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James M. Garrett
James M. Garrett
Partner — Mergers & Acquisitions, Private Equity and Venture Capital
Partner — Mergers & Acquisitions, Private Equity and Venture Capital

James M. Garrett

James M. Garrett
Houston

1001 Fannin Street
Suite 2500
Houston, TX 77002

James M. Garrett

James’ principal areas of practice are private equity, mergers and acquisitions and venture capital. He counsels private equity and venture capital investors and their respective portfolio companies, entrepreneurs, and other public and private companies in connection with corporate and transactional matters, including mergers, acquisitions, divestitures, growth equity and private financing transactions, joint ventures and corporate reorganizations, as well as on general corporate matters.

James’ extensive experience includes representing private equity and venture capital investors such as Clovis Point Capital, Cottonwood Venture Partners, Crestview Partners, EIV Capital, EnCap Investments, EnCap Transition Fund, and Prime Natural Resources. He has a diverse transactional experience and frequently counsels clients across a broad range of industries, including energy (upstream, midstream and oilfield services), renewables, industrials, technology, software and healthcare, among others.

James is a lead partner in the firm’s technology transactions practice area in Houston. Additionally, he serves on the Founding Advisory Board of Greentown Labs Houston, Houston’s first climatetech and cleantech-focused startup incubator.

Experience Highlights

  • Cottonwood Venture Partners in a $5 million Series A investment in Trivie, an adaptive learning platform

  • Clovis Point Capital in its preferred equity investment in Mobile Solutions Services Holdings, a Managed Mobility Services software business, and the subsequent sale of the company

  • Management of Ascentium Capital, a portfolio company of Warburg Pincus and the largest independent equipment finance lender in the United States, in its sale to Regions Bank

  • EnCap Investments in more than 10 equity commitments and management build ups of upstream companies worth a combined investment total of more than $3 billion

  • Camelback Midstream Holdings, a company focused on the acquisition and development of midstream infrastructure, in a $400 million line of equity commitment to the company from ArcLight Capital Partners

  • Crestview Partners as lead investors in the $588 million merger of Matlin & Partners Acquisition Corporation and U.S. Well Services, combining into a publicly listed hydraulic fracturing company

  • M&M Tradition Holdings in the sale of the company, a diversified sheet metal fabricator of HVAC duct pipe and fittings and a portfolio company of Southwest Opportunity Partners, to MiTek Holdings, a Berkshire Hathaway portfolio company

  • Rice Energy in its $6.7 billion merger with EQT Corporation, creating the largest independent producer of natural gas in the United States

  • Equinor (formerly Statoil) in the $4.7 billion acquisition of Brigham Exploration Company, a public exploration and production company

  • Crimson Exploration in the $800 million sale of the company to Contango Oil & Gas in an all-stock transaction 

  • EnCap Investments in more than 10 equity commitments and management build ups of upstream companies worth a combined investment total of more than $3 billion

  • Ute Energy, a Quantum Energy Partners Portfolio company, in the $784 million sale of Ute Energy Upstream Holdings to publicly traded, Canada-based Crescent Point Energy

  • EnCap Investments in the 100% equity sale valued at approximately $151.3 million of certain oil and gas royalty assets to Kimbell Royalty Partners 

  • Crestview Partners in its $150 million line of equity commitment to W Energy Partners and subsequent $305 million cash and stock combination sale of non-operated producing properties and 10,600 net acres in the core of the Williston Basin to Northern Oil and Gas

  • Mercuria Energy in its capacity as lender and equityholder in connection with Arsenal Energy’s second recapitalization and chapter 11 case in 2019, including the conversion of $361 million in debt to equity, the infusion of $100 million in new capital, and entry into a new RBL facility through a plan confirmed in the chapter 11 case filed in Delaware

  • Crestview Partners in a $150 million line of equity commitment by its affiliate in H2Oil Energy Company and subsequent contribution of certain oil and gas leases to H2Oil Energy Company

  • Bluescape Energy Partners in the $40 million preferred investment in Riley Exploration – Permian, a Yorktown Partners portfolio company

  • Crestview Partners in its $102 million line of equity commitment by its affiliate, Crestview WEP2 Holdings, in W Energy Partners II, an E&P company focused on the acquisition and development of onshore oil and gas properties located in the U.S

  • Lucid Energy Group II in the $1.6 billion sale of the company, an EnCap Flatrock Midstream portfolio company, to a joint venture controlled by investment funds affiliated with Riverstone Holdings and the Goldman Sachs Group 

  • Devon Energy Corp. in the $8.84 billion contribution of substantially all of its U.S. midstream business to Crosstex Energy and Crosstex Energy to form a consolidated midstream business controlled by Devon

  • Camelback Midstream Holdings, a company focused on the acquisition and development of midstream infrastructure, in a $400 million line of equity commitment to the company from ArcLight Capital Partners

  • Lucid Energy Group, an EnCap Flatrock portfolio company, in connection with a $250 million preferred equity commitment from Magnetar Capital

  • Azure Midstream Energy in the $162.5 million contribution of its Legacy gathering system to Marlin Midstream Partners as well as its acquisition of the general partner of and 90% of the incentive distribution rights in Marlin Midstream Partners

