James is an associate in the Project Development and Finance group in the Houston office of White & Case. He has been involved in a broad range of transactions in the power, oil & gas and infrastructure sectors. His work includes commercial bank loans, term loan B, mezzanine and acquisition financings as well as initial public offerings and mergers & acquisitions. He has assisted lenders, borrowers and sponsors on some of their most significant matters in the US, Latin America and the Middle East, such as Saudi Aramco on its landmark IPO.
James is also the co-chair of the Middle Eastern Affinity Group at White & Case and active in the Firm's pro bono initiatives, focusing particularly on veterans issues and international human rights.
Prior to joining White & Case, James was a US Army Officer in the First Cavalry Division stationed out of Ft. Hood Texas, serving as a platoon leader and key leader engagement officer in the Middle East. He also served as a socio-political advisor for the US government in central Asia.
Represented Saudi Arabian Oil Company (Saudi Aramco) in its US$69.1 billion acquisition of a 70 percent stake in Saudi Basic Industries Corp. (SABIC), one of the world's largest chemicals companies, from the Public Investment Fund, the sovereign wealth fund of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
Representation of Saudi Arabian Oil Company (Saudi Aramco) on its US$25.6 billion initial public offering, which is the world's largest initial public offering. Saudi Aramco is the world's largest integrated oil and gas company. The offering was significantly oversubscribed and at listing Saudi Aramco's valuation was US$1.7 trillion. More than 400 lawyers from more than 20 White & Case offices were involved on this historic transaction. The underwriting syndicate consisted of 25 underwriters, led by Citi, Credit Suisse, Goldman Sachs, HSBC, J.P. Morgan, Morgan Stanley, NCB Capital and Samba Capital as joint global coordinators for the offering.
Representation of Occidental Petroleum in connection with its IT Integration with Anadarko Petroleum after Occidental Petroleum acquired Anadarko Petroleum in a transaction valued at US$55 billion.
Representation of the underwriter in a US$275 million term loan B and revolver to ENSTOR Gas, an indirect affiliate of ArcLight Capital Partners. The proceeds were used to refinance the costs incurred for the acquisitions of more than 70bcf of high-turn natural gas storage assets and a 95 intrastate transmission system in Alabama and Mississippi.
Representation of a private equity-backed Argentine energy technology company in its joint venture with a US utility company to manufacture and deploy small scale LNG technology in North America, including related O&M, marketing, liquefaction, gas supply, joint venture, and related project agreements.
Representation of Calpine Development Holdings, Inc. (CDHI) in connection with a revolving commercial bank loan facility to fund the construction of wind and natural gas fired power projects.
Representation of Beal Bank, MUFG Bank, and CLMG Corp as arrangers on a US$376 million term loan B and letter of credit facility for the refinancing of the 758 MW Panda Temple II CCGT project in Texas.
Representation of Beal Bank as sole lender on a US$360 million term loan B for the refinancing of the 758 MW Panda Sherman CCGT power plant in Texas.
Representation of a confidential client who provided mezzanine financing to support the construction in Chile of (i) a photovoltaic solar power project; (ii) a combined cycle gas-fired power plant; (iii) an LNG regasification terminal; and (iv) related pipelines and transmission lines.