Overview

Thomas J. Moore is a partner in Mayer Brown’s Houston office and is a co-lead of the Oil & Gas group, and a member of the Infrastructure Investment group, Corporate & Securities and LNG practices. Thomas brings a wide range of corporate, commercial and financial experience to the energy and infrastructure industries. He has played a lead role in many major energy assignments worldwide, with a special emphasis on the chartering of floating storage and regasification units (FSRUs) and the development of FSRU and land based liquefied natural gas (LNG) projects in Africa, the Caribbean, South America  and the United States, petrochemical plants in the Middle East and gas-fired generation facilities around the world. He represents Chinese and Korean state and investor-owned oil companies in acquisitions in Africa, Asia, South America and the US, and has represented a wide range of energy companies and investment funds in acquisitions and divestitures of energy assets of all kinds.

Experience

LNG Experience

  • Representing a US power plant developer in the  FSRU and LNG related aspects of its development of a gas to power project in Central America.
  • Represented Excelerate Energy, a US-based LNG marketing and infrastructure company, in the time charter of FSRUs for use in Argentina, Brazil, Israel, Hawaii, Kuwait, Namibia and Puerto Rico.
  • Represents Excelerate Energy in its long-term and medium and spot LNG Sale and Purchase Agreements and LNG shipping matters, including proposed long- term LNG sales contracts in Brazil, Chile, China, Hawaii and Namibia.
  • Represented Excelerate Energy in the commercial aspects (including LNG sales agreements and agreements for the sale of tolling capacity) of its development of an LNG liquefaction project and related header pipeline in south Texas (project terminated because of market conditions).
  • Represented RWE in its acquisition and subsequent sale of a 50% interest in Excelerate Energy.
  • Led the representation of the Angola LNG project, an incorporated joint venture of Chevron, Sonangol, BP, TOTAL, and ExxonMobil (later replaced by Eni) to monetize associated natural gas produced in Angola’s off-shore oil production, including all development activities of the project in Angola,  the development of a subsea, high pressure gas pipeline system, the purchase of LNG regasification capacity for the project in the United States, development of the LNG and gas sales agreements to be used by the project  and the establishment of an LNG marketing company to sell the project’s LNG output in the international markets.
  • Represents a major power plant developer in the development of an LNG receiving terminal and associated pipeline in the Caribbean, including responsibility for LNG supply and gas sales.
  • Represented Sonatrach, the Algerian national oil company, in its proposed acquisition of LNG regasification capacity in the United States and in the development of the terms of use of a virtual LNG storage and regasification terminal.

Recent Power Experience

  • Represents GE Energy Financial Services in power plant acquisitions, development and financing around the United States, including in respect of fuel supply and sale of power and tolling capacity, totaling more than 4,000 MW.
  • Represented John Hancock Life Insurance Company (U.S.A.) in the $400 million acquisition of a 49 percent interest in ExGen Renewables Partners, LLC, which owns a portfolio of wind and solar generating facilities, from an affiliate of Exelon Corporation.
  • Represents a developer of wind power projects in the Midwestern portion of the United States.
  • Represented companies ranging from Duke Energy, MCN Energy, Enron, Semco Energy and a number of investment funds in the development and acquisition and divestiture of gas-fired power assets of all kinds and in the development and financing of power plants and other energy infrastructure assets.
  • Represented an investor group led by Macquarie Bank in the acquisition and subsequent sale of part of the Michigan electric transmission grid.
  • Represented National Grid USA in its efforts to create a for-profit Regional Transmission Organization in the Midwestern part of the United States.

Government Experience

  • Led the representation of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in its natural gas initiative, an initiative to fund natural-gas-based economic expansion through foreign investment.  The NGI consisted of three “core ventures” each of which contemplated the development of a full natural gas value chain from exploration and production, to gas treatment and processing and the development of pipelines, to development of independent power and desalination facilities and petrochemical complexes.  (The NGI was put on hold because the expected non-associated gas resources were never discovered.)

Recent Oil and Gas Experience

  • Represents an Australian oil and gas firm in its efforts to develop non-conventional gas resources in the Beetaloo Basin in the Northern territory of Australia.
  • Represents a Korean private equity fund in the acquisition and development of a significant shale gas and liquids position in the Eagle Ford Shale in Texas, including midstream assets.
  • Represented a Canadian oil and gas company in respect of its acquisition and development of unconventional oil and gas properties in the Uintah Basin.
  • Represented Harvest Natural Resources in the sale of its oil and gas interests in Venezuela and Gabon.
  • Represented Chinese and the Korean national oil companies in acquisitions in Angola, Gabon, Nigeria, Brazil and Iraq.
  • Represented United Energy Group, a Hong- Kong listed company, in its acquisition of BP’s Pakistan upstream assets.
  • Represents a member of the Hashoo Group of companies (a Pakistani merchant group) in the acquisition of the oil and gas assets of BHP Billiton and other western oil and gas companies in Pakistan.
  • Led the representation of The Eastern Petrochemical Company (SHARQ), a joint venture between Saudi Arabia Basic Industries (SABIC) and a Mitsubishi-led Japanese consortium, in a $3.5+ billion petrochemical plant expansion and JBIC- led financing in Jubail, Saudi Arabia.

Perspectives

Education

University of Minnesota Law School, JD

University of California, Berkeley, AB

Admissions

  • Texas
  • Colorado
  • Recognized by Chambers Global, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017
  • Recognized by Chambers USA, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017
  • Recommended in The Legal 500 US, 2013
  • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America, 2013