Thomas J. DeSplinter, whose practice focuses largely on transactions
involving major companies and private equity firms, particularly within the
energy industry, has joined McGuireWoods as a partner in Chicago.
DeSplinter advises Fortune 500 corporations, bulge-bracket and
middle-market private equity firms and independent sponsors on mergers and
acquisitions with a focus on the electric utility and oil and gas sectors.
His practice also includes debt financings, corporate spinoffs, securities
matters, going-private deals, equity and debt offerings and restructurings.
He joins the firm from Winston & Strawn.
He gained firsthand experience with power and utility companies as vice president of corporate development at GridLiance Partners LLC, a Blackstone
portfolio company, where he led deal teams that invested in regulated
electricity transmission assets. He began work in commodity sales and
trading at Goldman Sachs and in oil and gas supply and trading at BP North
America prior to concurrently earning his J.D. and MBA from the University of
“Tom’s rich experience at the intersection of energy and private equity
helps us further strengthen areas where our firm excels and adds enormous
value for our clients,” said
Michael Woodard, chair of McGuireWoods’ Mergers & Acquisitions and Corporate
“With Tom’s arrival, we add depth to our strong corporate practices in
Chicago, including our work with healthcare and life sciences clients and
our groundbreaking work nationally with independent sponsors,” added
Chicago office managing partner
DeSplinter joins a firm that earned
top five rankings
for the number of U.S. M&A deals handled in 2018 in league tables
published by Bloomberg and Thomson Reuters, as well as top 10 rankings for
mid-market private equity deals.
“McGuireWoods is known as the kind of industry-focused M&A and private
equity powerhouse that is a great fit for a transactional lawyer like me,”
DeSplinter said. “This is a firm that understands superior client service
and I am honored to be part of it.”
DeSplinter is a major in the U.S. Army Reserve Judge Advocate General’s
Corps and served in Afghanistan in 2013-2014 as the deputy director of acquisitions and legal at Kandahar Airfield. He intends to become involved
with McGuireWoods’ Veteran Lawyers Network.
Mergers & Acquisitions
magazine honored McGuireWoods as “Law Firm of the Year” in its Mid-Market M&A Awards. The firm also was honored in Financial Times’
North America Innovative Lawyers
report for its
nationwide initiative to connect independent sponsors
with capital providers for specific private equity deals.