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Thomas M. Tomlinson
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Tom Tomlinson works with clients in energy transactions, including the formation of joint ventures, mergers and acquisitions, and project finance and development.  Tom regularly counsels and assists energy-sector investors, sponsors, and lenders regarding the development, financing, acquisition, and divestiture of  power generation facilities, upstream and midstream oil and gas projects, refineries and petrochemical facilities, pipelines, gathering and storage facilities, wind and solar facilities, and other energy projects. Tom documents and negotiates single and multi-project structured finance transactions, the formation of joint ventures and partnerships for financial investment vehicles and other business combinations, and leveraged lease and sale/leaseback transactions.

Tom also regularly advises projects, project sponsors and contract counterparties in the negotiation of major commercial agreements for energy projects, including tolling agreements, fuel supply arrangements, and offtake agreements. He advises projects, sponsors, lenders, and energy trading and marketing organizations regarding the negotiation and preparation of all hedging and trading instruments, including negotiation of intercreditor arrangements.

Representative Matters

Represented Global Infrastructure Partners and its affiliates funds regarding the $2.675 billion acquisition of a 50% interest in a strategic joint venture with Hess Corporation that owns Hess’s former midstream crude oil and natural gas infrastructure assets in the Bakken Shale.

Represented El Paso Corporation and Ruby Pipeline LLC regarding the $1.58 billion construction and term financing of the 675-mile Ruby Pipeline in the northwest United States. The financing was named Project Finance International's 2010 "Oil and Gas Deal of the Year in the Americas" and Project Finance’s "North American Oil and Gas Deal of the Year”.

Represented La Paloma Generating Company, LLC and its owners in the $412 million first-lien and second-lien term and working capital project finance facilities regarding its 1,022 MW combined-cycle electric generation facility.

Representation of Plum Point Energy Associates LLC in the restructuring of the $819MM secured construction and term financing for its 665 MW coal-fired power generation facility located in Osceola, Arkansas.

Represented Freeport Power Limited in the $196 million first-lien financing of an approximately 440 megawatt rated gas-fired combined cycle power plant located on-site at Dow Chemical’s Oyster Creek chemical complex in Freeport, Texas.

Represented project company and sponsors in the development and financing of an on-purpose propane to propylene plant on the Houston Ship Channel.

Represented Elba Express Company LLC, a natural gas pipeline transporting regassified LNG, and its sponsor regarding the construction and term financing of a lateral connection to the Transco pipeline system.

Represented lenders regarding the project financing of a gas storage project development.

Represented lenders and tax equity participants regarding the construction financing of a 180 MW wind project in Texas.

Represented a major regional utility in the formation of a joint venture combining a large interstate pipeline system with gas and power trading and marketing operations.

Representation of a Fortune 500 company in the construction and lease financing of a series of power generation facilities.

Represented an independent power producer in the development and financing of several merchant power generation facilities. The project received the Deal of the Year award from Project Finance magazine for its innovative financing.

Represented various companies, including an oil major, in the negotiation of agreements for the construction, operation, and financing of oil extraction and storage vessels.

Publications and Speeches

“Programmes for African and the Middle East,” Energy World, September 2015.


J.D., cum laude, The University of Texas School of Law, 1995
B.A., with honors, Williams College, 1992

Bar Admissions



State Bar of Texas
Private Equity CFO Association, Advisory Board Member


Legalease, The Legal 500 United States, Project Finance, 2010-2016
Editorial Board, Texas Law Review