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

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 and mergers and acquisitions. He counsels private equity funds, their portfolio companies, and a variety of public and private companies in connection with strategic investments, joint ventures, mergers, acquisitions and divestitures, as well as on general corporate matters.

Experience Highlights

  • EnCap Investments in its $394 million line of equity commitment to XCL Resources Holdings, a newly-formed Houston, Texas-based E&P company focused on the acquisition and development of oil and gas properties in the United States

  • Crestview Partners in its $150 million line of equity commitment to W Energy Partners, a company focused on exploration and production assets in the Bakken shale play 

  • 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

  • EnCap Investments in its $400 million line of equity commitment to Forge Energy II, an E&P company focused on the acquisition and development of oil and gas properties in the United States

  • 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 

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

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

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

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

  • Ascentium Capital in the sale of the company, the third largest private-independent equipment finance company in the U.S. by volume, to Warburg Pincus

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

  • ENTACT in the sale of the company, an environmental remediation and geotechnical services company and portfolio company of Austin Ventures and TGF Management Corp., to Pritzker Group Private Capital

  • 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

  • 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

  • St. Luke’s Episcopal Health System in its $1 billion transfer to the Catholic Health Initiatives

  • Western Refining in the $360 million contribution of substantially all of its southwest wholesale business to Western Refining Logistics

  • Carriage Services in its $55 million acquisition of six funeral home businesses and one cemetery business from Service Corporation International

  • 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

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

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

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

  • 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

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

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

  • Continental Airlines in its $3.2 billion all-stock merger with United Airlines

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)