Buddy Clark


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Education and Clerkships

J.D., University of Texas at Austin School of Law, 1982

B.A., University of Texas at Austin, 1978

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Buddy Clark is head of the Energy Practice Group focusing his practice in oil and gas finance, representing banks, private capital providers and producers in secured and unsecured credit transactions and equity investments; transactional energy law, including oil and gas exploration, production and development, and midstream acquisitions, joint developments and partnerships; and energy related litigation and bankruptcies.

Selected Client Representations

  • Energy lenders in senior and mezzanine syndicated, club and sole bank facilities ($10 million to $3 billion) in connection with secured reserve based oil and gas production loans, including preparation and negotiation of credit facilities, mortgages and related loan documents
  • Representation of capital providers and management teams for exploration and production companies
  • General legal advice to oil and gas companies on various transactional matters including multi-state producing property acquisitions, reserved based and production payment financings, dispute resolution and operating matters
  • Acquisition of producing properties in Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Montana, North Dakota, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Alabama, Kansas, Pennsylvania, W. Virginia and Gulf of Mexico
  • Workouts and debt restructurings on behalf of energy lenders and borrowers in multi-state secured oil and gas production loans and bankruptcy related oil and gas producing property acquisitions
  • Formerly special counsel to the Executive Director for U.S. Emergency Oil & Gas Loan Guaranty Board

Selected Publications and Presentations

  • IPAA Private Capital Conference, moderator, on January 29, 2015
  • “A Dozen Ways to Stretch Your Borrowing Base,” guest article, State Bar of Texas Corporate Counsel Section, Winter 2015
  • “New Paradigm in E&P Finance," guest article, Oil & Gas Monitor, March 10, 2014

Energy, Power and Natural Resources

Oil and Gas

Haynes and Boone Advises Alta Mesa Holdings on Agreement to Develop Wells in Oklahoma

A team of Haynes and Boone, LLP lawyers from Houston and Dallas advised Alta Mesa Holdings, LP in its recently announced joint development agreement with Bayou City Energy to jointly drill and develop wells in the STACK play in central Oklahoma.


Professional and Community Activities

  • State Bar of Texas (Member, Natural Resources and Banking Law Sections)
  • Houston Energy Finance Group (Board of Directors)
  • Fellow Houston and Texas Bar Foundations
  • Independent Producers Association of America, Capital Markets Committee


Super Lawyers

Haynes and Boone Lawyers Recognized in 2015 Texas Super Lawyers

Texas Super Lawyers has again recognized Haynes and Boone, LLP in its annual award listing, featuring 65 lawyers with seven highlighted in the Tops of Texas rankings.

Published by Thomson Reuters in September 2015

Professional Recognition

  • Selected for inclusion in Houston Business Journal's list of Who's Who in Energy, American City Business Journals, 2015
  • Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America, Woodward/White, Inc., in Project Finance Law, 2008-2016; Natural Resources Law, 2006-2016; Energy Law, 2012-2016; and Oil & Gas Law, 2016
  • Recognized in Euromoney's Guide to the World's Leading Energy and Natural Resources Lawyers, Euromoney Institutional Investor PLC, 2015
  • Selected for inclusion in Texas Super Lawyers, Thomson Reuters, in Energy & Natural Resources, 2009-2015; Banking, Securities & Corporate Finance, 2013-2015
  • Recognized by Martindale Hubbell® Law Directory with a Peer Review Rating of AV® Preeminent


Best Lawyers

Haynes and Boone Maintains Strong Presence in The Best Lawyers in America 2016

The Best Lawyers in America 2016, an annual referral guide listing outstanding lawyers throughout the U.S., has recognized 114 Haynes and Boone, LLP lawyers across more than 60 practice areas.

Published by Woodward/White, Inc. in August 2015

Navigating Current Oil and Gas Markets

This series of energy industry alerts provides both oil and gas producers and bankers with timely information about distressed commodity prices and legal options to consider regarding credit agreements, restructuring debt, and potential defaults.

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