Thomas J. Perich
Tom is the Chairman of the firm. Tom centers his practice in the areas of banking and finance. The matters on which he has counseled clients include:
- Documentation of domestic and international commercial, construction, real estate development and energy (focusing on upstream/E&P) loans
- Acquisition financing including loans to finance the acquisition of public and private energy companies and assets
- Leasing and project finance
- Monetization and structured finance, including off-balance-sheet financing, production payments, prepaid forward contracts and credit insurance
- Bank regulatory issues
- Workouts and restructurings, with extensive experience in creditors' rights and bankruptcy
- Lender liability and usury
Tom has also represented banks and bank holding companies before state and federal regulatory and administrative agencies, and in the acquisition and disposition of banks and bank assets.
- Counsel to Bank of America in $400 million loan to Seventy Seven Operating, LLC following its spin-off from Chesapeake Energy
- Counsel to Core Laboratories in a $150 million Senior Notes Private Placement
- Counsel to Energy Alloys in a $70 million term and revolver financing provided by GE Capital Corporation
- Counsel to Capital One Bank, N.A. on the $110 million E&P loan to Black Elk Energy Offshore Resources
- Counsel to Credit Suisse on loans designed to monetize various structured finance products owned by various Cayman and Luxembourg entities
- Counsel to The Royal Bank of Scotland plc in a $1 billion financing to Fayetteville Express Pipeline LLC, a joint venture of Energy Transfer Partners L.P. and Kinder Morgan Energy Partners, L.P.
- Counsel to ATP Oil and Gas Corporation and ATP Titan LLC on a $350 million project financing of the offshore production platform Titan
- Counsel to BMO Capital Markets and Bank of Montreal in E&P loan to Magnum Hunter Resources
- Counsel to consortium of six international banks in the restructuring of a series of credit enhancement facilities related to bonds issued by the Harris County Health Facilities Development Corporation to finance construction of health care facilities for the Baylor College of Medicine.
- Borrower/Developer Team Leader on portfolio project finance project named "International Deal of the Year" by Project Finance Magazine that included client ANP Funding I and its parent, American National Power, Inc., in the $1,375,900,000 financing of five gas-fired power plants located in the states of Texas and Massachusetts. The affiliates included International Power plc. The bank group was led by five lead arrangers, ABN AMRO Bank, N.V., Citibank, N.A., Deutsche Bank AG New York Branch, ING (U.S.) Capital LLC and Societe Generale, New York Branch and included approximately a dozen other banks, funds and financial institutions.
- Counsel to Quantum Utility Generation in the purchase and financing of the 760 MW gas fired power plant in Ackerman, Mississippi.
- Counsel to Sinopec in its purchase of Argentine offshore oil concession from Occidental.
- Counsel to JPMorgan Chase on a series of syndicated floor plan and acquisition loans to various nationwide automobile franchise companies totaling over $2 billion, as administrative agent.
- Counsel to The Royal Bank of Scotland plc on a series of Drilling/Funding Agreements with Anadarko Petroleum Corporation.
- Counsel to The Bank of China on a combined $235 million revolver and term acquisition loan to ION Geophysical Corporation.
- Counsel to HSBC on various energy and commercial financings to Houston-based companies.
- Counsel to GFI Oil & Gas, Inc. in financing development of concessions in Thailand and Indonesia with major foreign banks
- Counsel to Scorpion Drilling in multiple level financing of construction of offshore drilling rigs with Nordea Bank and Morgan Stanley
- Counsel to JPMorgan Chase in a $110,000,000 equivalent multi-currency facility to Dynamic Materials Corp.
- Counsel to Capital One Bank, as Agent, and to Mutual of Omaha Bank, on a series of revolving credit and term loans to Petroleum Wholesale, Inc. totaling $53,000,000
- Counsel to ArcLight Capital Partners in formation of joint venture with Quest Energy and acquisition and financing of oil and gas properties from Devon.
- Counsel to ERG Resources on $100,000,000 Senior Secured Financing from Citibank, N.A., and $15,000,000 second Lien Loan from CIT Capital USA Inc.
- Counsel to Cheniere Marketing, Inc. on $100,000,000 trade receivables financing from BNP Paribas.
- Advisor for many years to Houston affiliates of numerous financial institutions, including JP Morgan Chase, Wells Fargo, NA, The Royal Bank of Scotland plc, HSBC, Citibank, and others, in loan and related financial accommodations given to independent E&P companies and oilfield service companies.
- Counsel for Sinopec, CNOOC, Sinochem and other Chinese oil and gas companies in international M&A activities.
- Tom has worked on financings, energy development and M&A activities all over the world, including projects in Thailand, Indonesia, India, Nigeria, Angola, Egypt, Gabon, Argentina, Luxembourg, Netherlands, UK, Norway, the UAE, Saudi Arabia, Bermuda and numerous Caribbean countries.
