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Rikiya N. Thomas

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Rikiya Thomas is an associate in the firm’s Houston office where her practice focuses on securities law, mergers and acquisitions, and corporate governance. Ms. Thomas has represented both public and private clients in an array of transactions, including private placements, public offerings, mergers and acquisitions and dispositions. Additionally, Ms. Thomas regularly provides general corporate representation to her clients and frequently serves as outside general counsel. She also provides ongoing representation to clients on public reporting obligations under the Securities and Exchange Act of 1934 as well as reporting requirements under the Hart Scott Rodino Antitrust Improvements (HSR) Act.

Professional Background

Prior to joining the firm, Ms. Thomas was an associate in the Houston office of a national law firm.

Professional/Civic Activities

  • Member, American Bar Association
  • Member, Houston Bar Association
  • Member, Houston Lawyers Association 
  • Mentor/Tutor, The Forge for Families
  • 2017 Alumnus of the Year, Boys and Girls Club of Sarasota County, Florida

Speaking Engagements

  • K&L Gates Texas Women in Energy CLE Conference, Speaker (April 6, 2017)
  • The Criminalization of Environmental Regulation, Moderator (February 28, 2017)
  • “Joint Operating Agreements: A Comparative World-Wide Analysis,” In-House Client Presentation, Speaker (August 31, 2016)
  • Representation of a private equity firm in connection with its equity investment in an independent E&P company with oil and gas assets in the Permian Basin.
  • Representation of Tesoro Logistics, LP (NYSE) in its acquisition of California-based logistics assets, including a 100-mile long crude oil pipeline system, from its parent company.
  • Representation of a U.S.-based midstream company in the disposition of its assets, including over 800 miles of crude oil, natural gas and water gathering pipelines, to a master limited partnership (MLP).
  • Representation of a U.K.- based company in its strategic acquisitions of multiple U.S.-based oilfield services and manufacturing companies.
  • Representation of Geokinetics, Inc. in its acquisition of an international onshore seismic data services company in a cash and stock transaction.
  • Representation of Royal Dutch Shell in the divestiture of its downstream businesses in Central America.
  • Representation of Halliburton Energy Services in its acquisition of an oil well data resting and analysis services company.
  • Represented a California-based alternative energy company in its Series C round of financing.
  • Representation of Halliburton Energy Services in its acquisition of a wireline and equipment rental company.
  • Representation of the conflicts committee of the general partner of Delek Logistics Partners, LP (NYSE) in connection with multiple contributions of assets from affiliates of the general partner. 
  • Representation of Hoover Energy Partners, LP in the sale of its pipeline subsidiaries to Regency Energy, LP (NYSE).
  • Representation of air cargo company, Arrow Air, in the sale of its stock as a part of a Chapter 11 bankruptcy liquidation.
  • Representation of a pharmaceutical company in its Series A round of financing. 
  • Representation of a licensed pharmacist in the buyout transaction of a majority member in connection with a retail pharmacy business.
  • Representation of a Texas-based windows installation company in the sale of its business to a regional windows installation company.
  • Representation of a Houston-based non-profit organization, Neighborhood Centers, Inc., in the combination of the organization with another Houston-based non-profit organization.

*The selected list of transactions includes transactions that were completed prior to Ms. Thomas’ employment with K&L Gates LLP.