Katten represented Hyde Park (NASDAQ: HPAC), a special purpose acquisition corporation (SPAC), in its agreement to merge with Santa Maria Energy Holdings LLC, an independent energy company focused on the exploration and development of oil and natural gas assets located in the Santa Maria Basin in Northern Santa Barbara County, California. Completion of the merger is subject to Hyde Park shareholder approval with the transaction expected to close in early 2014. The Hyde Park transaction represents the fourth successful SPAC business combination transaction representation for Katten. The Katten team representing Hyde Park includes New York Corporate partner Todd Emmerman, Corporate associates Jonathan Weiner and Michelle Griswold, Tax partners Jill Darrow and Robert Loewy, and a host of specialist attorneys throughout the firm, including partners Mark Wood and Daniel Lange.

Click here to see Hyde Park’s press release announcing the transaction.