Hoang Quan Vu

Partner

Overview

Hoang Quan Vu is a partner and Business Law attorney with Foley & Lardner LLP. He is based in the Houston office where he is a member of the Finance, Transactions, Oil & Gas, Power & Utilities, and Renewables Practice Groups. He is also a member of the firm’s Environmental, Social, and Corporate Governance (ESG) Team. An experienced financial lawyer, Hoang “Quan” Vu has represented lenders, borrowers, issuers, sponsors, purchasers, and public and private companies in corporate and finance transactions totaling over $20 billion, with a focus on syndicated or project finance transactions in the oil, gas, and energy (including alternative energy) sectors. Quan handles complex corporate and finance transactions throughout North America and abroad, including:

  • Syndicated and secured Lending
  • Oil, gas, and energy lending
  • Project finance
  • Asset-based lending
  • First/second lien financing
  • Acquisition finance
  • Real estate lending
  • Structured finance
  • Reorganizations, workouts, bankruptcy collateral analysis, and sales
  • Leasing transactions
  • Uniform Commercial Code, opinion, and collateral transactions
  • Mergers and acquisitions

His practice also includes intellectual property, distributorships, and litigation, particularly with an emphasis on Asian-owned businesses seeking investment opportunities in North America. Quan anticipates having a greater role in serving businesses looking to invest in Asian markets. Because of stricter standards and permitting requirements from the EPA, he also expects an uptick in helping obtain financing for clean energy projects, including natural gas plants, and alternative sources of energy.

Clients appreciate Quan’s extremely responsive, creative, and practical approach, where he identifies risks and provides workable ways to move deals forward. He understands that clients have one primary question when working with lawyers – “Can you help me close this deal with the least amount of risk?” – and he works constantly to fulfill that mission for clients.

Quan has represented banks (typically as lead agent) and borrowers in all types of syndicated loan and club transactions. He is knowledgeable on the market for sophisticated loan transactions and in some cases, developed the loan forms for the banks directly. Quan has experience in traditional upstream (i.e., borrowing base E&P deals), midstream, and downstream financings. He has worked on power transactions (including gas, wind, and solar), oilfield service, and alternative energy financings in addition to non-energy transactions large and small.

Speaking Engagements

Professional Affiliations

  • Member, State Bar of Texas
  • Former Chair, Board of Directors, Asian American Bar Association of Houston (2007-2010)
  • Former President (2005) (helped establish first Community Outreach Program for the AABA and the pilot AABA Mentorship Program)
  • Former Chair and Founding Member, Asian American Bar Foundation, Inc. (2007-present) (help disburse over $15,000 annually to help numerous non-profit organizations, law student organizations, and law students)
  • Board of Governors, National Conference of Vietnamese American Attorneys
  • Member, National Conference Committee, National Conference of Vietnamese American Attorneys (2012, 2015)
  • Member, National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (2003-present)
  • Member, Board of Trustees, American Leadership Forum (Houston/Gulf Coast Chapter) (2016-present) 
  • Chair, Selection Committee - Executive Committee of the Board

Community Involvement

  • Former President, Harvard University Club of Houston (2007-2012)
    • Member, Board of Directors (2004-present)
    • Former Co-Chair, Harvard's 375th Anniversary Fete (raise proceeds for various charitable causes) (May 2012)
    • Former Vice President, Programs (2004-2007)
    • Former Co-Chair, inaugural Crimson Award Gala: Building Bridges (raised approximately $120,000 in funds to help send Houston-area principals, teachers, and leaders of non-profit organizations to Harvard University for educational, leadership, and management training and to provide for education-related scholarships and stipends) (2005)
  • Senior Fellow, American Leadership Forum, Class XXXIV (2014-2015)
  • Graduate, Center for Houston’s Future Leadership Class (Fall 2008)
  • Director, Texas Dragon Boat Association (2011-present)
  • Director, Houston Area Women's Shelter (2015-present)
  • Founding Member, H2H Initiative (2015-present)
  • Member, Mayor's International Affairs and Development Council, Asia-Australia (2001-2007)
  • Former Speaker and Panelist, Annual Diversity & Leadership Conference, Texas Diversity Council, and various diversity and leadership events
  • Competitive Ballroom Dancer, USA DanceSport
    • Former National Finalist in Amateur Championship American Style Ballroom (2003)
    • Former Texas Amateur International Standard Champion

Honors & Awards

  • Selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© in the field of Banking and Finance Law (2016-2018)
  • Recognized, Houstonia's Top Lawyers, Houstonia Magazine, A SagaCity Media Publication (2016)
  • Recognized, Extraordinary Minorities in Texas Law, Texas Lawyer (2015)
  • Recognized, Texas Rising Star by Super Lawyers, a Thomson Reuters business, as published in Texas Super Lawyers Magazine 
    • Banking (2004-2009)
  • Recognized, Best Lawyers Under 40, National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (2004)
  • Recognized, Lawyer on the Fast Track, H-Texas Magazine (2004)
  • Recipient, Texas Legal Diversity Award, Texas Diversity Council (2008)
  • Honoree and Keynote Speaker, Youth Leadership Council Banquet (2010)

Education

  • Harvard Law School (J.D., 1995)
  • Harvard College (A.B., magna cum laude, 1992)
    • Honors Economics
    • Recipient, John Harvard Scholarship

Admissions

  • Texas (1996)

Languages Spoken

  • Vietnamese

Select Representative Transactions

  • Represented GMAC LLC in a $3.5 billion revolving and term loan facility made to Residential Funding Company, LLC and GMAC Mortgage, LLC in connection with a public exchange offer of existing notes by Residential Capital, LLC
  • Representing developer in obtaining project financing for the construction of three natural gas-fired combined-cycle electric generation facilities (total project cost of over $1 billion) in East Texas
  • Represented agent bank for a $1.3 billion revolving and term loan facility for public oil and gas company in connection with the acquisition of offshore oil and gas assets in the Gulf of Mexico
  • Represented ConocoPhillips Company in connection with refinancing and ongoing development of a $1+ billion LNG facility project in Texas
  • Represented underwriters and agent bank in connection with a U.S. $600M bond and loan project finance and parallel Cd$600M bond and loan project finance of a U.S.-Canadian pipeline co-sponsored by 4 major energy companies
  • Representing developer in obtaining project financing for the construction of two natural gas-fired combined-cycle electric generation facilities (total project cost of over $800 million) in West Texas
  • Represented numerous clients in negotiating and/or reviewing a variety of swap and hedging transactions using ISDA- and NAESB- based documentation, covering financial (including virtual PPAs relating to heat rate swaps for natural gas-fired power plants and for wind facilities) and physical transactions for oil, gas and power with counterparties such as Citi, EDF, Capital One, RBS, BB&T, TCB, BOK, BBVA Compass, Regions, Macquarie, HNB, Comerica, Morgan Stanley, ABN Amro, Cargill, Shell and NextEra
  • Represented energy trader in multiple derivatives transactions with corporate and developer counterparties using ISDA- and NAESB- based documentation and provided finance advice regarding extensions of credit by energy trader
  • Represented first lien agent bank in a $700 million refinancing of a $300 million first lien credit agreement in connection with the acquisition of Texas and Louisiana oil and gas properties
  • Represented agent bank in connection with a $800 million credit facility to an investment grade company
  • Represented borrowers in connection with a $500 million hybrid structured finance and borrowing base credit facility relating to natural gas assets in West Virginia
  • Represented borrower (portfolio company of private equity firm) in connection with a $500 million borrowing base credit facility relating to oil and gas assets in Texas and related swap documentation