Mr Mark Thurber > Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP > Houston, United States > Lawyer Profile

Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP
600 TRAVIS, SUITE 4200
HOUSTON, TX 77002
United States

Work Department

Finance, Corporate/Securities, Latin America

Position

Partner

Career

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.

Languages

English, Japanese

Memberships

State Bar of Texas

Education

  • JD, 1989, Columbia Law School, Columbia Business Law Review, Articles Editor
  • MBA, 1981, Brigham Young University
  • BS, 1980, with high honors, Brigham Young University

Lawyer Rankings

United States > Industry focus > Energy: transactions: conventional power

Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP acts for commercial banks, institutional lenders and development finance institutions, export credit agencies and project developers. The practice is headed by Jeffrey Schroeder, who is based in Washington DC and focuses on project finance and energy-asset transactions. Also recommended are Washington DC-based Larry Skinner and Houston-based Mark Thurber, who advised EmberClear Corporation on the $1.8bn development of the Harrison Power Plant, a 1,050MW natural gas-fired combined-cycle electric generating facility in Ohio. Other key figures in Washington DC include renewable energy and clean power practice co-chair Eric Pogue, and John Tormey, who focuses on energy project development. Myles Reynolds and Tab Urbantke joined the Dallas office from Vinson & Elkins LLP.

Latin America: International firms > Projects and energy

Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP has a diverse practice covering energy, infrastructure, and oil and gas. With its practice group spread across its Washington DC, Houston and Miami offices, the firm has been able to target multiple industries and jurisdictions. It also has a niche in telecoms and cable infrastructure, along with particular experience in PPP projects for Spanish sponsors. Clients include IDB, IFC, Corporación Interamericana para el Financiamiento de Infraestructura (CIFI), World Bank and Energía del Caribe.  The practice advised IDB and IDB Invest on a loan from FDN to support their financing of infrastructure projects in Colombia spanning transportation (including its 4G roads programme), energy, logistics and production, and social infrastructure. It also advised Energía del Caribe on the development of a natural gas power plant in Mexico that will serve Guatemala. The team is ‘deeply involved in transactions‘, has ‘a practical aproach to resolving legal and commercial issues‘, and its ‘combination of knowledge, availability and negotiations skills make for a unique practice‘. In sum, it is ‘well-known, reputable and reliable‘ with ‘a group of professionals that have a wide range of skills‘. Washington DC partner Vera Rechsteiner has an outstanding record in renewable energy projects in Latin America, particularly for commercial lenders and MLAs. Houston’s Doris Rodríguez is recognised for oil-and-gas investments and projects, while Miami partner Fernando Margarit  is a leader in telecoms and cable infrastructure. Miami’s Fernando Alonso and Houston partner Mark Thurber are also recommended.