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Experience

James Brown focuses his practice on corporate finance and securities law, including securities offerings, private equity, mergers and acquisitions, corporate governance and compliance, and general corporate representation. His capital markets experience includes the representation of both issuers and underwriters in initial public offerings as well as public and private offerings of equity and debt securities and he regularly advises public companies and boards of directors on governance and SEC compliance and disclosure matters. James also works with private equity investors, their portfolio companies, and a variety of other public and private companies in connection with mergers, acquisitions, dispositions, and strategic investments.

  • Represented OneWater Marine Inc. in its $64 million initial public offering of Class A common stock
  • Represented Select Energy Services, Inc. in its $121 million initial public offering of Class A common stock
  • Represented RSP Permian, Inc. in its $448 million initial public offering of common stock
  • Represented Liberty Oilfield Services Inc. in its $216 million initial public offering of common stock
  • Represented Midstates Petroleum Company, Inc. in its $234 million initial public offering of common stock
  • Represented an oilfield services company in its $322 million private placement of Class A-1 common stock
  • Represented Northern Tier Energy LLC in its $75 million offering of senior notes
  • Represented RJS Power Holdings LLC in its $1.25 billion offering of notes
  • Represented a nationwide custom home builder in its $200 million offering of senior notes
  • Represented BP Midstream Partners L.P. in its $765 million initial public offering of common units
  • Represented Compressco Partners, L.P. in its $413 million public offering of common units
  • Represented the underwriters to USA Compression Partners, LP in its $198 million initial public offering of common units
  • Represented Exterran Partners, L.P. in its $176 million public offering of common units
  • Represented the underwriters to Cheniere Energy Partners LP Holdings, LLC in its $720 million initial public offering of common units
  • Represented the underwriters to EQGP Holdings, LP in its $621 million initial public offering of common units
  • Represented Northern Tier Energy LP in its $262 million initial public offering of common units
  • Represented Select Energy Services Inc. in its $1.3 billion merger with Rockwater Energy Solutions
  • Represented Riverstone Holdings in the $9.5 billion formation of Talen Energy Corporation, one of the largest independent power producers in the United States, through a Reverse Morris Trust spin-off of PPL Corporation’s merchant power generation business and the concurrent combination thereof with Riverstone’s merchant power generation business and associated debt financings
  • Represented Crimson Exploration in the $800 million sale of the company in an all-stock transaction to a wholly owned subsidiary of Contango Oil & Gas
  • Represented CVR Partners in the $533 million acquisition of Rentech Nitrogen Partners, creating a leading North American nitrogen fertilizer producer

Honors & Affiliations

Memberships/Affiliations

  • Member, Houston Bar Association; Tax Section
  • Member, Houston Young Lawyers Association

Education & Admissions

Education

  • J.D., 2007, cum laude, University of Houston Law Center; Order of the Barons; Managing Editor, Houston Business and Tax Law Journal
  • B.A., History, 2002, The University of Texas at Austin

Admissions

  • Texas