April 2019, Vol. 246, No. 4

Offshore & Gulf of Mexico Report

Optimism Abounds for M&A in the Gulf of Mexico

By Jeremy Kennedy and Kelli Sims, Shearman & Sterling A comeback is expected for M&A activity in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico. The combination of substantial inventory on the block, potential proof-of-concept developments on the horizon and continued focus by many players in the region on divesting of non-core properties, may set the stage for heightened deal flow in the region, assuming commodity prices continue to cooperate. In 2018, there were several significant transactions in the Gulf of Mexico, for an aggregate value of $4.2 billion. Among these, a few stood out either due to size, because they marked the entry of a new player into the region, or both. Specifically, Kosmos Energy

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