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Mark J. Thurber

Mark J. Thurber



  • Banking and Finance
  • Africa
  • China
  • Commonwealth of Independent States / FSU

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Mark has led transactions across varied sectors of the energy and infrastructure industries during his career, including oil and gas, thermal power, renewable energy, LNG, carbon gasification, construction and procurement.

He has done deals on every continent and has represented or worked with foreign governments to implement procedures, regulations and contracts conducive to energy and infrastructure development. He has worked on transactions in many countries, including Mexico, Guatemala, Argentina, Egypt, Pakistan, Chile, Australia, Morocco, Niger, Benin and Brazil. He has also practiced extensively in the upstream and midstream domestic oil and gas industry. 

Mark’s experience includes EPC and other construction contracts, lifting arrangements, LNG supply agreements, concession agreements, domestic oil and gas documentation, equipment purchase arrangements, fuel supply and transportation contracts, PPAs and operation and maintenance agreements. He also has represented a range of development companies in negotiating M&A, private equity and debt arrangements at all stages of project development, along with a variety of financial institutions, including lenders, investment banks and other capital providers and arrangers.

Representative Experience

Oil and Gas

  • Represented PetroChina in certain joint venture matters relating to its concession in Afghanistan
  • Represented Arkoma in its acquisition of a mineral and royalty interest portfolio in producing properties in Oklahoma
  • Represented Chinese Petroleum Company (Taiwan) in its acquisition from Sinopec of a participating interested in the Agadem prospect in Niger
  • Represented PetroChina in joint venture matters relating to its Iraqi concession, including lifting and marketing agreements
  • Represented Pennzoil in asset-based financing of multi-state upstream oil and gas interests
  • Represented SG in its acquisition of overriding royalty interests in southwest Colorado, and in connection with its subsequent litigation with the Southern Ute Indian Tribe
  • Represented Bechtel in its purchase through InterGen of the Tejas pipeline system and a portion of the commodity marketing and trading operations of Shell
  • Represented Chinese Petroleum Company (Taiwan) in its acquisition of a participating interest in two major Australian offshore LNG projects (Prelude and Ichthys)

Energy Infrastructure (Power and LNG)

  • Represented clients DKRW Energy Partners LLC and Sculptor Domestic Partners, L.P.  in certain transactions related to the recapitalization and sale of their respective investment in Mexico Pacific Limited, the owner of an LNG export facility in Puerto Libertad, Mexico, with an energy and infrastructure private equity firm as the buyer and joint venture partner.
  • Represented a developer in the development and financing of three gas-fired power plants in Ecuador
  • Represented Quantum Utility Generation in the development of a 350 MW power plant in Texas
  • Representing Wartsila and others in the development of a regional LNG regasification facility and associated power plant in El Salvador
  • Represented DKRW in its development of the Sonora, Mexico LNG facility
  • Represented Aker Kvaerner in the negotiation of the EPC contract for the Gulfport MS regasification terminal
  • Represented Energia del Caribe in the development of a gas-fired power plant in Monterrey, Mexico, supplied by US gas with export of offtake power to Guatemala
  • Represented Globeleq in its acquisition of a large power generating portfolio in Central America
  • Represented Enron in the development of an integrated power project in Benin and Nigeria, including development of offshore gas production and associated pipelines, a power plant in Benin, and a trans-West Africa onshore pipeline system
  • Represented British Gas in negotiations to bring offshore gas reserves to shore in connection with the development of an independent power plant in the Philippines

Energy Infrastructure (Other)

  • Represented Postlane Partners in the acquisition of a transmix facility in Indiana, financed by a prepayment, inventory financing and receivables financing provided by Goldman Sachs
  • Represented Magellan in the construction of a 500-mile pipeline in Colorado, Texas and Oklahoma and accompanying acquisition of pipe
  • Represented Fairway in the development of a major crude oil storage facility in south Houston
  • Represented Elektro, a Sao Paulo utility, as borrower from a consortium of banks led by Chase
  • Represented DKRW in the development of a large coal-to-liquids facility near Medicine Bow, Wyoming
  • Represented Scott Paper in the sale of an on-site paper mill and electricity generating facility in Mobile, Alabama to The Southern Company

Energy Infrastructure (Renewable)

  • Represented the government of Egypt in the development of a model power purchase agreement for the first direct sale of power in Egypt by a generator to an end-use customer
  • Represented a solar power developer in the first FiT round in Egypt
  • Represented Lotus, a waste to energy developer, in the acquisition of processing contracts
  • Represented the conflicts committee in the drop-down of two biomass manufacturing companies exporting pellets to UK generating companies
  • Represented Pattern in various aspects of multiple wind farm developments in US and in Chile
  • Represented HGPC in its development of a biomass power generation facility in Honduras
  • Represented Quantum Utility Generation in the development and sale of a solar generating facility in Guam
  • Represented Arctas in the development of two wind generating facilities in Nicaragua and Guatemala
  • Represented Ridgeline in the development of two wind power generation facilities in Idaho


BS, Brigham Young University, with high honors, 1980
Areas of Practice

Africa | Banking and Finance | China | Commonwealth of Independent States / FSU | Corporate | Energy | Energy M&A | International Renewable Energy and Clean Power | Latin America | Mergers and Acquisitions | Middle East | Natural Gas | North America | Oil, Gas and LNG | Private Equity | Project Finance and Development | Renewable Energy and Clean Power | Wind


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