概要

Carl von Merz is a partner in Mayer Brown’s Houston office, is a member of the firm’s worldwide Oil and Gas group, and heads the US Upstream Oil & Gas practice. He also is a member of the firm’s Private Capital, M&A, and Latin America teams. He represents public and private companies in M&A, divestitures, joint ventures, and private equity investments in the domestic and international energy space. 

Carl has particular experience representing clients in their most significant transactions involving a wide range of oil and gas interests, including operated and non-operated working interests and mineral, royalty and other types of upstream interests. He has significant experience negotiating and drafting many other types of agreements crucial to upstream operators, including joint development agreements, participation and farm-out agreements, master services agreements, joint operating agreements and contracts for the gathering and purchasing of hydrocarbons. He also advises private equity funds and management teams on the formation of partnerships, limited liability companies, and other entities for investments related to the energy industry. A fluent Spanish speaker, Carl has represented clients in their cross-border transactions, including, especially, transactions in Latin America. 

Earlier in his career, Carl spent five years as lead in-house counsel for US upstream transactions at Equinor where he advised the company on many of its most significant mergers, acquisitions, divestitures and joint ventures in the US.

経験

US Upstream Oil and Gas

Permian Basin

  • Represented a private equity backed portfolio company in its $140 million acquisition of producing and nonproducing properties in the Permian basin from Centennial Resources.
  • Represented a private equity backed portfolio company, in its $139 million acquisition of producing and nonproducing properties in the Permian basin from Concho Resources.
  • Represented a private equity backed portfolio company, in its acquisition of producing and nonproducing properties in the Permian basin from Parsley Energy.
  • Represented a private equity backed, minerals focused private equity company in its acquisition of mineral and royalty interests from Tumbleweed Royalties an affiliate of Double Eagle Energy Permian.
  • Represented a Midland-based, privately held exploration and production company in its $108 million sale of producing and nonproducing properties in the Permian Basin to a major privately held oil company.
  • Represented a private equity backed exploration and production company in its proposed acquisition of producing and nonproducing properties in the Permian Basin from Anadarko Petroleum Corp.
  • Represented a private equity fund in its $150 million sale of producing and nonproducing assets in the Permian Basin to a private equity backed exploration and production company.

Marcellus and Utica Shale

  • Represented a large independent in its proposed sale of all of its Marcellus Shale assets.
  • Represented Blue Ridge Mountain Resources (now Montage Resources) in its sale of a substantial minority interest in all of its assets in the Utica Shale and related joint venture with a private equity backed portfolio company.
  • Represented an international energy company based in Norway in its $400 million divestiture of Marcellus shale gas assets to Southwestern Energy.
  • Represented an international energy company based in Norway in a $90 million joint divestiture of Marcellus shale gas assets to a US public company.
  • Represented an international energy company based in Norway in a $150 million joint divestiture of Marcellus shale gas assets to a US public company.
  • Represented an international energy company based in Norway in a $113 million joint divestiture of Marcellus shale gas assets to a US public company.
  • Represented an international energy company based in Norway in a $93 million joint divestiture of Marcellus shale gas assets to a US public company.

Bakken

  • Represented an international energy company based in Norway in its $4.7 billion acquisition of Brigham Exploration Company, a NASDAQ-listed oil and gas company operating principally in the Bakken shale play.
  • Represented a major private equity fund in its equity investment in a portfolio company for the acquisition and development of exploration and production properties in the Bakken shale play.
  • Represented a portfolio company of a major private equity fund in its equity investment in a company to engage in midstream investments in the Bakken shale play.
  • Represented a portfolio company of a major private equity fund in its entry into a risked services agreement with Schlumberger for the development of oil and gas interests in the Bakken shale play.
  • Represented an international energy company based in Norway in its acquisition of upstream producing and nonproducing properties in the Bakken Shale from a privately held oil and gas company.

