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Oil & Gas

Our Oil & Gas lawyers have been advising clients in the oil and natural gas industry for decades. They have an in-depth understanding of the risks and industry-specific issues that arise.

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Our Oil & Gas lawyers regularly advise national and international oil companies, oil field services companies, natural gas and liquids pipeline companies, LNG project developers, petrochemical companies and refiners, as well as lenders and investors in a wide range of industry matters:

  • Exploration and production operations
  • Contracts with drilling and other service providers and equipment contractor suppliers
  • Construction contracts
  • Joint operating agreements, foreign concessions and production sharing contracts
  • Upstream and midstream development
  • LNG regasification
  • Master Limited Partnerships (MLPs)

We advise on these matters both domestically, in the many jurisdictions in which we are located, as well as on cross-border matters. We regularly act in jurisdictions as diverse as the United States, Canada, Europe, South and Central America, the Caribbean, Africa, Central and Southeast Asia and the Middle East.

Oil and Gas Contracts
We are experienced with the types of contractual arrangements that are unique to the oil and gas industry. With this background, we are able to advise our clients on their most complex issues, such as concession contracts, production sharing agreements, participation agreements, royalty agreements, joint bidding agreements, farmouts, field unitization agreements, JOAs, LNG projects, turnkey and other construction contracts, contracts for the construction of FPSOs, semi-submersible and other rigs, refining contracts, local content arrangements, equipment and service purchase contracts, and other matters that require wide-ranging multi-disciplinary experience.

Adding Value at Each Level of the Value Chain
We have extensive experience in the development and operation of projects regarding exploring for, producing, processing and marketing oil and natural gas, including the negotiation of exploration and production leases, licenses, production payments, net profit interests, concessions and participation agreements with governments and state-owned natural resources companies. Our lawyers have experience in many of the major operating basins of the United States, the North Sea, the Middle East and Western Africa as well as in Southeast Asia, Russia, the Caspian and other areas of the former Soviet Union.

Midstream and Transportation. We have particular experience in representing pipeline companies and others involved in the midstream transportation and the processing of natural gas and liquids. We are experienced in the use of master limited partnerships in acquisition and investment opportunities, and the tax issues that these entail. Our lawyers know the industry and the legal and business imperatives that must be met to ensure success. We are involved in everything from the construction and regulatory proceeding stage to the financing and sale and/or acquisition of natural gas pipelines and crude oil pipelines, gas storage facilities, gas processing and fractionation plants, and gas gathering systems around the world.

Pipelines. We have been involved in everything from the construction and regulatory proceedings to the financing and sale and/or acquisition of natural gas pipelines and crude oil pipelines, gas storage facilities, gas processing and fractionation plants, and gas gathering systems around the world.

Oil Field Services and Equipment. Our lawyers are regularly called upon to assist clients involved in the service and supply side of the industry. From the drafting and negotiation of complicated drilling service and supply agreements to arbitration of contentious disputes, our lawyers have worked extensively with oil field services and equipment companies on some of the most challenging engagements worldwide.

Liquefied Natural Gas. We have acted for lenders, sponsors and other participants to LNG projects, as well as large purchasers, transporters and distributors of natural gas in the regulatory and business aspects of its liquefaction, regasification, purchase, storage, transportation, distribution and sale. One of many award-winning transactions on which we have worked in this area is the Mitsui OSK Lines and Qatar LNG carriers transaction that won "Asset Finance Deal of the Year" at the Asian Legal Business Awards 2006.

Shale Plays. We have substantial experience in unconventional oil and gas shale projects. We regularly represent industry participants in the acquisition, disposition and operation of shale assets, with a particular emphasis on these transactions in the United States, where shale activity has been most mature. Our lawyers have worked on some of the largest shale-based joint ventures, and in particular on foreign investors seeking to participate in the US market opportunity. We represented the largest private mineral owner in the State of California to review and revise its form of lease agreement (equivalent to the concession/ granting instrument in some foreign jurisdictions) to make it suitable for shale gas developments in California. We also represented the Natural Resources Authority of the Government of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan on an oil shale project in which we advised the government in the drafting of a 100-year concession agreement for exploration and development rights to an oil shale in Jordan. As part of this process, we assisted the government in reviewing the changes proposed to their form of concession agreement to adjust it to make it viable for oil shale projects. We have a lengthy resume of experience and expertise representing producers in the major US shale gas and oil areas of the USA.

Petrochemical and Refining. We have assisted in the design, construction, commissioning and operation stages of multi-million dollar petrochemical and refining projects in the USA, Europe, the Middle East and Asia. We have advised local and international lenders and borrowers in relation to the various government regulations, including requirements on both environmental regulatory compliance as well as licensing requirements.

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