James M. Garrett

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James Garrett is a partner in Latham & Watkins’ Houston office and a member of the firm’s Private Equity and Mergers & Acquisitions Practices.

Mr. Garrett’s principal areas of practice are private equity, mergers and acquisitions, and venture capital. He counsels private equity and venture capital investors and their portfolio companies, as well as entrepreneurs, and 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.

He has diverse transactional experience and frequently counsels clients across a broad range of industries, including oil and gas, renewables, industrials, technology, software, digital infrastructure, and financial services, among others.

Mr. Garrett is recognized as a Texas Rising Star by Super Lawyers 2016-2019 (Thomson Reuters). He currently serves as a Director at Interfaith CarePartners and as a Director at the Texas Hearing Institute. He also previously served on the Founding Advisory Board of Greentown Labs Houston, Houston’s first climatetech and cleantech-focused startup incubator.

Mr. Garrett's experience includes advising:

Digital Infrastructure
  • Tachus, a Crosstimbers Capital portfolio company, in the sale of the company (pending)
  • A private equity firm in the acquisition of and investment in a fiber-optic based telecommunications services provider*
Financial Services
  • Crestview Partners in its investment in Upwell Water*
  • Management of Ascentium Capital, a portfolio company of Warburg Pincus, in its sale to Regions Bank*
  • Ascentium Capital in the sale of the company, to Warburg Pincus*
  • The Shaw Group in its US$3 billion sale to Chicago Bridge & Iron*
  • ENTACT in its sale to Pritzker Group Private Capital*
  • M&M Tradition Holdings, a portfolio company of Southwest Opportunity Partners, in the sale of the company to MiTek Holdings, a Berkshire Hathaway portfolio company*
  • Allied Fitting in its acquisition of Warren Alloy Valve & Fitting company*
  • The Shaw Group in the US$300 million sale of substantially all of its Energy & Chemicals Group to Technip SA*
  • A private equity firm in the acquisition of Kovach*
  • Lucid Energy Group II in the US$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 US$8.84 billion contribution of substantially all of its US midstream business to Crosstex Energy and Crosstex Energy to form a consolidated midstream business controlled by Devon*
  • Camelback Midstream Holdings in a US$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 US$250 million preferred equity commitment from Magnetar Capital*
  • Azure Midstream Energy in the US$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 US$100 million line of equity commitment to H20 Midstream Holdings*
  • Lucid Energy Group, an EnCap Flatrock portfolio company, in the sale of Rowdy Pipeline to Evolution Midstream*
  • Western Refining in the contribution of its southwest wholesale business to Western Refining Logistics*
  • Sixth Street Partners in the formation of Blackline Midstream, a joint venture with Blackline Partners*
  • Canes Midstream in an equity commitment by EIV Capital and Canes’ management*
  • PE-backed midstream company in its US$320 million strategic joint venture to provide comprehensive end-to-end water management solutions in the Permian Basin*
  • Western Refining in the US$210 million contribution of certain terminalling, storage, and other logistics assets to Western Refining Logistics*
Oilfield Services
  • Piper Sandler, as financial advisor to Pioneer Energy Services, in connection with Patterson-UTI Energy’s US$295 million acquisition of Pioneer Energy Services
  • Patterson-UTI Energy in its US$1.76 billion merger with Seventy Seven Energy*
  • Crestview Partners as lead investors in the US$588 million merger of Matlin & Partners Acquisition Corporation and US Well Services, combining into a publicly listed hydraulic fracturing company*
  • T-3 Energy Services in the US$422 million sale of the company, an oilfield products and services provider to Robbins & Myers*
  • Edge Oilfield Services and Summit Oilfield Services in their US$300 million sale to Key Energy Services*
  • SCF Partners in its acquisition of Oil Patch Group*
  • CSL Capital Management in the formation of Paramount Pipeline and Process Solutions and the subsequent acquisition of Pipelogic Services*
  • NCS Multistage Holdings in its US$80 million acquisition of Spectrum Tracer Services*
  • Crestview Advisors in its investment in a US$55 million private placement of Series A redeemable convertible preferred stock from US Well Services, Inc.*
  • Mercuria Energy Trading in its compressed natural gas fueling network joint venture with Chevron U.S.A.
  • EnCap Investments L.P. in its underlying capital commitment to Arbor Renewable Gas, LLC*
  • Pickering Energy Partners in the establishment of Merge Electric Fleet Solutions*
  • Mercuria Investments in the US$169 million acquisition of Beyond6, from HC2 Holdings*
  • Brock Capital Group in the US$300 million recapitalization of Sunnova Energy, a residential solar company in which Brock was the controlling member prior to the recapitalization*
  • Marlin Equity Partners in its growth investment in ProcessUnity
  • Clovis Point Capital in the sale of CPaT Global
  • Clovis Point Capital in a US$40 million investment in NinjaCat, Inc.*
  • Engage Mobilize in a bridge financing led by Montrose Lane (formerly Cottonwood Venture Partners)*
  • Cirruspath in an all-stock merger with ZynBit.com*
  • Ethos Crude in its US$10 million investment in Curlett IP*
  • Montrose Lane (formerly Cottonwood Venture Partners) in a Series A investment in Trivie*
  • Montrose Lane (formerly Cottonwood Venture Partners) in its preferred stock investment in Novi Labs*
  • Clovis Point Capital in its preferred equity investment in Mobile Solutions Services Holdings and the subsequent sale of the company*
  • Clovis Point Capital in its growth equity investment in RIVS.com*
  • Clovis Point Capital in its acquisition of Cirruspath*
  • Clovis Point Capital in its preferred equity investment in MediaPro Holdings and subsequent US$60.6 million sale of a majority stake in the company*
  • Colgate Energy Partners III in its acquisition of Luxe Energy in an all-stock transaction
  • EnCap Investments in more than 12 equity commitments and management build ups of upstream companies worth a combined investment total of more than US$3.5 billion*
  • Vitol Group in connection with the establishment of Vencer Energy*
  • Rice Energy in its US$6.7 billion merger with EQT Corporation*
  • Equinor (formerly Statoil) in the US$4.7 billion acquisition of Brigham Exploration Company*
  • Crimson Exploration in the US$800 million sale of the company to Contango Oil & Gas in an all-stock transaction*
  • EnCap Investments in the 100% equity sale valued at approximately US$151.3 million of certain oil and gas royalty assets to Kimbell Royalty Partners*
  • Crestview Partners in its US$150 million line of equity commitment to W Energy Partners and subsequent US$305 million cash and stock combination sale of non-operated producing properties and net acres in the Williston Basin to Northern Oil and Gas*
  • Mercuria Energy in its capacity as lender and equity-holder in connection with Arsenal Energy’s second recapitalization and chapter 11 case in 2019, including the conversion of US$361 million in debt to equity, the infusion of US$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 US$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 US$40 million preferred investment in Riley Exploration – Permian*
  • Crestview Partners in its US$102 million line of equity commitment by its affiliate, Crestview WEP2 Holdings, in W Energy Partners II*
Other Industries
  • Continental Airlines in the US$3.2 billion all-stock merger with United Airlines*
Death Care
  • Carriage Services in eight separate acquisitions worth a combined total of more than US$95 million, including the acquisition of six funeral home businesses and one cemetery business from Service Corporation International*
  • Luke’s Episcopal Health System in its US$1 billion transfer to the Catholic Health Initiatives*
  • Avista Capital Partners in its US$150 million investment in a newly formed joint venture with SEACOR Tankers, to operate and construct Jones Act vessels*

*Matter handled prior to joining the firm

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