Jason Jean is experienced in advising public and private businesses, including private equity investors, in the financial services sector, upstream and midstream energy sector, and other sectors with respect to mergers and other business combinations, asset and stock purchases and sales, restructurings and joint ventures. Jason also advises businesses in private capital markets transitions, including Rule 144A private placements and PIPEs, and public capital market transactions listed on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE), NASDAQ, Amex and London Stock Exchange. His capital markets experience extends to representation of issuers, underwriters and placement agents on a variety of debt and equity offerings, including initial public offerings. Jason’s practice also includes advising businesses on corporate governance and compliance issues.
Recent Notable Matters
Kinder Morgan, Inc. — in its (i) strategic venture pursuant to which The Southern Company acquired from Kinder Morgan a 50 percent equity interest in Southern Natural Gas (inclusive of existing debt, the transaction equated to a total enterprise value for Southern Natural Gas of approximately $4.15 billion), (ii) acquisition of Hiland Partners for approximately $3 billion, and (iii) strategic venture with Brookfield Infrastructure Partners LP in respect of Natural Gas Pipeline Co. of America LLC (NGPL) (inclusive of existing debt, the transaction equated to a total enterprise value for NGPL of approximately $3.4 billion)
Allegiance Bancshares Inc. — the holding company of Allegiance Bank, a Texas state bank headquartered in Houston, Texas, in its (i) initial public offering, which was the Houston Business Journal’s 2015 Banking & Finance Deal of the Year; (ii) acquisition of Farmers & Merchants Bancshares, Inc. and its wholly owned subsidiary, Enterprise Bank; and (iii) acquisition of Independence Bank, N.A.
Baker Hughes Incorporated — in its (i) acquisition of Weatherford International Ltd.’s pipeline and specialty services business for $250 million and (ii) strategic subsea production alliance with Aker Solutions ASA
HPS Investment Partners, LLC — in connection with its convertible preferred stock and senior notes recapitalization of (and multiple follow-on investments in) the parent of Alta Mesa Holdings, LP, an oil and gas acquisition, exploitation and production company, and subsequent preferred stock investment by Bayou City Energy
Holly Energy Partners, L.P. — $250 million acquisition from Plains All American Pipeline, L.P. of the 50 percent and 75 percent interest in Frontier Aspen LLC and SLC Pipeline LLC, respectively, that Holly Energy Partners does not already own
Castleton Commodities International LLC — equity investment by Tokyo Gas America Ltd. in a subsidiary of Castleton Commodities International, Castleton Resources LLC, which owns upstream oil and gas assets in East Texas
Enbridge Gas Distribution Inc. — $70 million sale of St. Lawrence Gas Company, Inc. and its subsidiaries to Liberty Utilities Co., a wholly owned subsidiary of Algonquin Power & Utilities Corp.
Prosperity Bancshares, Inc. — the holding company of Prosperity Bank, a Texas state bank headquartered in Houston, Texas, in its acquisition of Tradition Bancshares, Inc. and its wholly owned subsidiary, Tradition Bank, for cash and stock consideration valued at $77 million; transaction was a Houston Business Journal 2015 Deal of the Year finalist
CommunityBank of Texas — its holding company in the holding company’s acquisition of MC Bancshares, Inc. and its wholly owned subsidiary, Memorial City Bank
Conflicts committee of the general partner of Western Refining Logistics, LP — in separate acquisitions from Western Refining Logistics, LP’s sponsor, Western Refining, Inc., of (i) transmission pipelines and storage tanks for cash and equity consideration valued at $180 million; and (ii) the sponsor’s southwest fuel wholesale business for cash and equity consideration valued at $360 million, and in its entry into various commercial contracts in connection with the foregoing
Kinder Morgan Energy Partners, L.P. — in its (i) acquisition of Jones Act tankers from affiliates of The Blackstone Group and Cerberus Capital Management for $962 million and (ii) registration and sale to the public of $1.7 billion in aggregate principal amount of senior notes and $300 million common units
Alinda Capital Partners — acquisition of a 50 percent interest in the entity that owns the general partner of Martin Midstream Partners L.P.
Sandler O'Neill & Partners, LP — in the initial public offering of Green Bancorp, Inc., the holding company of Green Bank, N.A., a national bank headquartered in Houston, Texas
Veritex Holdings, Inc. — the holding company of Veritex Community Bank, a Texas state bank headquartered in Dallas, Texas, in its initial public offering
BancorpSouth, Inc. — the holding company of BancorpSouth Bank, a Mississippi state bank headquartered in Tupelo, Mississippi, in separate acquisitions of (i) Central Community Corporation, the holding company of First State Bank Central Texas, a Texas state bank headquartered in Central Texas, for cash and stock consideration valued at $210 million; and (ii) Ouachita Bancshares Corp., the holding company of Ouachita Independent Bank, a Louisiana state bank headquartered in Monroe, Louisiana, for cash and stock consideration valued at $114 million
BOH Holdings, Inc. — the holding company of Bank of Houston, a Texas state bank headquartered in Houston, Texas, in its sale to Independent Bank Group for cash and stock consideration valued at $243 million; transaction was the Houston Business Journal’s 2014 finance deal of the year
WashingtonFirst Bankshares, Inc. — the holding company of WashingtonFirst Bank, a Virginia state bank headquartered in Reston, Virginia, in its acquisition of Alliance Bankshares Corporation, pursuant to which WashingtonFirst Bankshares, Inc. become a publicly traded company listed on the NASDAQ
Green Bancorp, Inc. — the holding company of Green Bank, N.A., a national bank headquartered in Houston, Texas, in its sale to three unaffiliated private equity investors
Private equity firm — in its acquisition of a world leader in designing, supplying and erecting pre-engineered sectional bolted tanks, factory welded tanks and aluminum geodesic domes for $220 million
Private equity firm — in its acquisition of 37 distinct, affiliated companies in 17 states that comprise one of the nation’s largest wholesale suppliers of roofing materials for $400 million
Private equity firm — in its acquisition of two companies specializing in advanced synthetic fibers used in geostabilization and concrete reinforcement for $235 million
Vopak North America, Inc. — in the sale of a terminal facility storing blend, transship and bunker fuel oil, crude oil and various petroleum products with an enterprise value of $1.7 billion to an NYSE-listed master limited partnership
Special committee of Seitel, Inc. — in a going-private merger valued at $800 million proposed by a private equity firm and substantial stockholder
Taylor & Martin Group Inc. — in connection with its initial public offering
Three Rivers Operating Company Inc. — in connection with its initial public offering
Franklin Bank Corp. — in (i) multiple acquisitions with an aggregate value in excess of $230 million in cash and stock; and (ii) the registration and sale to the public of $81 million of non-cumulative perpetual preferred stock listed on AMEX and $100 million of contingent convertible senior notes
Apache Corporation — in concurrent offerings of $2.2 billion in common stock and $1.2 billion in depositary shares representing interests in mandatory convertible preferred stock. Represented the same issuer in separate offerings of $1.5 billion and $1 billion in principal amount of senior unsecured notes. The net proceeds of all four offerings were used to finance the acquisition of approximately $7 billion in assets of BP p.l.c. in the United States, Canada and Egypt