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Mark Brasher

Mark Brasher Partner, Energy Transactions & Projects

As a member of Vinson & Elkins' worldwide Energy Transactions and Projects practice group, Mark engages in a domestic and international business transactions and projects practice that is focused on energy and infrastructure. He has represented domestic and international participants in the energy business, including offshore and onshore oil and gas producers, a range of participants in the LNG industry, alternative energy companies, banks, and private equity funds in a wide variety of transactions. Mark also has experience advising developers of major infrastructure projects, including in the transportation and water sectors.

A large part of Mark’s practice involves advising clients in connection with project development, joint venture formation, and construction arrangements, in connection with major capital projects.

Experience Highlights

  • Noble Energy, Inc. as project counsel in the development of the Leviathan natural gas field in offshore Israel, including the development, construction and financing of a 2.1 Bcf/d natural gas production platform and associated subsea and tie-back facilities
  • Texas Central Partners as project counsel in the development of a high speed rail project between Houston and Dallas 
  • Riverstone Investment Group in becoming a 50 percent partner with Kinder Morgan in the Utopia Pipeline Project, a common carrier project that will include approximately 215 miles of new pipeline and will connect with an existing pipeline and associated facilities
  • BG Group in the development of a multitrain, multibillion dollar LNG project in Lake Charles, Louisiana, including involvement in the feedstock, off-take, and other project-related agreements
  • An international trading and terminalling company in the re-activation and expansion of a multimodal crude oil, condensate, and NGL marine terminal facility in the Port of Corpus Christi to serve Eagle Ford shale production; representation includes land acquisition for terminal expansion and pipeline system development, siting and construction of new plant and terminal facilities, environmental and regulatory permitting and compliance, drafting and negotiating interconnection agreements, terminal services agreements, and marine provisions with various terminal customers

Project Development & Construction

  • Occidental Petroleum Corporation on a range of matters, including:

    • The construction, financing and operation of natural gas processing facilities in Oxy’s Habiba Block, onshore Oman
    • EPC contracts for construction of an ethylene cracker in Ingleside, Texas, and construction of related pipeline and storage facilities 
    • The development of a multimodal crude oil, condensate, and NGL marine terminal facility in Ingleside, Texas 
  • Noble Energy, Inc. in a variety of international offshore exploration and development matters
  • Gulf Coast Ammonia (a joint venture of Agrifos and Borealis) as project counsel in the development and financing of a world-scale ammonia project in Texas
  • Major international E&P company in the contracting arrangements for a newbuild FPSO to serve a deepwater development project offshore Angola, including drafting and negotiating relevant FEED, subsea infrastructure (SURF), O&M agreements, and bareboat charter
  • A global energy company in connection with the drafting and negotiation of marine construction contracts for oil production facilities in offshore Nigeria
  • A private equity-backed fertilizer company in the proposed development and project financing of a fertilizer production facility, including the negotiation of EPC contracts, feedstock supply and transportation agreements, offtake agreements, and the air permit
  • Investment by Sundrop Fuels, a subsidiary of Chesapeake Energy, and ongoing development, financing, and construction of a 50,000 barrel per day advanced biofuels facility utilizing natural gas and biomass to produce drop-in transportation fuels 
  • An international trading and terminalling company in the development and construction of crude terminal and storage facilities in Puerto Barrancabermeja, Colombia 
  • Chamisa Energy, Inc. in connection with the development of a Compressed Air Energy Storage facility in Texas

Joint Ventures and M&A

  • Woodside Petroleum Limited in connection with its potential participation in the Port Arthur LNG project 
  • Occidental Chemical Corporation in the formation of a 50/50 joint venture with Mexichem, S.A.B. de C.V., and the development of an ethylene cracker with an estimated capacity of 544,000 metric tons/yr (1.2 billion lbs/year) in Ingleside, Texas 
  • Velocys plc in a joint venture with Waste Management, NRG Energy, and Ventech Engineers International to develop gas-to-liquids plants in the United States and other select geographies
  • KNOC in its $1.55 billion joint venture to buy a stake in the liquids-rich Eagle Ford shale in Texas from Anadarko Petroleum, including subsequent sale of minority interest by KNOC to VOGO
  • Mitsui & Co., Ltd. in its agreement with DuPont to purchase DuPont’s global Kocide and ManKocide copper fungicide assets
  • USA Compression Partners in its $187 million acquisition of compression assets from S&R Compression in exchange for common stock units representing 20% of limited partnership interests in the company
  • Annova LNG in the sale of a majority interest in its Brownsville LNG Export Project to Exelon Corp

Contact Details

Houston

T +1.713.758.3352
F +1.713.615.5708
mbrasher@velaw.com
1001 Fannin Street
Suite 2500
Houston, TX 77002
Local time: 11:43 AM
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Mark's Practices

  • The University of Texas (Austin), LL.M. (Global Energy, International Arbitration & Environmental Law), 2011
  • Monash University (Australia), L.L.B., 2006
  • Monash University (Australia), B.A., 2006
  • Admitted to practice: Victoria, Australia; Texas
  • Other Language: Spanish (working knowledge)
  • Legal 500 U.S., Real Estate: Construction, 2017