- The Economic Observer, Texas Report (pdf) (October 2011)
- “Streamlining Compliance: Balancing Acts” (pdf) Counsel to Counsel Magazine, supplement to Corporate Legal Times (July 1, 2004)
- "Rejection of Power Purchase Agreements in Bankruptcy" (September 1, 2003)
- "U.S. Power Contracts - Who's the Boss?" FERC vs. the U.S. Bankruptcy Code Project Finance 2003 - Power Report Supplement (September 2003)
- "State of the Art: An Analysis of Portfolio Power Project Financing," Project Finance Magazine - Power Report Supplement (September 1, 2001)
- "A Topic of Interest: An Analysis of the Status of the Usury Law of Texas" 19 South Texas Law Journal, 525 (December 1978)
- Case Note - "Texas Law Review Income Tax - Section 102, Jensen v. United States" 511 F.2d 265 5th Cir., 53 Texas Law Review 1528 (1975)
- "Banking Law Overview," presentation as part of the Houston Bar Association's—Continuing Legal Education Series (November 15, 2002)
- "Lender Liability Update," presentation to Andrews & Kurth Continuing Legal Education Seminar Program (July 14, 1993)
- "Lawyers Liability Under FIRREA," paper and presentation to the Mortgage Lending Institute, Austin and Dallas, Texas (September 1990)
- "Distressed Real Estate from the Creditors' Perspective," paper and presentation to the Distressed Real Estate Seminar, sponsored by Loran Education Services, Houston, Texas (August 9, 1990)
- "Claims Against Failed Financial Institutions," paper and presentation at Seminar on Acquisitions and Litigation Involving Financial Institutions, South Texas College of Law, Houston, Texas (December 8, 1989)
- "Legal Issues in Problem Loan Workouts," presentation to Texas Bankers Association, Austin, Texas (February 1988) and Houston (February 1989)
- "Avoiding Lender Liability Claims," series of presentations to Texas Commerce Bank officers (Winter 1988)
- "RICO and Lender Liability," paper and presentation to Executive Enterprises, Inc.; seminar on "Current Issues in Lender Liability," Houston, Texas (November 10, 1987)
- "Receivership Subsidiary Issues," presentation to FSLIC Counsel Seminar, Los Angeles, California (July 1987)
- "Mortgage Foreclosures: Pre-Foreclosure Items: Lien Check and Title Examination," paper and presentation before Foreclosure Seminar of the Houston Young Lawyers Association, Houston, Texas (January 21, 1986)
- "Usury" (with Alfred H. Ebert), paper and presentations to the Advanced Civil Trial Lawyers Seminar of State Bar of Texas, Houston, Texas (April 1978 and April 1979)
- Profiled as one of the leading Banking & Finance (2004-2014) lawyers in Texas, Chambers & Partners USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business
- The Best Lawyers in America, Banking Law; Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights/Insolvency and Reorganization Law (2006-2015)
- Texas Super Lawyer in Banking, Texas Monthly (2004-2010)
- Profiled as one of the leading Real Estate and Construction lawyers in Texas, The US Legal 500 (2009)
- Marquis Who's Who in American Law
- Continental Who's Who Registry
- Banking/Financial Services
- Credit Financing
- Energy Services
- Health Care
- Natural Gas
- Oil and Gas
- Real Estate
- Solar Energy
- Wind Energy
- Banking/Financial Services
- Bankruptcy and Financial Restructuring
- Central Asia/China
- Debt Financing
- Economic Recovery and Government Opportunities
- Latin America/Caribbean
- Mergers and Acquisitions
- Middle East
- Project Finance
- Real Estate
- Structured Finance and Securitization
- JD, 1975, with honors, The University of Texas School of Law, Texas Law Review, Order of the Coif
- MA, 1971, with honors, Economics, The University of Texas
- BSFS, 1967, Georgetown University - School of Foreign Service
- Texas 1976
- US District Court for the Southern District of Texas
- US District Court for the Northern District of Texas
- Houston Bar Association
- Houston Commercial Lawyers Forum
- State Bar of Texas
- Texas Association of Bank Counsel
- Various civic and charitable organizations
Successfully completed all segments of the initial real estate certification exam of the State Bar of Texas
Served as vice consul/commercial attache in the Foreign Service, U.S. Department of State, American Consulate General, Munich, Germany (1972-1975)
- 8/18/201459 Andrews Kurth Lawyers Named Best Lawyers in America 2015
- 5/23/2014Andrews Kurth Receives High Marks from 2014 Chambers & Partners USA Guide
- 8/15/201361 Andrews Kurth Lawyers Named Best Lawyers in America 2014
- 5/24/2013Andrews Kurth Receives High Marks from 2013 Chambers & Partners USA Guide
- 8/23/201262 Andrews Kurth Lawyers Named Best Lawyers in America 2013