Mark Brasher > Vinson & Elkins LLP > Houston, United States > Lawyer Profile

Vinson & Elkins LLP
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HOUSTON, TX 77002-6760
United States

Work Department

Energy Transactions & Projects




As a member of Vinson & Elkins’ worldwide Energy Transactions and Projects practice group, Mark engages in a domestic and international business transactions and projects practice that is focused on energy and infrastructure. He has represented domestic and international participants in the energy business, including offshore and onshore oil and gas producers, a range of participants in the LNG industry, alternative energy companies, banks, and private equity funds in a wide variety of transactions. Mark also has experience advising developers of major infrastructure projects, including in the transportation and water sectors.

A large part of Mark’s practice involves advising clients in connection with project development, joint venture formation, and construction arrangements, in connection with major capital projects.

Lawyer Rankings

Latin America: International firms > Projects and energy

Vinson & Elkins LLP‘s outstanding energy credentials are increasingly evident in Latin America, thanks in part to its growing team of senior practitioners that are focused on the region. Midstream and upstream oil and gas are real fortes of the core Latin America group, which also impresses in power and renewables. Infrastructure is a growing feature of the practice too. The firm is increasingly active in solar, wind and hydro projects in Mexico and beyond. It is also involved in a large number of midstream oil and gas projects involving Mexico. Ports and roads are a growing area of focus, including the 4G toll road segment in Colombia. San Francisco’s Boyd Carano is noted for upstream, midstream, power and renewables transactions and projects, particularly in Mexico. New York partner Eamon Nolan is also a key name for Mexico power and renewables projects, while also building a presence in infrastructure projects elsewhere. Houston’s Alan Alexander was elected to partner in January 2020 and has a similar background in upstream and midstream oil and gas projects in Mexico; while Houston partner Mark Brasher is active across, energy and infrastructure projects and associated financing and transactions.

United States > Finance > Project finance

Vinson & Elkins LLP is best known for its market-leading expertise in the oil and gas sector, particularly through its strong Houston office where practice heads John Connally and Kaam Sahely are both based. LNG-related projects remain high on the agenda, although the team has an extremely strong reputation for sponsor-side advice in the power sector having advised on several significant conventional and renewables projects. Transport infrastructure is another area of expertise, particularly in Texas, where partners such as Mark Brasher have strong experience. Other key individuals in Houston include Keith Fullenweider, while in New York, partners such as Karen Smith, David Wicklund, and Eamon Nolan (who also has strong Latin America experience) are all very active in the market.

United States > Real estate > Construction (including construction litigation)

Vinson & Elkins LLP ’s international construction group is overseen by Nick Henchie from the firm’s London office. However, Ferguson McNiel – known for his broad litigation handling – and Kaam Sahely – an infrastructure and finance specialist – lead a ‘highly-skilled and seriously client-focused‘ US department in Houston. One of the team’s main strengths lies in its ‘ability to find viable legal solutions to complex commercial and technical topics‘, during public and energy sector work. To this end, Sahely is assisting Gulf Coast Ammonia with their $800m hydrogen-based ammonia production facility in Texas, with backing from ‘very good lawyer, but even better shepherd of projectsAlan Alexander and senior associate Stephanie Coco. Mark Brasher and Dallas-based Mark Early are representing Texas Central Partners in the development and construction of a $20 billion high-speed rail line between the DFW Metroplex and Houston, featuring an Italian contractor and Japanese technology consortium, alongside the intended domestic operator.