Overview

Phil Lau is a partner in Mayer Brown's Houston office and a member of the Corporate & Securities practice. His practice centers on energy-related commercial transactions and construction, primarily in the midstream and downstream segments. He has represented US and foreign energy companies in drafting and negotiating crude oil and natural gas gathering agreements; natural gas processing, fractionation and transportation services agreements; natural gas liquids purchase, sale and export agreements; source water supply agreements; produced water disposal agreements, and storage and terminalling agreements for various bulk hydrocarbon products.

Phil has also worked on engineering, procurement and construction contracts for natural gas pipelines and processing plants, chemical production facilities and storage terminals. Finally, he has represented both buyers and sellers in the acquisition and divestiture of crude oil, natural gas and produced water midstream assets and has worked on the development of greenfield and brownfield energy projects, including pipelines and export terminals.

Spoken Languages

  • Cantonese
  • English
  • Mandarin

Experience

  • Represented several publicly traded Houston-based energy companies in negotiation of processing agreements for condensate splitters in the Texas Gulf Coast.
  • Represented U.S. private equity-backed midstream companies in drafting and negotiation of multiple water services contracts for source water supply and produced water disposal assets in the Permian Basin.
  • Represented U.S. private equity-backed midstream companies in drafting and negotiation of multiple gathering and disposal agreements for their produced water disposal assets in the SCOOP/STACK play in Oklahoma.
  • Represented an international energy company in negotiation of construction and procurement documentation for refinery expansion in Port Arthur.
  • Represented an international chemicals company in construction of fertilizer manufacturing facility in Louisiana.
  • Represented a Chinese petrochemical company in negotiating agreements for the transportation and export of ethane from Nederland, Texas.
  • Represented an international energy company in drafting and negotiating EPC contracts for injection station and pipeline in Mont Belvieu area.
  • Represented a private equity-backed energy company in the drafting and negotiation of EPC agreement for a proppant production facility in Georgia.
  • Represented a Texas-based midstream company in the drafting and negotiation of EPC agreements for multiple natural gas pipelines in the Eagle Ford Shale.
  • Represented a private equity-backed midstream company in drafting and negotiation of commercial agreements for natural gas pipeline and processing facilities in Permian Basin.
  • Represented a publicly traded Houston midstream company in drafting and negotiation of NGL terminalling, transportation, storage and export agreements.
  • Represented a publicly traded Houston midstream company in drafting and negotiation of NGL pipeline operations and maintenance agreements for pipelines in Texas.
  • Represented a US midstream company in its bid to acquire gas gathering assets in the Marcellus Shale.
  • Represented a Texas-based midstream company in the acquisition of fuel oil storage facilities in Channelview, Texas.
  • Represented a US energy company in drafting and negotiation of gas processing agreement for facilities in the Piceance Basin, Colorado.
  • Represented an international diversified energy company in acquisition of West Texas natural gas liquids pipeline.
  • Represented an international diversified energy company in acquisition of a Louisiana natural gas liquids pipeline.
  • Represented an alternative fuels venture in drafting and negotiation of biodiesel production, storage and
    terminalling agreements in Houston ship channel.
  • Represented an international energy company in drafting and negotiation of industrial gas supply agreement for refinery expansion in Port Arthur.
  • Represented a Japanese gas turbine manufacturer in sale of gas turbines to several US-based power generation facilities, and negotiation of related long-term services agreements.
  • Represented a multilateral financing agency in drafting and negotiation of various financing and security documents in connection with limited-recourse financing of 56 MW combined cycle power plant in Senegal.
  • Represented a Texas-based energy company in drafting and negotiation of engineering, procurement and construction contract for PDH facility in Mont Belvieu, Texas.
  • Represented an international diversified energy company in connection with the acquisition of a coal terminal in Louisiana.
  • Represented a publicly traded energy company in drafting and negotiation of gathering and transportation agreements for crude oil production in the Bakken Shale, North Dakota.
  • Represented a publicly traded energy company in the drafting and negotiation of natural gas gathering agreements in the Marcellus and Utica Shales.
  • Represented a US affiliate of South American energy company in the drafting and negotiation of LPG feed gas purchase and sale agreement and related processing agreements.
  • Represented a publicly traded energy company in the drafting and negotiation of natural gas gathering and fractionation agreements for Eagle Ford Shale production.

Education

Georgetown University Law Center, JD

University of Notre Dame, BA, with highest honors
Phi Beta Kappa

Admissions

  • District of Columbia
  • Pennsylvania
  • Texas

Court

  • US Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit

Activities

  • Past Member, Board of Directors, Asian American Bar Association, Houston
  • Member, Board of Directors, Western Academy
  • Member, Advisory Board, Business Ethics Forum