, L.P. for up to $4,337,032,000 in aggregate principal of certain outstanding series of notes originally issued by Energy Transfer LP in exchange for newly issued notes of ETO.
  • the Conflicts Committee of the Board of Directors of the general partner of Shell Midstream Partners, L.P. in SHLX’s acquisition of Shell’s 25.97% equity interest in Explorer Pipeline Company and 10.125% equity interest in Colonial Pipeline Company for $800 million.
  • the underwriters with a $445 million offering by Energy Transfer Partners, L.P. of its 7.625% Series D Fixed-to-Floating Rate Cumulative Redeemable Perpetual Preferred Units.
  • an MLP client in a $2.8 billion merger of midstream MLPs
  • a midstream MLP in a $2 billion senior notes offering
  • a pipeline MLP in its $500 million initial public offering
  • the special committee of a publicly traded energy MLP in a $1.15 billion acquisition of west Texas assets
  • an upstream company in the $850 million acquisition of oil & gas properties in a reverse like-kind exchange
  • the parent of a midstream MLP in connection with an IRS audit of an MLP drop-down and related recapitalization transaction
  • a publicly traded company in its $3.5 billion tax-free acquisition of an energy company
  • the issuer of $100 million convertible notes with contingent interest
  • various MLP issuers and underwriters in follow-on equity offerings


BBA, The University of Texas, Accounting, 1989
Areas of Practice

  • AK Migration: Investment Tax Credit or Cash Grant in Lieu of Investment Tax Credit for Qualifying Therapeutic Discovery Projects
  • Chief Counsel Memorandum Examines MLP IDR Resets
  • Goodbye 2017, Hello Tax Reform
  • AK Migration: IRS Releases Form 8942 for Qualified Therapeutic Discovery Projects
  • Say Goodbye to Leveraged Partnership Transactions: New Federal Income Tax Regulations Address Disguised Sales and Allocations of Partnership Debt
  • They’re Here… MLP Qualifying Income Regulations Have Finally Arrived
  • AK Migration: Carried Interest Tax Provisions of the American Jobs and Closing Tax Loopholes Act of 2010
  • AK Migration: IRS Provides Guidance on Application Process for Qualified Therapeutic Discovery Project Investment Tax Credits or Cash Grants
  • IRS Again Considering MLP Private Letter Rulings
  • Well… MLP Qualifying Income Regulations Were Here…
  • President Obama’s Proposal Regarding U.S. Federal Income Tax Deferral and Enforcement against Tax Havens
  • Review of Tax Provisions in the Economic Stimulus Package
  • Tax Provisions Contained in the President’s Budget for FY2010

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