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Christopher L. Watson
Managing Director, Mergers & Acquisitions Group
Chris Watson is a Managing Director in Barclays Capital’s Mergers & Acquisition Group in Investment Banking, focusing on Global Natural Resources. Mr. Watson joined Lehman Brothers in 1997 and joined Barclays Capital in 2008.
During his fourteen years with Lehman Brothers and Barclays Capital, Mr. Watson has advised on a wide variety of strategic assignments for a broad range of energy clients including major integrated and independent oil and gas companies, master limited partnerships, midstream and pipeline companies, oilfield service companies and financial sponsors. He has executed over $300 bn in advisory assignments including two of the largest transactions in the energy industry over the last ten years (ExxonMobil’s $41 bn acquisition of XTO Energy and Petrobras’ $42 bn acquisition of 5 bn barrels of oil equivalent from the Brazilian government). Mr. Watson’s other notable transactions include: Kerr McGee’s $18 bn acquisition by Anadarko Petroleum, Dominion’s $13 bn in exploration and production asset divestitures, Encore Acquisition’s $5 bn merger with Denbury Resources, Williams pipeline and midstream asset contribution to Williams Pipeline Partners, Petrohawk Energy’s two midstream transactions with Kinder Morgan, BHP Billiton’s $4.75 bn acquisition of Chesapeake Energy’s Fayetteville Shale assets, Marathon’s $3.5 bn acquisition of Hilcorp Resources Eagle Ford Shale assets, BHP Billiton’s $15 bn acquisition of Petrohawk Energy and Kinder Morgan’s $38 bn pending acquisition of El Paso and the corresponding pending divestiture of El Paso’s exploration and production business.
Prior to joining Lehman Brothers, Mr. Watson spent approximately nine years with PriceWaterhouse. Mr. Watson’s tenure with PriceWaterhouse included seven years in the audit practice serving clients such as Exxon, Shell and Conoco and two years in the corporate finance group.
Mr. Watson earned a Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting with highest honors from the University of Oklahoma and a Masters of Business Administration from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.