 

Eagle Ford

  • Represented an international energy company based in Norway in its $1.26 billion joint acquisition with Talisman Energy of Eagle Ford shale exploration and production assets from Enduring Resources LLC.
  • Represented an international energy company based in Norway in its acquisition of Eagle Ford shale exploration and production assets from Whiting Petroleum.
  • Represented an international energy company based in Norway in its entry into a joint development agreement with a Canadian energy company for the joint development of approximately 97,000 acres in the Eagle Ford Shale Play.

Other Onshore Basins

  • Represented Apache Corp. in its exit from the SCOOP/STACK shale play in Oklahoma.
  • Represented Apache Corp. in its exit from the Western Anadarko Basin.
  • Represented an international energy company in a series of related acquisitions and joint ventures with a private equity backed exploration and production company covering over 400,000 acres of exploration properties in various basins in the Rocky Mountains with consideration totaling approximately $80 million.

Gulf of Mexico

  • Represented a large, publicly traded E&P company in its proposed sale of its upstream oil and gas assets in the Gulf of Mexico.
  • Represented an international oil company in its proposed divestiture of interests in two Gulf of Mexico prospects.

US Midstream Oil and Gas

  • Represented a midstream portfolio company of an energy focused private equity fund in its joint venture with a Arsenal Resources, an upstream focused portfolio company of First Reserve, for the development of a gas gathering system in the Marcellus shale.
  • Represented a midstream portfolio company of an energy focused private equity fund in its proposed acquisition of water and gas gathering assets located in West Virginia and related gas gathering and water transportation agreements with an upstream company.
  • Represented a midstream portfolio company of an energy focused private equity fund in its negotiation of a gas gathering agreement and related acreage dedication with Arsenal Resources during Arsenal’s bankruptcy.
  • Represented a private equity backed exploration and production company in the negotiation of its gas gathering agreement with SCM. 
  • Represented an a private equity backed exploration and production company in the negotiation of its crude oil transportation agreements with Oryx Midstream. 

US Energy Private Equity Transactions

  • Represented management of an oilfield services company focused on pipeline construction, in its equity commitment from EIV Capital. 
  • Represented an energy focused private equity fund in its acquisition of a controlling interest in an energy services company focused on vapor recovery and gas capture in the US onshore industry and in the negotiation of the related LLC agreement.
  • Represented management of Luxe Energy in its $524 million equity commitment from NGP for the acquisition and development of unconventional oil and gas properties in the U.S.
  • Represented management of Luxe Minerals in its $254 million equity commitment from NGP for the acquisition of mineral interests in the U.S.
  • Represented management of Fullstream Energy Holdings in its initial $60 million equity commitment from EIV Capital.
  • Represented a private equity fund in its debt and equity investments in a biofuels company.
  • Represented a Kuwaiti investment fund in its equity investment in an upstream reservoir management company based in the United States.

Mergers, Acquisitions and Divestitures – International

  • Represented a private equity fund in its equity investment in a joint venture with C&C Energy Canada Ltd. to acquire and develop oil and gas exploration and production assets in Colombia.
  • Represented a private equity fund in its equity investment in a Colombian mining company.
  • Represented an affiliate of Duke Energy in its $26 million buyout of Maple Energy’s interests in a power plant in Peru.
  • Represented an Indonesian energy company in its bid to acquire Venezuelan oil and gas assets and enter into a “Mixed Company” (Empresa Mixta) arrangement with an affiliate of Venezuela’s national oil company.
  • Represented a major international coal and energy company in its proposed $150 million acquisition of two coal mines in Colombia.
  • Represented The Home Depot, Inc. in its $200 million stock acquisition of the largest Mexican home improvement retailer.
  • Represented a private equity fund in its formation of several joint ventures for the development of commercial and residential properties in several Latin American countries.

学歴

デューク大学ロースクール、, BA, cum laude

The University of Chicago Law School, JD

登録

  • Texas

メンバーシップ

  • Texas Bar Foundation Fellow
  • Austin Bar Foundation Fellow
  • Euromoney Institutional Investor PLC, IFLR1000 Financial & Corporate Guide 2019 - 2020
  • Thomson Reuters, Texas Super Lawyers, Rising Star 2017
  • Super Lawyers 2017