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Laura S. Martone
Laura Martone focuses her practice on commercial lending and financing transactions. She represents financial institutions, other lenders and borrowers in connection with the structuring, negotiation and documentation of a wide array of secured and unsecured credit transactions, including acquisition financings, project financings, term loans, working capital loans, letter of credit facilities and oil and gas secured financings.
Prior to joining the firm, Ms. Martone was a law clerk to the Honorable Phil Johnson and the Honorable Michael H. Schneider at the Supreme Court of Texas.
Represented Venoco, Inc. in the financing of its going private transaction, including its $500 million revolving credit facility and $215 million second lien term loan.
Represented a major integrated energy company in connection with the public spin-off of its crude oil and petroleum products refining, marketing and transportation, chemicals, and midstream businesses, including a $4 billion revolving credit facility, a $2.8 billion term loan facility, and a $5 billion bridge loan facility.
Represented the administrative agent in a $500 million senior secured revolving credit facility to a master limited partnership, secured by terminals, pipelines, and other logistics assets.
Represented the administrative agent in a $250 million revolving credit facility to a newly-formed, non-traditional master limited partnership, secured by wholesale fuel supply arrangements and related assets.
Represented the administrative agent in connection with a $1.3 billion asset-based uncommitted revolving credit facility to an independent oil company.
Represented Wells Fargo Bank in its purchase of BNP Paribas' North American oil and gas loan portfolio.
Represented a foreign bank in connection with its approximately $390,000,000 sale of certain real estate portfolio loans.
Represented El Paso Corporation and Ruby Pipeline LLC regarding the $1.58 billion construction and term financing of the 675-mile Ruby Pipeline in the northwest United States. The financing was named "Oil & Gas Deal of the Year" for 2010 by Project Finance International.
Represented Ruby Pipeline, LLC in its 2012 $350 million term loan facility used to partially refinance its construction financing.
Represented La Paloma Generating Company, LLC and its owners in the $412 million first-lien and second-lien term and working capital project finance facilities regarding its 1,022 MW combined-cycle electric generation facility.
Represented Elba Express Company LLC, a natural gas pipeline transporting regassified LNG, and its sponsor regarding the construction and term financing of a significant lateral connection to the Transco pipeline system.
Represented the administrative agent in connection with an approximately $30 million acquisition financing of a U.S. dual-fueled natural gas and oil-fired combined cycle facility.
Represented project company and sponsors in the development and financing of an on-purpose propane to propylene plant on the Houston Ship Channel.
Oil and Gas Finance
Represented Apollo Investment Corporation in connection with a $100 million secured credit facility to Miller Energy Resources, Inc.
Represented Bank of America, as administrative agent, in a $250 million secured, reserve-based revolving credit facility.
Represented Sabre Oil & Gas Holdings Ltd. in its $80 million financing of off-shore Ghana oil and gas properties.
Represented privately held exploration and production company in a $250 million secured revolving credit facility.
J.D., summa cum laude, University of Houston Law Center, 2004
B.B.A., summa cum laude, Texas A&M University, 2001
State Bar of Texas
American Bar Association
Articles Editor, Houston Law Review
Order of the Coif