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James R. Brown

James R. Brown Counsel, Capital Markets and Mergers & Acquisitions

James’ principal area of practice is corporate finance and securities law, including securities offerings, private equity, mergers and acquisitions, and general corporate representation. His capital markets experience includes representation of both issuers and underwriters in initial public offerings, as well as public and private offerings of equity and debt securities. 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.

Experience Highlights

  • CVR Partners in the $533 million acquisition of Rentech Nitrogen Partners, creating a leading North American nitrogen fertilizer producer

    • RSP Permian, Inc. in its $448 million initial public offering of common stock
    • Midstates Petroleum Company, Inc. in its $234 million initial public offering of common stock

    Master Limited Partnerships

    • Compressco Partners, L.P. in its $413 million public offering of common units
    • Underwriters to USA Compression Partners, LP in its $198 million initial public offering of common units
    • Exterran Partners, L.P. in its $176 million public offering of common units
    • Underwriters to Cheniere Energy Partners LP Holdings, LLC in its $720 million initial public offering of common units
    • Northern Tier Energy LLC in its $262 million initial public offering of common units

    High Yield Offerings

    • Northern Tier Energy LLC in its $75 million offering of senior notes
    • Exterran Partners, L.P. in its $350 million offering of senior notes
    • RJS Power Holdings LLC in its $1.25 billion offering of notes
    • Nationwide custom home builder in its $200 million offering of senior notes

    Mergers & Acquisitions

    • Riverstone Holdings in the $9.5 billion formation of Talen Energy Corporation, one of the largest independent power producers in the U.S., 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
    • Crimson Exploration in the $800 million sale of the company in an all-stock transaction to a wholly owned subsidiary of Contango Oil & Gas


    Contact Details

    Houston

    T +1.713.758.2495
    F +1.713.615.5495
    jbrown@velaw.com
    1001 Fannin Street
    Suite 2500
    Houston, TX 77002
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    James' Practices

    • University of Houston Law Center, J.D. cum laude, 2007 (Order of the Barons; Managing Editor, Houston Business and Tax Law Journal)
    • The University of Texas at Austin, B.A., History, 2002
    • Admitted to practice: Texas
    • Member: Tax Section, Houston Bar Association; Houston Young Lawyers Association