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Lucy Stark

Partner

555 17th Street, Suite 3200, Denver, CO 80202

When companies need clear and pragmatic legal counsel on finance transactions, corporate governance, or business combinations, they turn to Lucy Stark.

She has been advising both public and private companies on a wide variety of corporate transactions, including private equity investments, debt and equity finance, and acquisitions, for more than 18 years.

A significant focus of Lucy’s practice is strategically advising extractive resource industry participants in connection with equity and debt financing, and SEC compliance. With her background in securities and capital markets law and experience with these industries, Lucy is one of a few lawyers in Colorado who comprehensively understands the intricacies of SEC regulations and specific extractive resource industry reporting and disclosure rules.

Lucy’s clients operate in a variety of industries, such as oil and gas, mining, natural products (LOHAS), medical device manufacturing, technology, mutual funds, microchip manufacturing, telecommunications, and retail.

Prior to joining Holland & Hart, Lucy practiced at Gibson Dunn & Crutcher, LLP.

Experience

Master Limited Partnerships  
  • Initial public offerings by MLPs and their general partners
  • Secondary offerings of equity and debt securities
  • At-the-market (ATM) offerings
  • SEC disclosure and accounting issues
  • Conflicts Committees
  • Partnership governance and fiduciary duty issues
  • Structuring and tax issues arising from MLP formation, business combinations, dropdowns, joint ventures, and restructurings
  • Accounting issues common to MLPs
Mergers and Acquisitions
  • Strategic Acquisitions and Dispositions
  • Private Equity Transactions
  • Auction Processes
  • Financing and Restructuring
  • Joint Venture Arrangements
Securities and Capital Markets
  • Debt and Equity Financing
  • Financial Reporting and Disclosures
  • Initial Public Offerings and Secondary Offerings
  • Follow-on Offerings
  • Master Limited Partnerships
  • NYSE and NASDAQ Listing Advice
  • PIPE transactions
  • Proxy Contests
  • Private Placements
  • Securities Law Compliance and Governance

Client Results

Representative Corporate Finance Transactions
  • Represented SM Energy in connection with its sale of $500 million in new Senior Notes, and related tender offer for and redemption of $350 million in outstanding Senior Notes.

  • Representation of SM Energy in connection with its issuance of $552 million in common equity and simultaneous offering of $172.5 million in convertible notes.

  • Represented American Midstream Partners, LP in a public offering of 7,651,937 common units.

  • Represented American Midstream Partners, LP in connection with its PIPE offering of $120 million in common units.

  • Represented DCP Midstream Partners, LP in its initial public debt offering of $250 million of 3.25% Senior Notes and in follow-on offerings of over $2.3 billion.

  • Represented DCP Midstream Partners in connection with its $500 million at-the-market offering program.

  • Advised DCP Midstream Partners, LP in connection with its $702,937,500 underwritten public equity offering.

  • Represented midstream oil and gas company in connection with multiple issuances of 144A debt in excess of $1.8 billion.

  • Initial public offering of $325 million of Common Units representing limited partner interests in Williams Pipeline Partners L.P.

  • Represented Natural Grocers by Vitamin Cottage in connection with its initial public offering.

  • Issuance of $500 million in Credit Linked Notes (synthetic credit facility).

Representative Acquisition Transactions
  • Represented WPX Energy, Inc. in connection with the sale of its Piceance Basin subsidiary for proceeds of $919 million.

  • Represented Associated Content, Inc. in connection with its sale to Yahoo! Inc.

  • Represented The Williams Companies, Inc. in connection with its $949 million purchase of an entity with operations in the Bakken play in North Dakota.

  • Represented SM Energy in connection with its $330 million acquisition of oil and gas development assets in the Bakken and Three Forks shale play.

  • Advised acquirer in connection with its $1.2 billion public tender offer for all the outstanding securities of a medical device manufacturer.

  • Advised acquirer in connection with its $1.7 billion public tender offer for all the outstanding securities of a software company.

  • Represented American Midstream Partners, LP in connection with its purchase of Blackwater Midstream Holdings, LLC and its subsidiaries from an affiliate of its sponsor for $60 million.

  • Represented Stillwater Mining Company in connection with its $2.2 billion acquisition by Sibanye Gold Limited.

  • Represented WPX Energy Inc. in connection with the creation of its $860 million Permian midstream joint venture with Howard Energy Partners.

News

Publications

Speaking Engagements

Education

Bar Admissions

Recognition

  • BTI Client Service All-Star for exceptional client service, 2016
  • Top Women in Energy, Denver Business Journal, 2015
  • The Best Lawyers in America© Corporate Law, 2015-2019; Securities/Capital Markets Law, 2016-2019; Venture Capital Law, Leveraged Buyouts and Private Equity Law, 2018-2019; Mergers and Acquisitions Law, 2019
  • Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business, Corporate/M&A, 2009-2018
  • Colorado Super Lawyers® Rising Stars, Securities & Corporate Finance, 2011
  • Colorado Super Lawyers®, Securities & Corporate Finance, 2012-2018
  • Barrister's Best 2011, Top M&A Lawyer, Law Week Colorado, 2011
  • 5280 Magazine Top Lawyers, Securities, 2018

Professional and Civic Affiliations

  • Boulder Chamber of Commerce Esprit Awards Committee, 2007–2012, Chair, 2011
  • Colorado Bar Association, Member
  • Denver Bar Association, Member
  • Naturally Boulder, Member
  • University of Colorado Law Alumni Board, Member, Chair, 2016-2017
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