Mark D. Holmes

Partner, Houston

Biography

“Mark is business-orientated, doesn’t get bogged down in the minutiae and he’s very user-friendly.”
Chambers 2020

Overview

Mark Holmes is a partner in White & Case's Debt Finance practice and is resident in the Houston office. His practice focuses on the energy, energy transition, power and infrastructure industries. He represents public and private companies, private equity funds and major financial institutions in a wide variety of financing transactions with a concentration on project financings, acquisition financings, direct lending transactions, cash-flow based lending (including mezzanine or holdco financings), Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) loan products (green loans and sustainability-linked loans [SLLs]), asset-based loans (including reserve-based lending and working capital financings), first and second lien financings, term loan B financings, alternative capital solutions (including preferred equity investments, joint ventures and convertible debt), debt restructurings and derivative arrangements. He also regularly counsels companies in liability management transactions, acquisitions and divestitures, commercial contract negotiations and corporate governance matters.

Chambers USA recognizes Mark as a leading lawyer in Banking & Finance: Texas 2020-2023. His peers also selected him for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America for the 2018-2023 editions in Banking and Finance Law.

Bars and Courts
Texas State Bar
New York State Bar
Louisiana State Bar
Education
JD
University of Houston Law Center
Bachelor of Arts
The University of Texas at Austin
Languages
English

Experience

Representation of Cheniere Energy Partners, L.P. and Sabine Pass Liquefaction, LLC, subsidiaries of Cheniere Energy, Inc., in the refinancing of their respective $1 billion revolving credit facilities

Representation of a major bank in a US$100 million project financing for a behind-the-meter 81 MWac solar generation project located in Strathcona County, Canada

Representation of a major bank in aggregation term loan facilities totalling US$300 million in connection with the buyout and refinancing of tax equity investments and back-leveraged refinancings for up to 50 solar generation projects located throughout the United States

Representation of Harvest Midstream I, L.P. in its acquisition financing of Paradigm Midstream. The financing involved a $950 million revolving and term loan A facility

Representation of a major bank in connection with a US$100 million ITC "safe harbor" facility, the proceeds of which were used to pre-fund expenditures for utility-scale solar projects

Representation of Marathon Oil Company in its acquisition financing of the Eagle Ford assets of Ensign Natural Resources. The financing involved both a US$1.5 billion bridge facility and a two-year US$1.5 billion term loan facility

Representation of Circulus Holdings, PBLLC, an Ara Partners portfolio company and a producer of high-quality resins for commercial and industrial uses from recycled low-density polyethylene, in connection with its $300 million project financing and development of plastics recycling facilities in California, Oklahoma and Alabama

Representation of an Ara Partners portfolio company in its $250 million project financing of a non-wood fiber and fiber product manufacturing facility in the United States. The mill will produce ag-based fiber for market use, as well as molded fiber food service and packaging product and hosts significant biomass handling and processing capabilities

Representation of Riverstone, as direct lender, in the project financing and development of a 150-mile propane pipeline in Texas by EPIC Propane Pipeline, LP. This transaction received a Second Party Opinion from Sustainable Fitch confirming that it was structured in line with LSTA Sustainability-Linked Loan Principles

Representation of WaterBridge Operating in its US$1 billion term loan B facility

Representation of a direct lender in connection with a senior secured $350 million Note Purchase Agreement to an energy midstream company

Representation of a portfolio company in a $350 million construction loan for solar, community solar and battery storage assets in Colorado and California

Representation of an energy infrastructure portfolio company in its US$400 million term loan B facility

Representation of a syndicate of commercial and institutional lenders, led by Société Générale, in a $1.25 billion financing of the development of the deepwater Shenandoah field in the US Gulf of Mexico and related offshore infrastructure

Representation of senior secured project lenders in connection with the development and financing of Gulf Coast Ammonia LLC's world-scale anhydrous ammonia plant in Texas, including the negotiation of major commercial contracts, non-recourse project finance agreements with the senior secured project lenders and equity financing agreements

Representation of a Texas power producer in a data center joint venture

Representation of various oil & gas producers in their reserve-based lending facilities, with commitments ranging from $50 million to $1.5 billion

Awards and Recognition

Chambers USA, Texas Banking & Finance, 2019-2023

Best Lawyers, Banking and Finance Law, 2018-2023