  • EIV Capital in a $100 million line of equity commitment to H20 Midstream Holdings, a water midstream company

  • Lucid Energy Group, an EnCap Flatrock portfolio company, in the sale of Rowdy Pipeline to Evolution Midstream

  • Sixth Street Partners in the formation of Blackline Midstream, a joint venture with Blackline Partners focused on acquiring and developing oil and gas midstream infrastructure assets

  • Canes Midstream, a company focused on acquiring and developing oil and gas midstream infrastructure, in an equity commitment by EIV Capital and Canes’ management

  • PE-backed midstream company in its $320 million strategic joint venture to provide comprehensive end-to-end water management solutions in the Permian basin

  • Western Refining in the $210 million contribution of certain terminalling, storage and other logistics assets to Western Refining Logistics

  • Patterson-UTI Energy in its $1.76 billion merger with Seventy Seven Energy

  • Crestview Partners as lead investors in the $588 million merger of Matlin & Partners Acquisition Corporation and U.S. Well Services, combining into a publicly listed hydraulic fracturing company

  • T-3 Energy Services in the $422 million sale of the company, an oilfield products and services provider, to Robbins & Myers

  • Edge Oilfield Services and Summit Oilfield Services in their $300 million sale to Key Energy Services

  • SCF Partners in its acquisition of Oil Patch Group, a provider of services to the oil & gas industry

  • CSL Capital Management in the formation of Paramount Pipeline and Process Solutions and the subsequent acquisition of Pipelogic Services, a Texas-based oilfield services company

  • NCS Multistage Holdings in its $80 million acquisition of Spectrum Tracer Services, a leading provider of chemical and radioactive tracer diagnostics technologies

  • Crestview Advisors in its investment in a $55 million private placement of Series A redeemable convertible preferred stock from U.S. Well Services, Inc.

  • The Shaw Group in its $3 billion sale to Chicago Bridge & Iron

  • M&M Tradition Holdings in the sale of the company, a diversified sheet metal fabricator of HVAC duct pipe and fittings and a portfolio company of Southwest Opportunity Partners, to MiTek Holdings, a Berkshire Hathaway portfolio company

  • Allied Fitting in its acquisition of Warren Alloy Valve & Fitting company, an industrial distributor of fittings and flanges

  • The Shaw Group in the $300 million sale of substantially all of its Energy & Chemicals Group to Technip S.A.

  • Private Equity Firm in the acquisition of Kovach, a manufacturer and installer of building enclosures for the commercial building industry

  • Ethos Crude in its $10 million investment in Curlett IP, a technology-focused oilfield services company

  • Cottonwood Venture Partners in a $5 million Series A investment in Trivie, an adaptive learning platform

  • Cottonwood Venture Partners in its preferred stock investment in Novi Labs, developer of a cloud-based software platform designed to optimize shale asset field development decisions

  • Clovis Point Capital in its preferred equity investment in Mobile Solutions Services Holdings, a Managed Mobility Services software business, and the subsequent sale of the company

  • Clovis Point Capital in its growth equity investment in RIVS.com, a provider of interview technology

  • Clovis Point Capital in its acquisition of Cirruspath, a leading provider of sales enablement software

  • Clovis Point Capital in its preferred equity investment in MediaPro Holdings and subsequent $60.6 million sale of a majority stake in the company

  • Aviation:

    • Continental Airlines in the $3.2 billion all-stock merger with United Airlines
  • Death Care:

    • Carriage Services in eight separate acquisitions worth a combined total of more than $95 million, including the acquisition of six funeral home businesses and one cemetery business from Service Corporation International
  • Healthcare:

    • Luke’s Episcopal Health System in its $1 billion transfer to the Catholic Health Initiatives, a nationally recognized healthcare system
  • Financial Services:

    • Management of Ascentium Capital, a portfolio company of Warburg Pincus and the largest independent equipment finance lender in the United States, in its sale to Regions Bank
    • Ascentium Capital in the sale of the company, the third largest private-independent equipment finance company in the U.S. by origination volume, to Warburg Pincus
  • Maritime:

    • Avista Capital Partners in its $150 million investment in a newly-formed joint venture with SEACOR Tankers, to operate and construct Jones Act vessels
  • Renewables:

    • Brock Capital Group in the $300 million recapitalization of Sunnova Energy, a residential solar company in which Brock was the controlling member prior to the recapitalization

Credentials

  • University of Houston Law Center, J.D. magna cum laude, 2009 (Order of the Coif; Order of the Barons; Managing Editor, Houston Law Review)
  • Baylor University, B.B.A., Finance and Economics, 2003
  • Selected to the Texas Rising Stars list, Super Lawyers (Thomson Reuters), 2016−2019
  • Director: Interfaith CarePartners
  • Member: Houston Bar Association; Houston Young Lawyers Association
  • Texas
  • “‘Congrats! You’ve Been Pre-Approved!’ Determining the Correct Approach to a Firm Offer of Credit,” 45 HOUS. L. REV. 1311 (2008)