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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

Experience Highlights

  • Mercuria Investments in the $169 million acquisition of Beyond6, an alternative fuels solution platform supporting the decarbonization of heavy-truck transportation, from HC2 Holdings

  • Clovis Point Capital in a $40 million investment in NinjaCat, Inc., the leading all-in-one platform for marketing teams to store, report, monitor and analyze data at scale

  • Crestview Partners in its investment in Upwell Water, a water-focused specialty finance company

  • 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

  • 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

  • Clovis Point Capital in a $40 million investment in NinjaCat, Inc., the leading all-in-one platform for marketing teams to store, report, monitor and analyze data at scale

  • Engage Mobilize, a digital field management platform that improves the way oil and gas companies interact with service providers, in a bridge financing led by Montrose Lane (formerly Cottonwood Venture Partners)

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

  • Montrose Lane (formerly Cottonwood Venture Partners) in a $5 million Series A investment in Trivie, an adaptive learning platform

  • Montrose Lane (formerly 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:

    • Crestview Partners in its investment in Upwell Water, a water-focused specialty finance 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
    • 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
    • Mercuria Investments in the $169 million acquisition of Beyond6, an alternative fuels solution platform supporting the decarbonization of heavy-truck transportation, from HC2 Holdings (pending)

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
  • IFLR1000, 2020
  • 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)