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Bernard F. Clark, Jr.
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In the News

Alta Mesa Investment Holdings Completes $350 Million Recapitalization With Counseling from Haynes and Boone Energy Lawyers

HOUSTON – Haynes and Boone, LLP advised the Alta Mesa Holdings, LP parent company, Alta Mesa Investment Holdings, Inc., in a recent $350 million recapitalization with an investment from Highbridge Principal Strategies, LLC. >>

Haynes and Boone Advises Alta Mesa Eagle in $173 Million Sale

HOUSTON – In its continued service to clients involved in major shale plays, Haynes and Boone, LLP energy lawyers recently advised an Alta Mesa Holdings, LP subsidiary, Alta Mesa Eagle LLC, in its sale of Eagle Ford oil and gas properties for a sale price of $173 million, subject to customary purchase price adjustments.

The Haynes and Boone deal team was led by Houston Partner Buddy Clark and included Houston Associate Austin Elam. >>

Haynes and Boone Lawyers Counsel Global Energy Development in Colombian Contract Area Farmout

HOUSTON – A Haynes and Boone, LLP team has advised client Global Energy Development PLC in an agreement with Everest Hill Energy Group Ltd. to farm out a 50 percent working interest in its Bolivar license in Colombia for $5 million. >>

Recent Publications

CFTC Loosens Requirements for Swaps for Utility Special Entities

On March 21, 2014, the Division of Swap Dealer and Intermediary Oversight (“Division”) of the CFTC issued a no-action relief letter (the “2014 Letter”), to temporarily allow entities to deal in utility operations-related swaps, as defined in the 2014 Letter, without counting such swaps towards the “sub-limit” threshold for swap dealer registration with regard to such swaps. >>

Offshore Magazine Guest Article: Proposed Offshore Seismic Rules Appear to Lack Scientific Rigor

No one knows for certain what will turn up when a drill bit reaches target depth, but seismic data allow robust estimates of the probability of success. This has never been truer than today as a result of dramatic technological advances in seismic surveying and computer modeling. >>

American Oil & Gas Reporter Guest Article: Winter Weather Significantly Alters Landscape for Natural Gas Prices

This winter teaches an indelible lesson regarding the potential impact of weather on the natural gas market. Weather during the first four months of the withdrawal season has been the coldest in 32 years, increasing gas demand by more than 800 billion cubic feet, compared with last winter (which was within striking distance of historical norms). >>


Our Private Capital Energy Webinar, Transformation of Energy Markets in the New Natural Gas Paradigm, explores impacts and recent developments in power markets. To access a client alert relating to these issues, click here.

Our recent webinar, Private Capital Quarterly Energy - An Analysis of Fracing Developments, discussed legal developments in fracing and selected states' water rights and water quality issues. To access a recording of the webinar and the presentation, click here.

Energy is a complicated business. When looking for legal counsel, clients want and need attorneys who have years of experience in the energy field, experience in the issues unique to the energy industry and a team with the bench strength to handle the largest deals and nimble enough to handle specific projects quickly and efficiently. Haynes and Boone knows the domestic and international physical and financial energy markets. Our experience spans decades of active participation in the energy industry with a depth of practice that includes upstream, midstream and downstream oil and gas; natural gas transportation, liquification, and regasification; electric power generation, transmission, marketing, transactions in compliance with state commission, FERC, ISO and RTOs requirements, wholesale and retail power sales, hedging and tolling agreements.

Our Energy Practice Group is comprised of more than 75 attorneys, professional landmen and senior energy market analysts with diverse backgrounds, experiences and skill sets specific to the energy industry. Our energy lawyers have domestic and multinational experience, having worked for major companies involved in the energy industry serving as in-house and general counsel, petroleum engineers, geophysicists and energy bankers, giving us outstanding insight into our clients' needs, issues and concerns, and allowing us to provide efficient and creative legal solutions. In addition to legal professionals, Haynes and Boone has an assembled team of professional landmen that assist, and in many circumstances coordinate and execute, the particular title due diligence required for many acquisitions and financings for our clients in oil and gas transactions.

We are very active in deals relating to both traditional energy sources and alternative or renewable energy resources. As a firm with a significant Texas base, we regularly represent a wide variety of industry clients in the energy sector from Fortune 100 companies to individuals.

Capital is a major resource for our energy clients and we are called upon to work on all aspects of our clients’ capital needs. We represent many of the major commercial energy lenders, private debt and capital providers and work closely with investment bankers accessing capital in the public markets for our energy clients. Our deep knowledge of the energy industry makes Haynes and Boone a go-to firm for both companies and capital providers in secured reserve based financings, private equity investments, joint ventures and public offerings. Given our decades of experience we have seen all aspects of the business cycles of the industry and have worked on a number of high profile debt restructures and insolvencies on both the debtor and creditor sides.

We are experienced in advising clients in a variety of domestic and international corporate and strategic transactions, regulatory and compliance matters, and litigation and arbitration specific to energy. Our international energy experience includes representing domestic and foreign national oil companies and power companies such as Petróleos Mexicanos (PEMEX), Petrobras, Ecopetrol, the Honduran National Energy Company (ENEE) and Petroecuador. We also practice before domestic and international bodies regulating the energy sector, including:

United States

  • Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC)
  • North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC)
  • Texas Reliability Entity (TRE)
  • Public Utility Commission of Texas (PUCT)
  • Texas Railroad Commission (TRC)
  • Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and State Departments of Environmental Quality
  • Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT)
  • Southwest Power Pool (SPP)
  • Bureau of Land Management
  • Indian Tribal Forums
  • Maryland Public Service Commission (MPSC) and other state regulatory public service commissions
  • Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement (BOEMRE)


  • Comisión Federal de Electricidad (CFE-Mexico)
  • Comisión Reguladora de Energía (CRE-Mexico)
  • Comisión Nacional de Energia (Honduras)