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Vinson & Elkins LLP

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Mark Spradling

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Vinson & Elkins LLP

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Project Development and Finance


Mark's international business practice emphasizes project development and finance. He has had extensive experience in a broad array of commercial transactions, including joint ventures, acquisitions, sales, construction, development, management, leasing, and project, structured, and commercial finance; loan restructurings; and workouts. His clients include project developers, energy companies, utilities, commercial and investment banks, insurance companies, and individuals.


  • Member: Law Firm Advisory Board, American Bar Association Working Group on Legal Opinions
  • Board of Directors: Houston Grand Opera, General Counsel (2004 - present); Vice Chair of Audit Committee (2011 - present)
  • Board of Directors: Wortham Center Operating Company (2009 - present)
  • Member: Subcommittee on Adaptation of the ABA Business Law Section Legal Opinion Accord, Real Property, Probate, and Trust Section, American Bar Association (1992 - 1993)
  • Vice-Chair: Opinion Letter Project for Adapting the Silverado Accord, State Bar of Texas (1993 - 1995)
  • International Association for Learning Disabilities: 1988 - 2009 (Chair: 1991 - 2004)


Mark graduated from Dartmouth College, A.B. in 1977, and Stanford Law School, J.D. in 1980 (Fraternities: Phi Beta Kappa and Order of the Coif). Admitted to Texas Bar in 1980.

United States: Finance

Project finance

Within: Project finance

Vinson & Elkins LLP is highly regarded for its expertise in handling finance mandates relating to energy and infrastructure projects. Kaam Sahely, who jointly heads the energy, transactions and projects department with John Connally, is advising Woodside Petroleum on its potential participation, as co-sponsor with Sempra, in the $10bn Port Arthur LNG project; he is also advising Gulf Coast Ammonia on the $800m development and project financing of a hydrogen-based ammonia production facility in Texas. Maritza Okata and Karen Smith in New York advised Tyr Energy, alongside Trina Chandler and Washington DC-based Katy Gottsponer, on the financing and development of the Hickory Run Energy Center, a natural gas-fired combined cycle power plant in Lawrence County, Pennsylvania. Smith also advised Babson Capital Management on the $34.5m purchase of secured promissory notes issued by nine subsidiaries of Cypress Creek Renewables for the permanent financing of each issuer's utility-scale tilt solar array project in North Carolina. Mark Spradling, Mark Brasher and Keith Fullenweider are also recommended, as are New York-based David Wicklund and John Grand in Dallas. Senior associate Simone King in New York is also a key figure, as is Eamon Nolan who joined in 2019 from Linklaters LLP. Named individuals are based in Houston unless stated otherwise. Former department co-head James Cuclis joined White & Case LLP in 2018.

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