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James Cowen is a partner in the corporate practice group of Porter Hedges. He represents public and private companies, boards of directors and special committees, and individuals in a variety of corporate, securities and finance matters, particularly in the energy industry. His practice includes public and private offerings of equity and debt securities, mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, strategic partnerships, project development and finance, SEC compliance, corporate governance, executive employment agreements and compensation, and general corporate and commercial matters.

James represents clients in the energy (upstream, midstream and downstream), technology, biopharmaceutical and manufacturing industries. He also represents investment banking firms, investors and indenture trustees in capital market transactions.

James served as a judicial intern to the Honorable Karen K. Brown, Justice, U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of Texas. Prior to and while attending law school, James worked as an aerospace engineer and software developer for a NASA subcontractor, Unisys, where his responsibilities included developing and maintaining software for the space shuttle program, and then as a software development consultant for an oilfield services company.

Representative Experience

Recent Highlights

  • Represented a diversified energy company in connection with its $100 million common stock rights offering
  • Represented a diversified energy company in connection with its $400 million acquisition of a refinery and related storage, logistics and retail assets in Hawaii
  • Represented an exploration and production company in connection with its $193 million acquisition of Gulf of Mexico producing assets and related $200 senior note offering
  • Represented underwriters of an exploration and production company's $250 Million IPO focused on exploration, acquisition, and development of oil and natural gas resources in the Eagle Ford shale
  • Represented an independent energy company in the completion of a $3.2 billion joint venture with an energy producer in the Marcellus Shale
  • Represented a diversified energy company in connection with its acquisition of a transportation and trading business
  • Represented an oilfield services company in its acquisition of subsidiaries of a privately held oilfield services company

Additional Experience

  • Mergers between publicly held companies in the energy industry
  • High yield offerings of debt securities pursuant to Rule 144A for publicly held companies in the energy and pharmaceutical industries, including subsequent registration with the SEC
  • Public debt exchange offers and consent solicitations for publicly held companies in the energy industry
  • Public offerings of equity and debt securities for companies in the energy and pharmaceutical industries
  • Representation of underwriters in IPOs and follow-on public offerings of equity securities by companies in the energy industry
  • Acquisitions by both publicly and privately held companies in the energy, information technology and chemical industries
  • Establishment of universal shelf registrations for publicly held companies
  • Establishment of shareholder rights agreements, or “poison pills” for publicly held companies
  • Private placements for publicly and privately-held companies in the energy, information technology and telecommunications industries
  • Venture capital financings for privately held companies in the information technology industry
  • Simultaneous acquisitions of numerous companies in “roll up” transactions for new entities
  • On-going representation of publicly held companies with respect to corporate governance, equity compensation, and SEC reporting and compliance matters

Professional / Civic Affiliations

  • American Bar Association, Member of Business Law Section
  • State Bar of Texas, Member of Business Law and Corporate Counsel Sections
  • Houston Bar Association, Mergers and Acquisitions Section, Chair (2013-2014) and Treasurer (2012-2013)

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