We continue our interview series with Justin T. Stolte, partner at Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP. Part two picks up by looking at what deals are getting done.
We have established the M&A transactions market is challenged but there are still deals happening. Stolte looks at what deals are proving to be beneficial for companies at this time.
"Water historically has been viewed as a nuisance for E&P companies and now, because there is so much produced water that E&Ps are having to deal with, it's really created a stand-alone business," said Stolte.
Related video: VIDEO SERIES: Challenges Ahead For M&A Transactions Market
Devon Energy had been actively shopping the Permian Basin assets, and others in the Rockies, the past several months.
A big crowd turned out for an afternoon honoring industry leaders representing all facets of the energy sector.
Production from Occidental Petroleum's Permian Basin unit rose 57% to 250,000 boe/d in the fourth quarter, boosted by its investments in the basin.