Emily Leitch

Emily Leitch


Emily has represented clients in multibillion-dollar transactions.
She counsels clients on day-to-day disclosure obligations and corporate governance matters. Emily regularly works with clients across various industries on equity offerings, debt offerings, and complex mergers and acquisitions transactions. She also counsels public companies on corporate governance issues and compliance with reporting obligations under U.S. federal securities laws and stock exchange rules.


Representative matters

Capital Markets
The underwriters in connection with a $148 million upsized follow-on equity offering by SilverBow Resources, Inc.
ExcelFin Acquisition Corp. in connection with its pending $370 million business combination with Baird Medical Investment Holdings Limited.
Investcorp Europe Acquisition Corp I, a special purpose acquisition company in connection with its pending $426 million business combination with Orca Holdings Limited.
DT Midstream in connection with an offering of $600 million aggregate principal amount of 4.30% Senior Secured Notes due 2032.
LatAmGrowth SPAC, a Latin American-based SPAC targeting high growth companies in Latin America, mainly Brazil, on its $130 million IPO and Nasdaq listing of units.
The underwriter on the $200 million IPO and NYSE listing of the units of Spree Acquisition Corp. 1 Limited, an Israel-based SPAC targeting companies in the mobility-related technology industry.
Investcorp Europe Acquisition Corp I, a Europe-based SPAC targeting consumer and lifestyle, niche manufacturing, and technology sectors, on its $345 million IPO and Nasdaq listing of units.
The underwriters on the $276 million IPO and Nasdaq listing of the units of ESGEN Acquisition Corporation, a North American-based SPAC targeting energy and infrastructure value train companies.
CVR Partners and its wholly owned subsidiary, CVR Nitrogen Finance, in connection with their private placement offering of $550 million aggregate principal amount of 6.125 percent Senior Secured Notes due 2028.
CITGO Petroleum Corporation, a North American refiner of complex crudes and producer of high-value petrochemicals, in connection with a Rule 144A offering of $1.125 billion aggregate principal amount of 7.00% Senior Secured Notes due 2025 and a Rule 144A offering of $650 million of 6.375% senior secured notes due 2026.
Oklahoma Gas and Electric Company, a regulated utility that generates, transmits, distributes, and sells electric energy in Oklahoma and western Arkansas, in connection with a public offering of $300 million aggregate principal amount of 3.250% Senior Notes due 2023.
MPLX LP (“MPLX”) in connection with its offers to exchange up to $3.25 billion aggregate principal amount of Senior Notes issued by Andeavor Logistics LP (“ANDX”) and Tesoro Logistics Finance Corp. (“Finance Corp.”) for an equal aggregate principal amount of Senior Notes issued by MPLX.
FTI Consulting, Inc., a global business advisory firm, in connection with its issuance of $316.25 million aggregate principal amount of 2.0% Convertible Senior Notes due 2023 in a Rule 144A offering.

M&A and Private Equity
Hannathon Petroleum, LLC and its working interest partners in connection with the sale of certain oil and gas properties in Howard County to HighPeak Energy, Inc. and HighPeak Energy Assets, LLC.
A private equity fund in connection with the sale of oil and gas assets to SilverBow Resources.
The Beneficient Company Group, L.P. (BEN), a provider of liquidity products and services to the owners of alternative assets and illiquid investment funds, in its acquisition of shares in GWG Holdings, Inc. (GWG Holdings), a NASDAQ listed company that is a leading provider of liquidity to owners of life insurance in the secondary market, previously held by GWG Holdings’ founding stockholders, Jon R. Sabes and Steven F. Sabes.
Flat River Group, LLC, an eCommerce distributor, marketer, and service provider, in connection with the investment by Guardian Capital Partners.
Arsenal Capital Partners on the four acquisitions by portfolio company Seal for Life of Flame Control Coatings, Highland International, LifeLast, and US Coatings, manufacturers of protective coating technologies.
PTT Exploration and Production Public Company Limited (“PTTEP”), a publicly listed petroleum exploration and production company based in Thailand, in connection with its subsidiary, PTTEP HK Holding Limited, acquiring an additional 39% stake in APICO LLC from Coastal Energy Company (Khorat) Limited.
Global Oryx Company Limited and Rivian Automotive Inc. in a $700 million investment led by Amazon.
Marathon Petroleum Corp. (NYSE: MPC) in connection with the acquisition and related financing of Andeavor (NYSE: ANDV) to create a leading U.S. refining, marketing, and midstream company.
Sempra Energy in the sale of a Sempra subsidiary to ArcLight Capital Partners for $328 million in cash, subject to adjustments for working capital.
One Equity Partners (“OEP”) and Strike Capital, LLC (“Strike”) in the proposed sale of a majority interest in Strike to Sentinel Energy Services Inc., a special purpose acquisition company (“Sentinel”).
A Special Committee of Southcross Holdings, LP in the attempted sale to American Midstream Partners, LP (“AMID”) of certain assets of Southcross Holdings, LP and the attempted merger of Southcross Energy Partners, L.P. into a wholly owned subsidiary of AMID in two separate transactions valued at approximately $815 million, including the repayment of net debt.

Leadership Positions And Professional Affiliations

  • Fellow, Texas Bar Foundation 
  • Member, Texas General Counsel Forum, Houston Board, Special Events Committee (co-chair) 
  • Member, Institute for Energy Law, ESG Committee
  • Member, State Bar of Texas


  • Recognized as a Lawyer of the Year – Equity Capital Markets in The Women in Business Law Awards, Americas, IFLR, 2022
  • Recognized as one of the top five lawyers in the nation under the age of 40 in the area of capital markets, Law360, 2017
  • “Rising Star”, Law360, 2017
  • Capital markets: debt offerings and equity offerings, The Legal 500 United States, 2016
  • “Women Who Mean Business – Woman to Watch”, Houston Business Journal, 2016
  • “Rising Star”, Texas Super Lawyers, 2014-2015



Texas, 2006


B.A., University of Virginia, 2001
J.D., University of Texas, 2006

A&O Shearman was formed on May 1, 2024 by the combination of Shearman & Sterling LLP and Allen & Overy LLP and their respective affiliates (the legacy firms). Any matters referred to above may include matters undertaken by one or more of the legacy firms rather than A&O Shearman.