Stephen W. Lake 2018-02-15T11:22:32+00:00

Stephen W. Lake

Stephen W. Lake

Steve Lake has over 26 years of legal experience, both in a law firm setting and as General Counsel of publicly traded companies.  He focuses on various business and transactional matters, including mergers and acquisitions, divestiture transactions, joint venture transactions, public and private securities offerings and corporate governance matters.  He has represented public and private companies in various M&A and financing transactions, including:

Mergers & Acquisitions:

  • $1.35 billion acquisition of natural gas liquids (NGL) business
  • $1+ billion auction bid to purchase crude oil gathering and transportation assets
  • $645 million sale of oil and gas E&P assets
  • $528 million sale of gas gathering and processing assets
  • $450 million acquisition of NGL pipeline development project
  • $305 million acquisition of gas processing plants and gathering and transmission assets
  • $300 million sale of oil and gas E&P assets
  • $300 million acquisition of NGL pipeline assets
  • $240 million acquisition of oil and gas E&P assets and related gathering systems
  • $182 million cash-out merger involving two public E&P companies
  • $175 million acquisition of the controlling general partnership interest in an MLP

Financing Transactions:

  • $1.4 billion offering of senior notes
  • $800 million public offering of senior notes
  • $600 million public offering of senior notes
  • $402.5 million public offering of equity units
  • $400 million offering of senior notes
  • $350 million private placement of notes followed by registered exchange offer
  • $194 million secondary offering of common stock
  • $150 million public offering of common stock

Steve previously served as Senior Vice President and General Counsel for ONEOK, Inc. (NYSE: OKE), a Fortune 500 energy company, and ONEOK Partners, a publicly-traded master limited partnership.  Prior to that he served as Executive Vice President and General Counsel for McJunkin Red Man Corporation (NYSE: MRC), a distributor for the energy industry.

As General Counsel, Steve supervised the legal aspects of a number of significant transactions, including:

  • Multiple M&A transactions
  • Multiple public offerings of equity and debt
  • Corporate and MLP “at-the-market” equity programs and commercial paper programs
  • Spin-off of a publicly-traded natural gas utility company
  • Roll-up (merger) of a publicly-traded master limited partnership with a public parent

Steve has been active with Saint Simeon’s Episcopal Home for over 20 years, including past service as President and Chairman of the Board and current service as Chairman of the Legal Committee.

Steve is a member in good standing with the Oklahoma Bar Association, and is admitted to practice before the Oklahoma Supreme Court and all Oklahoma District Courts.


J.D. with Highest Honors, University of Oklahoma, Norman, Oklahoma, 1991

B.A. cum laude with honors in economics, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tennessee, 1987


American Bar Association
Oklahoma Bar Association
Tulsa County Bar Association